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Mount Angel appoints Riedman to replace late brother on board


The Mount Angel School Board has two new members, but both are familiar faces in the community.

Dick Hoffer, who was on the board 20 years before leaving last year, was appointed in June after a one-year absence. He will fill out the rest of the term vacated by Tony Arce, who resigned in May for health reasons. He will be up for re-election next year.

When board Chairman Doug Bochsler died suddenly of cancer in May, that left another position open. His sister, Shari Riedman, a second-generation lifelong Mount Angel resident and former city councilor, expressed interest in the vacancy.by: SUBMITTED - Shari Riedman

“Serving on the school board has always been an interest of mine and knowing my brother was already on the school board, it wasn’t going to happen,” she said. “With his sudden passing and a three-year term still vacant, people talked to me about doing it and I decided it’s as good a time as any to step up.”

Riedman has already been involved in district activities, from volunteering at St. Mary’s Public School and mentoring at Kennedy High School, to serving on the budget and bond committees. She has also been a board member and president of St. Joseph Shelter in Mount Angel.

“I really like to know what’s going on,” she said. “Being on a board you can influence positive change in an organization. I really like the idea of being aware of how money in the school is being spent and helping set a good direction for the district. Troy Stoops, since he’s stepped up as superintendent, I have a lot of respect for him, so to work with him is a definite bonus. I just like his approach and passion for the school district. I think he’s got it heading in good direction.”

Stoops said Riedman’s work with the district will help her on the board.

“Shari comes to the Mount Angel School Board with valuable leadership experience in the school district and Mount Angel community,” he said.

Riedman’s husband, Tommy, has also been active in the community, as a middle school softball coach and as a volunteer firefighter. They have a daughter and son who are in ninth and seventh grade, respectively.

“My husband just retired from (the fire district) so that added to my ability to be on the board,” Riedman said. “We keep track of how involved we are so it’s not too much on the family.”

When she’s not busy in Mount Angel, Riedman works in human resources for Clackamas County.

The self-proclaimed “lifer” of Mount Angel, and she said she’s happy to have been chosen to serve the remainder of her brother’s term.

“I’m not alone in being involved,” she said. “So many people I know give of themselves and their time to make this a better community for everyone.”