Our Governing Board of Directors

At the heart of Rural Resources is its Governing Board of Directors – a dedicated group of elected officials, private business people, community and low-income representatives from throughout our service area. The Board works together to set policy, discuss conditions in the areas in which they reside, and to plan and direct Rural Resources staff to find solutions to problems. With the board’s support, guidance and direction, Rural Resources maintains its responsiveness to the rural communities we serve.

Governing Board meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of every other month beginning in January at our Central Office located at 956 S. Main, Colville, WA. The public is invited and encouraged to attend and public input is welcome. 

Please note our Governing Board meetings will be conducted via phone or video conference. If you would like to attend this meeting via phone or video conference, please contact Michelle Thomas at (509) 684-8421.

Governing Board Members

  • Matt Schanz, Chair/President

    Northeast Tri-County Health District

  • Dorothy Knauss, Governing Board Secretary

    City of Chewelah

  • Arnold Shelton, Finance Committee Chair

    Washington Federal Bank

  • Greg Young, Planning Committee Chair

    Stevens County Board of Commissioners

  • Mark Stedman, Head Start Committee Chair

    Lincoln County Board of Commissioners

  • Theresa Brooks

    NEW Alliance Counseling Services

  • Pete Lewis

    Colville School District

  • Joanie Matter

    Early Childhood Education

  • Eric Powell

    Head Start Policy Council

  • Nathan Davis

    Ferry County Board of Commissioners

  • Haley Burdick

    Youth Representative

  • Fran Bessermin, Administrative Committee Chair

    Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington

  • Debra Hansen

    Tri-County Economic Development District

  • Chris Fox

    Town of Marcus

  • Brian Smiley

    Pend Oreille County Board of Commissioners