Board of Directors

The Board of Directors oversees all school operations, including setting school-wide goals; setting policies and procedures, making all hiring decisions, and setting the budget and ensuring the financial health of the school.

Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend monthly board meetings, which begin at 6:00 p.m. and are held at Clackamas Community College in the DeJardin Building  in room 233. Please note the DeJardin building is the glass building on the south side of campus (closest to Highway 213) and directly across from the soccer fields.

The agendas will be posted and available prior to the meetings and minutes will be posted online.  See the School Calendar for meeting dates and the Board News Page for agendas and minutes.

Board meeting procedures include:
  1. All board meetings will be posted on the calendar for the entire upcoming school year.
  2. Agendas will be posted 48 hours prior to each meeting, both in hard copy at the school and electronically on the website.
  3. Meeting minutes will be approved by the board at the next month’s meeting, and then posted approximately one week after that on the website.
  4. In order to facilitate community involvement, the public comment section of each board meeting has been moved to the beginning of the agenda.
  5. A time limit of 3 minutes per individual will be enforced to ensure that the Board can hear public comment at the outset and still proceed through that month’s agenda items without delay.
  6. If students wish to attend and speak at a board meeting, it is requested that the student (or parent) notify the Board chair at least 48 hours in advance, so that the location of the meeting can be changed to the school.
  7. Input sessions, surveys and other opportunities for obtaining families’ input, such as the Spring 2012 facilitated input sessions, will be scheduled on an as-needed basis to supplement the opportunity for public comment at board meetings.
Board meeting dates

Board Members for 2016-2017

alex-van-peltAlex Van Pelt and her family have been part of the Springwater community for 9 years. Her son Evan is now in 8th grade and her daughter Emma is in 3rd. Alex has been active around the school throughout the years helping with fundraising, enrichment classes, and working in the front office at the school. Alex and her husband Chuck, feel fortunate to have their kids at a school where the world is their classroom and teachers get to know the students as individuals. Watching the school grow from the beginning years, to where it is now, has been amazing and an honor and she enjoys being a part of this history.


Myla Myers grew up in Milwaukie and attended Rex Putnam High School and Clackamas Community College. She has worked for 12 years as a Bookkeeper for the Eye Clinic of Milwaukie. She and her husband Matt have three children. Lilly is a 5th grader and AJ is starting 3rd grade, Nate is 3. They love going to the beach in Pacific City and camping. Myla and her family have enjoyed and greatly benefited from the community aspect of Springwater. She feels very fortunate to have found this environment for her children, somewhere they can learn from amazing teachers and spend so much time really playing in and with nature.


David CrossDavid Cross has two children at Springwater in the 1st and 3rd grades. David was born and raised in England, and over the last 27 years has worked in 21 countries, and lived in six of them, before finally settling on a small farm close to the school where he grows vegetables and fruits, and rears his own organic meat. David has a varied career history including CEO of a tech. startup, QVC host, earthquake relief volunteer, chef, and for the past 18 years running his own successful online marketing consulting company.


Ali McIntyreAli McIntyre Between the two of them, Ali McIntyre and her husband, Tim Christopher, have four fun and silly boys. Their twin boys, Cole and Jack, are both thriving at Springwater. Ali is originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia and has a degree in Public Relations from Temple University. She is the Executive Director of the Animal Policy Group, a small niche government relations firm that focuses on the animal industry. Ali sings with her church choir and is an active volunteer with Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, the March of Dimes, and the Pacific Pug Rescue. Ali feels strongly that many children do not fit on the template of traditional elementary schools and she is delighted that her spirited twins get the opportunity to cultivate a love of learning and their love of nature, while getting the individual attention that they need at Springwater!


Joshua Bryan Green, owner of Creative Undertakers (brand and retail marketing services & solutions company), has a highly diversified background as a business owner and manager; sales executive; and an operator at a high tech facility. Joshua has spent most of his career in the creative/marketing industry until 2013 when he decided to start his own business so that he could spend more time with his family and have a better quality of life. When Joshua is not running his own business and serving major consumer and retail brands, most of his time is spent with his wife and 3 kids (Orion 7, Brooklyn 5 and a brand new baby boy). Joshua is an avid gardener  with a true passion for plants, wildlife, and the environment. Joshua is a lifelong student where he enjoys researching and learning as much as he can about any topic. His passion for learning is further reinforced by his love of traveling around the world to new and exciting countries and exploring diverse cultures. Joshua is proud to be a Springwater Board member where he will bring creative ideas and reinforce Springwater’s ESS mission.


Robert Murray


devon-bio-picDevon Sommer is the father of two current Springwater students (Mason & Kaitlyn) and a former one (Collin). He and his wife Kristi are transplants from the midwest and have lived in Oregon City since 1998. Devon has degrees in Chemistry and is a Forensic Scientist for the Oregon State Police. He is active in Oregon City youth sports, particularly the youth lacrosse program where he is the acting president. In his free time he enjoys being outside with his family and especially his german shorthaired pointer, Rambo. He is looking forward to working with the board to continue to build on the foundation of this wonderful school