School Board Members
In Washington, education is defined as a function of the state government by the constitution. Legislative actions have created school boards to serve as state agents to administer the school functions, which have been delegated to local districts. School board members are responsible to the voters and act under state law restrictions.
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 school board’s responsibility.
While elected by director districts, board members represent our entire district. If you would like to share your thoughts with our board, please send a message to the entire board by using the button below.
Joined 2018; Current term ends 2025
Corey McEnry, a third-generation Camas High School alum, is a National Board Certified Teacher and works as the band director for Hockinson High School. He has served as vice president of the Hockinson Education Association and as a committee member of the Hockinson Facilities Planning Committee and the citizens’ bond committee. McEnry earned his Bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and his Master’s degree from Sam Houston State University.
He told the Board in an interview that he was interested in serving because he is proud of his education in Camas.
“This is a time of great change in education, both in terms of legislation and the ever-evolving role of the school in the community,” McEnry stated in his application materials. “I believe my varied roles as a parent, teacher, taxpayer, and community member coupled with my ability to be a respectful, open-minded team player will be a positive addition to the Board.”
Joined 2018; Current term ends 2025
Erika Cox and her family have lived in Camas for 15 years. Her volunteerism started as Prune Hill Elementary PTA President and continued at Dorothy Fox Elementary, Skyridge Middle School, Camas Educational Foundation, Citizens Advisory Committee, and serving the City of Camas Salary Commission Board. Erika has three children who have been in Camas schools since kindergarten: Emma (CHS 2019), Elliot (CHS 2021), and Charlotte (CHS 2024). Cox earned her Bachelor’s degree in political science from Oregon State University and is an Industry Analyst Relations manager at Netskope.
Erika is humbled to serve Camas students, educators, and families as a Camas School Director since 2018 and finds inspiration in supporting all students with the highest-quality learning experiences, devoting and engaging in open communication with staff and families. “I am committed to the role of public education in our community and the difference it can make for a student,” Cox shared. “Through our partnerships with supportive organizations and city and state advocates, we can recruit and retain best-in-class educational professionals and offer unique educational experiences that connect learners and our community.”
Joined 2005; Current term ends 2023
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 counselor. She enjoys reading, watching football, hanging out with family, and traveling in her spare time.
Joined 2023; Current term ends 2023
With a background as a Registered Dietitian and a Master of Science from New York University, Bamini Pathmanathan brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to the role.
Since 2009, Bamini has been actively involved in various community service roles, including serving as the PTA Secretary at Prune Hill Elementary School, Chair of the Camas Educational Foundation Mini-Grant Committee, and Vice Chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee for three years. Additionally, she has served on The Student Wellness Advisory Council and volunteered with organizations like Meals on Wheels, the Clark County Food Bank, and Northwest Children’s Outreach.
As a school board member, Bamini passionately advocates for high-quality education and strives to create an exceptional learning environment for all students. She believes that education is the cornerstone of a strong community and dedicates herself to addressing the challenges in the educational system. Bamini actively engages with the community, values input from stakeholders and promotes collaboration between parents, teachers, students, and community members.
Joined 2017; Current term ends 2023
Tracey is a Camas High School graduate and a longtime Camas community member with two children in the district. A graduate of Clark College and Leadership Clark County, today she is vice president and partner and Halbert Construction Services LLC. She also serves on the boards of directors for Cascadia Technical Academy (formerly Clark County Skills Center) Foundation and Southwest Washington Contractors Association.
To the role of Camas School District board member, Tracey brings a deep appreciation for her own education in Camas Schools and for that of her children. She aims to constantly utilize her skills and expertise and her passion for and commitment to giving back to the community.
The Camas Board of Education comprises five school district citizens elected from director districts for four years. Any resident may run for election to the board, providing the candidate meets certain legal qualifications. Board members serve without pay. Candidate and election information are posted on the Clark County Elections web page. Read about expectations in the Washington State School Directors Association’s guide Serving on Your Local School Board.