Roscommon Area Public Schools
Board of Education
Scott Hess-elected in 2016 (2020)
Scott Hess was appointed to the Board in 2013. He was then elected in 2014 and again in 2016. Scott has resided in Roscommon since 1972 when he started the 8th grade in what is now the CRAF Center at a time when 7th and 8th grade students were taught alongside high school students. Prior to that he lived in Royal Oak and attended Shrine of the Little Flower grade school. After graduation from Roscommon High School, he attended Olivet College for one year then transferred and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Hess concluded his education at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1984 earning a Juris Doctor degree. After passing both the Michigan and Florida bar exams, he joined his father's law practice and has been a Roscommon attorney ever since with the firm Hess, Hess & Daniel, P.C.
Scott has two children, Ashley and Michael, both of whom attended the Roscommon school system from kindergarten through graduation from high school. Scott is married to Teresa Henry, whose daughter Andrea also graduated from Roscommon High School. Both Ashley and Andrea are Registered Nurses and Scott's son Michael has graduated from Barber College, is licensed in four states and is working in Nashville, TN. Ashley and her husband have two children who will attend RAPS Schools. Andrea and her husband Lance Cherven have six children all of whom attend or will attend RAPS schools.
It is Scott's goal as a member of the School Board to ensure that all children attending Roscommon schools receive the same quality education his children received, or one which is even better.
Sonia Lake-elected in 2016 (2020)
Sonia and her husband Greg are both Roscommon High school alumni, class of 1983. They have two sons, who are also Roscommon alumni. Jarrid Lake is a 2012 graduate from Olivet College and is currently working for the State of North Carolina as a State Parole Office; in addition to being a Civil Engineer in the Air Guard 110th out of Battle Creek. Collin Lake graduated from Roscommon High in 2012, attends Northern Michigan University, plays soccer, and is majoring in Construction Management.
Sonia and Greg have lived and work in Roscommon for many years. Sonia works in the automotive industry for Cooper Standard Corporation as a Program Launch Manager. Greg has worked at Weyerhaeuser Corporation for over 30 years as an Energy Operator.
Sonia is a graduate of Spring Arbor University with a degree in Management and Organizational Development.
As a longstanding member of the community, Sonia’s approach to board membership firmly mirrors her belief in community service and engaging in collaborative efforts among all stakeholders. This can only be done by building a foundation of open communication, respect for each others’ roles, and trust that everyone shares the common goal of giving our kids the best education while attending Roscommon Area Public Schools.
Janae Ostling (2020)
Janae Ostling was born and raised in Roscommon Michigan where she, and her husband Blake, own and operate Higgins Lake Landscaping. She has four children, Alyssa (class of 2018), Alayna attending RHS, Owen at RMS, and Gradyn at RES. She is also a third-generation proud Buck!
Janae attended Kirtland Community College and Central Michigan University. She previously served for 14 years as the Treasurer for the Village of Roscommon and served an additional 10 years as the Higgins Township Treasurer. During many of those years, she also worked as secretary for the Downtown Development Authority.
With three children still attending RAPS, Janae has a vested interest in the continued future success for Roscommon Area Public Schools. She believes her experience in public office and business ownership will provide a unique and beneficial perspective that brings value to the board. As a business owner, she sees an unfulfilled need for skilled and qualified labor. She hopes to help promote and evolve the trade and vocational programs that Roscommon Area Public Schools currently offers. She looks forward to working with the great individuals chosen to serve as board members for Roscommon Area Public Schools.
Todd Jansen (2022)
Shannon Welty Gee(2020)
Shannon Welty Gee grew up in Centerville, Utah and has lived in Maryland, New York, and Arizona before arriving with her family in Roscommon. She is now a single mom of five boys. Two of her sons, Jim (class of 2016) and Josh (class of 2107), graduated from Roscommon HIgh and are attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Isaac, Aaron and Jacob are currently attending Roscommon High School. Shannon is currently working for Munson Grayling Hospital Roscommon clinic while studying for a degree through Brigham Young University-Idaho’s online program.
Shannon has served as a Roscommon Area Youth Booster Club board member and likes to volunteer in the schools working on the musical, chaperoning various field trips, and other school related activities while shuttling her boys to their after school events. She says she was raised by her parents to be a contributing member of society and by becoming a Roscommon School board member, she feels she is fulfilling this role and setting an example to her children. Shannon’s hope is to help Roscommon Area Public Schools continue to be great.