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
Wilbur NislyBoard Chair First Elected: 2000
I moved to the Bitterroot Valley in 1978. I relocated from Ohio to marry my wife Grace. We have 4 children who have attended Corvallis School exclusively. I am currently working as a lumber broker. In the past my involvement includes 9 years as a youth pastor and numerous stints as coach for youth sports teams.
I view my being on the Corvallis School Board as an opportunity to contribute positively to an already great school district and community. My goal is to see the overall experience of students at Corvallis getting better as time goes on.
Tonia BloomVice ChairFirst Elected: 1987
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 ChannerTrusteeFirst Elected: 2007
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-BrouwerTrusteeFirst Elected: 2008
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 HoffmanTrusteeFirst Elected: 2008
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.
Adam SangsterTrusteeFirst Elected: 2008
Iwas raised in Stevensville, Montana and after graduating from high school attended Brigham Young University and earned a degree in International Finance. In 1997 my wife Andrea and I, along with our family moved back to the Bitterroot Valley and settled in Corvallis. We have five children, and all have attended or are currently attending Corvallis Schools. I own and operate Apex Human Resources, Inc., specializing in the outsourcing of human resource responsibilities.
It has been a privilege to be a member of the Corvallis School Board and associate with dedicated board members, educators, and administrators. An excellent education is vital to the success of today’s youth. As a parent, and as a community member I hope to see Corvallis students provided with the best education as well as the most meaningful experiences possible with the available resources.
Dan WolskyTrusteeFirst Elected: 2005
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.