About Our Board


Kathy Biles, Chair
Term expires June 2020
Representing Higher Education
Kathy is the School Counseling Program Coordinator and Senior Instructor for the Oregon State University Cascades graduate program.   She earned her Doctorate and Masters Degrees in Counseling/Counselor Education from Oregon State University.  Kathy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Charleston Southern University.  Kathy shares the many different levels and aspects of the educational system with her students, challenging them to become participants and future leaders within the education system.  Being on the Board is a way for her to give back to Central Oregon and the educational districts that support our programs and students.

Seana Barry, Vice-Chair
Term expires June 2020
Representing the At-Large Position
Seana is the Director of the CAP Center (Career, Advising, Personal Counseling) at Central Oregon Community College.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas.  Seana has a passion for education and providing quality services to schools, children and families.  She wants to assist all students achieve success at every level of their education.  Being a High Desert ESD board member allows her to collaborate with others in the community concerning education and engaging students to succeed.  Seana and her husband, Tom, have two sons.

Gwen Carr, Director
Term expires June 2021
Representing the Crook County School District

Gwen Carr joined the High Desert ESD Board of Directors in July 2017 and is in her fifth year as a board member for the Crook County School District. She brings a blend of financial, social service and education experience to the organization’s leadership and is an active advocate for children and families in Central Oregon. She currently serves as development coordinator, volunteer and events manager for Redmond-based NeighborImpact. Gwen grew up in Bend and currently lives in Prineville with her husband and two children.

John Lang, Director
Term expires June 2021
Representing the Business Community
John Lang brings extensive domestic and international business experience to the table. He is a graduate of Crook County schools and Oregon State University with dual degrees in Science (Physics) and Business. John believes our youth are America’s most valuable renewable resource. In this rapidly changing social and economic environment, he feels his experience at General Electric, IBM and Tektronix as well as having been a volunteer small business counselor for the past twenty five years will be valuable to the district and the ESD. His two adult sons graduated from Virginia and Stanford with advanced degrees.

Mike McGowan, Director
Term expires June 2021
Representing the Redmond School District
Mike McGowan brings over 22 years of management experience, and 16 years as a business owner, to the High Desert ESD Board. He brings a unique perspective as a local business owner. Mike has served on multiple local board and budget committees over the years. His son, Matt, grew up in the Redmond School District. The community and the district had such a positive impact upon Mike and his family; he feels that serving on the High Desert ESD Board is a great opportunity to give back to the community.

Bob Moore, Director
Term expires June 2021
Representing Social Services
Bob Moore is the Project Coordinator for the Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth program at the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. He also participates on the Central Oregon Homeless Leadership Coalition, The Family Access Network Steering Committee, and the Oregon Association of ESD’s Governance Council. He has an undergraduate degree in Business from Western Washington University and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Portland State University. He lives in Bend with his wife. Bob has worked with programs that eliminate barriers for kid’s development and provide them opportunities to grow. He is proud to be involved with the ESD and the programs and work it supports.

Carol Moorehead
Term expires June 2020
Representing the Sisters School District
Carol Moorehead worked in education for over 30 years. Before retiring she was the Dean of Continuing Education and Extended Learning at Central Oregon Community College. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from the Evergreen State College and a Master of Education in Adult Education and Community College Administration from Oregon State University. Currently, she is on the budget committee for the Sisters School District. She is a Master Trainer for early care education providers through the Oregon Registry Training program at Portland State University and a Carol is a certified PREP administrator, providing Communication and Team Building training for organizations. She has served and presided over a number of local and statewide boards and committees and is a strong proponent of empowerment through educational opportunities.

Doug Nelson, Director
Term expires June 2020
Representing the Bend-La Pine School District
Doug has served as the OSBA President for 2016 and previously represented Central Oregon on the OSBA Board.  He earned his Doctorate in Education from Seattle University; holds a Masters of Education from the University of Puget Sound; and his Bachelor of Arts in History from Whitman College. He started his career in education at Auburn Senior High School in Auburn, Washington. After a 38-year career in public education, the last 19 as a K-12 superintendent, he retired as superintendent of the Bend-La Pine Schools.  He now works very part time for the University of Oregon in the Initial Administrative Licensure Program helping train and supervise prospective principals in Central Oregon. Doug has broad experience in leadership, working with boards, running organizations and the challenges of school superintendents.  He is passionate about the value of public education and greatly respects all the work being done by the educators in the High Desert ESD.  He and his wife, Virginia, have three daughters: Kourtney, Karly, and Jenna; three son-in-laws; and four grandchildren.

Scott Reynolds, Director
Term expires June 2021
Representing the Bend-La Pine School District
Scott Reynolds has been active in Oregon public schools for many years. He served on the Bend-La Pine School Board for six years. Scott also served on the Bend-La Pine School District Budget Committee and the Sites and Facilities Committee. As Treasurer of Central Oregonians for Reasonable Education (CORE) he helped pass school Bonds for growth in the district. Scott’s three daughters have all had great educational opportunities in the Bend-La Pine schools, and all have gone into the Oregon University System to continue their education. His goals are to see that all children receive many opportunities and alternatives for a quality education.