Sara Rohne Tanner - Chair
Sara grew up in Brownsmead on a dairy farm owned by her parents, Joe and Sally Rohne. As a first-generation American on her Dad's side, her parents were adamant that their children learned the value of hard work and the importance of a good education. Joe and Sally felt that their kids had all the opportunities in the world, and that they were very lucky to be part of such a special community.
After graduating from Knappa High School, Sara attended Pacific University in Forest Grove. She immediately began her career working as a Financial Services Professional in 1993. In building her clientele, she focused on the community that she still feels devoted to. Though Sara lives with her family in Portland, she is in Clatsop County every week working with clients. It was this continued connection that led her to the Knappa Schools Foundation. She was invited to become a board member in 1998 and has served ever since. It is her goal and passion to see Knappa's kids have the same opportunities to learn and excel that children in larger districts have. Sara is so proud to be a part of this wonderful organization!
Tonya Lempea - Vice Chair
Like many generations of her family, Tonya was born and raised in Knappa and graduated from Knappa High School in 2003. After attending Oregon State University, she transferred to the University of Portland on a full academic scholarship to earn her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. Since 2007, Tonya has worked as a Labor & Delivery RN and is a certified Childbirth Educator and Lactation Consultant. Her passion for health, families, and community has also led her to work for the local health department. Tonya and her husband - a KHS alum and teacher - reside in Knappa with their children who attend Knappa Schools.
Tonya is very thankful for the opportunities she had in academics, sports, 4-H, and other extracurricular activities while growing up in Knappa. She has served on the Knappa Schools Foundation Board since 2012. Tonya feels the Knappa community genuinely empowers and supports it's youth and she is excited to do just that through her role on the board.
Stephanie Sievers - Treasurer
Stephanie was born and raised in Knappa and attended Knappa schools. After graduating from Knappa High School in 1994, she obtained her Associates Degree in Business Data Processing at Clatsop Community College. Soon after graduating, Stephanie started as a teller at Wauna Federal Credit Union where she is currently the SVP of Operations. It is important to Stephanie to volunteer in the community she lives in and where her kids go to school. The credit union supports community involvement, which over the years has allowed her to volunteer for a variety of community events. Stephanie became a board member for the foundation in 2012.
Jeanne Windsor - Secretary
Jeanne moved to Knappa in March of 1997. She became a Knappa Schools Foundation Board member in 2005. She has had several successful businesses including "A Taste of Heaven" coffee shop in Knappa, as well as a catering business and 6 year food service contract with Clatsop Community College. She was the Chief Operating Officer for National Insurance Consultants from 2009 until 2012 and is presently employed as the General Manager of the Logger Restaurant.
Shawn Teevin - Member
Shawn was born near Seaside, Oregon and graduated from Knappa High School in 1978. Shawn is also a graduate of Willamette University - Bank Director’s College which provided a good foundation for his 20 year tenure on the Board of Directors for Bank of Astoria. Shawn spends countless hours serving on various boards and committees in the area bringing his acumen to the board room. He is one of the founding members of Knappa Schools Foundation and a member of the Columbia Maritime Museum Board.
His entrepreneurial spirit has led him through many successful business endeavors. He is currently President and CEO of Teevin Bros. Land and Timber and Teevin Fischer Quarry. He donates to, and supports, countless other non-profits in the area including the hospital and college foundations, 4-H kids at Clatsop County Fair, Knappa Days, Clatsop County schools, local sports teams, and privately held fund-raisers.
Anita Nichols - Member
Anita was born and raised in Clatsop County. She graduated from Knappa High school and went on to attend Oregon State University, graduating with a B.A. in Education. Anita moved back to Clatsop County and married her husband James, where they settled in Knappa and raised their three children. Anita's kids were the third generation in her family to graduate from KHS. She is so proud to be a part of this community its schools. Anita served on the Knappa School Board for several years, but her service came to an end when she resumed working for the school district as a substitute. She feels that the Knappa Schools Foundation is an important asset to our schools and offers another way for her to contribute to our schools and her grandchildren's future education!
Brian Montgomery - Member
As were many current and former Board members, Brian was born and raised in Knappa and he attended Knappa schools. After graduating as the Valedictorian in 2006 Brian moved on to Oregon State University, earning a B.S. in Accounting. Upon graduation from OSU Brian accepted a finance role with Georgia-Pacific at the Wauna location, allowing him to move back to his hometown. Since moving home Brian has been involved in the community through volunteer coaching at the youth and high school levels, and became a Board member in 2013. Brian currently resides in Knappa with his wife Katie.
Blake Gerttula - Member
Blake was born and raised in Knappa. He graduated from Knappa High School in 2005, then went on to attend Oregon State University where he received a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry and a minor in Business. In 2012, Blake earned an MBA from Aspen University. He currently resides in Knappa with his family and works as the Administrative Officer for Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.
Growing up in Knappa, playing sports, and attending Knappa Schools has given Blake a great passion for giving back to the local community that has given so much to him. He finds no better way to return that gesture than working together as a member of the Knappa Schools Foundation Board.