Stepping on the campus of Chelan School, you enter an extraordinary place for children. It is a place where all of our energies are dedicated to helping children become their best selves. We purposefully create an environment to meet their needs from early childhood to emerging adolescence.
Family: Wife- Erin, Dog (Peanut), Cat (Bob)
Birthplace: Butte, Montana
Chelan (Manson) Resident Since: 2001
Birthplace: Wenatchee, Washington
Chelan Resident Since: 1985
Board Member Since: Appointed to the Board in June of 2000 and re-elected in November of 2005.
Additional Information: My wife’s name is Tammy. My daughter is Jamie and my son is Derek, they are both Chelan HS graduates. I have worked in agriculture related sales and management positions since 1979. I am working as the production and logistics manager for Chelan Fresh Marketing.
Education: Central Washington University, BS in Business Administration
- Bachelor of Trumpet Performance – University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA (1999)
- Masters of Music Conducting – Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX (2010)
- National Board Certified Teacher (2010 & 2020)
Family: My wife Annie and I have two amazing, spunky, and energetic daughters named Ellie (6) and Millie (4).
Jeff and his wife have two sons with their oldest being a student at MOE and have been in the district for a little over four years with Jeff developing his law firm in Chelan. He has a passion for community involvement (next year’s Rotary President), a strong academic focus and an interest in policy development as well.
Birthplace: Fairbanks, Alaska
Chelan Resident Since: 1985
Board Member Since: 2007
Additional Information: Small business owner in Chelan. Washington State Disabilities Planning Council member for over 12 years. Developed Parent to Parent support group, Parent Resource Eastside for Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, and Birth to 3 Family Resource programs statewide. I have traveled twice with Eastern European Medical teams. My husband Alan and I have 3 daughters that have all participated in education programs in our district.
Family: Nick (husband), Kailynn (daughter), Bode (son)
Chelan Resident Since: 2004
Education: BA: Washington State University (Go Cougs!!), EL Endorsement: Seattle Pacific University, MA: Grand Canyon University
Hobbies: sports, lake time, reading, sports, working out, yoga, spending time with family and friends, traveling, did I mention sports?
Favorite Book: Alchemist
Favorite Quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Ghandi
Family: Here in Chelan it is just me, my son Will and David, Will’s father. But back in Michigan I am the oldest of 5 children and the oldest grandchild of 67!!!
– Ancient Taoist Proverb
One day, a farmer’s horse ran away. His neighbors expressed sympathy, “What terrible luck that you lost your horse!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not.”
A few days later, the horse returned, leading several wild horses. The neighbors shouted, “Your horse has returned, and brought more with him. What great fortune!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not.”
Later that week, the farmer’s son was trying to break one of the wild horses and got thrown to the ground, breaking his leg. The villagers cried, “Your son broke his leg, what a calamity!” The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not.”
A few weeks later, soldiers from the national army marched through town, conscripting all the able-bodied young men for the army. They did not take the farmer’s son because of his broken leg. Friends shouted, “Your boy is spared, what tremendous luck!” To which the farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not.”
Birthplace: Chelan, WA (graduated from CHS in 2008)
Family: My husband Justin, daughter Carly and son Luke. I also have many cousins, aunts, and uncles in the Chelan valley.
Birthplace: IllinoisChelan Resident Since: I became a Chelan resident at the age of two when my mother wanted to return to her hometown to be closer to her family.Education: I received a bachelor of arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida and a Kindergarten-eighth grade teaching certificate from Eastern Washington University.Hobbies: Swimming, sewing, boating, snow skiing, reading, playing with my farm animals, and spending time with my family.Favorite Saying: “What we learn with pleasure, we never forget.” -Alfred Mercier
Married to husband, Dale, since 1985. Three children: Elizabeth (CHS Grad 2005), Andrew (CHS Grad 2007), and Christopher (CHS Grad 2008). Three granddaughters: Ellie, Maella, and Riley
Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Copenhagen DK
Family: I have three wonderful daughters with my husband Alex. Our little one is two and the new middle school girls are 11.
I am the oldest sister in the crazy bunch of 6.
Born in Wenatchee, WA but Chelan has been my hometown since the age of 6.
Education: WVC, CWU (for a short while), now considering EWU to obtain my Teaching Degree
Hobbies: Dancing, Hiking, Reading, Singing, Traveling, Exploring, Embracing Nature
Favorite Books: Enrique’s Journey, The Kite Runner, A Long Walk to Water, Peak, Dear Martin, My Sister’s Keeper, Thunder Boy Jr
Family – Married to Jason; Two children, one son and one daughter, enrolled at MOE
Birthplace – Wenatchee, Washington
Chelan Resident- Since 1972
Board Member Since – May 11, 2021
Additional information – My husband, Jeff and I raised two sons who graduated from Chelan High School. During their school years we both participated in classrooms and programs at the school. When the our boys were in high school, I started teaching at Morgan Owings Elementary, and completed a 23 year career there. I have been retired since 2014.
Education – Eastern Washington University with a BA in Elementary Education
- Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr
- “Thank you” is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, and understanding. -Alice Walker
- Have more humility. Remember you don’t know the limits of your own abilities. Successful or not, if you keep pushing beyond yourself, you will enrich your own life–and maybe even please a few strangers.– A.L. Kennedy
Family: I have a wife, Brooke, and a Bernese Mountain Dog named Rainier.
Birthplace: Raised in Lake Quinault, WAChelan Resident Since: 2021Education: BS from Central Washington University
Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University
Hobbies: Hiking, Mountaineering, Sports, Cooking
Richard (Rick) Sperry
My family: Debbie, Ruth and Steven (Plus 3 dogs, Koda, Sky and Sydney)
I was born in Alturas Ca
I live in East Wenatchee (Moved here in July)
I am a graduate of the University of Idaho
I very much enjoy hanging out with my family and playing in water! I also love to watch and coach sports.
Favorite saying: Be angry. Then get over it. – Colin Powell
Birthplace: Seattle, WA
Chelan Resident Since: 2012
Board Member Since: Elected 2019
Additional Information: I am married with two school age children. I am a graduate of Washington State University, Go Cougs! I own and operate, along with husband, Lake Chelan Licensing. My free time consists of spending time at the lake, snowboarding, cooking, traveling and enjoying the company of family and friends.
Education: Washington State University
Family: Husband – Derek Todd
Birthplace: Redding, CA
Chelan Resident Since 2017
Education: Whitworth University – Bachelors in Psychology, Masters in Education
Family: My husband and I have 3 children ( 2 sons and a daughter) Finley (7), Stella (4) and Rudy (2)