DAMIAN ARMITAGE, PRESIDENT
Term Year 2022
Phone: (916) 743-5881
Damian Armitage was elected to the Board in November 2010. He and his family moved to Lincoln in 2005. Damian earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accountancy in 1994 from California State University, Sacramento.
Professionally, Damian has worked as an auditor, tax policy specialist, and technical advisor since 1998. Damian previously served as a Planning Commissioner and member of the Citizens' Advisory Financial Task Force for the City of Lincoln. In addition, he brings to the Board sound fiscal management experience from his several years of service on the homeowner board and committees in Lincoln Crossing.
Damian resides in Lincoln Crossing with his wife, Michelle, and their twin sons, Nicholas and Al.
JASON PRICE, VICE PRESIDENT
Term Year 2024
Phone: (916) 759-8089
Jason is dedicated to big ideas. He started a career in the Fire Service before graduating High School, and in 1996 he was the youngest licensed Paramedic in the state. Throughout his 20 years of service as a First Responder he specialized in emergency medicine, technical rescue, hazardous materials response, and served as a company officer.
His passion for improving the outcomes of patients suffering from cardiac arrest led him to establish Pacific Coast Safety & Training, a resuscitation training center focused on improving the survivability rates of sudden cardiac arrest. The firm’s overwhelming success caught the eye of the American Heart Association’s largest private training center and soon he sold his firm to join Cascade Training Center as a Regional Director in the newly created California operation.
Jason and his cadre of “edu-tainers” changed the way the region trained and responded to resuscitation cases. At one point more than 25 hospitals had abandoned their internal training programs choosing instead to outsource the training to his team of professional instructors. Institutions like Sutter Health, Dignity Health, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, the United States Air Force and the FBI were among their customers. He revolutionized the teaching methodology through cutting edge simulation and passionate instruction. Jason left Cascade as their Vice President of Strategy, having nearly doubled their revenue to, once again, peruse new and bigger ideas.
As the founder of Synergem Jason helps leaders, and their teams, evolve using communication and leadership techniques assimilated through years of immersion with healthcare, fire, law enforcement and military staff; in situations where the stakes could not be higher. He teaches and motivates as a speaker and coach in a variety of industries and takes an active role in local leadership. Jason serves on the Steering Committee for Leadership Lincoln, the city’s Economic Development Committee and the Lincoln High School CTE Works Advisory Board.
Married with 4 kids he will tell you he is proudest of his family’s achievements and of coaching his daughter’s volleyball teams. One of his favorite quotes is; “I didn’t come this far to only come this far.” ~ Tom Brady.
CRISTE FREYMOND, CLERK
Term Year 2024
Phone: (916) 343-7643
I am grateful and honored for the opportunity to be a part of the Western Placer Unified School Board of Trustees and represent area one, Thermalands. I am a mother of two children, Austin and Aubree that are 3rd generation graduates of WPUSD. My husband Bill, and I have been I have been married for 24 years, and have chosen to raise our children in the rural area of Lincoln.
In the last 25 years I have been a Lender/Finance for Small Business Loans, and I am a member/volunteer of the Kiwanis Club of Lincoln. My life goal has been to make an impact in people’s lives and I am here to serve.
APRIL NITSOS, MEMBER
Term Year 2022
I joined the Western Placer Unified School Board of Trustees in September 2021 to represent Area 2. My family and I moved to Sheridan in 2019 and we own JANGLES Family Farm where we grow mandarins and Christmas Trees. I believe that Sheridan is Placer County's best kept secret.
I currently work for Caltrans as a Supervising Transportation Engineer where I manage innovation, research, and data visualization teams. I have worked for Caltrans for over 30 years. I have also worked as a licensed real estate agent for Woods of California Real Estate Inc. for over 12 years.
In my spare time, I love to bake, especially with my two daughters, or watch my two sons fish in our pond or ride motorcycles on our property. Family is the most important part of my life and I love every minute of being a mom and wife (even the hard times).
I am honored to be able to serve this amazing community as a member of the WPUSD Board of Trustees.
KRIS WYATT, MEMBER
Term Year 2022
Phone: (916) 768-3803
It is an honor to serve on the WPUSD school board. I was elected to the board in 2010.
Before coming to the board, I retired from WPUSD after 37 years as a teacher/counselor. I loved the opportunity that I was given and hope to make a difference throughout my tenure as a board member.
I am a lifetime Lincoln resident where my late husband, Larry, and I raised our two daughters, Amy and Mandy. Amy along with her husband, Mike, both attended Western Placer Schools and now their children are currently attending in Western Placer Unified School District. Our daughter, Mandy, also a WPUSD graduate, and her husband, Chad live in a neighboring city. Mandy is a teacher at Lincoln High School.
Lincoln is very important to me and I am very involved in the community; Lincoln Rotary, Lincoln Community Foundation, Friends of McBean Park. However the school district is my first priority and my goal is to continue supporting the district goals and efforts
I am here to serve my community and Western Placer Unified School District.
TRUSTEE AREA MAP
- Area I - Criste Freymond
- Area II - April Nitsos
- Area III - (1) Damian Armitage, (2) Kris Wyatt, (3) Jason Price