Key Communicators

Mission Statement

The Key Communicator Network is a network of opinion leaders who establish solid two-way communications among organizations and their public.  These opinion leaders talk to lots of people who tend to listen to what they have to say. They keep in touch with district officials and immediately report questions, concerns, rumors, etc.

Goals of the Key Communicator Network Committee Include:

  1. Improved communication with the public leads to better student education because of a higher level of trust and communication in decision making.
  2. An informed community also increases parental involvement and support for students.

Who are the Pendleton School District's Key Communicators?

NAME Organization/Affiliation
Casey White Zollman BMCC
Chris Fritsch Pendleton SD Superintendent
Chris Rush East Oregonian
Dale Freeman Pendleton SD Board Member
Dan Duso Parent
Fred Robinson Business Leader
Gail Nelson Umatilla Co Economic Development & Tourism
Heidi VanKirk Parent
Jane Hill Community Leader
Julie Smith Pendleton SD Director of Special Programs
June Mohrland Patron
Karen Shearer OEA
Karin Power Retired Teacher
Kathryn B. Brown East Oregonian
Kevin Hale Coldwell Banker
Kristin Dollarhide Travel Pendleton
Liam Hughes Pendleton Parks & Rec
Mark Mulvihill InterMountain ESD
Matt Yoshioka Pendleton SD Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
Michael Corey Wheatland Insurance
Michele Madril InterMountain ESD
Michelle Jones Pendleton SD Director of Business Services
Modesta Minthorn Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Pamela Duso Parent
Pat Beard Pendleton Convention Center
Rick Oliver St. Anthony Hospital Pastoral Care
Rick Rohde Patron
Robb Corbett Pendleton City Manager
Roberta Lavadour Pendleton Center for the Arts
Stuart Roberts Pendleton Police Department
Suzie Stuvland CAPECO
Torie Smith Parent
Wil Phinney Confederated Umatilla Journal

If you are interested in becoming a part of the Pendleton School District's Key Communicator Network, please contact:

Ronda Thornburg

When do Key Communicators meet with the District?

3 times a year for 60-90 minutes.

  • October 25, 2018
  • February 21, 2019
  • May 16, 2019

District Office Contacts for Key Communicators

Key Communicators may contact Pendleton School District officials by visiting the District Office (107 NW 10th St.), by calling the appropriate phone number or via email.

  • Chris Fritsch, Superintendent | 541.276.6711 |
  • Ronda Thornburg, Superintendent’s Secretary | 541.966.3250 |
  • Michelle Jones, Director of Business Services | 541.966.3259 |
  • Matt Yoshioka, Director of Curriculum | 541.966.3260 |
  • Julie Smith, Director of Special Programs | 541.966.3262 |