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.
Bryan Peltzer is the Senior Project Engineer and part-owner of Peterson Geotechnical Group in Chandler, Arizona. His many roles at Peterson Geotechnical Group include coordinating forensic geotechnical investigations in order to assess the cause of distress to residential, commercial, and industrial structures as well as municipal improvements. Mr. Peltzer’s recent projects include analyzing the performance of homes in residential subdivisions throughout Arizona and in parts of Colorado and New Mexico, and evaluating the cause of roadway subgrade, retaining wall and hill slope failures. He has also performed the review for the engineering calculations for the installation of thousands of micro-piles and helical piers at two different solar power generation stations in the southwestern United States. Engineering Representative. Term expires January 2017.
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.
Traci Sawyer-Sinkbeil, a former Air Force brat, has lived in Arizona for thirty-five years and is proud to be a product of Mesa Public Schools as a Westwood Warrior. She is active in the community, having served on the Dysart Strategic Planning Committee and the Employee Benefits Trust prior to her election to the Dysart Governing Board. Traci became a member of the Dysart Governing Board in January 2011, having been reelected as its President. Taci earned her dual bachelor’s degree in Business and Public Administration and an MBA, all from Ottawa University. Traci also serves as the Congregational President for Desert Streams Lutheran Church Council and is currently serving on its Master Site Plan Team. For many years, she has been an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary and believes in the focus of positive leadership and enthusiastic collaboration on all levels. School District Board Representative. Term expires January 2017.
Ward Simpson has managed the efforts of construction, architectural, engineering and management consulting firms for more than 39 years. His professional motto has been to “find better ways to produce better projects” and has strived to produce excellence in design while meeting time, quality and cost goals for clients, while making it an enjoyable process for the project team. Ward has a broad base of experience from leading business strategy, business development and community involvement as well as managing operations and administrative duties. His project experience encompasses strategizing complicated projects and providing programming, facility assessment, project management, design, and cost control services for judicial, corrections, educational, governmental, and hospitality clients. He has provided facility assessment, design, and cost control services for clients, such as higher education, K-12, municipal, hospitality and manufacturing clients. In addition, he developed management plans and audits of large projects such as a $1 billion-pharmaceutical research/manufacturing plant and the $1.4 billion remodel of the Pentagon in Washington DC. He volunteers as the building Committee Chairman and Project Manager for the Sojourner Center and was honored with the 2012 Hon Kachina Award for work done to develop three campuses for Sojourner Center. He also received the 2010 Governor of Arizona Life Time Achievement Award for volunteerism as construction chairman for 22 years for Sojourner Center. He developed 3 campuses that serve 2,900 women and children per year who are victims of domestic violence. Registered Architect Representative. Term expires January 2017.
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. Term expires January 2016.
Advisory Non-Voting Board Member
Ashley Berg, Director of Policy Development and 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. Ashley originally started her public service as a Legislative Intern with the Arizona Supreme Court, where she later worked on probate reform and special projects for the Supreme Court’s Administrative Office of the Courts. It was during this time that Ashley started pursuing her Juris Doctorate. She continued her legal work at the Gila County Attorney’s Office where she established policy and assisted with felony drug prosecution. She then worked as the Communication Officer for Arizona’s former Superintendent before being placed in her current position under Superintendent Douglas’ administration. Ashley is an attorney admitted to the State Bar of Arizona.