Board

Rachel Howard – Board President Rachel is an artist, scholar and traveler with a passion for teaching. She has a graduate degree in Preservation Studies and is currently finishing her Masters of Education degree program at Portland State University. Rachel is looking forward to starting her teaching career and becoming a Peace Corps volunteer in the near future. 

Micaela Keller – Board Member Micaela is a passionate communicator and community advocate. She has a degree in Organizational Communications-PR from the University of Portland. Micaela is the Compliance Planner for the Hood River County Community Development Department, serves as her Union President and is the Cascade Locks Elementary PTO Vice President.  

Matt Rankin – Board Member Matt has lived in the gorge since 2003 with his wife and daughter. He has a long history of community involvement which includes being the Director of Community Education, serving on several local boards, coaching at Hood River Middle School and plenty of other community volunteer gigs. Matt is currently a business manager providing 30 years of operational, financial and analytical experience.

Michelle (Mic) Marusek – Board Secretary Michelle is passionate about equitable enrollment, success and the student experience. She is an experienced faculty with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. She is also a strong arts and design professional with a Master’s of Fine Arts from New Mexico State University. Michelle is currently a Student Services admissions and enrollment professional at Portland Community College.