Spring is the season of growth and change for many things, and the White Salmon Valley Education Foundation (WSVEF) is no exception.
The group announces the addition of three new board members, election results for board positions, and a fond farewell to a founding member.
Steve Nordlund of Underwood, Jennifer Harty of White Salmon, and Ryan Kreps of Husum are the newest WSVEF board members.
Nordlund is the vice president of Business Development and Program Management at Insitu. He came to the Gorge approximately six years ago, and lives in Underwood with his wife and two children. He became involved with the WSVEF because of its impact on local schools.
"A strong school system is vital to our community and businesses. As a parent of an incoming student to the system, I wanted to get involved to help the continued enhancement of education in our schools," said Nordlund.
Harty said "I have been fortunate to provide the young children of the Columbia Gorge with a music program. I feel that becoming involved with the WSVEF is a natural progression towards providing all of the children in the school system more opportunities to expand their learning and widen their interests."
Harty is the Kindermusik teacher for the Columbia Gorge, and has a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Montevallo. She spent many years in the entertainment business on both stage and film. Currently, she lives in White Salmon with her husband and two children.
Kreps is a computer network engineer at RADCOMP Technologies, and a recent graduate of Columbia High School (2001). He credits his current success to CHS's computer technology classes and teachers, and decided to get involved with the WSVEF because he can provide input as a recent graduate from the White Salmon education system.
"I am looking forward to helping students from all backgrounds and interests get opportunities that I did. Technology is changing faster now than ever, hopefully I can provide some input that will open doors for current and future students."
Meantime, officer positions for the board are as follows for the coming year: Anne-Marie Slater, president; Ronda Crumpacker, past president; Sue Davis, vice president; Kate O'Donnell, treasurer; Donna Rockwell, secretary.
Said Slater, "I have large shoes to fill as president. Ronda has been a driving force in the creation of the foundation, and in bringing it to the place it is today. We can't thank her enough for her outstanding work on our children’s behalf."
Other board members include Lorena Lowell, Diane Crumpacker, and Jason Spadaro. Advisors to the board are Dale Palmer, superintendent of schools, and Lesley Apple Haskell, legal counsel from Wyers and Haskell.
And finally, the WSVEF bids a fond farewell to founding board member Dale Connell from Riverview Community Bank.
"Dale's been with us since the board's inception," said Slater. "He's been an integral part of building our organization, and we appreciate his wisdom, effort, and energy."
For more information about the WSVEF, its grants, or to make a donation, go to www.wsvef.org.