BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
Whitmore Academy is overseen by Siuslaw Valley Charter School, a 501c3 non-profit organization. If you are interested in volunteering please complete the form below.
Chairman (2022 to 2026)
Mr. Sneddon is a Florence native and a fourth generation Oregonian. He is an active member of the community having served on numerous local boards and charitable organizations such as Florence Habitat for Humanity and the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Sneddon attended university in Vermont graduating with a degree in hospitality management. As a real estate broker Mr. Sneddon represents three major developments in the Florence area. Continued work with Florence Habitat for Humanity Mr. Sneddon focuses his time on affordable housing and developing more opportunities for the families of the Siuslaw Valley to attain a higher quality education. Mr. Sneddon is also the proud father of two.
Vice Chairman (2022 to 2026)
Ms. Hammon is a founder and board vice chair of Whitmore Classical Academy. She has deep roots in the Florence community going back five generations. She has lived in Florence her entire life minus some time spent in college. She has an elementary aged daughter who she looks forward to benefitting from Classical Education. Ms. Hammon has worked in the community’s primary healthcare system for over 13 years as a Certified Medical Assistant and Certified Community Health Worker where she has had the opportunity to serve much of the community she loves and appreciates. She actively serves in the community in a variety of roles that get her involved in education, family and children’s activities. She is excited to be a part of this grassroots project and is enthusiastic about the advantages Whitmore Classical Academy will bring the children of Florence and surrounding communities.
Secretary (2022 to 2026)
Donna has been involved with children in many ways. She has a certificate in Early Childhood development and worked as a Preschool teacher for 6 years in St. Paul Minnesota. After working at other jobs for 20 years, she began to volunteer for Child Evangelism Fellowship in Grants Pass, OR. She taught elementary school Good News clubs for 17 years and was also a supervisor for the club. She volunteered at the elementary school where the GNC was located and worked with the 4th and 5th grade teachers that had her clubbers in their classes. She then began a Bible study for Middle Schoolers at one of the middle schools in Grants Pass. She taught at the Murphy Outback a teen center for 5 years.
In 2012 she was hired at Calvary Crossroads in Grants Pass to supervise the Children's ministry which she did for 5 years and also was Deacon of all the equipping ministries which were the teaching ministries of the Church.
She moved to Florence in April of 2021. Her first experience with Classical Education came when she visited her grandchildren in New York city who attended a Classical Christian School. It has been on her heart that every child should have an opportunity to experience that kind of an education. Classical education teaches the whole child in truth, beauty. goodness and virtue. Classical education invests the love of learning and the training to become a good citizen and to engage in critical thinking.
These qualities are desperately needed today.
Treasurer (2022 to 2026)
Mr. Olson grew up in a small town in central Washington where he participated in team sports from T-ball to high school football. After graduating he joined the US Navy and excelled in his rank as Hull Maintenance Technician Fireman on the aircraft carrier, U.S.S Nimitz. This is where he learned the importance of the trades. After the Navy, Mr. Olson settled in Florence to help run the family business. He is married with one son.
Director (2022 to 2026)
Mrs. Ward is a Director on the Founders Board for Whitmore Academy in Florence, Oregon and is excited about the strong foundation in educational and personal growth that children will receive through the classical education model. Mrs. Ward is experienced in teaching at elementary and middle school levels. She has also been a local District Administrator in the middle school as vice-principal, and as principal. She retired as the Director of Support Services for the Siuslaw School District. Her three children have all attended school here in Florence, Oregon, and her husband has held various political position and is currently Mayor of Florence. Mrs. Ward is well vested in the local community and looks forward to bringing this greatly needed classical education program to the greater Florence area.
Fundraising Chair (2022 to 2026)
For the decade plus years that she has lived in the Florence area, Ms. Osburn has committed herself (and sometimes her family) to contributing and improving the community in which they live. She enjoys identifying community needs, and making plans to get those needs met. She loves envisioning the community’s potential and helping to turn it into reality. Ms. Osburn is happy to serve in supportive roles, as well as taking on leadership positions. She has served in the Siuslaw School District for over 7 years working directly with students in the classroom, as well as in an administrative role in the front office. She has been active in the PTA for 7 years, and served as the PTA President as well. She has a passion and a strong skillset for fundraising and event planning and has acquired crucial funding for the school as well as community organizations. Team work makes the dream work, and she's always happy to jump in and support community members, students, staff and the faculty.
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