Meet the School Board

 

 

 

2018 Spring Letter from the School Board click here

The Corvallis School District is governed by a seven member, elected Board of Trustees. Board members are elected for 3-year terms on a staggered rotation. School board elections are held annually on the first Tuesday in May. School board members must be residents of the Corvallis School District and serve without pay.

Board of Trustees


Becky Anderson
Becky Anderson
Board Chair First Elected: 2017

Biography

I grew up on our family farm outside of Columbus, MT and left after graduation to receive my Bachelor’s Degree at Colorado State University.  I then continued my education at the University of Iowa to obtain a PhD in Immunology, I have always had the vision that I want to help others for my career.  My husband and I moved to the Bitterroot Valley in 2008 where he works as a dentist and I work at Rocky Mountain Laboratories.  When we started to have children, we purposefully moved to Corvallis because of the excellent reputation the Corvallis School District has.
I have a son and a daughter that are currently at the primary school.  Corvallis Schools are known for providing excellent education as well as maintaining a focus on each individual student.  As a trustee on the school board, I want to ensure that we continue to provide this experience to our students and help prepare them for whatever they choose to pursue after leaving Corvallis Schools.

I am honored to represent our community on the school board.  It is my goal to make decisions that focus on students first and providing our staff with the resources they need to get the job done well

Tonia Bloom
Tonia Bloom
Vice ChairFirst Elected: 1987

Biography

My husband Marshall and I moved to the valley in 1972 and to Corvallis in 1977. Our two sons both attended Corvallis Schools for 13 years. Jesse graduated in 1997 and Seth in 2000. I am secretary of the Corvallis Civic Club and serve on the boards of the Corvallis Schools Foundation and the Bitter Root Land Trust. I served as a member of the board of directors of the Montana School Boards Association for 8 years and as president of that organization in 2001-2002. Since 1986 I have been the volunteer coordinator of the Corvallis Schools Reading Is Fundamental Program. My husband is a research scientist and administrator at Rocky Mountain Labs.

It is an honor to be part of the Corvallis School District as a member of its governing board. Corvallis Schools, like all public schools, face periodic and ongoing challenges. I believe the Corvallis community can be proud of how its schools deal with challenges and proud of the school district's focus on meeting the needs of all children and assisting each child to reach his/her educational potential.

Jennifer Channer
Jennifer Channer
TrusteeFirst Elected: 2007

Biography

My husband Luke and I moved to the valley in 1998 from Columbus, Ohio. My background and education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Kansas University and a Master’s in Nursing and Nurse Practitioner certification from the Ohio State University. I have worked as a Newborn I.C.U. nurse and a Nurse Practitioner in Women’s Health.

I have 2 children who have attended the Corvallis Schools since. Our family has greatly benefited from our schools’ excellence in academics and nurturing environment. I have enjoyed volunteering in the district over the years, and being in such close contact with the school has given me a strong appreciation for the challenges the teachers and administration face in providing a quality education for all children.

I consider it an honor as well as a huge responsibility to serve on the School Board in Corvallis and will strive to continue the tradition of academic excellence in a climate of fiscal responsibility in preparing our students to be productive members of the community.

Kathi Harder-Brouwer
Kathi Harder-Brouwer
TrusteeFirst Elected: 2008

Biography

I am a native of Michigan who first moved to Montana in 1996 to work as a physician for the Indian Health Service. My husband, Larry, and I are both family physicians who manage our own practice in the Bitterroot Valley. We made Corvallis our home when we moved to the valley because of the excellent reputation of the Corvallis School District. We have two daughters who are making their way through this district. Some of my personal interests include hiking, biking and taking advantage of our beautiful national parks.

I t is my interest in public health that drew me to run for a seat on the Corvallis School District. An educated population makes good decisions about health and wellness. I find that our district compliments parental education and helps turn out well rounded individuals. I also feel drawn to serve my community in ways that differ from my medical practice. I hope to continue to help the administrators and educators of this district meet our strategic goals.

Ginny Hoffman
Ginny Hoffman
TrusteeFirst Elected: 2008

Biography

Iwas born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, where I met my husband, Chris Hoffman, a native of the Bitterroot Valley and a graduate of Corvallis High School. I have lived in Corvallis since 1989, and each of our three children went through the Corvallis school system.

I have a bachelor’s degree in history and work as a freelance book editor. During the years our children were in school, I also was a parent volunteer. In my spare time I enjoy sewing, writing, gardening, and crafts.

My five years on the Corvallis School Board have been both educational and rewarding. I really believe that Corvallis is the best school district in the valley, with a fine group of quality educators, administrators, and staff. It is an honor and a great responsibility to serve as a board member and to be a part of steering the school district in a positive direction.

Todd Wyche
Todd Wyche
Trustee First Elected: 2018

Biography

My family and I moved to Corvallis in 2016 as my wife was eager to get back home to Montana.  We were previously in New York City for nearly 25 years.  We have three children attending school here in Corvallis.  They are scheduled to graduate in 2019, 2022 and 2025.  Since moving to Corvallis, I’ve been involved in refereeing and coaching soccer.  I am also a founder and the treasurer of the Corvallis Community Coalition that supported the Corvallis School District’s levy to purchase the adjacent REC property.

My undergraduate degree is in economics.  My professional background is in securities trading and corporate finance.  I’ve worked in the investment banking industry for over 25 years, raising capital for publicly traded biotech and real estate companies.

For most of my adult life I’ve volunteered with various organizations to support my community.  I served on the West Side YMCA’s Board of Directors in New York City for nearly 10 years; the last 3 years serving as its chairman.  I also served for 2 years as co-chair of the parent-teacher association at my children’s former school.  Before that, I served on the board of the housing cooperative where we lived.

 

I look forward to contributing to our community by serving on the Corvallis School Board.

 

Dan Wolsky
Dan Wolsky
TrusteeFirst Elected: 2005

Biography

I attended Corvallis Schools from 1st grade through 12th grade. After graduation from CHS in 1984 I attended college at Concordia University of Chicago and after receiving my degree in 1988 I worked in the Chicago area until 1997. In 1997 my wife, Karen, and I decided to move back to Montana to raise our children. We did not hesitate when we considered where to move to. It had to be Corvallis.

It has been an honor to serve and represent the community of Corvallis. I believe we have one of the best districts in the state of Montana and I am excited to be involved in our educational process.

I would encourage everyone to get involved with the District; you will find we have one of the most caring districts around. It is our commitment to the community that we will continue to strive for excellence and continue to be advocates for our children. It is my hope that we continue to graduate well rounded young adults by providing them the tools necessary to be successful.