2022-23 Board of Education

Jarrod Folsom – President

I am honored to serve the Rockford community as a Board of Education Trustee.  My wife Jennifer and I grew up in St. Louis, Michigan and have lived in Rockford since 2012.  We have two kids attending RPS in the Spanish Immersion program, and we are very grateful for the world class education provided by Rockford Public Schools.  I have served as President of the Spanish Immersion Booster Club the past five years, as a volunteer Election Inspector, and I enjoy coaching youth sports and Odyssey of the Mind.

After graduating from St. Louis High School, I earned a B.A. in Marketing & Supply Chain Management from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.  During that time I served on the MSU Alumni Association’s Student Alumni Foundation Board of Directors, and completed internships with the Walt Disney Company, both in Orlando, FL and as an on-campus Recruiter.  After graduation from MSU, we relocated to Chicago where I began my career with AT&T.  In 2005 I completed my MBA at Northern Illinois University.  Over the course of my 20+ year career, I have worked in a variety of roles in B2B sales and service, enterprise marketing, regulatory compliance, with extensive experience in process quality management and continuous improvement.

In my spare time I enjoy tennis, skiing, and spending time with my family and friends.

Year Elected: 2022
Current Term Expires: 2026

Kelley Freridge

Kelley Freridge – Vice President

Kelley Freridge is the Chief Marketing Officer for the American Camp Association, which serves the 15,000+ summer camps in the US who annually serve more than 26 million campers.  With an additional 10 years of senior leadership roles in the outdoor industry at Patagonia and Chaco, Kelley brings consumer and trend insights, meaningful branding experience, and digital savvy to her role as a Rockford Public Schools Trustee. As a National Outdoor Leadership School graduate and mother, Kelley recognizes the essential value of experiential education in developing tomorrow’s leaders. Originally from Saint Joseph, Michigan, Kelley attributes her parents’ focus on education, faith, and service as an ongoing influence in her commitment to Rockford learners, families, and staff in this new role. Kelley lives in Rockford, Michigan with her son Larrs and husband Kyle.

Year Elected: 2020
Current Term Expires: 2024

 Christie Ramsey – Secretary

Jake Himmelspach – Treasurer

As a former graduate of Rockford Public Schools, I am so excited and humbled to serve my community as a member of the Board of Education. While I grew up in downtown Rockford, my wife grew up in Los Angeles and immediately fell in love with this community. Now, our three kids, Katelyn, Metzli, and Nikko range from high school to elementary school.

After graduating from Rockford I received my Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and started my career in journalism. A few years later, I went back to school and earned an MBA with a concentration in design thinking and innovation through Ferris State University and Kendall College of Art and Design. I now work in business consulting for Peopledesign as a principal and director of strategy. Outside of my career I spend as much time as I can enjoying friends and family.

Year Elected: 2020
Current Term Expires: 2024

Tricia Anderson – Trustee

Barbara Helms – Trustee

Thank you to everyone who voted to elect me as a board member for Rockford Public Schools.  I was born in Grand Rapids and grew up on a pig farm in Lakeview, a small town north of Grand Rapids.  I married my high-school sweetheart and we raised two children who both graduated from Rockford Public Schools.  Our son, Nate, is now married and living on the east side of the state with his amazing wife, Kimmy.  Our daughter, Madison, is in Ann Arbor attending the University of Michigan.

Professionally, I have been practicing optometry for over three decades. A graduate of Ferris State University’s College of Optometry, I began my professional career in Ann Arbor. Twenty-five years ago, I moved back to Grand Rapids and have been practicing optometry locally since.  In 2009 I left corporate optometry and opened my own, private office, Helms Family Optical. 

Going forward, I hope to work with other board members to serve the community.  I truly hope that we can work together and continue to keep Rockford a great place to send our kids to a public institution for a great education.  My biggest hope is that the community engages even more in an effort to increase communication and transparency.  

Please visit barbhelms.com for regular updates. 

God Bless 

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 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: 2024