Political experience: Has served on the Whitworth Water District Commission for six years.
Work experience: Worked at Abbott Laboratories pharmaceutical company for 27 years. Owned pharmaceutical store for about two years.
Education: Graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1965. Earned bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Washington State University in 1970.
Family: Married to Jeanette Koller. Has three children and six children.
A biology professor looks to bring her water quality knowledge to the Whitworth Water District Commission, position 1, as she runs against an incumbent who wants to localize decisions on water management. Incumbent Rick Koller said he has concerns over a state Supreme Court ruling that requires counties to ensure new wells won’t have a negative impact on water availability. He agrees with the concept, but said in practice it has become a “bureaucratic mess,” carried out by “people who have never drilled a well before.”