• Meet the Board of Education


  • Tamie Arnold
    AT-LARGE, 2015-2019

    Tamie Arnold
    Tamie Arnold

    Tamie Tlustos-Arnold was elected to the MHCCD Board of Education in 2015 to a four-year term. She started her educational journey as a student at MHCC where she obtained her Associate’s degree and served as the President of the Associated Student Government.  After MHCC, she transferred to Walla Walla College School of nursing where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in nursing.  She is currently pursuing her master’s Degree in healthcare administration at OHSU.  Tamie is a practicing RN for a local healthcare organization and is a small business owner.  She is an active community leader and serves as a city councilor for Fairview and the Vice President of the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce.    

    E-mail: tamie.arnold@mhcc.edu

    Michael Calcagno
    AT-LARGE, 2015-2019

    Michael Calcagno
    Michael Calcagno

    Michael Calcagno is an active member of the community and is dedicated to improving the lives of people in need. He serves on the Board of Education at Mt. Hood Community College, Powell-Division Transit Steering committee and Gresham's Community Development and Housing committee. Michael is also a proud volunteer with Family of Friends as a youth mentor. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon after which he worked as a broadcast news reporter in Boise, Idaho and Portland, Ore. Michael now runs a small business offering video production services. He lives in Gresham with his wife Kathryn, an elementary school teacher in the David Douglas district.

    E-mail: m@calcagnomedia.com

    Susie Jones - Board Chair
    ZONE 1, 2013-2017

    Susie Jones
    Susie Jones

    Susie Jones was elected to the MHCCD Board of Education in 2013 to a four-year term. She received both her BME and MM from University of Portland. She was an instructor of music at MHCC for 12 years, and prior to her appointments at MHCC, she taught for 9 years in the North Clackamas School District and 8 years in the David Douglas School District. She has served numerous years as president of the Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, producing that event in 2008, 2009 and 2013. She also serves on the writing team of NCCAS (National Coalition for Core Arts Standards), writing the next generation of national standards for the arts.

    Susie Jones may be reached by e-mail at susie.jones52@frontier.com.

    James Zordich - Vice Chair
    ZONE 2, 2013-2017

    James Zordich
    James Zordich

    James Zordich was elected to a four-year term of the MHCC Board of Education representing Zone 2 in 2013. Mr. Zordich holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Industrial Education from California State University at Los Angeles. He is a Curator (Emeritus) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, with a specialty in Technological History. He was also a president of the Horseless Carriage Club of America, and a member of the Southern California Historical Society Board of Directors. Jim is the liaison to the MHCC Foundation.

    James Zordich may be reached at e-mail at jim.zordich@mhcc.edu.

    Teena Ainslie
    ZONE 3, 2015-2019

    Teena Ainslie
    Teena Ainslie

    Teena Klawa-Ainslie was elected to the MHCCD Board of Education in 2015 to a four-year term. She now serves on the Long Term Care Advisory for the State of Oregon. She retired from the David Douglas School District after working as staff advisor to the Exploring Division unit for 14 years. She has studied at several colleges and universities in Oregon, including Mt. Hood, and earned her certification in Career and Vocations from the University of Oregon.

    E-mail: teena@viewkey.com

    George ‘Sonny’ Yellott
    Zone 4, 2013-2017

    George ‘Sonny’ Yellott
    George ‘Sonny’ Yellott

    George ‘Sonny’ Yellott was elected to the MHCCD Board in 2013 to a four-year term. Mr. Yellott holds two Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Hotel Administration and Paralegal Science. He is a member of the Republican Central Committee and is a Precinct Committee Person and a House District Captain, HD 48. He is a member of the Oregon Citizens Lobby and an occasional contributor to Capitol Watch.

    George ‘Sonny‘ Yellott may be reached by e-mail at yellott@comcast.net.

    Kenney Polson
    ZONE 5, 2015 – 2019

    Kenney Polson
    Kenney Polson

    Kenney Polson was elected to the MHCCD Board of Education in 2015 to a four-year term. He works for Portland Public Schools as the dean of students. His background in music education includes stops at Marylhurst University, Merced College, the International School of Beijing, Howard University, and the American School of Rio de Janeiro. He has an Associate of Arts degree from Fresno City College, a master’s degree in jazz composition from Howard University and a master’s degree in education administration from Lewis & Clark College.

    E-mail: kenneypolson@hotmail.com