2016-17 Board of Education

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

Miles J. Postema – President

I was appointed to the Board in October 2004. My wife Kellie and I are proud parents of Hannah, a senior at Rockford High School. 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

David M. Keller – Vice President

I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to serve, as well as your continued support. My wife Deb and I have three children: David, Grant and Ryleigh. David is studying Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University, Grant is a junior at Central Michigan University, and Ryleigh is a junior at Rockford High School. I have resided in Rockford since 1990 and my wife has been a lifelong resident. My educational and professional background includes a B.B.A. from Grand Valley State University and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. I am currently employed as associate general counsel at Dematic Corp. My interests include golf, basketball, running, boating and spending time with my family.

Year Elected: 2006
Current Term Expires: 2018

David Keller in a black suit with a gold and brown checkered tie
Lisa Kreager wearing a navy blue outfit with a pink under shirt

Lisa M. Kreager – Secretary

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 Senior at Rockford High School. 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, and family road trips.

Year Elected: 2012
Current Term Expires: 2020

Laura L. Featherston – Treasurer

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 2013 graduate of Rockford High School, and Amanda, a Sophomore 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

Laura Featherston wearing a black outfit with a gorgeous necklace with stone pieces
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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 second grade in Steamboat Springs, 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 and Michigan State University.  My hobbies include biking, swimming, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, hunting, fishing, and playing guitar.

Year Elected: 2016
Current Term Expires: 2020

Timothy J. Lewis – Trustee

My wife Karen and I have been married for 24 years and have lived in the district for the past 20 years. We have three kids: Jake (graduate of RPS and currently a junior at Grand Valley State), Sam (18 and currently a senior at RHS), and Kaili (12 and currently a 7th grader at North Rockford Middle School). I have been a police officer for 28 years and have been in the 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 to the Board of Education.


Year Elected: 2010
Current Term Expires: 2018

Timothy Lewis in a suit with a gold tie, wearing his square glasses
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Nick Reichenbach – Trustee

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 program manager. My wife and I enjoy a life of service to students and currently do so through the schools and our church. We have two foundationally prepared students from RPS in college (Liberty University/Calvin College) and our third is at Rockford High School studying two languages.

Year Elected: 2016
Current Term Expires: 2020