Kiana Sears

Kiana Sears

Mesa School Board

Kiana Sears is a community advocate, engaged ASU Sun Devil, nonprofit community leader, and an Arizona seasoned public policy professional. Her commitment to service is inspired by her father, a Vietnam veteran, and her mother, a dedicated civil servant in municipal water services for many years. Sears loves the beautiful State of Arizona and believes we must pay special attention to the education of all Arizona’s children, irrespective of ethnicity. Kiana is a graduate of ASU, where she earned a Master’s in Public Administration. Early in her career she was on the research staff for the Arizona State Senate where she began to learn about the workings of Arizona government and the details of public policy. She later spent 7 years as Executive Utility Regulatory Consultant for the Arizona Corporations Commission. As executive consultant she learned the intricacy of utility policy and made recommendations to the commission. Kiana is a proud 20 year resident of Mesa, and serves on the Governing Board of Mesa Public Schools.

Paul Bixler

Paul Bixler

Liberty Elementary School Board

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.

Quanta Crews

Quanta Crews

Phoenix Elementary School District Governing Board

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. 

Natalie Luna Rose

Natalie Luna Rose

Tucson Unified School Board

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.

Jessica Bueno

Jessica Bueno

Phoenix Elementary School Board

Jessica Bueno 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. Jessica is running for Phoenix Elementary School District Governing Board to ensure that children growing up in the Phoenix Elementary School District have access to high quality public education by retaining the best teachers, live in prosperous communities and for families to have access to necessary resources.

Beki Quintero

Beki Quintero

Sunnyside Unified School Board

Beki Quintero is running for re-election to the Sunnyside Unified School Board. 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.

Cat Ripley

Cat Ripley

Pima Community College Governing Board District 1

Catherine Ripley is a retired U.S. Naval Officer with over 25 years of service to her country. As a diplomat she served at two different U.S. Embassies abroad for Defense Cooperation in The Hague, as well as for the Defense Intelligence Agency as the Defense Attaché in Madagascar. After retirement she held an executive leadership position with Raytheon, and now is a professor of political science at Pima Community College. Catherine was raised in Montana. She became one of the first women to be accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy, where she earned a B.S. in Engineering and a minor in Political Science. She later received her Master’s in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, and went on to serve as Executive Director for the Naval ROTC in Boston. In that role she trained over 1,600 midshipmen to receive degrees and commissions from Harvard, MIT, and other colleges and universities in the Boston area. 

Alicia Vink

Alicia Vink

Phoenix Union #1 Elementary School Board

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.

Jacqueline Smith

Jacqueline Smith

Maricopa Community Colleges Board District 1

Jacqueline Smith is a higher education professional and advocate who currently serves as Vice President at the Arizona State University Foundation for a New American University. She has also taught about civic leadership and cross sector collaboration.Jacqueline is a collaborative, future-forward problem solver who is wholeheartedly committed to access to higher education and student success. She appreciates the depth and breadth of the Maricopa Community Colleges’ offerings from workforce development to dual enrollment to community enrichment and more. 

Nikkie Whaley

Nikkie Whaley

Washington Elementary School Board

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.

Triné Nelson

Triné Nelson

Kyrene School Board

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. 

Jenni Abbott-Bayardi

Jenni Abbott-Bayardi

Washington Elementary School Board

Jenni 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.

Sophia Ramirez

Sophia Ramirez

Creighton Elementary School Board- 2 year Term

Sophia Ramirez 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. 

Lindsey McCaleb

Lindsey McCaleb

Creighton Elementary School Board

Lindsey McCaleb 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. 

Amy McSheffrey

Amy McSheffrey

Creighton Elementary School Board

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. 

Deborah Cross

Deborah Cross

Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board

Deborah is a retired teacher who taught Banking, Finance and Investment for the Phoenix Union High School District at Metro Tech High School for 22 years. She is currently certified in Social Studies, History, and Vocational Education with endorsements in Economics, Business Education, Distributive Education and Co-operative Education. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in Education 1990 and earned her  Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2000. 

Julie Cieniawski

Julie Cieniawski

Scottsdale School Board

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.

Elizabeth Hart-Wells

Elizabeth Hart-Wells

Scottsdale School Board

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 Veterans 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

Heather Ayres

Creighton Elementary School Board

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.

Allison Ewers

Allison Ewers

Tempe Elementary School Board

Allison Ewers 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. Allison is currently running for the Tempe Elementary School Board. 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.

Berdetta Hodge

Berdetta Hodge

Tempe Union High School Governing 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 and wants to serve them on the board.