My Background

“I grew up in Simnasho, Oregon, which is in the northern part of the Warm Springs Reservation and the northern part of the 509J school district boundary. I rode the bus an hour to and from school from 5th grade until I graduated from Madras High School in 2005. I have firsthand experience of the complexity of our school districts, and now, both of my children attend school in this district at the Warm Springs K-8 Academy. I relate to the struggles of many families, not only in education but also as a single parent who struggles on a daily basis with raising children, working and attending graduate school all in the midst of a pandemic. I get it!”  

Jaylyn Has the Professional Experience and Service That Matters

My professional career, volunteer service and life experiences have prepared me well for the Jefferson County 509J School Board. As a Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs community planner, I currently manage a program that focuses on school dropout prevention, high-school readiness, career/college readiness, family inclusivity when attaining higher education and trauma-informed, culturally relevant curriculum development and practices.”

Current and Past Membership on Boards, Councils, and Committees

  • National Indian Education Association Board
  • Cascade East Area Health Education Center Advisory Board
  • Governor’s Healthy Early Learners Council
  • American Indian/ Alaska Native Advisory Committee for the Office of Indian Education for the Oregon Department of Education
  • Early Learning Leadership Council for the Early Learning Hub for Central Oregon


I have volunteered in both the Warm Springs and Madras communities on projects ranging from voter education, resource sharing, gathering community input and offering assistance.”

Volunteering in Our Community

  • As a former lady White Buffalo, Jaylyn has volunteered for the girls’ basketball program and coached one year
  • Supported after-school activities and programming, as well as alternative education
  • Worked at and taught cultural education and art classes for Bridges High School
  • Partnered with programs such as: Heart of Oregon Corps, COCC Red Road Program, the 21st Century After School Program, Tribal Health Scholars, on OHSU OnTrack