Board Members

 

The Sisters School Board consists of five members elected to serve overlapping four-year terms as non-salaried trustees of the School District. As elected officials, the Board is responsible for the scope, depth, and quality of education and its the official policy-making body of the school district.

In addition to establishing policies for the operation of the district, the Board defines the philosophy of the district, and in cooperation with the Superintendent, determines educational goals and standards, authorizes curriculum revision or development, approves employment and termination of personnel, approves the budget and sets the tax rate, approves property purchases, approves new building plans, and hears grievances of employees, students, and citizens.

The responsibilities of a School Board Director require the unselfish giving of time and service. There are an endless number of meetings and school functions to attend, unlimited amounts of reports, agendas, proposals, and other information to read and study, and a variety of difficult decisions to make.

Jay Wilkins

Jay Wilkins

Position #1, Chair

Term Expires: 06-30-2021
jay.wilkins@ssd6.org

Jay has been an Oregonian for over 20 years and has called Sisters home for the last five. The strength of Sisters’ educators was the primary reason he and his wife, Vanessa, moved from Portland in 2012. Both Jay and Vanessa have deep commitments to public education, including two daughters who are enrolled in the schools.

Jay started his career as an Army officer, earning the Ranger tab and piloting Apache helicopters. He transitioned back to the civilian world via an MBA program at Harvard and has enjoyed a variety of general management positions at companies ranging from venture capital backed start-ups to fortune 500 companies. He runs a consulting business with local and global clients.

He has a simple approach to creating value: Collaboratively set the goals, align and enable the team, and drive accountability with transparent metrics. He attended the 2017 Oregon School Board Association’s "Summer Bootcamp" for new board members and is on the "steep part of the learning curve" in terms of how best to apply his experience in support of the district.

David Thorsett

David Thorsett

Position #2, Director

Term Expires: 06-30-2021
david.thorsett@ssd6.org

David was raised in the Willamette Valley and has called Oregon his home for over 50 years. He moved with his wife, Sarah, and family to Central Oregon in 2011, primarily for the strength and reputation of the Sisters’ public school system. 

David works as an Orthopedic Surgeon at Santiam Hospital in Stayton and feels that he has the ability to offer fresh insight and perspective to the Sisters School Board.  Over the past nine years, he and Sarah have had the opportunity as parents to experience every grade through the elementary, middle, and high schools as their four children have navigated learning in this community.  He was appointed as an interim board member in 2019 and is working hard "chasing Jay up the steep part of the learning curve."

His spare time is taken up with family and friends exploring the hills and mountains of this beautiful area.

Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Position #3, Director

Term Expires: 06-30-2023
jeff.smith@ssd6.org

Jeff Smith served on the Sisters School Board for a dozen years from 1999-2011. He was appointed as an interim board member after a 3½ year hiatus and then elected for a 4-year term in May 2015.

Jeff retired as a university professor in 2004, after 30 years of teaching, primarily in the areas of governmental finance and public policy analysis. Jeff has been active in each of the schools in Sisters since moving to town in 1995.

He is committed to insuring that every graduate of our schools has the knowledge, skills, and values to be a great citizen.

In his spare time, Jeff serves on the Board of the Sisters Folk Festival, serves as the unpaid coach of the Middle School wrestling team, and hikes a section of the Pacific Crest Trail every summer.

Don Hedrick

Don Hedrick

Position #4, Vice-Chair

Term Expires: 06-30-2023
don.hedrick@ssd6.org

Don is a retired administrator and teacher with 34 years experience in public schools.  He is now in his third term on the Sisters School Board.  He has lived in the school district for 17 years, and has served on various committees during that time.

Don believes in collaboration with school district staff and community partners to provide the best possible education for all students.

Edie Jones

Edie Jones

Position #5, Director

Term Expires: 06-30-2021
edie.jones@ssd6.org

Edie Jones graduated from Washington State University with a BA in Recreation and later received a Masters of Adult Education from Oregon State University.  Her work has consisted of being a Recreation Director for a city, teaching in a college, working for the Girl Scouts, owning and directing Camp Tamarack, and providing parent education and eventually directing the Together For Children parenting program.

She has served on Girl Scout Boards in two different states, the Board of the Bend International School, and now chairs the Board of Together For Children.  She has published a book titled Raising Kids With Love, Honor and Respect; Recipes for Success.

She is the mother of four adult children and the grandmother of 7.