The West Sonoma County School Board has named Amber Twitchell to the board seat that was made vacant with the retirement of Susan DeVoto. DeVoto announced her resignation earlier this year, effective Jan. 16.

Twitchell, 33, of Guerneville will be sworn in on March 27.

Unless someone files a petition with sufficient signatures, asking for a special election, Twitchell will keep the seat until December 2014, according to district officials.

Five people applied to fill DeVoto’s seat, according to the district.

“Ms. Twitchell has been active with numerous non-profit organizations serving West Sonoma County and is familiar with West Sonoma County public schools. Her knowledge of the challenges facing our schools, as well as the strengths and potential of our schools, will serve her well as a trustee,” Superintendent Keller McDonald said in a statement.