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The Northwest Regional Education Service District is governed by a nine-member board. Five members are elected and four are appointed. Each member represents a specific geographic zone or community group within the region we serve. These volunteer community members work closely with our Superintendent to determine our policies and ensure schools in our region are receiving the highest quality programs and services.
Meet our Board
Renée Bruce, Board Chair Social service position
Renée is the Director of Family & Community Resources at Community Action in Washington County. She has more than 20 years of experience managing social support programs and has been working at Community Action for the past 18 years. Community Action is part of the largest poverty-fighting network in the nation and assists more than 17,000 families each year with a wide array of services.
In addition to her work with NWRESD, she serves on board at Creating Assets Savings & Hope, Essential Health Clinic (C.A.S.H.) and the Washington County Housing Advisory Board. She chairs the Washington County Childhood Care and Education Advisory Committee. Renée graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in Child Development and Teaching. She has two grown children who attended Beaverton Schools.
Karen Cunningham, Vice Chair Zone 5: Beaverton (Aloha, Southridge and Westview attendance areas)
Karen has been an advocate for public education and equity in education for many years. She served on the Beaverton School Board from 2001 through 2013 and in various capacities at the Oregon School Board Association. Karen and her husband reside in Beaverton, have two grown sons, and own a computer consulting business together.
Christine Riley Zone 1: Gaston, Sherwood and Tigard-Tualatin
Christine has been on the Gaston School Board since 2004 and has served on the NWRESD Board since 2012. She has long been a strong advocate of public service and community volunteering. Chris is a retired Research Director at Intel, and she currently owns Upstream Alpacas with her husband, Alan McConkie.
Dave Hollandsworth Zone 2: Astoria, Banks, Forest Grove, Jewell, Knappa, Neah-Kah-Nie, Nestucca Valley, Seaside, Tillamook and Warrenton-Hammond
Dave is a longtime advocate of education, especially special education. He has a son with autism spectrum disorder who has received NWRESD services for many years. He currently serves as the chair of the Tillamook School District Board. Dave owns and operates an insurance agency in Tillamook. He is married to Cathy and has 3 children.
Lisa Poehlitz Zone 3: Hillsboro
Lisa lives in Hillsboro and is a former member of the Hillsboro School District Board of Directors. She currently works for the Sherwood School District in the Department of Teaching and Learning. She is also the parent of a student who received services through NWRESD during his early childhood and K-12 education. Lisa has a bachelor's degree in fashion merchandising (in retail management) and previously worked at the Fred Meyer central office as an assistant buyer.
Tony Erickson Zone 4: Beaverton (Beaverton and Sunset High School attendance areas), Clatskanie, Rainier, Scappoose, St. Helens and Vernonia
Tony serves as chief operating officer for Oregon Aero Inc., where he manages the company’s daily operations. For the past 24 years he has worked with the Scappoose-based manufacturing company, which designs advanced comfort and safety systems for the aviation industry, law enforcement and the military.
Ross Tomlin Higher Education
Ross has spent 21 years as full-time faculty teaching Forestry and Natural Resources at the community college level. He also has 17 years of experience as a college administrator. He has been the President of Tillamook Bay Community College since May 2017.
Marilyn McGlasson Board Member At-Large
Marilyn is a retired educator with 33 years experience as a teacher, counselor, and principal. She served as superintendent for 18 years. She has also given back to the community as a volunteer and board member with various organizations. Marilyn currently serves as a Meals on Wheels Volunteer and Director of the Banks Alumni Foundation. In 2016 she was recognized for 30 years as an ESD Board member.
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