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Board Members

Superintendent Ms. Lisa Presley

Graduate of NSU in 1979 with a BS in Elementary Education; Masters Degree in Secondary Education from NSU in 1987; and additional masters level course work from NSU to obtain certification for Elementary and Secondary Principal; and Superintendent.

20th year in school administration and 35th year in education.
15 years teaching mathematics at THS 1982-1997.
3 years Sequoyah Elementary Principal 1997-2000.
12 years Curr Dir and Asst. Supt 2000-2012.
5 years Superintendent 2012-present.

President Ms. Sharon Ballew Seat # 3 2013-2018

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Vice 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.

Member 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.

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