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.
Jim Chang has been Arizona State Demographer since 2012, responsible for producing official population estimates and projections for the State of Arizona and its counties and incorporated places. These products are used by state agencies and local governments for various purposes from expenditure limitations to infrastructure planning. Jim represents Arizona on the Federal-State Cooperative for Population Estimates (FSCPE) and the Federal-State Cooperative for Population Projections (FSCPP). He is a member of the FSCPE Steering Committee and past chairman of the FSCPP. He works closely with the U.S. Census Bureau on its decennial census and annual population estimates programs. Prior to joining the State Demographer’s Office, Jim was staff demographer for the School Facilities Board between 2006 and 2010, where he developed a system for making enrollment projections for school districts. Jim received his Ph.D. in Sociology (specializing in Demography) from Arizona State University in 2005. He has a MS degree in Information Management (ASU, 2000), and a BA in English (Shandong Teacher’s University, China, 1988). Demographer Representative. Appointed, but not yet confirmed by the Senate. Term expires January 2020.
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. Appointed, but not yet confirmed by the Senate. 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.
With over 20 years of school business experience, Scott Thompson recently rejoined the education community as Assistant Superintendent of Mesa Public Schools. At Mesa Public Schools, Mr. Thompson is responsible for business and support services within the district. Prior to returning to education, he was General Manager of Safeguard Security, where he was responsible for leading the company through a major transition as Safeguard was acquired by SAFE Security in August of 2014. During this same time as General Manager, he increased the profitability of Safeguard by over $1.2M. Before joining Safeguard, Mr. Thompson was Executive Director of Business Services for Dysart Unified where he successfully led business operations through 10 years of rapid growth, as well as several years of recession-related budget cuts. Prior to Dysart, he was Associate Superintendent for the Arizona Department of Education where he oversaw the state funding of school districts and managed the Information Technology Department. Mr. Thompson is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. In the community, Mr. Thompson serves on the board of a local non-profit after-school program known as DUCK (Downtown Urban Community Kids) and is an active member of his local church. School Facilities Management Representative. Term expires January 2020.
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. Appointed, but not yet confirmed by the Senate. Term expires January 2021.
Advisory Non-Voting Board Member
Gregory J. Gilliam has been in and around the construction and facilities management industries since he was 15 years old. He grew up in Iowa where his father owned a construction company. Gregory moved to the Valley in 1986 after his service in the U.S. Army, 82nd ABN Infantry in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He briefly worked for a Glendale, Arizona company, Younger Brothers Construction, building residential homes before joining the City of Phoenix Public Works Department. He worked his way up the ranks and finished his career with the City of Phoenix as an Aviation Superintendent at Sky Harbor International Airport, responsible for all electrical, HVAC, Fire Alarm, Energy Management, Building Automation, Access Control Systems, Vertical Conveyance and baggage handling Explosion Detection Systems. He was both a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Energy Manager. Following his retirement from the City of Phoenix in 2013, he joined the Glendale Elementary School District #40 as Director of Maintenance and Operations.