Jeffrey Avgeris was elected to the Board of Trustees in May 2020. He has owned a Marketing firm in Missoula since 2018. A 17 year veteran in the Newspaper and Digital Marketing space, Jeff's passion is helping businesses grow. Avgeris grew up in southern Oregon and attended Oregon Institute of Technology, receiving a degree in Business and Marketing. Jeff is an avid Fly Fisherman and Hunter. He and his wife Sarah, a special education teacher at Chief Charlo, have 2 kids in MCPS. Avgeris can be reached at (406)728-2400, ext. 1201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grace Decker was elected to the Board of Trustees in May 2015. She has been committed to student-centered education in Missoula for over 20 years, as an early childhood teacher, school director, and education program coordinator. She currently works for Child Care Resources as an early childhood teacher trainer and classroom coach. She and her husband Josh have a son who attends Lowell Elementary School. Decker can be reached at (406)728-2400, ext. 1203 or email email@example.com.
Marcia Holland was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2009 and currently serves as board chair. She is an attorney with a bachelor's degree from the University of Montana and a juris doctor diploma from Chicago-Kent College of Law. She is an adjunct professor at the Alexander Blewett III Law School at the University of Montana. She serves on the board of the Missoula Kiwanis club and is a past president of the University of Montana Alumni Association. She is a Montana native and has lived in both Butte and Missoula, with detours to Chicago and Fairbanks, Alaska. Ms. Holland is a high school trustee, representing the Hellgate High School District area, and can be reached at (406)728-2400, ext. 1209 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diane Lorenzen was elected as a K-12 trustee in May 2013. She works as an environmental engineer, specializing in air quality. Ms. Lorenzen grew up in Missoula and graduated from Hellgate High School in 1979. Thanks to our great Missoula teachers, she had the opportunity to attend Stanford University and study Civil Engineering. Following college graduation, Ms. Lorenzen served two years in the Peace Corps in Nepal where she designed irrigation canals and village water supply systems. Ms. Lorenzen and her husband have two sons and a daughter and two grandchildren. She can be reached at (406)728-2400, ext. 1200 or email email@example.com.
Koan Mercer was elected to the Board of Trustees in May 2020. Mercer graduated from Whitefish High School in 1995 before attending Whitman College, where he met his spouse. After working two years in Washington, D.C. he earned a law degree from the University of North Carolina in 2004. Since then he has been a public defender in Missoula, practicing first as trial attorney and for the past twelve years as an appellate attorney before the Montana Supreme Court. Both Mercer's parents graduated from Missoula County High School and then UM. His spouse teaches at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. His son attends Lowell, where his great-grandfather once went to school. Mercer can be reached at (406)728-2400, ext. 1205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilena Old Person
Wilena Old Person (Yakama/Blackfeet) was elected to the Board of Trustees in May 2019. She is a graduate of the University of Montana and is the Program Coordinator for the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) in the College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Montana. Wilena and her husband, Jason Plain Feather, have four boys; three attending Russell Elementary and one at Sentinel High School. She may be reached at (406)728-2400, ext. 1206 or email email@example.com.
Michael Smith was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2010 and elected to the Board of Trustees in 2012, 2015, and 2018. He has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He moved to Missoula in 1999 to raise his family in the hometown of his wife, Stacey. Mike has one child that graduated from MCPS and one currently enrolled in MCPS. He is a K-12 trustee, serving both the elementary and high school districts, and can be reached at (406)728-2400, ext. 1202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sharon Sterbis was appointed to the board in June 2018 and elected in May 2019. Sharon and her husband moved to Missoula in 1998 with their two daughters, who later both went to Big Sky High School. They also have a son born in Missoula, who currently attends Big Sky. Sharon has a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Northwestern University and a Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland. Before becoming a mom, she enjoyed a brief stint working at the Library of Congress. Sharon is a high school trustee who represents the K-8 districts of Bonner and Target Range and can be reached at (406)728-2400, ext. 1210 or email email@example.com.
Jennifer Vogel was appointed to the Board of Trustees in February 2020. She is currently a special education teacher at Potomac School. Jen lives in Potomac with her husband and two sons who attend Hellgate High School. She was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, and began her college education in Ohio. She worked in special education for 7 years in Ohio before fulfilling a dream and making the "move of a lifetime" to beautiful Montana. Jennifer holds a Masters in Theological Studies as well as a Masters in Education from Ohio universities. She is a trustee for District D, representing Seeley Lake, Swan, Clinton, Sunset and Potomac. She can be reached at (406)728-2400, ext. 1208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before being elected to the Board of Trustees in May 2013, Wake worked for MCPS for four years, thirteen for the City of Missoula and eight years for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in Reno, Nevada developing Child Abuse and Neglect teaching programs and periodicals. Wake represents the K-8 districts of Lolo, Woodman and DeSmet on the MCPS high school board. She can be reached at (406)728-2400, ext. 1204 or email email@example.com.