The past year saw something of a minor shakeup on the Peninsula School Board of Directors.
President Jill Uddenberg, who represented District 4, vacated her position. On Dec. 6, Dr. Harlan Gallinger was appointed to fill the position. Since there are three years left on Uddenberg’s four-year term, the position will be up for election in 2013 for the remaining two years.
In addition to Gallinger’s appointment, the board also elected Wendy Wojtanowicz to continue as board president and Matt Wilkinson to continue as vice president.
Here is a short biography about each director:
Wojtanowicz considers herself a lifelong learner. She has served on the school board for six years and represents District 2, the upper Key Peninsula and parts of north Gig Harbor. Her interest and passion for serving on the school board comes from serving as a parent volunteer, then later by serving on District Parent Council. She volunteers on the math committee, has been PTA president at both the elementary and high school levels and is a member of the diversity committee. She works in career services at Everest College.
Wilkinson has served on the school board since 2007. He represents District 1, the lower and central Key Peninsula areas. He is dedicated to improving education and opportunities for young adults.
Wilkinson is the district’s state legislative representative and also serves on the math committee. His community involvement includes suicide prevention and parks appreciation. He works in computer support at CSC Bangor.
Wilhelmsen has served on the school board for the past two years. He represents District 3, which includes the central, east and parts of north Gig Harbor.
As a past teacher, he is committed to making sure students get the best education available. His passion is to help guide the district to become the best in the state. He served on the district’s audit committee before he was appointed to the board. He also has served on several bank boards. Wilhelmsen is a senior vice president in the investment department for West Coast Bank.
Jones has been on the school board since December 2011. He represents District 5, the southern part of Gig Harbor, which includes the Goodman and Harbor Heights areas.
He wants to be a part of shaping the lives and education of the children in the community. He is involved in Gig Harbor’s youth sports and activities, and he serves on the board of several youth organizations. Jones is chief pilot for H&W Aviation.
Gallinger represents District 4, the west side of Gig Harbor, including Fox Island. He has a strong interest in improving science and math curriculum, educational equality, improving school facilities and planning for long-term growth in the district.
Gallinger is an emergency physician with Tacoma Emergency Care Physicians.