Board of Directors
Founding Father - Phil Simmons
Kellye Dewey - President:
Born and raised in Cannon Beach. Attended Cannon Beach Elementary School from K - 5th grade. Married to Ryan Dewey. Moved to Portland for a short time before deciding to come back and raise our family here. Along with spouse is a local business owner and have two small children.
Sally Steidel - Vice President:
Undergraduate degree from University of Oregon. Taught elementary school, (3rd grade), in NY and Arizona, worked as a traveling training change agent for young student teachers in Clatsop County. Opened Steidel's Art Gallery with her husband, Bill in the early 1970's. Has lived in Cannon Beach since 1960.
Barb Knop - Treasurer:
Undergraduate degree from Western Washington State College in Business Education. Masters degree from Western Washington University in Business education. Retired teacher with 26 years of classroom experience, final 17 years at Broadway Middle School in Seaside. Involved in many volunteer community activities that help to protect, improve and preserve the environment of nature and people in the city of Cannon Beach and the Seaside School District.
Patti Rouse - Secretary:
Moved with her spouse and three young children in 1984. While her spouse enjoyed a career in law enforcement, she took jobs that coordinated with the family. She cleaned at Bell Harbor, was the secretary at the Presbyterian church and enjoyed working with the flowers at Raintree. She also waitressed at Lemon tree and Mo's. For the last 17 years she has worked with Providence as a Patient Access Representative. She has been active as a volunteer, including the Cannon Beach Elementary School, the American Legion, The Tri-City Store, The Children's Center, Chamber and Library fund raIsers.
Phil Simmons - Director of Start-up Operations:
Is an attorney and retired Marine Corps officer. He has experience in institutional law and significant experience with leadership in a variety of settings. Phil was the driving force early in our project; he led the task force attempting to relocate the district school within the city. Phil had to step down from his role as a board member in late 2014, but recently rejoined our board and is volunteering full time, until our school is able to hire our administrator.