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Governing Board

2021-22 Three Rivers Charter School
Governing Board

Sam Chipperfield

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. From there I went along the ride of being part of the first ever 7th and then 8th in the newly founded Three Rivers Charter school, graduating in 2003. 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 am very excited to be back and directly involved with 3RCS. This is my fourth year on the board and second year as board chair. I am looking forward to working with Megan Elston as our new administrator and the staff as the kids are now back in the building that was specifically built for them. My goal is to support Megan and the staff as best as I can as we navigate this 2021-22 school year and still maintain that high level of education for your student that we have all come to expect. Stay well and stay safe. 

 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 our children received at this incredible school, with it's strong leadership and 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 Cavagnaro

I am thrilled to be a member of the TRCS Board! Many years ago, I first met Katherine and Merilee as a high school student volunteering with their 4/5/6 classroom at West Linn High School.  I loved it and had such fond memories that when they opened Three Rivers Charter School, it seemed like a great fit to apply as their Office Manager, which was my role from 2004-2012. Though life has since sent me in a different direction, I’ve always kept in touch with TRCS and have loved being involved with the school on a different level. Currently I am the Business Manager and Managing Principal Broker at Paris Group Realty, a real estate brokerage in Portland.  I love working with a team of professionals that value integrity, support, and community - all things I grew to appreciate and understand during my time at TRCS. I was raised in West Linn (class of 98!), am a graduate of the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) and received my MBA at Marylhurst University (Does it still count?).

 Jennifer Chang

Jennifer is excited to be a part of the TRCS board as a parent representative. Both of her children have attended TRCS, one as a graduate and another as a current student. She has enjoyed seeing them grow and thrive in the TRCS community. Jennifer has three decades of experience working in the public and nonprofit sectors with a focus on improving housing and advancing equitable outcomes for Communities of Color and other historically marginalized and oppressed communities. She is currently the Senior Policy Coordinator at the Portland Housing Bureau and leads policy development and community engagement for Portland’s Housing Bond, the first ever affordable housing bond in Oregon. Her prior work at the City includes developing racial equity tools and supporting Multnomah County’s A Home for Everyone collaboration to end homelessness. When not at work, Jennifer volunteers on the board of the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), a statewide, grassroots organization uniting Asians and Pacific Islanders to achieve social justice.

Katherine Searle