FILING FOR BOARD CANDIDACY

Six Meramec Valley citizens have filed their candidacy for four positions on the Meramec Valley Board of Education. There are three three-year terms and one one-year term, and Election Day is April 4, 2023.

As part of their filing process, the candidates were asked to provide their own biographical information so that voters in the district may learn more about them.

The candidates have a 200-word limit for the information they provide and the content is posted as it is received. 

Here is some more information about each of the six candidates, in order of filing as their names will appear on the ballot.

2023 Board Candidates

Trower

Matt Trower

I’m a PHS graduate who lives in Pacific. I’ve been married for 18 years to my wife, Megan, who teaches at Zitzman Elementary. We’ve been blessed with 2 children; Adyson is a junior at PHS and Gavin is in 7th grade at RMS. I’ve served the community on the MVR3 Board of Education for 6 years and have served as the Board President for 5 of those years. I’ve received the advanced board member certification from MSBA and expect to be awarded the masters certification this spring as well. I enjoy spending much of my free time coaching youth sports and watching kids grow for local teams in Pacific.

My priorities continue to be student learning, attracting and retaining high-quality staff, being a good steward of taxpayer funds, and continuing to mold MVR3 into a district of choice. MVR3’s navigation through the past couple of years has resulted in significant gains in student learning, well ahead of state averages. We need to continue that momentum moving forward. MVR3’s staff is second-to-none and we must make sure we are supporting them as well. I believe I have the passion and experience to continue to make a positive impact for the district.

Meyer

Dianna Meyer

Dianna Meyer and her family are residents of Catawissa. Dianna is an Assistant Vice President of Technology at AT&T and a resident of the Meramec Valley R-III School District for over 20 years. She is married to Pacific High School alumnus and retired MVR-III teacher, Randy Meyer. They have two daughters who have attended MVR-III schools; Maggie graduated in 2021 and Sophie will graduate in 2024. Dianna brings over 25 years of leadership and financial governance experience and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She was appointed to the Board of Education in December 2018, elected in 2019, re-elected in 2020, and currently serves as the Vice President. Dianna is passionate about supporting the teachers, students, and district to build a stronger community.

Riegler

Laura Riegler

I am running for a 1 year school board term. My husband and I became residents of Pacific, MO in 2006. We have 2 children attending MVR-III school district who are currently in 9th and 6th grade. I believe that everyone has different needs and it’s important to be a well-rounded school district that brings equitable access to success. I have experience in working with high risk and special needs populations, health, and mental illness. I offer the board knowledge and skills in advocacy, policy practice, cultural competence, social economics, and critical thinking. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I received a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Fontbonne University and a Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. I have spent the last 14 years of my career serving active duty service members, Veterans and their families. As a parent representative, I served on the MVR-III school district Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) committee for 5 years. I am currently Vice President of the MVR-III Bridge Foundation; a new non profit organization with the goal of enhancing educational experience and community supports. I look forward to the continued opportunity of serving our community.

Tindell

Clint "Allen" Tindall, Jr.

I live here in Pacific with my wife and two kids who attend Doris Hoffman Early Learning Center and Nike Elementary. My wife and I are both Pacific High School graduates. I am an insurance agent with Liberty Mutual Insurance. I am running for school board because I believe we have a good district as we stand now. However, I believe there are always challenges coming, and I want to do everything I can to ensure that the quality of education our children receive doesn't suffer. I believe our students are the future of our community. They need every possible advantage that we can give them to succeed, and to do so we need teachers and staff that are the best we can provide. To get/keep teachers and staff of that caliber, we have to have great administrators with great direction, and that is what the school board can directly impact. I believe our children are the most important parts of our community, if we do not ensure they have a strong foundation, then our entire community will not have a strong foundation in the years to come.

Nemeth

Amanda Nemeth

My family and I are residents of Pacific and have been for the past seven years. I have been married to my husband Andy for 14 years and together we have six children. I married Andy and became step-mom to Amye, 26 of Illinois and Drew, 20 who is a PHS graduate and currently works at First State Community Bank in Pacific. Andy and I were lucky enough to adopt four amazing kids in 2019. Robyn is a Sophomore at PHS, Ash is a Freshman at PHS, Marley is in fifth grade at Pacific Intermediate and Syrus is a 3rd grader at Truman Elementary. Together we will have a child at PHS for 13 consecutive years, with 11 years to go.

Andy and I purchased Little Ireland Coffee Shop in August 2022 and love being small business owners in Pacific. We are striving to provide the best service to our customers while staying involved in the community and giving back as often as possible. I am currently the Association Executive Director of the Franklin County Board of REALTORS while volunteering as the Past President of the Pacific Partnership and the Treasurer of the Pacific Ladies Auxiliary.

I am running for school board to continue serving our community while being the voice for the children, teachers, and staff while maintaining a strong relationship within the community. I have a personal interest in preserving and improving the quality of our school system through influences to the health of the district and where our voter taxpayer money is spent.

Charlie

Charles "Charlie" Williams

I have lived in the Pacific community with my wife on the McNamee farm for 29 years. I was born and raised in Florissant, Missouri. In 1990 I joined the Operating Engineers local 513 and later became a business representative in 2020. I met my wife Angel (McNamee) in 1993. We have a son Codey, and I gained a daughter Amanda (McNamee) Todahl. My son and daughter are both successful adults who are graduates of Pacific high school. Codey went into the Operating Engineers and is now a journeyman operator for McLaren Grading. Amanda took the college route and has been a teacher in the district for 13 years. I have five grandchildren the oldest graduated from pacific on 2021, one is currently a freshman at Pacific. The other three will also be attending Pacific high school in the future.
         I recently decided to run for the Meramec Valley school board because I believe it is vital that we include students, staff, parents, and the community when making decisions to better serve the students in our district, it is important that we continue to equip all students with the skills to succeed after high school, wether that be a trade apprenticeship, college, going straight into the workforce, or becoming an entrepreneur.