2018-19 Board of Education

Laura Featherston wearing a black outfit with a gorgeous necklace with stone pieces

Laura L. Featherston – President

I have been a resident of Rockford since 1997 after my husband Dave and I relocated from the Chicago area. We have two daughters: Rebecca, a 2014 graduate of Rockford High School, and Amanda, a senior at Rockford High School. I graduated from Michigan State University in 1987 and worked in advertising for 15 years prior to going into real estate in 2002. I am currently a real estate agent with Greenridge Realty. In my spare time, I enjoy biking on the White Pine Trail, cross country and downhill skiing, and golf. I am passionate about education and being an advocate for Rockford Public Schools’ students and all public school students – both at the state and national level.

Year Elected: 2006
Current Term Expires: 2020

Timothy J. Lewis – Vice President

My wife Karen and I have been married for 28 years and have lived in the district for the past 23 years. We have three kids: Jake (A graduate of RPS and currently a Trooper with the Michigan State Police), Sam (A graduate of RPS and currently a senior at Michigan State), and Kaili (Currently a junior at Rockford High School). I have been a police officer for 32 years and have been in public service my whole life. I have enjoyed my time on the Board of Education and look forward to many more years of serving the Rockford community. I have always considered it an honor and privilege to be elected and to serve on the Rockford Board of Education.


Year Elected: 2010
Current Term Expires: 2018

Timothy Lewis in a suit with a gold tie, wearing his square glasses

Nick Reichenbach – Treasurer

I am blessed to serve our community and students as a member of your Board of Education. My wife Joan and I have lived here since 2004 to raise our three children. While we looked across the United States, West Michigan was set apart in our short list and Rockford’s sense of community drew us here on purpose and without regret.  I have spent many years in the software industry consulting senior executives and plant employees alike. I currently work in applications development as a Director. My wife and I enjoy a life of service to students and currently do so through the schools and our church. We have three foundationally prepared students from RPS who went to university (Liberty University/Calvin College/Indiana Wesleyan) and call West Michigan home.

Year Elected: 2016
Current Term Expires: 2020

Miles J. Postema – Secretary

I was appointed to the Board in October 2004. My wife Kellie and I are proud parents of Hannah, a Rockford graduate who now attends Michigan State University. I graduated from Western Michigan University, obtained my Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University and have a Masters of Science in Taxation from Grand Valley State University. I am the Vice President and General Counsel at Ferris State University. My wife, Kellie, is also a lawyer and a partner in the firm Ryan, Podein, Postema & Westgate. Currently, I enjoy family time and photography.

Year Elected:  2005
Current Term Expires:  2018

Miles Postma in a black suit with a red and blue stripe tie

Bobbi Jo Blanton – Trustee

It is an honor and pleasure to serve as a Rockford Public Schools trustee. Originally from northeast Grand Rapids, my husband, William and I moved to Rockford in 2013. We have two sons, Bradley, currently a Junior at Rockford High School, and Jonathan, an eighth-grade student at East Rockford Middle.

I graduated from Davenport University with a BA and Master’s degree in Accounting and also furthered my education in engineering and also participated in the Tuck Executive School of Business. I have over 20 years of experience in accounting, finance and business operations with extensive experience in building and growing teams as an entrepreneur.

Besides my career, leadership and giving back to the community have been a passion and a driver in my life. I am excited to be involved in education and use my experiences to help our district remain strong today and well into the future.

In my leisure time, my life revolves around family and watching our two sons play football, baseball and basketball. My other hobbies include spending time on the water, running, cooking and baking.

Year Appointed: 2018
Current Term Expires: 2018

Geoffrey L. Downs – Trustee

It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to serve the community of Rockford through the public school system. My wife Jane and I are originally from the north end of Grand Rapids and moved to the Rockford area in 1989.  We have two daughters, both proud graduates of the Rockford Public Schools and Michigan State University.  Emily currently resides and teaches in Greeley, Colorado, and Taylor is currently attending Life University School of Chiropractic in Marietta, Georgia.  

I graduated from Central Michigan University and received my Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Grand Valley State University.  I taught at Rockford High School for 27 years before retiring in 2012. Currently, I instruct and supervise student teachers in the West Michigan area for Ferris State University.  My hobbies include biking, swimming, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, hunting, fishing, and playing guitar.

Year Elected: 2016
Current Term Expires: 2020

Lisa Kreager wearing a navy blue outfit with a pink under shirt

Lisa M. Kreager – Trustee

I am so grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve our school district in this capacity. I would like to offer a thank you to everyone for the never ending community support our District continues to receive.  The approval of the May 2014 bond proposal for capital improvement projects is a testament to the belief this community has in public education.   This support is critical to the foundation of our schools and the continuing success of our students.

Originally from New Mexico, I have grown to love this wonderful community of Rockford since my husband Mike and I relocated here in 1995. We have two daughters: Rachel, a 2015 graduate of Rockford High School and currently attending the University of Notre Dame; and Claudia, a 2017 graduate of Rockford High School and currently attending Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. I earned my B.S. in Finance from New Mexico State University.   I currently work in the Corporate Tax Department at Spectrum Health; previously working in public accounting for 18 years.  In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, playing golf, live music and attending any high school sporting event.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

Year Elected: 2012
Current Term Expires: 2020