Rockwood Preparatory ACADEMY is a Private Non-Profit Organization governed by the KNOVA Learning Oregon Board of Directors. These volunteers provide fiscal oversight, establish organizational policy, adopt the RPA annual budget, and hire/evaluate the Executive Director. We are ever grateful for their commitment and sacrifices on behalf of our community.
KNOVA Board meetings are normally held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 4:30pm and include a “public to be heard” during which time community members are able to speak directly with the Board of Directors.
Board Chair- Director: Dr. Jerome “Jerry” Fladoos, DC
Recently retired, Dr. Fladoos has helped thousands of patients in the East County area 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 KNOVA Learning, Jerome (“Jerry”) brings leadership, wisdom, direction, and passion in helping the school reach towards its mission.
Director: Mr. Balwant Bhullar
Balwant Bhullar’s life is a lesson in intelligence, courage and determination. Originally born in India, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering, Mr. Bhullar exemplifies the many gifts immigrants bring to our community. Upon arriving in America, Balwant worked in a convenience store, security services and commercial truck driving before a serious accident confined him to a wheelchair in the late 1990’s. Over-coming his physical challenges, Balwant has owned a successful convenience store if Fairview for nearly 20 years. Recently elected to a second term on the Fairview City Council, Balwant brings intelligence, political savvy, business knowledge and a love for children that will serve our families and students well.
Director: Mr. Willie Chambers
Willie Chambers currently serve as Food Manufacturing Pathway Coordinator for the Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC)/Rosemary Anderson High School (RAHS). Recently retired from 42 years of experience in the retail/wholesale food, culinary/meat and farming industries. Chambers started a family owned grain-based business SuperNatural Natural Foods Inc. in early 2002. Willie and his wife served on the Portland/Multnomah Food Policy Council for 3 years and is still very active in Oregon with the Govern’s education priorities, which are to increase access to STEM and CTE learning opportunities for underserved and underrepresented students. Chambers’ focus is on relevant, hands-on learning opportunities that lead to high-wage, high-demand careers in the entrepreneurialism culinary, ag and food manufacturing/process industries.
Director: Mrs. Theresa Delaney Davis
With over 25 years of experience in human resources, marketing, legal, education, construction, executive and International business management and support, Mrs. Davis brings a vast wealth of expertise to the KNOVA board. In addition to her “business” background, Theresa is a long-time resident of the Rockwood/Reynolds community where she served two-terms on the Reynolds School District BOE. As the Reynolds Chair, Ms. Davis was instrumental in establishing KNOVA’s initial charter agreement. Her deep understanding of the business, political, and educational needs of our community make her a powerful and impactful resource to the KNOVA Board of Directors.
Director: Mrs. Tina Long
As one of the founders of KNOVA Learning Oregon, Director Long brings heart, knowledge, and experience to our current board. As Superintendent of Exalt Education in Little Rock Arkansas, Tina is an invaluable source of current information regarding big-picture national charter-school topics as well as the ground-level teaching experience she has accumulated since early in her career as a successful teacher at the Arthur Academies.
Director: Ms. Catherine Nicewood
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. We are very pleased to welcome Catherine to the KNOVA Learning board!
Director: Mr. Jeff Reynolds
As a Rockwood Prep dad, President of the Rockwood Kiwanis Club, freelance writer and local political activist, Director Reynolds brings energy, passion and an understanding of local politics to board deliberations. A graduate of Connecticut College and Eagle Scout, Director Reynolds also volunteers to oversee RPA’s growing Scouting troops.