Sean McCarthy, Senior Research Analyst for the Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA), is a 2007 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. Sean has a Master’s degree in Intelligence Studies from the American Military University. As an intelligence officer, Captain McCarthy served seven years in a variety of roles supporting combat operations with the MQ-1 Predator and the F-16 Viper, including a six month deployment in Afghanistan. He continues to serve locally in the Air Force Reserve. Sean has published several essays on Arizona school finance and is a recognized policy expert on K-12 finance issues at the State Capitol. His roles at ATRA include K-12 education, Community Colleges and general taxation. Taxpayer Representative. Term expires January 2018.
Vern Crow is the founding principal of Dominion Environmental. He specializes in industrial hygiene/indoor air quality remediation providing investigation, remediation specifications and oversight, and final clearance testing for local, national, and international companies. He also provides Phase I, II, and III environmental site assessments, hazardous waste management, and emergency response and environmental risk evaluation services. Mr. Crow is a practicing Industrial Hygienist; Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional; AHERA Certified Asbestos Building Inspector, Management Planner, Project Designer, and Contractor Supervisor; and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Crow has resolved a range of indoor air quality issues including mold, asbestos, radon gas, lead-based paint, and airborne vehicular soot contamination for private and public schools and school districts, commercial building owners, homeowners, hospitals, museums, public agencies, and national insurance companies. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree. He is a member of the American Indoor Air Quality Council, American Industrial Hygiene Association, American Energy Engineers Association, National Air and Waste Management Associations, and Arizona Asbestos Council. Business Owner Representative. Term expires January 2018.
Since November 2012, Ed Boot has been the Capital Manager with the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting, responsible for reviewing, analyzing, and making recommendations on all facilities capital requests from the agencies within the State’s three Major Building Systems: the Department of Administration, Department of Transportation, and the State Universities. Prior to this position, he was the Southwest Director of Educational Services for PinnacleOne/Arcadis. During his tenure, he provided services to over 50 Arizona school districts in a wide variety of activities including new school construction; renovation of existing space; Capital Planning; Real Estate and procurement services; and led 19 Capital Bond Programs throughout the State. In 2008, he was promoted to Arcadis Vice-President of the Southwest Region and became an Officer and Owner of the Corporation. Ed Boot also served for five years as the Interim Executive Director and as Deputy Director of Facilities for the School Facilities Board. Demography Representative. Term expires January 2016.
Halleh Landon is a graduate of Arizona State University, a registered electrical engineer and LEED AP with 18 years of electrical design experience. She is an advocate for practical sustainability with a mission to educate others about the importance of energy efficient design and its impact on energy consumption and the environment. She is passionate about the success of schools and, in the past, has volunteered her time as USGBC Arizona's Green School Advocate, where she had the opportunity to draw attention to the needs of our schools and help teach the community about sustainability and what they can do to make a difference. Halleh is an Energy Code Trainer, as well as a Certified Green Classroom Professional. Engineering Representative. Term expires January 2021.
Robert Rice began his career as an officer in the United States Air Force in operational leadership positions. During his 23 years at Intel Corporation, he held several supervisory and management positions in the highly technical area of semiconductor manufacturing and gained experience in Quality, Reliability and Human Resources. While on the Chandler Unified Governing Board, he has helped lead the district to develop its first 10 year plan of excellence and has used his leadership experience to mentor and coach various organizations. School District Board Representative. Term expires January 2021.
Thomas D. Rushin is an Arizona native with 44 years of experience in the field of education. He has been a teacher, coach, principal, associate superintendent and retired in 2008 as Superintendent of Yuma Elementary School District in Yuma, Arizona. He has led school district planning committees, bond elections campaigns, developed building programs, developed educational specifications, and worked with a variety of architectural firms through all phases of building design and construction. His passion for improving learning environments for students lead him to use his leadership skills and prior experience to plan schools that meet the needs of all students in the twenty-first century. School Construction Representative. Term expires January 2018.
Dr. Jeff Smith has led a distinguished career in education as a teacher, principal and district office administrator for 30 years. He is currently Superintendent of the Balsz School District in Phoenix, Arizona where he lives with his wife and three children. He graduated from Arizona State University with Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in Elementary Education and Administration. Selected as the Distinguished Administrator for Arizona in 2003, Dr. Smith has served as President of the Superintendents Division of Arizona School Administrators and is currently President-Elect for the State of Arizona. Dr. Smith is very active in the community serving on several boards and advisory councils. These include but are not limited to; President of the Balsz Community Education Foundation and President of the Board of Directors for Educare Arizona. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Business Education Coalition (ABEC) and serves on the Advisory Council for Expect More Arizona and Assistance League of Phoenix. He also serves as a member on the Committee of Practitioners and the Performance Based Task Force for the Arizona Department of Education. In addition, he supports higher education through advisory committees for Gateway Community College Center for Workforce Transition and Ottawa University. He is an adjunct faculty professor for Argosy University. School Facilities Management Representative. Term expires January 2016.
Sandy Williams, a current 6th Grade Teacher in the Paradise Valley Unified School District, has been teaching for twenty-eight years in Arizona. Sandy was raised in Arizona and is a product of the outstanding public schools and university systems. She has raised her own family here and now has grandchildren thriving in Arizona schools. Sandy is passionate about all aspects of the education profession and the State of Arizona. She has many years of professional experience and service with the education of students, relations with parents and peers, and the business of public schools. Sandy has served on several Paradise Valley School District Committees including District Operations Oversight, District Facilities, District Long Range Planning, Annual Contract Negotiations, and the Paradise Valley Education Association Teacher Advocacy Committee - Advisor/Mentor, and past Vice President. Teacher Representative. Term expires January 2020.
Carmen Wyckoff is a Senior Associate and Architect with DLR Group in Phoenix, AZ. She is a registered architect with 17 years of experience focusing on educational spaces from Pre-kindergarten to post-secondary school. Since graduating from Penn State University in 2001, Carmen’s projects have included a $77M new comprehensive high school, a community college science center, high school performing arts centers, and a school specializing in teaching deaf students. She understands how schools function, which materials are durable, and can offer advice on technical design and construction issues. Carmen has presented nationally on healthier school design, innovative educational spaces, the Americans with Disability Act, and occupied campus renovations among other topics. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. In addition, for the past five years Carmen has been an active volunteer creating connections between businesses and Arizona’s schools to create a stronger workforce. Registered Architect Representative. Term expires January 2021.
Advisory Non-Voting Board Member
Charles Tack, Associate Superintendent of Policy Development & Government Relations for the Arizona Department of Education, currently advises the Superintendent of Public Instruction on policy issues and liaises with both state and federal elected officials.