School Board Profiles

Profile: Laura Guy new Region 12 vice president

Laura Guy Shawnee Mission USD 512 How long have you served on your local school board and why did you decide to become a board member? I have served for two years. I decided to run because I’ve always been a big supporter of public education. My mom was a teacher and I taught third-grade for several years myself. My kids received outstanding educations in the Shawnee Mission School District and now that they’re grown, I wanted to give back to the community that has given so much to us. What do you do outside of being a board member? I am...

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Profile: Pam Dankenbring is Region 4 representative

Pam Dankenbring Marysville USD 364 How long have you served on your local school board and why did you decide to become a board member? I have served on the USD 364 School Board for two years and have filled the position of president for six months. I serve as our governmental relations person and on the finance and negotiations committees. What do you do outside of being a board member? I am a district administrator for Kansas Farm Bureau, the largest grassroots agricultural advocacy organization in the state. In that position, I serve as a direct liaison to the 10 county...

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Profile: Joe Beveridge is Region 15 representative

Joe Beveridge Olathe USD 233 How long have you served on your local school board and why did you decide to become a board member? As of January 2020, I am starting my second four-year term on the Olathe School Board. I have been serving as vice president since July of 2019. When my wife and I were expecting our first child, we moved from Chicago, Illinois to Olathe, Kansas, and one of the main reasons was our admiration for the school district. I ran for school board as someone who felt the district did so many things well and I...

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Profile: KASB’s new Region 5 board member TinaRae Scott

TinaRae Scott Morris County USD 417 TinaRae Scott was interested in politics and governance from a young age and remembers as a sixth-grader traveling to Manhattan to a political event featuring President Ronald Reagan. The crowds prevented her from seeing the president, but Scott saw U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum and State Treasurer Joan Finney. Watching those two women in high levels of government made a big impression on Scott.   Now Scott, a member of the Morris County USD 417 board, takes over as the Region 5 representative on the KASB Board of Directors. She fills the unexpired term of Lori Blake,...

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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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