School Board Members
The Camas Board of Education consists of five citizens of the school district elected from director districts for a four-year term.
Any resident may run for election to the board providing the candidate meets certain legal qualifications. Board members serve without pay.
In Washington, education is defined as a function of the state government by the constitution. Legislative actions have created school boards to serve as agents of the state to administer the school functions which have been delegated to local districts. School board members are responsible to the voters and act under the restrictions of state law.
The board provides direction for the district, approving policies, making financial decisions, determining building needs, and approving the budget. The progress of the district is reviewed regularly by the board. The board relies on the superintendent for advice, but final decisions are the responsibility of the school board.
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Email name: Casey.Odell
Casey O’Dell joined the school board in 2001 when his three children were just entering Camas schools, because he felt it would be great way to be involved with their education. A lifelong resident of Camas, he feels his work on the board is his way of giving back to the community in which he was raised.
Casey has a degree in construction management from Washington State University, where he also studied architecture. He is the facilities manager for Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas, located in Camas. In his spare time, Casey can be found outdoors, where he enjoys fishing, crabbing, camping, and spending time with his family.
Julie Rotz, Vice-President
Email name: Julie.Rotz
Julie Rotz wasted no time getting involved, joining the school board in 2009 just one year after moving to the area. Camas was selected as the Rotzes’ new home thanks to the reputation of the schools; Julie joined the board as a way to understand public education more broadly and help be a positive influence in decision making for the district.
Julie has a degree in English, with a minor in business, from Brigham Young University, and works as a technology consultant and project manager for HotDocs Corporation. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, writing, cooking/baking, and being active.
Email name: Connie.Hennessey
Connie is a native of California who graduated from Oregon State University and received her master’s degree in guidance and counseling from City University in Seattle.
A longtime volunteer in Camas schools, Connie worked in various positions with the Helen Baller PTA and the Camas Educational Foundation before joining the School Board in 2005. She and her husband, Patrick, have two children: Taylor, who graduated from CHS in 2012, and Reilly, who graduated in 2014.
Connie works at the Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School in the Evergreen School District as a school guidance counselor. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching football, hanging out with family, and traveling.
Email name: Doug.Quinn
Although born in the Portland area, Doug was fortunate to grow up in a large family in Coos Bay, Oregon. While living in “the other Bay area,” Doug developed a passion for the outdoors and the myriad hobbies that return him there regularly. His father is a retired electrical engineer and his mother, “Dr. Quinn,” was a college instructor until her passing. It is evident that education has always been a core family value when one realizes that Doug’s parents, all seven of his siblings, his wife, and their three children have all attained their college degrees.
Beginning in the late 80′s, Doug served as the public works director/city engineer in Camas. In 2003, he joined Clark Public Utilities as the director of water services. He volunteers his time on the boards of the Camas School District, Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce, Camas Downtown Association, and Washington State Public Works Trust Fund. As time allows, you will find him hiking, diving, or biking someplace sunny or, if you listen very carefully, practicing on his blues harp.
Mary Tipton, President
Email name: Mary.Tipton
Mary joined the board in 2008. She was appointed and then elected to fill a vacancy that her husband, Gary Tipton, left after he passed away from pancreatic cancer. Both Tiptons shared a commitment to the Camas School District after many years of volunteering in the schools and with the Camas Educational Foundation. All three Tipton daughters attended and graduated Camas schools.
A graduate from Oregon State University, with a major in business/accounting, Mary is retired from Hewlett-Packard, where she worked in finance and business management for 28 years. In addition to her work on the Camas school board, Mary volunteers with the YWCA Court Appointed Special Advocates program. She enjoys frequent walks with her dog, Lucy, hiking, cycling, and skiing in the Vancouver/Portland area.