Learn About Rhonda
Rhonda was born in October of 1956 to Thelma (Skiles) Potter and Wesley “Mutt” Skiles while they were living on Bean Street in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee. Her mother was from Daisy (aka Mowbray and Montlake Mountain) and her father was raised on Church Street in the middle of Daisy, Tennessee.
Later, Rhonda moved to north Red Bank, where she attended Red Bank High School and played basketball and volleyball until graduating in 1974.
She has been married to Don Thurman for the last 44 years with one daughter and two grandchildren and has lived in Falling Water for 27 years. She is a self-employed business owner and has been a hairdresser for the last 45 years.
Rhonda is a member of Red Bank Presbyterian Church and has served as a Sunday School teacher and Chairman of the Christian Education Committee where she has attended for the last 55 years..
EXPERIENCE THAT COUNTS!
Rhonda was named “PTA Volunteer of the Year” at Wallace A. Smith Elementary School. She has served as Treasurer of the Pachyderm Club and received the Tough Tusk Award and the Thomas Geraghty Award from the Republican Party. She was inducted into the Red Bank High School Hall of Fame in 2017.
She was first elected as District 1 School Board Representative in 2004. During her tenure as a School Board member, there were a lot of things accomplished for District 1:
Soddy Elementary recieved a new school
Soddy-Daisy High School built a new track, the girls’ softball team received a new field and money was allocated for a new roof for the Steve Henry round gym
Daisy Elementary now has their own entrance into their school
Sale Creek Middle School was moved out of portables and into a new school building
Sale Creek High School is in the process of building a new football field and field house as well as a pole barn to house their Construction Academy
Additional acreage was purchased adjacent to Sale Creek campus for future growth
Soddy-Daisy Middle got a much-needed facelift
Petition the Board for a new building for Soddy-Daisy Middle when construction money becomes available
"I promise to continue to represent the students and taxpayers in District 1 by taking take care of taxpayer dollars like I take care of my own money in my household and in my business, I promise to continue to fight for fiscal accountability to put more money into the classroom instead of the administration.
I will be dilligent as the voice for the citizens of District 1 of the Hamilton County School Board and continue to be unafraid to voice my opinions and concerns about issues brought before the Board. I will not be bullied into silence by groups or organizations who try to intimidate our communities' beliefs.
It has been a great honor to represent the citizens of District 1 for the last 16 years on the School Board!
Please allow me to continue representing you as the voice of our community on Thursday, August 6 2020 in the upcoming election."