Board Meeting Information

Academy regular board meetings are open to the public, except for executive sessions as authorized by law. Time is set aside at the business meeting for public comments. The board sometimes schedules public hearings or special meetings on specific topics. These are advertised via the website.

PLI Board of Directors Meeting Schedule

Meeting May 7, 2014

Regular Session 5:00 p.m. 657 SW Glacier Avenue, Redmond, OR  97756

Start time
Regular Board Meeting
Monday, April 14, 2014
5:00 p.m.
657 SW Glacier Avenue
Redmond, Oregon
Compensation Sub Committee Meeting
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
3:30 p.m.
657 SW Glacier Avenue
Redmond, Oregon
Regular Board Meeting
Monday, May 5, 2014
5:00 p.m.
657 SW Glacier Avenue
Redmond, Oregon
Quarterly Board Meeting
(Second Quarter)
Friday, May 23, 2014
9:00 a.m.
657 SW Glacier Avenue
Redmond, Oregon
Regular Board Meeting
Monday, June 2, 2014
5:00 p.m.
657 SW Glacier Avenue
Redmond, Oregon
Regular Board Meeting
(Third Quarter)
Sunday, August 10, 2014
1:00 p.m.
657 SW Glacier Avenue
Redmond, Oregon

The agenda and minutes for the meetings are available upon written request by contacting Donna Nordstrom via email:



Patrick MacKelvie has spent his entire career working to improve education at both the K-12 and post secondary levels. Working first as an ESL instructor and later in curriculum development, he quickly realized firsthand the importance and impact of a committed educator on the life of a student. Patrick has gone on to work for several software companies on the development and implementation of curriculum, process improvement and institutional reporting software. In addition to his role on the RPA Board, Patrick also serves on the Board of the Oregon Association of Student Councils, a statewide non-profit focused on cultivating and supporting high school leadership. Patrick lives in Portland, OR and is an avid skier, cyclist and triathlete, as well as a proud alumnus of the University of Oregon.


John graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelors Degree in Healthcare Administration. I have worked at Salem Clinic PC for over 20 years and I am currently the Director of Information Systems. I have volunteered as a coach in the Kid’s Inc. in Dallas Oregon. I have been married for 17 years to Toni, and have three kids, ages 12, 10 and 7. Many of my family members work in the public school system, but I believe that not every student fits in the traditional school model and RPA affords other students another opportunity to be successful. Go Beavs!


Sally Duncan is policy research director at the Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University. She is interested in the connections between researchers, the attentive public, and natural resource policy makers, as those links often conceal a wealth of untapped opportunities. Outside of work, she gardens and reads and runs and thinks and laughs and loves as much as she can.


John graduated from Willamette High School in 2001. Every year since graduating, John has spent time at Willamette assisting the students there with their Kids Helping Kids commitments and working with the Children’s Miracle Network. Before being hired to his current job as a Special Project Coordinator for PeaceHealth Medical Center at RiverBend John worked in youth athletics. Instructing children from elementary school levels to the professional ranks, John was in charge of organizing camps, activities, and camp counselors. After high school, in addition to working philanthropically with local high school students, John attended the University of Oregon to earn his Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy. He played for the school’s football team in the 2001 – 2003 seasons, earning academic honors and contributing to the Duck’s 2001 Pac-10 Championship.


As a long standing member of the community, Andres is currently a principal of Workhorse-Solutions LLC. Workhorse Solutions provides consulting services to the resort and recreational real estate industry. Previously, Andres was President and Chief Executive Officer of JELD-WEN Development, Inc. which is part of the JELD-WEN family of companies that run local resorts as Eagle Crest Resort, Brasada Ranch and more. Andres brings to RPA his vast experience including serving as the Former Director of High Desert Museum, Former Director of the Redmond Boys & Girls Club, Former Director of Deschutes County Fairgrounds Association, Past President and Director of Redmond Chamber of Commerce and Former Chairman of the Deschutes County Budget Committee. He has been awarded Redmond First Citizen and Central Oregon’s Business Person of the Year in 1993. He has been an educator and coach at Northern Illinois University, Elmhurst High School and Elmhurst College. He and his wife Jinny have two married children. They are also owners of Sisters View Clydesdales and own a 120 acre farm.


Mark is a native Oregonian who graduated from Oregon State University in 1991. He has spent his entire professional career in technology sales, the last several years with EMC. During a seven year stint in Atlanta, Mark met Jennifer Carter. They married three years later, had two children (Caroline, now 11, and Carter, now 9) and eventually moved back to the Portland area, where they currently reside.

“I am a big believer that, just as in public markets, education can benefit from innovation and creative approaches — to find new and effective practices, and to reach all students in a personal manner.”


Bert Eliason has been involved in education for 37 years and recently retired from Bethel School District in Eugene, Oregon after spending the last 15 years as a middle school principal. Bert earned his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oregon State University and his Masters and Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon. Currently, Bert serves as a Research Associate at the University of Oregon promoting the use of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support in classrooms around the world encouraging school-wide, classroom and individual behavior and academic support to foster environments that are safe and respectful and build success for all students.

He writes, “I have always been supportive of individualized educational opportunities, and I believe the proficiency model allows that possibility for many students. Individuals learn in many different ways, and if a student can demonstrate they understand and can use and apply concepts competently, I don’t believe it is always necessary that they also do a requisite amount of classroom seat time in order to earn credit for a class or course.”

“In my classroom, and more lately school and district-wide, I have promoted the idea of demonstrating proficiency as an alternative means for students to establish they have gained the requisite knowledge for a subject, course, class or concept. These individualized demonstrations of competency empower students and often times allow for additional study in parallel or tangential learning opportunities during the time they might otherwise be involved in a more traditional ‘seat-based’ learning situation.”

“I believe in what the Redmond Proficiency Academy offers and promotes and am proud to serve on the governing board in support of RPA’s efforts to allow students to thrive and grow.”



Community Service has been a part of my life since I was very young.  My mother and I volunteered for the Ground Observer Corp when we first moved to Redmond and we took our shifts in the top level of the old City Hall.  As I grew up, I participated in many different and varied 4-H clubs as well as being a Junior 4-H Leader.

One of my proudest moments was serving as President of the Deschutes County Extension Advisory Committee and coordinating the effort to establish a permanent tax base to keep the Extension Service and 4-H in Deschutes County.

Over time, I’ve been on the Board of Redmond Economic Development and the Redmond Chamber of Commerce, serving as Chamber President in 2005.  I also graduated from Leadership Redmond in the Class of 2005.  I’m currently attending Deschutes County College – a 10 week program aimed at in depth exposure to county departments.  I’m also currently serving as Secretary of Redmond Community Concert Association Board of Directors.

It’s been a thrill to watch the development of RPA – an educational concept that has been too long in coming.  I am pleased to serve on the PLI Board of Directors.