Board of Trustees
Ben Temple – President
Ben was elected to the OMA School Board as a charter member in 2015, and is has been honored to serve as board president since 2016. He also serves as Board Governance Committee chair, and has been an active member of the Parent Advisory Board (later PTA), the OMA Grant Writing Team and participates in various other volunteer opportunities.
Professionally, Ben is an executive communications director in the investment management field with 20 years experience and he holds a BA in Communications, with a minor in English from Seton Hall University. He and his wife, Emily, have called Springdale home since 2010, and is proud to have two children attending OMA. Ben always welcomes you to contact him, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brannen Payne – Vice President
Brannen D. Payne was appointed to the OMA School Board in the summer of 2017. Brannen is a defense attorney with the firm of Norwood & Norwood, PA, in Tontitown. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and holds a BA in Philosophy form the University of Central Arkansas Honors College.
He and his wife Whitney live in West Fork, where they try to keep up with their two year old daughter. They are expecting a second child toward the end of January, 2018. Brannen can be reached at email@example.com.
Jennifer Keith – Secretary
By day I am a not so mild-mannered purveyor of electrical designs for exciting building projects (my partner just calls me an Electrical Engineer). By night, I am an unconventional wife and mom of two who enjoys gardening, Tae Kwon Do, running and traveling.
My interest in Montessori goes back many years, and I have a strong desire to find ways not only to be involved with my children’s education, but wherever possible, find ways to shape and encourage it. I feel that the goals of the school reflect many of my personal goals for myself and my family and I would like to gain a position on the school board in order to help keep the momentum going.
Shelby Bourne – Treasurer
Shelby Bourne is an Arkansas native and has lived in Fayetteville, AR, for almost 10 years. Shelby has been acting as an appointed member of the OMA School Board since March, 2017 and as board treasurer since June 2017. She also serves as a member of the Board Financial Oversight Committee and the Board Governance Committee.
Professionally, Shelby is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Arkansas and has worked as a school-based therapist for Ozark Guidance in area schools for five years. She holds an MA in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, with a concentration in social and economic development. Her BA from the University of Arkansas is in Social Work, with a minor in Spanish.
Shelby volunteers with several nonprofits and community coalitions that promote social justice, arts, and education throughout the Northwest Arkansas community. Some of these organizations include Musicians Inspiring Children and Arkansas Coalition for Healthy Youth. Shelby always welcomes you to contact her, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Reed – Parliamentarian
I moved to Springdale in 1964, after High School I joined The United States Air Force. My wife Sherrill and I have been married 44 years. We have two sons, both raised in Springdale. I am retired from Springdale Public Schools after 36 years and have served on the Springdale City Council for ten years.
I currently work two days a week for The Jones Trust at The Jones Center for Families. I also sit on the board for Springdale Noon Kiwanis, an organization that supports kids in our town. I was asked to join the OMA Board in 2016 and I have such a desire to make sure All Our Kids Get A Great Education that joining this board was just an easy move for me.
School Board Meetings
Here you will be able to find all documents required by the Arkansas Department of Education.
All school board meetings are open to the public
Meetings are the 4th Thursday of every month at 5:30 pm
301 Holcomb St. Room 217
OMA Board Finance Committee Meetings, 2nd Tuesday of Every Month
Noon in Conference Room, Open to Public