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Board Members

Superintendent Mr. Leon Ashlock

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Member Ms. Sharon Ballew Seat # 3 2013-2018

I have lived in Tahlequah for 42 years, having moved here after high school to attend college at Northeastern State University.  I hold a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Degree with a minor in Psychology, as well as Masters in Education Degrees in Elementary Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and Administration.  I have been in education for a total of 35 years, 7 years as a classroom teachers and 28 years as an administrator of state and federal programs.  I am currently in my 26th year at Tenkiller School as the State and Federal Programs Director.  In addition, I have written, and had funded, numerous grants for schools in the state.  

I currently serve on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Tahlequah, as well as the Oklahoma Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs.  I have also served on the board for the Oklahoma Association for Bilingual Education, representing our Native American students. 

My two sons are graduates of Tahlequah Public Schools and I have two grandchildren who are currently attending Heritage Elementary School.  

President Mr. Brian Berry Seat # 5 2015-2020

I am a resident of Tahlequah that was born and raised here, attended Tahlequah Public Schools, and currently practices law and maintains and operates the Branch and Twig restaurants in the North End district of Main Street.  I am married to Chris Berry, my wife of fifteen years, and I have two children who attend Tahlequah Public Schools, Brandon and Sophia.

I am a past board member of the Tahlequah Airport Board, and I currently sit on the Tahlequah Hospital Foundation Board.  Professionally, I am the managing member of Berry, Inhoffe, and Otterson, PLLC, a law firm with offices in Tulsa and Tahlequah, and I am a Justice for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees.  

My wife Chris is the secretary for the Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation, and is very much involved with the various programs within the Tahlequah Public Schools.

Member Mr. Ed Myers Seat # 2 2017-2022

I have been a resident of Tahlequah for the past 46 years having moved to Tahlequah to assume a teaching position in Music and Humanities at Northeastern State University in 1971.   In 1993, I was honored to be recognized as "Teacher of the Year" for teaching excellence.  After 32 years, I retired from NSU in 2003.

In addition to my teaching at NSU, I maintained a private piano studio for numerous years teaching all ages of students.  I have been the church organist at the First Christian, Disciples of Christ Church of Wagoner, OK for the past 26 years.

It has been my privilege to have been a coordinator and host dad for 27 "sons" through the Academic Year in America program of the American Institute of Foreign Studies for the past 20 years.  As a result of being a host to foreign exchange students, I have been a “parent” of students at THS for the past 20 years.  

It is my pleasure and honor to serve as one of your board members.

Member Mr. Jim Wilson Seat #4 2017-2019

I graduated from OSU with a BS in Mathematics.   Following graduation I pursued and completed coursework in Accounting.

My career consisted of criminal justice statistical analysis and software development.  Additionally, I served two terms in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and two terms in the Oklahoma State Senate, retiring because of term limits in 2012.

I am married to Connie (Thompson) Wilson.  We have one grandchild attending TPS.

Vice President Ms. Lorraine Walker Seat # 1 2016-2021

I am a life-long resident of Tahlequah, born in Muskogee but raised in Cherokee county and educated in the Tahlequah public schools. I was two years old when my parents, Dr. C.L. and Norma Lombardi, moved our family to Tahlequah, where my dad taught Industrial Arts at NSU for 33 years. I received both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from NSU.

Presently, I am a retired educator (and fulltime, on-call Nana), having spent 28 years in the classroom teaching English. For the last 22 years of my career, I taught Senior English and A.P. English at Tahlequah High School, served as the English department chairperson, and worked as a cross-curricular Reading Apprenticeship mentor.

My three sons, Matthew, Andrew, and John Walker, who also were educated in the Tahlequah Public School system, hold the academic distinction of being the first three siblings to graduate from the OU College of Dentistry. I have 10 grandchildren, six of whom live in the district and will be progressing through the Tahlequah school system.