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 District Governing Board Members
 
We are pleased to highlight our current District Governing Board Members. For these brief bios, they were asked to respond to some or all of the following questions:
  • Why are you a member of the Tanque Verde Unified School District’s Governing Board?
  • What are you most proud to have achieved so far as someone who’s been involved with our schools?
  • When your Board service concludes, what do you hope will be said about it? 
  • Briefly describe the work you do and how you’ve arrived at this point in your career.

 
 Mr. Carlos Ruiz
Board President
cruiz@tanq.org
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. Steven Auslander
Board Member
sauslander@tanq.org
Mr. Steven Auslander - Regarding board service, my motivations have morphed over the years along with the school district’s needs, but in considering this, I feel something akin to a control freak’s need to help set the agenda along with a pragmatist’s desire to work with people who value what’s possible in the same way I do. I’m proud of the help I hope I’ve provided to parents raising their children to be interested learners, conscientious students and good kids. I hope people will say that I knew where I could help and did, that I was thoughtful about the things I focused on, and that I was keen to get things done.
 
   I’m a partner in a software company working with grocery sales and marketing data. I work with a great team here in the US and an especially talented crew of developers in India. We’re a small outfit, but we punch way above our weight. I worked on the technology side of the printing and publishing business after college, and ran a media services company for 15 years after establishing the US sales and support operation of a UK-based software developer with large corporate clients here and across the pond. My work took me all over the country and around the world for a long time, and while I had fun and learned a lot making my bones that way, being home more these days is a plus.
 
 
 Ms. Susan Fry
Board Member
sfry@tanq.org
Ms. Susan Fry - I  joined the Tanque Verde Unified School District Governing Board in the hopes of helping to make a great school district even better. I am a mother of three young children. My seven year old is in first grade in the district, my three year old will enter kindergarten before I know it, and my youngest is still in diapers. It is important to me to offer both of them, along with all of the students in the District, the best educational opportunities available. I hope to bring unique early childhood knowledge to the Governing Board, along with leadership skills and a passion for k-12 education.
 
   I recently joined the Governing Board, so my accomplishments on the board are somewhat limited. Beyond the board, my recently completed statewide work around the creation of a kindergarten developmental inventory was fascinating and rewarding. I had the opportunity to work with the State Superintendent for Public Instruction, k-12 educators, early childhood professionals, representatives from ADE, and funders. I look forward to more opportunities to make a difference in k-12 education in Arizona, and more specifically in the Tanque Verde Unified School District. While Tanque Verde Unified School District is currently an exceptional district, I hope to leave it in an even better place, with strong 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.
 
   I own and run my own consulting business in philanthropy and public health. I have spent twenty years working in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, focused primarily on issues of children, youth, and families. For the last ten 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 around the creation of a kindergarten developmental inventory, facilitated town halls and focus groups, and completed feasibility studies on various topics. I am passionate about children and look forward to ongoing work in the nonprofit and funding communities.
 
 
 Mr. Jeffrey Neff
Board Clerk
jneff@tanq.org
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. Jeremy Schalk
Board Member
jschalk@tanq.org

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.


2016-17 Student Governing Board Members David Morden and Anisa Hermosillo .jpg 
2016-17 Student Governing Board Members
David Morden and Anisa Hermosillo 
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