The North Thurston School Board has appointed Melissa “Mel” Hartley to its District 3 director position, replacing Aaron Owada.
She was one of a dozen applicants. She was selected after interviews with the board Tuesday night.
Hartley’s three children attended North Thurston Public Schools. She and her husband were in the Army, and she is part of the Graduate Medical Education faculty at Madigan Army Medical Center.
Hartley has a law degree, and has spent her career practicing and teaching health law and ethics.
“I am committed to diversity and the inclusion of every student,” she said in her application. “I will listen to all views presented, and work toward a decision that is fiscally sound, morally responsible, and that which would benefit our students and the community we serve.”
Hartley replaces Owada, who resigned late last year after serving on the board for nearly 20 years. She will be sworn in at the Feb. 22 School Board meeting and will finish the remainder of Owada’s term, which ends in November.