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 via email email@example.com.
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, teacher trainer, and classroom coach. She currently coordinates the Zero to Five Missoula initiative at United Way of Missoula County. She and her husband Josh have a son who has attended Lowell Elementary, C.S. Porter Middle School, the Missoula Online Academy (MOA), and Hellgate High School. Decker can be reached via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nancy Hobbins - Vice Chair Elementary
Nancy Hobbins, a K-12 trustee, was appointed to the Board of Trustees in October 2020. Nancy Hobbins is a Senior Community Health Specialist at the Missoula City-County Health Department. She manages the Suicide Prevention program for Missoula County, is co-chair of Project Tomorrow Montana and co-chair of MCPS's Student Wellness Council's Behavioral Health Committee. Nancy has been working in public safety and health for the past eight years, working to improve systems of support in our community. Nancy lives with her two kids who attend Hellgate High School and Rattlesnake. Hobbins can be reached via 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 via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilena Old Person - Board Chair
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 via 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 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 via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arlene Walker-Andrews - Vice Chair High School
Arlene Walker-Andrews was appointed to the Board of Trustees in September 2021. Arlene is a retired administrator (Associate Provost) from the University of Montana. She obtained her doctorate in Experimental Psychology (Development) from Cornell University in 1981 and taught at Rutgers University for 22 years before moving to Missoula. Her hobbies include hiking, golf, and reading. She and her husband David Andrews live in the Target Range School District. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Meg Whicher was elected to the Board of Trustees in May of 2022. She comes with 20 years of experience working with youth and families in recreation and out-of-school programs. She holds a Masters Degree in Recreation Management and currently works for Missoula Parks and Recreation. A new parent of a future Lowell Bobcat - you can find Meg and her family on the Northside enjoying all the outside adventures this community provides. Whicher can be reached via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keegan Witt was elected to the Board of Trustees in May 2022. Keegan graduated from Sidney High School in 2003 and the University of Montana in 2008 with degrees in accounting and finance. After graduation, he earned his CPA license and started his career in public accounting as an auditor. He is a single father of two boys who attend Missoula County Public Schools. Hobbies include ice hockey, triathlons, traveling, and hiking. Witt can be reached via email email@example.com.
Rob Woelich was elected to the Board of Trustees in May 2022. Rob is a professional pilot, flight instructor, and former airline pilot. He now works for the Federal Aviation Administration as an Aviation Safety Inspector. Rob also holds a degree in Information Technology and Cybersecurity, and his hobbies include working with computers, tinkering with electronics, and designing and 3D printing objects of various utility. Rob grew up in Missoula, attended MCPS in the '90s, and is married to his wife Alecia. Woelich can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.