Board Member Profiles

KASB School Board Member Profile: Warren Grable, Troy USD 429

Warren Grable Troy USD 429 How long have you been a school board member? I have served on the Board of Education for 36 years. Why did you decide to become a board member? There was talk in the 1980's of doing away with vocational programs. I have been a strong supporter of vocational programs for a very long time. At that time there was more supporters set on just college than vocational programs. Who was an adult you looked up to when you were growing up and why? My grandfather. He was a person I really admired. He was an honest, caring...

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Holecek new KASB Region 7 vice president

Darin Holecek Ellsworth USD 527 Region 7 How long have you been a school board member? More than 10 years. Why did you decide to become a board member? I wanted to become more educated on how the school system operates, be involved in public service, and most importantly be involved in local youth and their opportunities for a successful future. What do you do outside of being a board member? For 22 years, employed with the Kansas Department of Corrections; Pheasants Forever (promoting youth and the outdoors); local USBC Bowling Association Manager; hunt; fish; sporting events; concerts; kids and family activities. What experience do...

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Cole new KASB Region 3 vice president

Kevin ColeLabette County USD 506KASB Region 3 Vice President How long have you been a school board member? Three years and two years as Vice President of USD 506. I also serve as a three-year board member and two-year Vice President of the SEK Interlocal. Why did you decide to become a board member? My wife, her mother and father are lifelong educators. I appreciated their commitment to impacting lives positively in their daily interactions. All educators change and mold the lives of the students they teach. Educators need advocates for the work they perform and I wanted to be a leader...

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KASB School Board Member Profile: William Cook, Erie-Galesburg USD 101

William Cook Erie-Galesburg USD 101 How long have you been a school board member? My total time as a board member is nine and a half years. However, the first four years were from 1987 to 1991. I was appointed in June 2013 to replace a board member leaving to become a teacher in our district.  Why did you decide to become a board member?In 1987, I chose to run for school board because I felt I could add a different perspective to the board as I had been a student when the district was formed in 1967 and currently had children...

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KASB School Board Member Profile: Art Gutierrez, Emporia USD 253

Art Gutierrez Emporia USD 253 How long have you been a school board member? I am finishing up my first four-year term. Why did you decide to become a board member? I feel that as a member of this community that we all need to give back and this is one way I give back to my community. Who was an adult you looked up to when you were growing up and why? My grandfather, Lupe P. Torres, was someone who I looked up to. He was always helping others and was there for our family whenever we needed him. Who was your favorite...

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KASB School Board Member Profile: Nancy Keith, Atchison County USD 377

Nancy Keith Atchison County USD 377 How long have you been a school board member? Four years. Why did you decide to become a board member? Both of my parents were teachers, and my mother and paternal grandfather were school board members.Teaching and love of community are in my blood. After working on failed bond issues, I decided that another approach was needed. Who was an adult you looked up to when you were growing up and why? My Grandfather, he was educated and managed six lumberyards, but made his customers and community members feel welcome and needed regardless of their education or...

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KASB School Board Member Profile: Doug Epp, Emporia USD 253

Doug Epp Emporia USD 253 How long have you been a school board member? Starting my sixth year. Why did you decide to become a board member? I had been sensing that I needed to get involved in government at the community level and when I was asked to run I accepted. Who was an adult you looked up to when you were growing up and why? My father, Allen Epp, was a wonderful mentor and he has guided a lot of my decision making. Who was your favorite teacher and why? Clarence Howland was my ninth-grade science teacher and later my chemistry teacher....

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KASB School Board Member Profile: Tonya Seller Bell, Neodesha USD 461

Tonya Seller Bell Neodesha USD 461 How long have you been a school board member? I was first elected in 2007. Why did you decide to become a board member? I am a proud product of Neodesha schools and wanted to contribute to the school district that provided me with so many wonderful opportunities growing up in a small rural community. Now, over 11 years later, I am still just as passionate about ensuring the children in my district, and across the state, receive the best educations and opportunities we can provide. What do you do outside of being a board member? I...

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KASB School Board Member Profile: Mallory Koci, Emporia USD 253

Mallory Koci Emporia USD 253 How long have you been a school board member? Since September 2018 Why did you decide to become a board member? I believe in the value of public education, and I hope my service on the board will strengthen our communities through focusing on quality public education. Who was an adult you looked up to when you were growing up and why?  I always looked up to my grandma; she was the embodiment of kindness and love. She taught me how to care for myself, how to care for others, and how to care for the earth. Who was...

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KASB Board Member Profile: Jurdene Coleman, Manhattan-Odgen USD 383

Jurdene Coleman Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 How long have you been a school board member? Nine months. I was elected in November 2017 Why did you decide to become a board member? I am a marriage and family therapist at a local community mental health center. I work with kids every day who experience difficulties in schools and wanted to do something about it. It is hard to change a system from outside so I decided to run for office so I could assist with making positive changes in my local schools. Who was an adult you looked up to when you were growing...

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