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Alicia Vink taught Kindergarten after finishing her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. She has volunteered internationally, fostered 9 children as a licensed provider, served as elected chair for the local moms’ organization and my neighborhood children’s committee, and developed an in-home play-based preschool. She is running for governing board to ensure parent voices are heard and our schools are equitable for ALL students, teachers, and families.
Allison Ewers was elected to the Tempe Elementary School Board in 2020. She is a Tempe resident who is very involved in the business community. Being a mother of a 5-year-old boy, our future is her main concern. Her philosophy is that it takes a strong army to raise a child, and that does not only include parents, teachers, administrators, and businesses, but local citizens of all ages. Everyone benefits immensely from strong local schools.
This is Amy’s second term serving on the Creighton School District. Amy has lived in Phoenix, in the Creighton district, for twenty-five years. Amy initially got involved with the Creighton school district as a committed parent volunteer at Biltmore Prep Academy. She served as PTO president and was instrumental in marketing and recruiting for Biltmore Prep’s Spanish Immersion program. As a volunteer, Amy has learned a lot about the challenges public schools face as well as the successes that are possible when you have the right team of people who are dedicated to making a difference for not just their own kids but for all of our children.
Beki Quintero was re-elected to the Sunnyside Unified School Board in 2020. She is a lifetime resident of the Sunnyside community and a graduate of Sunnyside High School. As a strong community advocate, passionate about education and promoting opportunities for the youth in her community. Ms. Quintero also works with local businesses to develop key funding and operational support for our schools. She was a positive vote for comprehensive sex education when Sunnyside was the first School District in the state to allow the program in its schools.
Berdetta Hodge serves as the President of the Tempe Union High School Governing Board. She was the first African-American woman elected in the City of Tempe with her election to the TUHSD Board. As a Tempe Union Alumna, Berdetta Hodge, serving as the president of multiple parent-teacher organizations, as a financial committee member for the Tempe Union High School District and the Tempe Elementary School District, Berdetta knows her district. She is a passionate advocate for children, families and education for the city of Tempe.
Dr. Elizabeth Hart-Wells is a teacher, chemist, inventor and proud parent. She currently teaches chemistry at Glendale Community College, a campus that serves primarily Hispanic and Veteran communities. Dr. Hart-Wells is a critical and strategic thinker with proficient diplomatic skills exemplified by her professional experiences in science, higher education, policy, industry, and technology transfer. She brings a unique and transferrable skill set that, coupled with a strong work ethic, dedication and honesty, will benefit and inform governance.
Heather Ayres was elected to the Creighton Governing Board in 2020. Heather is a native Arizona resident. She is a qualified and certified teacher at Joseph A. Zito elementary school where she has been teaching upper grades (3-6) for nearly 20 years. She serves as President of Isaac District Education Association and represent the district members at both statewide and national conferences annually. Her desire to serve on the Creighton school board stems from my desire to create equity for all students, regardless of socioeconomic status and with the unique challenges of each and every student and family in mind.
Jenni was elected to the Washington Elementary School Board in 2020. She is a native Arizonan and the daughter of two Washington Elementary School District educators. She was a middle school teacher for seven years, including six in the Glendale Elementary School District where she also coached, supervised student teachers, and took on many leadership and volunteer roles. She is a mother of three children and has been an incredibly involved parent including classroom volunteer, PTO Secretary/Volunteer, WESD Parent Leadership Team member.
Jessica Bueno was elected to the Phoenix Elementary School Board in 2020. She was born and raised in El Paso, TX. Along with a younger brother, she was raised by a single mother who kept them involved in organized athletics, volunteering and church. Jessica learned the value of hard work and service to others through her upbringing. Jessica is currently a Phoenix community leader working towards strengthening the assets that make a vibrant and healthy community livable. She is passionate about business, public education and community development.
As a parent of two SUSD graduates, community advocate, and award-winning educator, Julie supports equality of opportunity and collaborative decision-making as the means to move SUSD forward. Her diverse experiences and personal skill-set are unique and demonstrated by her extensive work in: curriculum development, assessment and grading, personnel evaluation, restorative justice, social-emotional wellness, school safety, and extensive school administration coursework. Her leadership on the Arizona Education Association Board of Directors, and as Scottsdale Education Association President enhances her commitment to excellence for ALL children.
Kiana Sears was elected to the Mesa Public Schools Governing Board in 2020. Kiana is an avid ASU Sun Devil, community advocate and experienced public policy creator and implementer. She has contributed to critical laws, committees and organizations such as Children’s Action Alliance, Arizona State Senate, Arizona Corporation Commission, East Valley NAACP, East Valley Martin Luther King Parade and various charities of the United Way. Kiana believes “every single child deserves an opportunity to learn and to access a quality education.”
Lindsey McCaleb was elected to serve on the Creighton Elementary School Board in 2020. She has been an educator for 11 years, beginning on the Navajo Reservation. She taught in the Creighton School District for 5 years and holds a Master’s degree in Administration from ASU. She is currently the Technology Coach for the Balsz School District and has participated in many district committees, learning about how to improve the district, implement initiatives, and create positive school cultures that promote high academic achievement.
Natalie Luna Rose has 20 years of experience in communications and the electoral process at all levels – from local races to the U.S. House of Representatives. A native Tucsonan, Natalie spends time with husband Josh and their seventh grade daughter, Lily. Natalie’s key issues to address as she runs in TUSD are navigation of the district as it moves through COVID 19, family life education, unitary status and restoration of full funding. She has served on the Tucson Unified Parent Advisory Council, the board of Children’s Action Alliance and with the Center for Progressive Leadership.
Nikkie Whaley was appointed to serve a two year term in March of 2017 and was reelected to a two-year term in November 2018. She has over 15 years of experience working with youth and families in the areas of behavioral health and education and currently works for the Arizona School Boards Association providing leadership development to school boards across the state and promoting equity in education.
From Akron, Ohio, Paul’s family moved to Phoenix in 1955. After attending West and North Phoenix High Schools, she graduated from East Phoenix High School in 1967. After two unremarkable years at NAU, she invested four years with the United States Navy and Marine Corps. After completing her enlistment, she received my bachelors and masters degrees from ASU. After more then thirty years as a public school, classroom teacher, guidance counselor, coach, building and central office administrator, she retired in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas in 2009. In 2015 Paul and her wife returned to Arizona.
Sophia Ramirez was elected to the Creighton Elementary School Board in 2020. She is a Precinct Committee Person for the Democratic Legislative District 24, a volunteer of Moms Demand Action, and on the Democratic Latino Outreach Committee. Sophia was taught the value of hard work from a young age and raised to take decisive action in her community. She started with the Adios Arpaio campaign and blossomed from there. Sophia, in 2019 along with her aunt, launched a podcast which focuses on how Latina women have evolved into the women we want to be and become. Her vision is to unify children, the community, and the district.
Rev. Quanta Crews moved to Phoenix to attend Grand Canyon University in 2005. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Behavioral Science. She has served in various positions in local government and her journey has made her well versed in property taxes and their impact on school finance. She has made it her mission to build a legacy of advocating for marginalized people and educating others on equity.
For over fifteen years, Triné has built her career working in, and around, education. She understands that by providing supportive educational environments to our youth, we build a foundation that allows for the development of skills that will serve students and their community well beyond high school. As a governing board member, she will serve the community by collaborating with parents, educators, administration, and community members to find solutions that best meet the needs of our children.
Elora Diaz was elected to the Phoenix Elementary SD Governing Board in 2020. She is an Arizona native and a first-generation college graduate who is dedicated to serving her community. She is committed to ensuring that every child, regardless of where they come from, has the opportunity to choose their own future.