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BOARD OF DIRECTORS



Bobette K. Sylvester-McCarroll, CPA, Board President
Bobette Sylvester-McCarroll is the assistant superintendent for business and support operations for Mesa Public Schools. Previously, she worked at Payson Unified School District No. 10 for 16 years. She received her bachelor of science degree in accounting from Arizona State University, and is a certified public accountant.


D. Scott Little, MBA, Board Vice President
Scott Little is the chief financial officer for Amphitheater Public Schools. Scott received both his bachelor's degree in finance and his MBA from Louisiana State University. He is a member of the Arizona Department of Education's School Finance Advisory Committee.


Thomas Tyree, MEd, Board Secretary
Tom Tyree is the superintendent of Yuma County Schools. Tom received his bachelor of arts degree and his master's degree in secondary education from the University of Arizona.


Ken VanWinkle, MAEd, Board Treasurer
Ken VanWinkle, a native Arizonan, is the superintendent for Safford Unified School District No. 1. Ken has also been a high school principal, assistant principal, athletic director, school counselor, and sixth grade teacher. He received his bachelor of science and master of arts degrees from Northern Arizona University.


Lana Berry, CPA
Lana Berry is the chief financial officer at Chandler Unified School District #80. She received her bachelor's degree in accounting from Colorado State University, and began working in the education arena in Arizona in 2000. Lana's experiences include teaching, coaching, and administration.


Karin Ward, MEdL
Karin Ward has been the superintendent for Beaver Creek School District in Yavapai County for the past 11 years. Karin received her bachelor of science degree from Arizona State University and her master's degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. She has been an Arizona educator since 1981.


Jami Van Ess, CPA, MBA
Jami Van Ess is the vice president of business and administrative services for Coconino Community College in Flagstaff. Prior to joining the college in 1998, she was the vice president for administrative services at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois. She received her bachelor of science degree in accountancy from Northern Arizona University, and her master of business administration (MBA) degree from the University of Phoenix. She is also a certified public accountant.


Lupita Ley Hightower, EdD
Lupita Hightower is the superintendent for Tolleson Elementary School District No. 17. She has worked for over 20 years in education in various roles: teacher, mentor/coach, assistant principal, district-level director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. Lupita received her bachelor’s degree with a bilingual endorsement from the University of Arizona, and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Arizona State University.