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Lela was first elected to the Arizona Senate in 1976, serving on the Appropriations Committee for 18-years. After being encouraged by the community, Lela ran for the Arizona House of Representatives in 2010 and, after serving 8-years in the House, was returned to the State Senate in 2018. She has been a member of the PUHSD Governing Board since 2008. Her fierce advocacy has made her one of Arizona’s most respected voices for public education.
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.
Jessica Bueno was elected to the Phoenix Elementary School Board in 2020. She was born and raised in El Paso, TX. She was raised by a single mother who kept them involved in organized athletics, volunteering, and church along with a younger brother. 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.
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.
Laura Pastor is a member for the Phoenix Union High School District Board, where she has been a strong advocate for all of the students, parents, and teachers throughout the District. Laura is a fifth-generation Arizonan who graduated from St. Mary’s High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Arizona State University.
Eva Carrillo Dong was re-elected to the Sunnyside Unified School District in 2020. Eva has served as a devoted board member for the Sunnyside community for three terms. Eva is deviated to continually advocating for Sunnyside students, parents, and teachers. She’s also the President of the Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus.
Ylenia Aguilar is a member of the Osborn School District Governing Board and currently serves as President of the Board. Her career began in the legal field as an interpreter at the federal correctional detention centers in Florence, Arizona. Determined to have an impact on vulnerable families in Arizona, Ylenia is now a small business owner and runs a translation and interpreting services company. In this role, she provides legal and medical interpreting services.
Stephanie Parra has been the Ward 3 representative on the Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board since 2014. She is an experienced educator committed to improving public schools in Arizona. She is a first generation American citizen, born and raised in Yuma, and is a product of Arizona public schools.
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.”
Garthanne De Ocampo was appointed to the Governing Board in 2017. Ms. De Ocampo had a fifty-year career as a public school educator. She served as a teacher, principal, and district-level administrator. She was instrumental in establishing all-day kindergartens, inclusionary pre-school programs, and the program to serve students with autism in the Phoenix Elementary District.
Corina Madruga was elected to the Tolleson Union High School District Governing Board in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018. She currently serves as the Board President. She’s earned two degrees in business administration, and is an alumni of the Valle del Sol Hispanic Leadership Institute.
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.
Sophia Ramirez was elected to the Creighton Elementary School Board in 2020. She 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.
Shelley Jackson was elected to the Roosevelt Elementary School District in 2020. She is a dedicated community organizer, focused on advancing her community. Her goal as a governing board member is to create meaningful policy and practices that positively benefit the students, staff, and community.
Paul Bixler was elected to the Liberty Elementary School Board in 2020. From Akron, Ohio, Paul’s family moved to Phoenix in 1955. After completing her enlistment with the Navy, 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.
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.
Naketa Ross is was elected as a Ward 1 Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board Member in 2018. She is a long-time advocate for the wellness of Arizona families and children. She has used her education and advocacy experience to ensure that every student at Phoenix Union High Schools is given the opportunities they need to reach their full potential.
Monica Trejo currently serves as the President of Tempe Elementary School Board, as the district 3 representative. She is a native Arizonan and attended Arizona State University, joined Teach for America-Phoenix and taught special education in Tolleson. Currently she is an instructional coach at a Phoenix elementary school and doctoral student at Columbia University. Monica has been committed to work for schools that can move children out of the cycle of poverty and help them reach their dreams.
Marcie Hutchinson joined the Governing Board in January 2019. She holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in history. She has 31 years of public high school teaching experience in New York and Arizona. During her 28-year career with Mesa Public Schools, she taught American and European history and advised extracurricular activities at Dobson, Mesa and Red Mountain high schools.
As a native Tucsonan, educated through TUSD schools and the University of Arizona, Adelita is committed to improving the quality of life in Pima County. She is currently a member of the TUSD School Board and was recently elected to her 5th term. Adelita has worked with youth and their families for the last twenty-five years and has the experience and dedication to fight for the right for each child to achieve academic excellence and the opportunity to succeed.
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.
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.
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.
Lindsay Love is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Dedicated to social justice issues, she works closely with teens and adults who have experience trauma, and endeavors to create safe spaces for marginalized voices. As a member of the Chandler Unified School District Governing Board, Lindsay has prioritized mental health, equal opportunity, and LGBTQIA+ protection.
Leila Counts is a dedicated educator, small business owner, TUSD parent, and the descendant of a long line of Arizona educators. She’s a passionate advocate for educational equity, inclusion, diversity and equal access to an excellent public education for all. She has been a member of the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board since 2018.
Karen McClelland is a currently serves on the governing board for the Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board. Karen has on the Sedona-Oak Creek Governing Board for 13 years. She is also the president of the Red Rocks Democratic Club.
Karen Gresham is a Madison parent, long-time resident, and Phoenix native. After working as a CPA auditing all types of companies (large corporations, non-profits, utilities, etc), she “retired” from accounting to raise her three sons, Cole, Troy, and Noah. Ever since then Karen has volunteered her time in the classroom, on PTO boards, for public education candidates, and many charitable organizations.
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.
Heather Ayres was elected to the Creighton Governing Board in 2020. 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.
Fern Ward was elected to the Laveen Elementary School District Governing Board in 2018. She has been a proud Laveen resident since 1982, and is committed to making her community the best it can be by serving on the Laveen Elementary School District Governing Board.
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.
Dr. Elizabeth Hart-Wells was elected to the Scottsdale Unified School District #48 in 2020. She is a teacher, chemist, inventor and proud parent. She currently teaches chemistry at Glendale Community College. She brings a unique and transferrable skill set that, coupled with a strong work ethic, dedication and honesty, will benefit and inform governance.
Consuelo Hernandez is a proud graduate of the Sunnyside School District, and is proud to call the Sunnyside community her home. Consuelo serves on the Sunnyside Unified School District as she works toward building a strong educational foundation for all Sunnyside students.
Carmen Trujillo is a working-class mother, lifelong Phoenician, community advocate and Governing Board Member of the Phoenix Elementary School District.
Amy was elected to her second term serving on the Creighton School District in 2020. She 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.
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.
Alicia Vink was elected to the Phoenix Elementary School District #1 Board in 2020. She 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.
Alexis Aguirre is a teacher, parent and education advocate who was elected to the Roosevelt School Board in 2020. Alexis’ experiences as a student, teacher, and organizer drive her to continue fighting for the schools our children and educators deserve.
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.