While Rockwood Preparatory Academy is a public school,  it is operated by a private non-profit organization (KNOVA Learning Oregon) and governed by a private Board of Directors.  These volunteers provide fiscal oversight, establish organizational policy, adopt the RPA annual budget, and hire/support/evaluate the Executive Director.   We are ever grateful for their ongoing commitment and sacrifices on behalf of our school community.


Board Chair- Dr. Jerome “Jerry” Fladoos, DC

Recently retired, Dr. Fladoos has helped thousands of patients in the East County  since beginning his practice in 1976.  While a chiropractic physician by trade, Dr. Fladoos has been a long-time champion of school choice.  As a founding board member of Mastery Learning Institute (Arthur Academy) Dr. Fladoos was instrumental in establishing the region’s first highly-effective charter schools.  As a founding board member of RPA/KNOVA Learning, Jerome (“Jerry”) brings leadership, wisdom, direction, and passion in helping the school reach towards its mission.

Director Ana Weakland

Ana Weakland brings a wealth of energy, insight, and community advocacy to the board.  Ana is one of two RPA parents currently serving on the board. Ana works for Multnomah County and has earned certifications as a Community Health Specialist and Return to Work Specialist.  Ana holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Programming.  She brings an understanding of trauma-informed practices that affect individuals and communities served by RPA. Ana is fluent in English, Spanish and Mayan.

Director Preston Salami
Born and raised in Portland , Preston Salami and his wife Tara re raising two daughters ages 11 and 9.  Preston  has worked in the Portland community for the past 20 years and the past 11 years for Wells Fargo Bank.  Preston is currently  an Branch Manager at OnPoint Community Credit Union . Preston has volunteered locally with programs like SMART, GREAT, and DARE. Currently Mr. Salami is in his twelfth year as a mentor at St. Mary’s School for Boys.   " I’m am looking forward to working with Rockwood prep board, I believe my skill sets, contacts, and lifelong commitment to youth, will be an asset to the Rockwood prep board."

Director Catherine Nicewood - Board Secretary

Catherine has as big a heart for the Rockwood neighborhood as anyone. As long-time President of the Rockwood Neighborhood Association her courageous, insightful, and selfless leadership is an inspiration to everyone she touches. Catherine is active in her church, music and a myriad community-based activities in service of our community.

Director Jeff Reynolds

As a Rockwood Prep dad, President of the Rockwood Kiwanis Club, freelance writer and local  activist, Director Reynolds brings energy, passion and an understanding of local government to board deliberations.  Jeff is a graduate of Connecticut College..

Director Tina Long

As Superintendent of Exalt Education in Little Rock Arkansas, Tina is an invaluable source of ground-level teaching experience she has accumulated since early in her career as a successful teacher at the Arthur Academies.