MASD District Staff
I have been here at Mill A since 2000. My Background is in Radio. I graduated from Mt Hood Community College with an AA in Radio Production Technology and Engineering. I worked in and around the Portland Radio scene for 10 years or so, then moved out to White Salmon. I ran Sound Thinking Inc. for over 10 years and am currently working part time at vLetter, Inc. in Hood River
I live in Mill A just minutes from the school and am now one of longest employees there... How did that happen?
I love our little school and am very proud of how far I’ve been able to take our technology with the limited time and resources that I have.
This area is home to me, I was born and raised above Willard and went through all 9 grades at the Mill A School.
In 2013, I got the opportunity to work here part and am now the Grounds and Maintenance person here at the school. I feel right at home here, I always loved this little school and have such great memories growing up here.
I enjoy working here and doing all of the various kinds of things I need do to keep the building and grounds up and running. I am full time a construction contractor in the area, In my spare time I enjoy wood working, hunting and football... Go Hawks!
It is with immense gratitude and optimism that I look forward to serving the staff and students of Mill A School and Pacific Crest Innovation Academy as superintendent/principal.
I am a 4th-generation resident of Mill A - my family dates back to 1929 when my Great-Grandmother (Mrs. Mac) moved here when it was just a logging town. I attended Mill A School from 1976 to 1982, then graduated from Stevenson High School in 1986. After college and starting a family, I returned to Mill A with my lovely wife Cheri. We now have four children and recently celebrated our 28th anniversary! Over the past decade, I have served on the Mill A Volunteer Fire Department, and am currently President of the Mill A Community Alliance to Raise Educational Support.
Prior to joining Mill A School in 2015, I specialized as a high school math instructor for over 20 years, the last 9 of which were spent at Stevenson High School. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fresno Pacific College in 1990 and Masters of Arts from Western Governors University in 2011 – both in Mathematics Education.
When not working or spending time of my family, I enjoy playing golf, gardening, and roasting coffee. My wife and I also serve in rural Ethiopia through our non-profit "Desta Girl". See www.destagirl.com.
I grew up on a dairy farm in rural Minnesota and after high school I studied Social Work and Gerontology at Moorhead State University. In 1999, I married my husband, Erik, and we have been living in Mill A since 2000. Upon arriving in Mill A, we both instantly knew this would be our home for a very long time. Our children, Elena and Deacon have both attended Mill A School and we are grateful for the one-on-one attention and the educational benefits that a small school can provide. And we are so pleased that our children have been growing up in such a supportive, tight-knit community.
I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the past 15 years which has allowed me to volunteer in my community and school on numerous occasions. I serve in the Communications Dept. of the Mill A Volunteer Fire Dept. and have been very active at Evergreen Community Church in Mill A. And for the last 3 years, I’ve been President of the Mill A Parent Teacher Organization, where I’ve done a lot of fundraising and event coordinating for the school. I’m very passionate about the success of Mill A School and it’s students! I’m honored to join the staff of Mill A School and I’m really looking forward to a year of new experiences!
Besides spending time with my family, I enjoy event planning, hiking, crafting, and my husband and I have just started swing dancing!
I am so excited to be apart of Mill A School, it is like coming home for me.. I grew up in Mill A and attended Mill A School K-8th grade. My grandfather Billy O’Neal was born here in 1925, after his family moved here from Arkansas. He raised his family here and worked in the woods as a logger.
Prior to working for Mill A School, I worked for Servpro in Hood River for 15 years.
I have a son who is nine and also attends Mill A School. I graduated from Ashford University in 2017 with my Bachelors in Applied Behavior Science. I keep myself busy by helping and volunteering in many of the different activities my son is involved in.
I enjoy spending time with my family, watching football and traveling. I also enjoy cooking and crafts, which I sell through my small business Lisa’s Crafts and Gifts.
I’m really excited to be the Cafeteria Manager/Head Cook at Mill A School & I’ll be putting my experience cooking for my own family to good use here. It’s a slightly bigger crowd, but I love seeing students smiling and enjoying a meal I made for them!
My grandparents, Gerald & Theresa Titchenal, were both long time residents of Mill A and raised their five kids here. My mom, Cathy Titchenal, and I moved back here when I was 8, and I attended Mill A School in 3rd-6th grade. We then moved to Klickitat, WA, and I graduated from high school there in 2003. I attended University of Portland for 2 years, studying Secondary Education.
In 2005 I met my husband, Aldrin, and moved to New Zealand where he was born and raised. We married in 2006, had 3 children, and decided to move back to the US in 2010. We have lived here in Mill A and added 2 more children since then. I have kept busy as a stay-at-home mom to my five kids, currently aged 11, 9, 8, 4 & 2 years old. When I do get a moment to myself, I love to read, listen to music, and play sports (especially volleyball!).
I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing school district and share the school year with each of you! While I did not originate from the Gorge, I am very familiar with growing up in a small town. I grew up in Astoria, Oregon, located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and graduated from Astoria High School in 2000, home of the Fighting Fishermen!
I attended Western Oregon University and earned my Bachelors Degree in 2004, and in 2008, I graduated from Oregon State University with my Masters Degree in College Student Services Administration. I have spent several years working with college and high school students, and now I have the awesome opportunity to also work with elementary and secondary students! My passions are working with students in discovering their own passions and helping them create a path towards college and/or career readiness.
In my spare time, I spend time with my husband, Brad, and two children, Danica & Korben, ages 9 and 8, and our two Labrador dogs, Kali & Pippa. I also spend a lot of time volunteering in the local community planning events for high school students, coaching youth and high school sports, sitting on various boards, and volunteering in my kids' classroom, as time and opportunity allows. I enjoy baking desserts, drinking coffee, fishing, reading, laughing, and playing and watching sports, especially Seahawk football, beach volleyball, and fast-pitch softball.