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Terry Niegel

Board President

Terry Niegel and his wife Donna Niegel have been active members of the Oak Hill community for many years, beginning when their son Tanner was enrolled in the OHS 1st grade. Terry is a CPA at Kernutt Stokes LLP in Eugene. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees and serves on the Finance committee as well. What he loves the most about our school is the creative learning environment that is fostered throughout every aspect of Oak Hill.

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Cynthia Morris

Secretary, Finance & Facilities Committees

Cynthia Morris is the mother of Mark Curtis (class of 2022) and David Curtis (class of 2023). Her family came to Oak Hill in 2010 looking for a community with differentiated learning in the classroom and a superior and personalized student/teacher ratio. Cynthia operates a wholesale distribution warehouse, Petersen-Arne, that provides weekly replenishment to retail stores and ecommerce fulfillment in the sewing and crafting categories. Cynthia serves on both the Finance and Facilities committees of the Board of Trustees. She has been a driving force, together with Jesse Elliott, for the six major campus improvement and building projects we’ve experienced every year since 2012, including the Hill Art Studios and barn renovation complex, remodeling of the MacDonald building creating new classrooms, and repurposing of the Cottage and Gonyea House into our new administrative core at the heart of campus. What Cynthia loves most about Oak Hill is that it provides what she wishes every kid could have: a caring community of bright and tolerant-minded professionals, dedicated to supporting every child to be the best they can be, while exploring all facets of academic and creative achievement in a safe, supportive, and inspiring natural setting.

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Nathan Mattox

Nathan Mattox, spouse Leslie Mattox, daughter Samantha Mattox (class of 2022), and son Nathan Mattox, Jr. (Oak Hill School 2013) have been with Oak Hill School since Nathan Jr. entered the 8th grade in 2008, with Samantha beginning kindergarten in 2009. He is semi-retired after a 28-year career in the automotive industry, and currently owns and manages residential and commercial properties in Oregon and Alaska. Currently, he is Vice Chair of the OHS Board of Trustees and also serves as Development Committee Chair. If you ask him what he loves most about OHS, you might get a deer in the headlights look, because “when you are part of a school with so many wonderful things it is hard to pinpoint one. Today I will say it’s my impressionable daughter being taught by faculty and staff that truly care about her future and success. Tomorrow I know I will say it’s the luscious 72-Acre campus that we all get to enjoy.”

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Ingrid Skoog

Board Member

Ingrid Skoog is the parent of Emma Miller, class of 2017. Ingrid is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Exercise Physiologist who specializes in performance nutrition and women’s nutritional health. Currently Ingrid is a faculty member in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University where she is an instructor and coordinator of online (Ecampus) course offerings for the nutrition major. In addition, Ingrid is the owner of Momentum Nutrition Coaching here in Eugene. As a part of the Oak Hill community, Ingrid has been heavily involved in providing nutritional support for the cross country team, and serving as a parent judge for the Debate team. In addition, she has helped with Oak Hill Preview Day, faculty and staff appreciation efforts, and the annual auction. Ingrid has served on several national boards, and looks forward collaborating with the current trustees toward realizing Oak Hills short and long term goals and its commitment to providing an exceptional educational experience for all of its students.

Ingrid chairs the Governance Committee and served as Head of the recent Head Search Committee.

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Dorothy Penaloza

Dorothy Penaloza is the mother of Cedar (Lower School) and Arlo (Middle School). Dorothy and her husband Chris Hagen are both anesthesiologists with Northwest Anesthesia Physicians. She did her medical school at Oregon Health Sciences University and residency training in Seattle at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Upon completing residency and having Arlo, they moved to Eugene in 2008 and joined the Oak Hill community in 2016. Dorothy loves Oak Hill and values the community for both her children and the entire family. She loves that her children come home from a day at school happy and excited about school and friends. Dorothy believes that the teachers and faculty are deeply committed to know and care for every child at Oak Hill. On any given Friday afternoon in the spring, you may see her family at pick up time, packed, with the camper in tow, ready for a weekend of exploring the wonders of Oregon.

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Dan Franklin

Dan comes to OHS after a career in consumer affairs and nonprofit organization administration. He retired in 2013 after 33 years at Consumer Reports in Yonkers, NY. His work there included working with the Board of Directors and advocacy offices, facilities planning, and business policies review. His last position there was Labor Relations Director and Ethics Officer. Prior to that he worked as a consumer fraud investigator in San Diego, and was the first Executive Director of the California Public Interest Research Group (CalPIRG). He has a BA from Syracuse University and an MA from San Diego State University, both in American Studies. Between degrees he spent four years as an Air Force officer. His interests include gardening, woodworking, and current events.

Dan’s interest in OHS stems from his two grandchildren, Madeline (Class of 2027) and Jolie Moore (Class of 2030). Prior to relocating to Eugene last year, Dan and his wife, Donna, rarely missed Grandparents Day, flying out from New York for the event. He’s thrilled to have a shorter trip to OHS events, and to be part of an exceptional institution.

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Leia Pitcher

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John O’Brien

John O’Brien comes to Oak Hill School with over thirty-five years of experience in the independent school world. Originally from Massachusetts, he completed his Bachelor of Arts in History at Trinity College in Connecticut and his Master of Arts in American Studies at Dartmouth College. He has taught students in Grades 5-12 and has been a coach of numerous interscholastic sports teams. John’s various administrative experiences have included serving as Assistant Dean of Admission at Phillips Andover Academy in Andover, MA, Head of Middle School, Head of Upper School, and Associate Head of School at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, CA, and Head of School at both Saddle River Day School in Saddle River, NJ, and at St. Mary’s School in Aliso Viejo, CA. During his years at St. Mary’s, the school’s programs and reputation were greatly enhanced, leading to significant growth in both enrollment and fundraising activities. He has also served as the chair of school accreditation teams for the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).

The Oregon lifestyle suits John well, as he is an avid runner, hiker, and golfer. He also has two grown sons, Jack and Chris, who reside in Southern California. One fun fact: He and his sons are citizens of both the United States and Ireland (John’s mother was born there).

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