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Current Board Members

The PHUSD Board of Education consists of five members elected to four-year terms. Board members are elected from all areas within the district and don't necessarily represent any particular area.

The PHUSD Board is responsible for setting district policy and approves the district's annual budget. The Board and district staff work hard to ensure the district mission is fulfilled in all classrooms. The public is welcome to attend board meetings, board meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month open session starting at 6:30. (with the exception of Nov. when the meeting will be on Nov. 18th.)  All board meetings are held at the Placer Hills District Office 16801 Placer Hills Road Meadow Vista, CA 95722. Tentative agendas are included in each school's electronic Monday Walkhomes and are posted on this website.

The current Board Members are:

Board Member



Dr. Joyce Bradshaw

Board President

Melody Thomasson

Melody Thomasson received her degrees and credentials from Westmont College and CSU Sacramento. She taught elementary school in the Auburn Union School District for 23 years. She is now retired and enjoying many rewarding volunteer experiences as well as travel and time with her 13 grandchildren. Melody and her husband, Jim, are long time Meadow Vista residents and the parents of four grown sons, three of whom went through the Placer Hills Schools.

Kim Piper

I grew up in the community of Meadow Vista, attending Placer Hills School, Weimar Hills School, and Colfax High School.  I graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2002 with a degree in nutritional science.

I ended up substitute teaching and then getting an emergency credential to teach 1st through 5th grade special education in the Cumberland County School District in Fayetteville North Carolina.  We moved to Washington State in 2006 and I again substitute taught junior high and high school until we started a family.

We now have three girls, two of which are students at Sierra Hills School, with the 3rd planning on attending in the future.  I love this community and these schools and feel fortunate to be able to be back here.  I want to be a part of the care board members have over the education of our children and well-being of our staff and administrators.  I hope to contribute new ideas and a "mom's perspective" to the board.

Katie Schiavone


I moved to beautiful Meadow Vista, after marrying my husband Louie, 11 years ago.

We have young three children. Benjamin is in the 2nd grade at Sierra Hills Elementary School. Enzo is in kindergarten and Josephine attends preschool; both are at Live Oak Waldorf School in Meadow Vista.

I love our community and I believe that I have the skills and knowledge from my career pursuits, as well as a vested interest as a parent and homeowner, to provide leadership and make decisions that will positively enhance our District.

After graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, I initially worked for five years in finance and marketing for Janus Funds and GE. Thereafter, I focused on a career in education having earned my teaching credential and Master of Education from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California.

After teaching for nearly 5 years, I advanced my professional development as the Program Director for a local educational non-profit organization that serves that at-risk youth in Nevada County.

My background in business and education, as well as my aptitude for collaborating with others, and my desire to see positive growth will guide me in my position on the School Board.

When not fulfilling my School Board duties, you will find me running the trails of Meadow Vista with my dog, Vera, or driving my kids around to their plethora of activities.

Shannon Wines

I am truly honored to serve as a board member for Placer Hills Union School District in beautiful Meadow Vista, CA.  I take this position seriously and will work to be fair and consistent.

I have lived in this community along with my husband, Eric, and two children, Molly and Owen for over 11 years.  Molly now attends Colfax High School and Owen is in fifth grade at Weimar.  Both children attended Sierra Hills and Molly graduated from Weimar last year.  They have taken advantage of the curriculum and specialized programs at both schools and continue to be challenged and supported by the teachers and support staff.

After graduating with my Masters in Social Work from Sacramento State University in 2003, I was drawn to the Meadow Vista area for their great schools and healthy mountain living.  As luck would have it, I was hired by Placer County Children’s System of Care.  I initially had the opportunity to work as a Wraparound worker.  Wraparound is a strength based family driven approach, supporting families and youth with challenges find greatness in themselves.  

I then had the opportunity to work as a clinician in an ED (students designated with emotional disturbance) school program for junior and high school students.  It was a collaborative between PCOE and Placer County Mental Health to support special education students working off an Individual Education Plan aimed at addressing mental health and behavioral issues with an ultimate goal to return to a less restrictive school placement. 

After obtaining my License as a Clinical Social Worker in 2008, I moved into a Child Protective Services worker position where I continued my strength based approach with families navigating the mental health, child welfare, and probation systems. 

A year ago, I was promoted to a Wraparound leadership position where I support other clinicians working with families, ensuring the wraparound fidelity continues.  I continue to ensure that families’ voice and choice are paramount within the Placer County wraparound model.

I believe my background in child welfare, wraparound, and special education will enhance my ability to be an effective, committed, and thoughtful board member.  Also, you may count on my collaboration skills, openness to new ideas, and keeping true to the rights and educational outcomes of the youth in our community.