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.
Susan Neuwirth - Vice President:
Born and raised in Northern California. Attended Chico State University. Moved to NYC in 1972. Lived in the NE (NJ, MD, PA & DE) where I raised my two children and created several businesses including and award-winning design boutique, two restaurants. Moved to Cannon Beach in 2004 and opened a restaurant and catering business. Currently managing an ocean front condominium complex in Cannon Beach. Thankfully, my two children and six grandchildren all live in Cannon Beach. I volunteer as much as I can for heart-felt causes in our beloved village.
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.