Jeff Conwell, Vice-President of the St. Helena Unified School District Board of Trustees, came to St. Helena with his family in 1971. He attended St. Helena Elementary School, Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School and Justin-Siena High School before his family moved to New England in 1979.
He graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, in 1986 with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in electrical engineering and mathematics.
Upon graduating, he became a commissioned officer in the United States Navy and was an aviator throughout his 12 years of service. In 1998, he was hired as a pilot for United Airlines and moved back to St. Helena.
Conwell and his wife Laurie have three children who attend St. Helena High School and RLS Middle School. Over the past 14 years Conwell has served on the Napa County Grand Jury, led the Cub Scouts in St. Helena and coached youth sports. He is Commander of the American Legion Post 199 and President of the Napa Valley State Park Association.
As Vice-President of the school board he takes into account the views of various stakeholders and voices what he believes is best for all students in the District. He is pleased with the direction the District has taken, noting that student achievement is up, fiscal reserves have increased, and the quality of District staff is better than ever.
“The District is going from good to great,” said Conwell. “I believe St. Helena is a wonderful community and place to raise your children. I appreciate the dedication of our parents, staff, and community creating a focus for all the children to achieve at their highest levels. Thank you for everything you do that supports and educates the lives of our children in St. Helena.”