Background information provided for D-11 Board of Education candidates
In the Nov. 1 election, eight candidates are vying for four four-year spots on the School District 11 Board of Education.
Two are incumbents: Bob Null (since 2007) and Jan Tanner (since 2006).
Current board members who will be going off the board are Tom Strand and Charles Bobbitt.
A ninth candidate is shown on the ballot (Larry Winter), but he has withdrawn from the race.
Here are capsules on each of the eight candidates (taken from their full biographies that are posted on the District 11 website, d11.org):
Nora Brown - El Paso Council PTA President (2009-present) who started the PTA at Coronado High School and was its president for its first five years. Also president of PTAs at Chipeta and Holmes schools. Substitute teacher. Twelve years management experience in accounting, audit, human resources, and information systems. Graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters in business administration from the University of Phoenix.
Kathleen Foster - owner of two health-related network marketing businesses (Mannatech, Inc. - glyconutrients; and SereniGy Global - healthy coffee). Substitute teacher and former classroom teacher. Started District 20's Superintendent's Diversity Communication Council. Also a member of several non-profit boards and committees. Graduated from Colorado College with a Master of Arts in teaching.
Elaine Naleski - former director of communications and community relations in District 11 for 12 years (retired last year). A total of 44 years in education (as teacher, administrator, instructor of preservice teachers, and supervisor of student teachers). BS in education from Mary Hardin-Baylor College, an MEd from North Texas State University, and post-graduate work from the University of Texas at Austin.
Lisanne McNew - director of placement for the College of Business at UCCS and freshman seminar instructor. She and her husband also have a consulting firm, McNew & Associates Inc., which works with government contractors. She received a BS in kinesiology sports science from the University of Northern Colorado and an MA in leadership, research, and development - student affairs and higher education from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Bob Null - He served 35 years in the Air Force and retired as a colonel. He is also retired as vice president of Science Applications International Corporation. A former teacher, he holds a Colorado substitute teacher certificate. Past volunteer service includes membership on the El Paso County and Colorado Springs planning commissions. MSE, BSE from Arizona State University.
Jan Tanner - 28 years of experience in bookkeeping and accounting, and involved in PTA for 16 years. Elected Region 6 director to the Colorado Association of School Boards in 2007 and again in 2009. On the board of directors of the El Paso Council PTA and the Pikes Peak Restorative Justice Council. Graduated from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas with a BA and from the University of Texas, Austin, with an MA.
Judith Walton - Licensed school counselor (worked at Wasson and Doherty high schools) and former teacher. Also has worked in victim services for El Paso County DA's office and Domestic Violence Prevention Center (now TESSA). Volunteer work includes being on the marketing committee for the “Educating Children of Color Summit” scheduled at UCCS in January; a classroom volunteer at Taylor Elementary last year and board president of the University Park HOA. BS in language arts education from the University of Kansas; MA in guidance and counseling from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Jim Mason - Chief Scientist, SPARTA, Inc. Retired as a colonel after 30 years in the U.S. Army. Holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Knox College; two master's degrees, Personnel Management from Troy State University and Military Arts and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff CollegeAlso a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.
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