Jack Kelley and his family arrived in Manteca in 1966. Thus began years of service to the community and its schools.
Elected to the Manteca Unified School District Board of Trustees, Jack spent 22 years in that capacity and was elected Board President five times by his colleagues. During his time of service, Jack worked as an effective team board member, was well-informed, was mindful of the public finances in budgetary issues and determined to uphold the integrity of the public schools of Manteca.
His interest in children and education had begun with his career in the California Youth Authority, at which he served for 35 years. He was eventually promoted to Treatment Team Supervisor at the Northern California Youth Authority in Stockton. An important achievement was his development and implementation of the Foster Grandparent Program, training seniors to work with CYA wards as surrogate grandparents/advisers. This highly successful program received State recognition by the CYA, as it benefited both the youth wards and the senior citizens.
Now 88 years old, Jack continues his involvement in the community. He is a past docent and charter member of the Manteca Historical Society, and is a regular participant in, and supporter of, the Manteca Senior Citizens Center.
With so much of his lifetime spent in community and young peoples’ activities, Jack Kelley is more than qualified for membership in the Manteca Hall of Fame.