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Governing Board

2018-19 Governing Board

Lisa McEldowney, Board Chair

Sheila Walker 
I am honored to be serving on the Board of TRCS. Both of my children, Lucy and Liam, graduated from TRCS. Our family will be forever grateful for the education they received under the leadership of Katherine, Merilee and the gifted faculty. As a teacher myself, and the Head of a small private school, I am dedicated to the belief that each child learns in their own way and it is a wonderful benefit to any community to have different educational opportunities. I am grateful to once again be a part of this nurturing, creative and passionate community.

Kate Ray
I grew up in West Linn and attended Cedar Oak Park and Bolton (when it was a middle school) before graduating from West Linn High School, where I first met Katherine and Merilee when they had their 4/5/6 class. I was thrilled to return to West Linn after college to work at Three Rivers Charter School as the Office Administrator from 2004-2012. I loved getting to know the students and their families. Some of my favorite memories include teaching cursive to the 4/5. It was so great to work in a place that taught integrity and encouraged the kids to learn about life outside of their bubble. They truly teach to their mission: Build a community with the belief that by becoming creative, compassionate, accountable learners, we will positively change all of society. Even though life pulled me in another direction professionally, TRCS has always had a special place in my heart. I’ve always carried TRCS’ motto with me and have often preached it to my friends! I am thrilled to be on the Board to help keep this wonderful school growing and moving forward.
Karen Gault
My family has been involved in the Three Rivers Charter School for the past three years. Both of my children currently attend TRCS. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the exceptional educational program at TRCS. I am continually impressed by the dedication shown by the TRCS educators and their creative approach to learning. It is impressive to see my children take ownership in their work and feel empowered in their education. I appreciate the challenge and high expectations set at TRCS. It has been inspiring to watch students rise to and exceed those high expectations. I am incredibly grateful that my children have the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive in a place like TRCS.
My background includes a bachelor’s degree in Packaging Engineering and a master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. In my first career, I worked as a Packaging Engineer in automotive electronics. After completing my master’s degree, I went on to run my own private practice focused on women’s health. Currently, I am enjoying my most challenging job yet, raising my two amazing daughters. I look forward to joining the board this year, having the opportunity to give back to my community, and contributing to the continued success at TRCS.
Denise Collins
I came to Three Rivers in 2003 via the West Linn-Wilsonville School District and Boeckman Creek Elementary School. In my years here, I have taken on the role of lead teacher for the math and sciences, my subject matter loves. I have always been inspired by the Core Values and the work around character building at TRCS. With students learning to be empowered, they go out into the world with confidence and the belief in themselves that they can do whatever they set their minds to do. When challenges arise (and they always do), they have the ability to think through the problem, face it with a plan, and be kind both to others and themselves in overcoming it. I consider  this school to be my "gold mine" and a dream come true! In my spare time, I enjoy family time, working in the kitchen, and finding ways to help the world be a better place through volunteering.  
Sam Chipperfield
I am very excited to be back and directly involved with 3RCS. I first met Katherine and Merilee back in 1998 when I joined their 4/5/6 class, as a 4th grader, in the old West Linn High School Building. I am a firm believer that from the guidance of these two brilliant educators and their amazing staff, I am the strong minded, dedicated and successful person I am today. I graduated from the University of Manchester in the UK with a degree in Architecture and am currently working for Morrison Hershfield, an Architectural/Engineering Consulting firm, here in Portland.
I grew up at an interesting part of the Charter's School existence. I saw the 4/5/6 class transform into a school. Move from one school to a church basement and end up in the old bank building. I remember helping remodel the old bank building, as well as watching district school board meetings to see if the Charter School would ever be a thing. I graduated as part of the first 8th grade class from the charter school. I am so very happy for everyone involved that there now is a building of their own, a permanent home. I am looking forward to giving back to the school and community, while maintaining the core values set from Katherine and Merilee, for many years to come.
Jill Mohr
Jill has been a resident of Wilsonville for 18 years and is an avid supporter of charter schools. For the past 35 years, Jill has been a licensed teacher who has worked in public schools teaching grades 3-12, taught teacher education classes at PSU, supervised student teachers through PSU, worked as a educational technology specialist in Beaverton Schools, served as an associate director at a charter school, and has taught professional development classes in the private sector. She received her teaching license in elementary education from OSU, her administrative license from PSU, and completed her coursework towards her a doctorate in education in the areas of educational leadership and curriculum development. Jill has worked for the past 12 years as an associate director in a K-12 charter school
Jill believes in giving parents choice in determining an education model that is best for their child. Having raised a child with a learning disability, she learned many years ago that not all students learn the same way nor at the same pace. As a strong believer in personalized learning for students, Jill has always worked towards making learning relevant, authentic while teaching to the “whole child." Jill has had a personal interest in educational technology and how technology can enhance the learning experience for students by giving them tools to explore the world, collaborate, and communicate in unique and authentic ways.
Jill is a mother of two grown children and has been married to her husband, Joe, for 35 years. In her spare time, Jill has volunteered with organizations including: Yamhill County Search and Rescue, Autism Service Dogs of America, Project Pooch at MacLaren’s in Woodburn, PAWS with a Cause Service Dogs, Habitat for Humanity, and St. Andre’s Soup Kitchen. Jill and her husband enjoy playing in a Ukulele Band, hiking, kayaking, reading, and amateur radio.
Katie Norquist 
I am excited to serve on the Board of TRCS and give back to the West Linn-Wilsonville school district that has served me so well. Born and raised in West Linn, I attended Cedar Oak Park, Bolton Middle School and graduated from West Linn High School. I have deep roots and a passion for the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in accounting, I knew I wanted to return to West Linn. My husband and I are currently raising our two daughters in this school district and look forward to watching them experience the same academic and extracurricular opportunities that I enjoyed. As the Director of Finance for four Corporations, two of which are non-profit businesses, I feel I bring a unique financial background to the board.

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