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FIRST 5 Siskiyou Children and Families Commissioners

First 5 Siskiyou (formerly Siskiyou Children & Families Commission) was first formed and began meeting in April 1999.

Seven Commissioners, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, meet monthly on the 4th Wednesday. Commission meetings are open to the public, and are held at the Siskiyou County Office of Education, 609 S. Gold Street, in Yreka or other locations as posted, from 8:30am to 11:00am.


Kermith Walters
Siskiyou County Superintendent of Schools
Kermith Walters was elected Siskiyou County Superintendent of Schools in June of 2006 taking office on January 8, 2007. He jokes that his first job in education was as a young kid helping his grandfather, who was in charge of maintenance and operations at Montague Elementary School, clean the firebox of the school boiler. He was the only one small enough to get inside the firebox and clean it out. Then he moved on to mowing the lawns. Who have guessed that 30 years later Kermith would be the Superintendent at that very school? Kermith has worked in both the agriculture and logging industries. He has taught Kindergarten thru 8th grade. Since beginning his career in education, the positions he has held have ranged from a teacher, a district superintendent/principal and for 5 years superintendent of the Shasta Valley Consortium. Those were big jobs, but some of his most challenging school experiences have been as a cook, bus driver, custodian, coach, referee and school secretary. He says, “Each role has been a piece of the whole that has made my current job possible, and a position that I am most honored to have – that of County Superintendent of Schools.” Kermith is eager to have the opportunity to have a positive impact on the students of Siskiyou County. He supports early childhood education and is working to improve and increase the current level of services available in Siskiyou County. As a district superintendent he was able to institute two exemplary preschool programs and an infant and toddler.

Michael Perry
County Librarian
Michael was born in Canada (Abbotsford, British Columbia).  He graduated in 2000 from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He worked in Michigan for an automotive supplier designing automotive components until 2008, when we returned to school and earned a Masters in Science of Information (MSI) from the University of Michigan.  In 2010 and 2011 he worked as a research analyst for a marketing firm in Portland, Oregon and also as a research consultant for the American Library Association (ALA).  He assumed his current position as County Librarian for the Siskiyou County Library system in October 2011.

Debra Walsh
Deputy Director of Human Services
Debbie has worked in Human/Social Services for over 25 years.  Eighteen years with Siskiyou County Human Services Agency and prior to that with Orange County Social Services.  She has oversight of Children’s & Adult Services (Child Welfare & Adult Protective Services) and Employment & Temporary Assistance Services (CalWORKs, Medi-Cal; CalFresh (Food Stamps); General Assistance; County Medical Services Program). Our mission is to provide services and assistance to families and individuals to have a healthy, safe, and self-sufficient lifestyle. She attended Chico State and feel in love with the north state. She enjoys being a grandmother, the outdoors, gardening, the beach, and tackling her fears. She believes children are our most valuable asset and should be nurtured and encouraged to grow and develop.

Michael Kobseff
Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors                                                                                        Supervisor Kobseff’s parents moved their family to Siskiyou County in 1968. He attended and graduated from McCloud schools. He was born in 1957 and has been a resident of Siskiyou County for 45 years. He married his wife, Lynn, in 1979, in Reno, Nevada. They set up home in Mount Shasta. He and Lynn opened a restaurant in Mount Shasta City which they operated for 30 years. Supervisor Kobseff has two children and 5 grandchildren. His interests include local government, golf, fishing, hunting, piano and natural resource issues. He serves as the Siskiyou County delegate to Rural County Representatives of California and is Chairman of the Environmental Services Joint Powers Authority under RCRC. Michael was first elected District 3 Supervisor in 2006. He was reelected in June 2010 and June 2014. His district includes the City of Weed, Lake Shastina, Grenada, Big Springs, Gazelle and a portion of Mount Shasta northwest of Abrams Lake Road.

Judithe Washington
Retired Teacher
Judithe attended Jackson Street Elementary School in Yreka where she was the first female student body president. After graduating from Yreka High School she studied at Chico College receiving a Bachelor of Arts plus a teaching credential. She retired after 40 years of teaching both first and third grades. In addition she served as master and lead teacher as well as vice-principal. She also was an adjunct instructor of teaching methods for CSC. She said she loved her career and especially appreciated training student teachers.  She serves on the Red Scarf Society for the Performing Arts, Yreka Library,and Yreka Trail Riders boards of directors. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and belongs to the local Retired Teachers organization. She is scholarship chair for the Fairchild Medical Center Guild.  She and her husband of 55 years live on a ranch that has been in her husband’s family for three generations. Her hobbies are wonderful times with family and friends,entertaining and having company. Volunteering at the Madrone Hospice House as well as the Hospice Heartisan Shop began as soon as she retired.

Stephen Kolpacoff, M.D.