Board of Directors
The Board meets the first and third Monday of each month. Any date changes due to holidays, special sessions, etc, are announced publicly on our board meetings calendar page.
Location: The Valley School of Southern Oregon, 857 Valley View Dr, Medford OR. 97504
Time: 5:15 pm-6:45 pm
Heather Olivier, Chair
Heather Olivier is the Director of Bridging Communities, a family network in Jackson and Josephine County. She is a parent, teacher, and advocate who works with families and community partners to promote welcoming communities for all. Prior to her work with Bridging Communities, Heather drew on her teaching experience of 10 + years to support families in navigating special education services. A native of the Rogue Valley, Heather received her Masters Degree in Education from Southern Oregon University. Heather’s experience teaching middle school and high school for a number of years, reinforced her belief in the importance of fostering active and engaged learners in a variety of educational settings.
Brian Manthe, Co-Chair
Brian Manthe has experience in both individual and business tax services, auditing, and financial consulting, with emphasis on personal and business budgeting. His experience includes a broad range of industries emphasizing in non-profits, municipalities and small businesses.
Brian’s passion is working with clients on their personal and business finances and creating a monthly cash flow plan that is effective, efficient and sustainable. He is involved in community and professional events, teaching financial budgeting classes at church and loves hunting and fishing. Brian grew up here in the Rogue Valley and has been able to grow many great friendships along the way.
Alan Jackson, Treasurer
Alan is the Chief Information Officer for MRG where he sits on the leadership team and leads multiple departments. Prior to working at MRG, Alan was the Director of Cyber Security Services for Ashland Partners, a global accounting firm headquartered in Jacksonville Oregon. While there, Alan created and implemented Ashland’s Cyber-Security Services for registered investment advisory firms across the United States. Alan has a wealth of Information Technology and Banking experience. Prior to joining Ashland Partners, Alan spent 12 years in the financial services industry as a Senior Vice President / Chief Information Officer. Alan also served as an Information Security Officer where his duties included developing controls, interfacing with regulators, educating the Board of Directors, and interfacing with staff on technology related issues.
Alan earned a BA in Education from Whitworth University and an MBA from Southern Oregon University.
Kathy McCullough, Secretary
Kathy McCullough is a retired community volunteer after working for Harry and David for almost 42 years. Most of her work experience was in the Call Center managing and developing the yearly budgets as well as handling payroll, and working with Human Resources and Information Technologies as a liaison for the call centers. She is involved in the dissolution of the Southern Oregon Music Festival as current treasurer of the organization. Other duties with the festival involved taking musicians from the festival into the local elementary schools as well. She is very involved in the Rogue Valley bowling community and is currently the Association Manager, which handles awards and finances for the over 1,200 local bowlers. This is a paid part-time position. She is also a member, and current President, of the Soroptimist International of Medford club. Soroptimist is a global organization whose members volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls in their local communities.
Rainy Tilton, Member
My name is Rainyday Tilton. I am a passionate woman, an inspired Montessori teacher, and a proud mom. I have been teaching for seventeen years in the school where I began my education at three years old. I love working with children of all ages... I always have and I believe I always will. I feel grateful to have the opportunity to be on the board of the Valley School, to support their amazing vision and the children who benefit from it. I am a life long beginning learner and feel excited to go into each new day with new eyes and fresh curiosity
Founding Board Members
The Valley School of Southern Oregon was founded by a group of community members who sought a different type of public education. These community members established a non-profit in September of 2014 and began the process of opening The Valley School of Southern Oregon.
Amy Maukonen, Founder