Board of Trustees

Get to know the Board Members who are currently serving:

Dr. Joyce Bradshaw, Board President

Email: jbradshaw@phusd.org

Educating children well is a powerful force to make the future brighter. As a school board volunteer I strive to help the Placer Hills School District implement innovative ways to educate our children better. I value most our dedicated teachers who know and care about all of their students and challenge them to discover daily and to love learning.

I am a native Californian who went to public schools. I graduated from Harvard in 1986 with a degree in economics. I graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in 1992 and completed my residency in pediatrics at Washington University in Seattle in 1996. I moved to Auburn in 1997 and began my practice in primary care pediatrics.

I met my husband of 30 years, Bart Bradshaw, in college and we married before we started medical school together. We have 4 children who graduated from Weimar Hills and then attended Colfax High. These schools provided a solid educational foundation for my children who have gone onto great colleges after graduation. It is my pledge to help our schools grow even stronger.

Melody Thomasson

Email: mthomasson@phusd.org

For as long as I can remember, my desire has always been to have a part in the education of children. I began to work out this dream at CSUS where I graduated with honors in 1969 with a social science major & elementary education minor. Shortly after graduation my husband, Jim, served in the Air Force, & we traveled around the USA for 4 years. When we returned to the area, we already had a houseful of young children, & I spent the next few years being a Mommy. We raised our 4 sons here in Meadow Vista where they attended Placer Hills Schools.

When my youngest child went off to school, I began to work on completing my teaching credential. I did most of my graduate work in special education & also in the education of gifted students. In 1983, I began teaching full time in Auburn Union School District in a self-contained class for gifted students in grades 4-6. That was a tough year! From that time until June of 2006 I taught both self-contained classes for gifted students as well as heterogeneous classes of children in grades 2-6.

Teaching is a wonderful profession, & I know personally how very rewarding as well as demanding it is. The teachers & staff in the Placer Hills District are truly exemplary, & it is a privilege to work with them. I now have 2 of my 14 grandchildren attending district schools, & I couldn't be more pleased. My husband & I are celebrating our 50th anniversary this year, & we both continue to enjoy volunteering in several different capacities. Being on the school board is truly a highlight of my retirement years, & I serve my position with both humility & honor!

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Kim Piper

Email: kpiper@phusd.org

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

Email: kschiavone@phusd.org

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

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Shannon Wines

Email: swines@phusd.org

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.

Placer Hills Union School District

16801 Placer Hills Rd. Meadow Vista, CA 95722

Phone: (530) 878-2606, Fax: (530) 878-2663