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BOARD OF DIRECTORS



D. Scott Little, MBA, Board 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 Vice President
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.


Lana Berry, CPA, Board Secretary
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.


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.


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.


Scott Thompson
Scott Thompson is the assistant superintendent of business services for Mesa Public Schools. Scott has over 10 years of work experience in the field of education handling all matters related to business services. Prior to joining Mesa Public Schools, Scott, worked as the General Manager for Safeguard Security and Communications. Scott received this Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.