Meet the Board

Matthew Wilkinson

Mathhew Wilkinson

Director - District 1

Vice-President

(253) 884-1128

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Elected 11/7/2007
Re-elected 11/8/2011
Term expires 11/2015

 


Mr. Wilkinson has served on the school board since 2007. He represents District 1, the lower and central Key Peninsula area. Matt is dedicated to improving education and opportunities for young adults. He is the District’s state legislative representative and also serves on the math committee. His community involvement includes suicide prevention and parks appreciation. Matt works in computer support at CSC Bangor.

Fun Fact...

Favorite Teacher

Mr. Grimstad, my 11th grade Algebra 3-4 teacher, was my favorite. He showed me if I put in the effort, I could do it! I also enjoyed Mr. Uchida for showing that physical problems could be overcome. He was wounded badly in WWII and went on to excel in sports and education.

Wendy Wojtanowicz

Wendy Wojtanowicz

Director - District 2

(253) 549-9007

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Elected 11/7/2007
Re-elected 11/5/2013
Term expires 11/2017

 


Ms. Wojtanowicz considers herself a life-long learner. She has served on the Board since December 2007 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 in our schools and 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 level and is a member of the diversity committee. Wendy works in Career Services at Everest College.

Fun Fact...

Favorite Teacher

My favorite teacher was my third grade teacher, Mrs. Blue. She introduced me to a collection of books titled Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. Each day we could not wait to listen to her read aloud, anticipating the next funny adventure that Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and our class would share. She instilled a life-long passion of reading in me that began with that series. I still currently own this collection of titles!

Rand Wilhelmsen

Rand Wilhelmsen

Director - District 3

(253) 209-3370

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Appointed 12/9/2010
Elected 11/8/2011
Term expires 11/2015

 


Mr. Wilhelmsen has served on the Board since December 2010. He represents District 3 which includes the central, east and part of north Gig Harbor. As a past teacher, he is committed to making sure our students get the best education available. His passion is to help guide our District to achieve the honored status of best district in the state. Rand served on the District’s audit committee before being appointed to the school board. He has also served on several bank boards. Rand is a Senior Vice President in the investment department for West Coast Bank.

Fun Fact...

Favorite Teacher

I had a great second grade teacher named Mrs. Ferguson whom I adored. She taught me to love learning and challenged me to be better each and every day.

Harlan Gallinger

Harlan Gallinger

Director - District 4

 

President

 

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Appointed 12/6/2012
Elected 11/05/2013
Term expires 11/2015

 


Dr. Gallinger was appointed to the school board in December 2012 and elected in November 2013. He represents District 4, the west side of Gig Harbor, including Fox Island. He has focused on improving graduation rates and expanding the early learning opportunities through collaboration with community partners. As an emergency physician, he has a strong interest in expanding opportunities for rigorous learning and highly-capable programming from kindergarten through grade 12, particularly through an enhanced science and math curriculum. He has two young children, including a student at Artondale elementary school.

Fun Fact...

Favorite Teacher

My favorite teacher was Ms. Wick, AP English teacher at Sumner High School. She had faith in me when I was struggling and was there to provide the extra support I needed. She kept high expectations and laid the foundation for me as I developed critical thinking, reading, and writing skills in high school and beyond.

David Olson

David Olson - Director District 5

Director - District 5

(253) 678-4904

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Elected 11/05/2013
Term expires 11/2017

 


David Olson was elected to the school board in November 2013.  Mr. Olson represents District 5, the southern part of Gig Harbor which includes the Goodman and Harbor Heights areas. David is a retired US Navy officer and over the course of his military career lived in Korea, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Italy.  His wife, Tonia, was a school teacher for the Department of Defense Education Activity.  David has four children, three of which attended schools in the Peninsula School District.  While in the Navy, he served as Pacific Northwest Director of the Drug Education for Youth Program and served on the Board the of the US Navy’s Community Service Council.  He is passionate for helping children make healthy and positive life choices.  David is also a Board member of the Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank.  He is the branch manager for US Bank in downtown Tacoma.

Fun Fact...

Favorite Teacher

Mrs. Dickson, my 12th grade Algebra II teacher.  During my difficult teen years, she never gave up on me and always provided positive feedback and encouraged me to set high goals.  I would not be where I am today without her mentorship.  It proves that parent and teacher support are critical to a student’s education and life-skills.