School Board

The School Board is an elected body made up of private citizens who act as the board of directors for Williston Public School District #1. This group of elected officials helps determine educational, financial, and strategic policies for District #1. 

All School Board meetings are open to the public, so please check our Calendar for information on the next meeting.


The 5 School Board Members standing with the Superintendent

Meet Our Board

Joanna Baltes, School Board President:

Joanna Baltes moved to Williston in 2015 to join her husband in his post-Navy career. Joanna spent her legal career serving as a federal prosecutor at the Department of Justice both in Washington, D.C. and San Diego, CA where she prosecuted terrorism cases, drug traffickers, alien smugglers and corrupt government officials. Joanna was a member of the trial teams prosecuting the five planners of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the planner of the bombing of the USS Cole in the military tribunals in Guantanamo Bay during both the Bush and Obama administrations. Joanna’s last position in Washington, D.C. was as Chief of Staff to the FBI Deputy Director where she was involved in the day to day administration of an organization with over 35,000 employees and an $8 billion annual budget.

Since moving to Williston, Joanna has been involved with the Williston Sea Lions Swim Team, as an official with U.S.A. Swimming, board member and coach. Joanna currently serves as board president for the Sea Lions. Her other interests include cooking, CrossFit and tennis.

Joanna has been married to her husband John for 19 years and they have two boys, aged 9 and 12, who attend Williston District 1 schools. Joanna graduated from University High School in Tucson, Arizona which she credits with creating a lifelong love of education and appreciation for amazing teachers. She received her Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Arizona; her J.D. and an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law, and clerked for the United States Tax Court in Washington, D.C.

Thomas Kalil, School Board Vice President:

Theresa Hegge:

Theresa Hegge is a mom, wife and physician that grew up here in Williston and is excited to bring a different viewpoint to help solve some of the District 1 issues. 

She practices here in Williston as a Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon and received her MD and MPH degrees from the University of Minnesota Medical School and University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Public Health.  She completed her residency in Plastic Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL.  

Being from Williston, ND, she returned to practice in her hometown with her husband, Dr. Ryan Hegge, who is a Radiologist. Together they have 2 kids, Esten and Eleanor. 

In Williston she serves on the CHI Foundation Board and previously served on the Graduate Medical Education Board in Springfield, IL.  She is also active in Operation Smile and the Cleft Lip and Palate Team with the ND Department of Health. 

She enjoys piano, books, outside activities, the family cabin, her Peloton, and has a special interest in project improvements and efficiency. a

Sara Kasmer: 

Heather Wheeler:

Heather is on her third year of her first term as a Board member for Williston Public Schools #1. She is a mother of three girls, one of which graduated from WHS in 2012 and has a degree in education and works in Minot. Her two other daughters are current High School students.

Heather works for Family Voices of North Dakota as a Parent Consultant and Advocate, and is also Board President for Family Voices of North Dakota. Since 2017 she has acted as community chair for CHI St. Alexis Hospital Williston PFAC.

Heather has lived and worked with families within Williston for over 8 years and takes great pride in the community and the children of this district. She has a special place in her heart for children and families with special health care needs since one of her own children has significant disabilities. She always strive to make sure the needs of this population is met along with all families within the community.