Executive Leadership

Mark Redmond, Superintendent

Mark joined as Malheur ESD Superintendent in August of 2016.  Prior to that, he was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Malheur ESD for 4 years.  Preceding his employment at Malheur ESD, he was a science teacher and coach in the Vale School District, spending 8 years at the high school, and 6 years at the middle school.  Mark currently serves as the President-Elect for the Oregon Association of Education Service Districts.  He’s the Chair of the OAESD Program Cabinet, as well as a Board Member on the Oregon Small Schools Association.  

Angie Arriola, Director of Curriculum and Assessment

Angie became Director of Curriculum and Instruction in 2016, but joined the Malheur Education Service District in 2010 As the Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Teacher for 4 years and then was the Autism Consultant for 4 years after that. Prior to these positions, Angie was a combined classroom teacher for 10 years at Willowcreek School located within the Vale School District. She has a passion for working with children and helping schools navigate ways to provide best practices to all students and staff.  She has participated on numerous teams and committees across the state, providing input to help direct the learning of students in Oregon. 

Teresa Jones, Director of Special Education

Teresa is the Malheur ESD Special Education Director since 2016, but has been with the ESD since 1996 as a Speech Language Pathologist in Early Learning and School Age. Prior to that she was a Business, PE teacher and substitute.  She oversees all the Specialty Special Education programs in Malheur County (Autism Consultant, Counseling, EI/ECSE, OT, PT, SLP, SLPA, Sped Teacher/Diagnostician, Teacher of Deaf/Hard of Hearing, YTP specialists). She has a Masters Degree in Education  from Eastern Oregon University, Speech Language Pathology from Portland State & University of Oregon and an Administrator’s Degree from Lewis and Clark.

Marshell Hooker, Director of Early Learning

Marshell has served in education for more than 30 yrs in multiple capacities. She taught elementary and middle school students for 14 years in Payette Idaho before she earned her administrator credentials.  She served as an administrator in the Nyssa School District for 8 years to include building level admin in both the elementary and middle school levels, Federal Programs and Special Education Director. She worked in the Ontario School District as the Principal of May Roberts Elementary School for 8 years before coming to work for the ESD in 2022. She started her journey with the ESD as the Preschool Coordinator and Instructional Coach. Here she developed a real love and respect for early learning. With her vast experience serving students, families and teachers in the K-12 world, she is very excited about the prospect of helping to align the two worlds of K-12 and early learning by working within and with the various programs and school districts currently serving kids in our service area of Baker, Wallow and Malheur counties birth to age 5 and beyond. 

Nickie Shira, STEM and Innovation Coordinator

Nickie Shira is a veteran classroom teacher and school technology leader. As the STEM and Innovation Coordinator for the Frontier STEM Hub, she supports families and educators in providing quality STEM learning experiences for all students of Malheur County, as well as serving as an Instructional Technology coach helping teachers integrate technology effectively into their classrooms. She is continuously seeking innovative ways to engage and inspire students, empowering them with the skills and mindsets necessary to fully contribute to an increasingly complex and technologically rich society. 

Jerry Peacock, CTE Regional Coordinator

Jerry Peacock began his career as a high school teacher of multiple subjects in a small eastern Oregon community. He then served as an assistant principal at the high school level before taking a position as an elementary principal for seven years. He is the former director of Baker Technical Institute and served as the principal of Baker High School in Baker City, Oregon for over 20 years. He has long been a strong advocate for Career and Technical Education (CTE) and believes that public schools should provide and support such programs for the students and community.  Through his position as CTE Regional Coordinator for the Malheur ESD, he oversees the administration and requirements of the federal Carl Perkins CTE Act, as well as numerous state initiatives in over 20 high schools in his six county region.

Matt Mejia, Business Manager

Matt began working for the Malheur ESD in 2012 as the Deputy Clerk/Human Resources Manager. He became the Business Manager in July 2017. In addition to his responsibilities at Malheur ESD, Matt is also the Business Manager for Huntington School District and has served as the business manager for Annex and Vale School Districts. Prior to his time at Malheur ESD, Matt was the Accounting Assistant at the City of Ontario. Matt earned his Bachelor’s Degree from The College of Idaho in Business with a concentration in Accounting in 2009. He also serves as an assistant football and baseball coach at Ontario High School.

Jennifer Susuki, Student Wellness Coordinator

Jenn began serving as the Student Wellness Coordinator for Malheur Education Service District in 2019.  She brings extensive behavioral health experience to the position having served as a school counselor and behavior specialist for K-12 students in Eastern Oregon for many years. During her time at MESD, Jenn has collaborated with community partners to enhance student wellness opportunities in the schools. She is passionate that every student in Malheur County should feel safe, supported, and celebrated.

Stephanie Navarette, EI/ECSE Coordinator

Stephanie joined Malheur ESD in 2005 as the EI/ECSE Teacher and then moved into the role of EI/ECSE Coordinator in 2009. She graduated from Eastern Oregon University and later gained her Master’s degree in teaching, a Special Education Endorsement, and Administrative degree. Before joining the ESD, Stephanie was a preschool teacher and later, education coordinator at Oregon Child Development Coalition. She has lived in Malheur County her whole life and thoroughly enjoys working with the children and families in our community.