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 the agendas for information on the next meeting.

Meet Our Board


Thomas Kalil, School Board Vice President:

Cory Swint:

Cory Swint was born and raised in Central California. He has been married to his wife for 15 years and has 4 children. Three of whom attend Williston School District #1. Cory came to Williston in 2014 and fell in love with the community. He then moved his family to Williston in 2015 to enjoy life in the Northern Plains where he now owns his own plumbing business.

Cory has always been involved with his community from the start. When he was a teenager, he volunteered with his church in their outreach program providing meals to those in need. Now as a dad he rolled that over into helping his children in their classrooms. 

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.

Laurie Garbel:

Laurie Garbel grew up northwest of Williston and has lived in Billings, Denver and Bismarck before returning home in 2001. She has been married to Dr. Lee Garbel at Western Veterinary Clinic for twenty years and they have one daughter who attends WHS. Her professional experience includes working in the oil & gas industry for ten years, processing home loans and repair grants for USDA Rural Development, working for Senator John Hoeven during his inaugural year as our State Governor, and serving as a substitute teacher for Williston Trinity Christian School and WPSD #1.

Since returning to Williston, Laurie has been an active volunteer in the community with various non-profit organizations such as the Williston Basin Resource Coalition and Western Stars Gymnastics. She was a public member of the WPSD #1 Building Committee and assisted with fundraising for the ASB Innovation Academy. Laurie co-chaired and chaired the bond referendum “Vote Yes” committees in 2019 and is working with the Williams County Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census. She and her daughter recently began delivering “Meals on Wheels” for the Williston Senior Center.

Emily Ramage Geltel: