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About Me

I am a parent, educator, active community member, and the current Board Chair for Bend-La Pine Schools.


I am honored to serve as your representative.

Melissa is with her family of four on a baseball field, with herself, her husband and her daughter raising her son on their shoulders who has his finger up indicating number one. They are celebrating and smiling.


My husband and I have two children - a 20-year-old daughter in college and a 13-year-old son in middle school. They have both attended Bend-La Pine Schools, giving me first-hand experience as a parent. I have seen the many areas where our district shines, as well as the areas where we can continue to grow. I've been coming home to Bend since I was 24 and have raised my own family here.

High Lakes Elementary

Realms Middle School

Cascade Middle School

Pacific Crest Middle School

Summit High School

Bend-La Pine Online



I have spent my career in education - as a teacher, a content producer for a professional development company, and a Principal and co-Director of a small district that I helped build - and that closed the achievement gap during my tenure. I now coach Principals and CEOs of small districts serving predominantly marginalized youth and their families, advising them on program development, strategic planning, change management, and accountability. 


Professional Development Producer


Co-Director / Co-Superintendent

Strategic Advisor

Leadership Coach

Melissa is speaking with two students doing math at their table at an elementary school.
Melissa is standing with Shimiko Montgomery and Caroline Skidmore wearing red in support of the Student Investment Act rally.
Community Member


I believe we are only as strong as our community, and its commitment to creating a place where all can thrive. I give of my time, talent, and treasure to support multiple community organizations - primarily those that serve youth and their families. I chaired the 2022 School Bond campaign, that passed with a 60% approval rating bringing necessary updates to our facilities. I have a demonstrated track record of service, giving back to the community that I love.

2022 School Bond Chair

High Lakes Elementary, School Site Council

Cascade School of Music, Board of Directors

Board of Directors


In 2019 and again in 2023, I ran for the Board of Directors to promote agency, equity, and belonging in our district alongside organizational and fiscal strength. I have spent the last four years delivering on that promise, while also taking on leadership roles. I look forward to the work ahead in my second term. I am all in.

Board Chair,

2021 - present

Board Vice Chair,

2020 - 2021

Superintendent Selection Committee, 2019 - 2021

Melissa is seated with six members of the Board of Directors.
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