Thirteen people applied for a vacant seat on the Vancouver Public Schools board of directors. Mark Stoker, who previously held position 2 on the board, resigned June 1.

The person selected for the appointment will serve until December 2021, when the term ends. The position will be up for election in November 2021.

The board of directors will interview candidates on June 29 and 30 as scheduled below. All interviews will be conducted remotely on Zoom. The public is invited to watch using the following links.

June 29

June 30

The board also invites members of the public to submit questions for consideration by emailing them to by Sunday, June 28, at 2 p.m.

Applicants and interview schedules

June 29

  • Sarah Arslanian – 1 p.m.
  • Lisa Messer – 1:45 p.m.
  • Shona Carter – 2:30 p.m.
  • Oscar Novelo – 3:15 p.m.
  • Felix Braffith – 4 p.m.

June 30

  • Jared Smith – 8 a.m.
  • Lindsey Luis – 8:45 a.m.
  • Jennifer Hernandez – 9:30 a.m.
  • Camara Banfield – 10:15 a.m.
  • Cristhian Canseco – 11 a.m.
  • Lunch break – 11:45 a.m.
  • Shantel Nulph – 12:15 p.m.
  • Dale Robertson – 1 p.m.
  • Joseph Hernandez – 1:45 p.m.

Following the conclusion of the final interview, the board will recess to executive session to review the qualifications of applicants with possible action to follow. The new director will be sworn in at the July 14 meeting.

To serve on the school board, one must live within the boundaries of Vancouver Public Schools and be eligible to vote. By law, school district employees and their spouses, in most instances, are not eligible to serve on the board.

The appointment process follows the district’s policy 1114, “Board Member Resignation and Vacancy.”