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
Barnabas Sprinkle, President
Barnabas comes to the board as an enthusiastic parent. He is also lead pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and serves the community as a leader in cub scouts and charity boards. Barnabas highly values education. In addition to his theological training, he holds a master’s in organizational communication and a doctorate in missional leadership.
The Sprinkles have three children. Joshua is currently a 7th grader at the Valley School, and Matthew looks forward to attending next year. Their preschool daughter Hannah enjoys dancing, though we’re not sure it should yet be called ballet! Together the family enjoys camping and hiking the great trails of Southern Oregon.
Brian Manthe, Vice President
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.
Jeanetta Woodside, Treasurer
Jeanetta Woodside is a founding board member of the Valley School. As parents, Jeanetta and her husband have explored many different educational options for their two kids, from public, private, magnet, and even homeschool. This journey fueled Jeanetta’s drive to be a part of The Valley School. Jeanetta is a Rogue Valley Native and a proud graduate of the University of Oregon (BS in Mathematics and Economics). She has a background in business administration and is currently the controller for a local insurance agency. Jeanetta has made community involvement a priority and has served our community in a variety of ways from PTO President to youth sports coach.
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
Heidi Lee Harless, Member
Heidi Lee Harless is an educator, designer and artist living in Oregon’s scenic Rogue Valley. Currently, as an Instructor and Digital Design Program Coordinator for Rogue Community College she works with area high schools and business leaders to create dynamic CTE, and STEM-based programming. She has also taught for Crater Renaissance Academy High School, Southern Oregon University, City of Seattle and K12.
With over twenty years professional experience in technology and the arts, Harless has created courses where students succeed in core standards while gaining design and software expertise. She began her career publishing software at Apple Computer in 1993, and has assisted both Adobe and Microsoft in their marketing efforts, including the highly successful launch of the Microsoft Network. As principle of Heidi Lee Harless designs, her art direction talents can be seen in the advertising and design of Fortune 500 corporations as well as non-profit companies.
Harless has honored degrees in Humanities from San José University, Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Seattle, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Southern Oregon University. As a small business owner, she has received grants and awards for her work educating at-risk youth. She is also a recipient of the 2007 Kum Tux Hiju Native American Fellowship, the 2010 Miller Foundation Teaching Award, an Ambassador Award from SOU in 2013, and a Fulbright Award in 2015.
Heather Olivier, Member
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.
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