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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, MA Ed, 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
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
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
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 for 4 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy from Northern Arizona University, an MBA from the University of Phoenix, and is a certified public accountant.


Dr. Lupita Ley Hightower
Dr. Hightower is the superintendent for Tolleson Elementary School District No. #17. Dr. Hightower has worked for over 20 years in education in various roles as a: teacher, mentor/coach asst. principal, principal, district level director, asst. superintendent and superintendent. Lupita received her Bachelor’s Degree with a Bilingual Endorsement from the University of Arizona. She then earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision and her Doctorate in Leadership and Innovation with an emphasis in Policy and Administration from Arizona State University.