Ms. Susan Fry
Ms. Susan Fry - I joined the Tanque Verde Unified School
District (TVUSD) Governing Board in 2015, in the hopes of helping to make a
great school district even better. I am a mother of three children. My oldest child
is in fifth grade, my middle child is in second grade, and my youngest child just
turned three. It is important to me to offer them, along with all of the
students in the District, the best educational opportunities available. I bring
unique early childhood knowledge to the Governing Board, along with a
background in youth development and k-12 education.
My most significant
contribution to the Governing Board has been serving on the District’s
preschool committee. In August, 2019, the District opened its first preschool,
Tanque Verde Community Preschool, located at Tanque Verde Elementary School. I am
thrilled that our District has its own preschool, and that we can work closely
with kindergarten teachers on the development of the curriculum and activities
that will be used in the classroom.
Throughout my time on
the Board, I have been involved in many other activities such as curriculum
selection, launching of the District’s Professional Learning Communities
(PLCs), and the selection of our current Superintendent. For the last eighteen
months I had the pleasure of serving as the Governing Board President.
I grew up in Tucson, and
completed my undergraduate work at Stanford University. My background is in
philanthropy (M.A. in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University) and public
health (M.P.H. in child and maternal health from the University of Arizona). I run
my own consulting business, and I have spent twenty years working in the
nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, focused primarily on issues of children,
youth, and families. For the last twelve years, I have run the Arizona Parent
Kit project, a statewide early childhood and parent education program funded by
First Things First. I have also done statewide education work, facilitated town
halls and focus groups, and completed feasibility studies with the Arizona
Department of Education, and The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, among
others. I am passionate about children and look forward to ongoing work in the
nonprofit and funding communities.
While Tanque Verde
Unified School District is currently an exceptional district, I hope to make it
in an even better place, with aligned curriculum in all four schools, good
teacher retention and recruitment, a high satisfaction rate from parents, and
high achieving students who go on to do great things in Arizona and beyond.
Mr. Jeremy Schalk
Mr. Jeremy Schalk - One of the reasons I moved to the Tanque Verde Valley in 2010 is because of the Tanque Verde Unified School system. My wife and I have three small children, and our family values education. I decided to run for the school board to be involved in and give back to my community. I want to contribute not only to my children’s education but to all children attending the Tanque Verde schools.
I have volunteered in a number of high school CTE projects throughout Pima County for several years. My business, training and education background is geared toward the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, and my hope is to be able to continue sharing my experience and expertise in that area.
My hope is to make a difference through my board service to the lives of TVUSD students by providing them with a variety of learning experiences and education options in both college and career pathways.
I am a Vice President of Hi-Tech Machining and Engineering in Tucson. I have an MBA from the University of Arizona – Eller College, and a BS from Ohio State University. Throughout my work experience I’ve held a variety of positions from Industrial Control Engineer, to Quality Manager and Marketing Manager.
Mr. Jeffrey Neff
Mr. Jeffrey Neff - I have been a resident of the Tanque Verde Valley for almost 30 years. I moved here when my children were preschoolers because of the great school system. I recognize the value of a good education in my own life and wanted my children to have the same or better opportunities. My children are now grown. They greatly benefited from the great educations they received from the District. When an opportunity arose to serve on the Governing Board, I felt that it would be a great opportunity to serve the community and give back to the schools that educated my children.
I am most proud of participating in the creation of our own high school and the building of the new Emily Gray Junior High School. Additionally, I am proud of meeting the challenge of keeping the District financially solvent during many years of the great recession that has rocked our economy. I hope that it will be said that I was effective in keeping the District a top quality District that provides outstanding opportunities for excellent teachers to deliver high quality education to the District’s students in a fiscally responsible manner.
I am a lawyer certified as a specialist in real estate law by the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. I have been certified for over 30 years. I practice with my own firm, Neff & Boyer, PC, here in Tucson. We practice in the areas of real estate, probate, trusts, wills, bankruptcy and commercial litigation. If you want to know more about my practice follow this link: www.nefflawaz.com I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. I went on for another three years to graduate from the University of Arizona law school. We moved to the Phoenix area when I was quite young because of my father’s work. I was smitten by Arizona’s natural beauty. This is one of the primary reasons I established my practice in Tucson after completing Law School. My father – a machinist - emphasized the importance of education in bettering one’s self. His hard work raised the family to a solid middle class life style from the bleak poverty of rural southeastern Ohio in which he was raised. I treasured the opportunity to get a good education that he encouraged. It’s been through hard work and the educational opportunities that I’ve broadened my horizon, enriched my life and provided for my family. So, I feel honored to have been able to serve the Tanque Verde Unified School District in providing those opportunities to succeeding generations.
Mr. Carlos Ruiz
Mr. Carlos Ruiz - I believe the Tanque Verde Valley community in large part is defined by TVUSD. We don’t have a business district or government center, but we do have high quality visible schools. That reputation and the beauty of the area are why we moved here when I started my business. Both of my daughters went through elementary, junior high and high school at TVUSD. I believe the teachers and administration of the district helped to develop their character, provided an exceptional education and prepared them for college. I wanted to do what I could to work with the other governing board members to maintain and improve the quality of the district.
I am most proud of being able to help connect administration to the business community and also to education policymakers at both the local and state level. I hope that through my board service, I will have brought a different perspective to the board and helped form new connections to the business community that improved the district.
I own a raw material distribution business, HT Metals, that supplies bar, sheet and plate to machine shops and fabricators. The business provides abrasive waterjet cutting of shapes from sheet and plate, and cut-to-length machining blanks from bar. I have a degree in metallurgy from the U of A and worked throughout the raw material supply chain. I used my extensive knowledge of the raw material supply chain to create this business and open it in my hometown.
Mr. Vieri Tenuta
Mr. Vieri Tenuta - My family and I moved to the Tanque Verde Valley in 2012. We have two children attending Tanque Verde schools; one is attending Agua Caliente Elementary school and the other is attending Emily Gray Junior High school.
active community member and parent of students attending Tanque Verde Schools,
I joined the TVUSD Governing Board to affect positive change and represent the
Tanque Verde community and its interests.
goal as a Board Member is to represent parents, students and faculty by providing
them with the framework, resources and technology to deliver and receive the
highest quality education. My plan is to develop and implement creative and
unique ways to fund our schools, provide smart technology and curriculum to
enhance learning and instruction capabilities, compensate our faculty and staff
fairly to encourage retention of stellar educators and support staff, maintain
and upgrade our facilities to ensure safety and security of our students and
staff, and standardize policy, process and procedure to facilitate
collaboration and growth in our programs across the district. When my Board
service is concluded, I hope others will say that I have encouraged them to be
active in our community and that I have made a positive impact in the district.
am former military and served on active duty in the United States Air Force. I
have 15 years of direct work experience in cybersecurity, penetration testing,
physical ingress/egress testing, governance and compliance, cyber warfare and
defensive operations with many federal and state government organizations
including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S.
Department of Defense, and others.
have Master of Science degree from DePaul University in Computer Information
and Network Security, and I am a Certified Information Systems Security
Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker and Certified Penetration
I am a partner and Chief Information Security Officer of an esports company that deals in large scale, online and in-person esports tournaments. I lead our company's security requirements and design and develop security technologies, policies, processes and procedures to protect internal company information and the integrity and security of esports competition environments.