School Board Members

  • John Diamond John Diamond, President

    John Diamond has lived in Oak Harbor since 2009.  Prior to living on the island, John lived in Utah and Southern California.  He has a daughter who graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 2019 and is currently attending college. John worked in public safety for 25 years, most recently as the Technical Services Manager for I-COM 911.  He currently is the Chief Operating Officer for Whidbey Tech Solutions here in Oak Harbor. In addition, John has volunteered with the North Whidbey Fire Marine Search and Rescue Team. He’s also an active member of the Oak Harbor Kiwanis Club.  John graduated from Grand Island Senior high in 1983 and attended Ricks College and Arizona State University studying Public Administration.  He earned his certificate in Computer Networking from the Computer Education Institute in 2002 and a diploma from Maric College in 2005.  An avid boater, John and his wife, Nancy, can be found on the water crabbing or enjoying time with their two grandchildren.  “I believe in the principle of giving back where you can. We have a great opportunity to support the system that educates young minds and creates great productive citizens for our future.  This is where I believe I can contribute to our community.” Elected 2017 | Term Expires 2021 Email Mr. Diamond

    Jessica Aws portrait picture. Jessica Aws, Vice President
    Jessica Aws is a recent resident of Oak Harbor and is the current youth librarian of Oak Harbor Public Library. She earned her bachelor's degree in anthropology and a minor in history from the University of Washington in 2009.  She pursued her master’s degree in medieval archaeology from the University of York a year later and received another master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University in 2014.  No stranger to the classroom, Jessica partnered with teachers from Oak Harbor High School to teach a course on fake news last spring.  An avid hiker and gardener, Jessica is a world traveler and a self-proclaimed animal lover. "I see this an excellent opportunity to become a greater advocate for students and families in this community, and to bring a fresh perspective into the governance of the Oak Harbor School District.”  Appointed 2017, Elected 2019 | Term Expires 2023  Email Ms. Aws

    Bob Hallahan  
    Bob Hallahan
    Mr. Hallahan and his wife moved to Oak Harbor in 1993 when he was assigned to fly EA-6B’s as a Navy pilot and completed five major deployments.  After he left the military, the couple stayed, raising and educating their two children. He is active in the community and recently served as a volunteer assistant scoutmaster for Oak Harbor’s oldest Boy Scout Troop. He also works on behalf of the environment, speaking and writing on climate change and leading a citizens’ group advocating solutions. Bob studied natural science at the University of Notre Dame and holds a master’s degree in National Security from the U.S. Navy War College. He worked as a local realtor for several years, and now is a commercial airline pilot. His hobbies include backpacking, bird watching and gardening. He was elected to the school board in 2015 and says he was inspired to serve “as a way to give back to the community while remaining close to the lively energy and creativity that youth bring to the world.”  Elected 2015, Reelected 2019 | Term Expires 2023   Email Mr. Hallahan    

    Erik Mann, Board of Directors
    Erik Mann
    Erik Mann has called Oak Harbor home for most of his life. A 1995 graduate of Oak Harbor High School, Erik is a realtor in town and has two daughters enrolled in Oak Harbor Public Schools. He received his Associate of Technical Arts degree in Parks and Operation and Maintenance from Skagit Valley College. He’s lived in Bellingham, Burlington, and Sedro Woolley and on San Juan Island before returning to Whidbey Island. He has been a vested community member by being on the Board of Oak Harbor Kiwanis, the Planning Commissioner Position 4 City of Oak Harbor and Board Member for Oak Harbor Youth Sailing. In his free time, Erik can be found on the water coaching the Wildcat Sailing team or racing himself. “I am proud of the progress achieved already, but there will be new challenges ahead relating to aging facilities and state funding, that will require great vision, and am excited to help chart the course for continuous improvement.”  Elected 2017 | Term Expires 2021  Email Mr. Mann
    Lynn Goebel headshot. Lynn Goebel
    Lynn Goebel is a familiar face to Oak Harbor Public Schools.  A 30-year resident of Oak Harbor, Lynn retired from teaching in June of 2019 after serving students for 18 years. A 1981 Texas Tech graduate, Lynn has a strong passion for all students.  She expressed interest in joining the Board because she values the importance of education and helping students reaching their full potential.  Her quest is to allow students who walk through the doors of Oak Harbor Public Schools the opportunity to become successful. Lynn now works as a consultant and has two kids, Gregory and Millie, who graduated from Oak Harbor High School. In her spare time, Lynn and her husband enjoy walking, biking, skiing, and boating.    "I am very honored about serving the students, families, staff, and community of Oak Harbor on the Oak Harbor Public School Board." Elected 2019 | Term Expires 2023 | Email Ms. Goebel

    Shaq Gallagher Shaquan Gallagher, Student Board Member

    Shaquan was one of five finalists selected to interview for the position in front of the School Board.  During the interviews, Shaquan stated that he wanted to serve on the Board to connect with the community and his peers but also recognized how it would be beneficial on his resume. Also, he identified social issues facing Oak Harbor High School students and improvements for the school. Shaquan is a high achieving student, enrolling in AP Physics, AP Chemistry, AP US History, AP Language and Composition and Honors Algebra 2.  He has a passion for learning in general as he’s also taken business management, leadership, video production, and automotive. He’s described as outspoken, articulate, and driven.  He’s also very active, participating in track, key club, and robotics. “When I found out I was selected, I was shocked,” Shaquan said.  “It’s an incredible opportunity, and I just want to spend some time to get my footing and understand this huge role I’m taking.” E-mail Mr. Gallagher
    River Clark River Clark, Student Board Member

    River was selected along with four other juniors to interview for the second School Board member position.  River indicated their reason for applying was to be the voice for students like them.  An active member of the Oak Harbor High School Gender Sexuality Alliance, River currently serves as the Club’s President.  With a goal to create change in a way that improves the quality of learning for students, River has stated that they will have a strong focus on mental health and discrimination toward students.  River has lived in Oak Harbor for much of their life moving here at the age of three.  River credits teachers Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. McClean, Mr. Sipes, Mr. McCoy, and Mrs. Gibson from the middle school and high school who have been instrumental during their education journey.  In their spare time, River enjoys singing, dancing, acting, makeup, and creating videos. Selected 2021  |  Term Expires 2022