Board Members

Board Members

Tanque Verde Unified School District Governing Board

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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.

Ms. Susan Fry
Ms. Susan Fry
Board President - December 2022
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.
Ms. Anne Velosa
Ms. Anne Velosa
Board Clerk - December 2024
 In 2009, my husband and I moved our family to the Tanque Verde Valley because of the highly regarded Tanque Verde schools. It became clear to us that parent and community support greatly enhanced our children’s educational experience, so I began volunteering in the classroom to do my part. It didn’t take long before I began serving within school support organizations, as well as substitute teaching in the classrooms, allowing me to develop relationships with staff, students, and fellow parents. When I learned of the availability of a TVUSD Governing Board member position, I viewed this as an opportunity to continue serving my community and volunteered for this advocacy role.

The TVUSD Governing Board has weathered various challenges since I moved into the area, yet has kept students and their education the focus and priority of their decisions. As a Board member, I will continue this practice, while leveraging my background to collaborate with fellow Board members and District administration and staff to provide a pathway for educational success for each student.

By listening to and working with parents, teachers, staff, and students to understand their challenges and celebrate their successes, I will partner with my fellow Board members to develop policies and strategies that support a robust and thriving educational environment; making our Tanque Verde schools a standard to measure against.

After obtaining my Bachelor of Science in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Arizona, I moved to Cleveland, OH to earn a Master of Science in the same subject area from Case Western Reserve University. I left the midwest to join Intel Corporation, working in New Mexico, Arizona, and Oregon. My tenure at Intel included positions as a factory support engineer, process engineer, materials quality engineer, and quality & reliability engineer of server systems; often times managing cross-functional and multinational teams. Once I became a mother, I stepped away from the engineering workforce and immersed myself into the role of stay-at-home parent. Though I wasn’t dealing with supplier quality issues, product yield improvements, or process audits, my engineering background enabled me to manage the challenges of raising children in a world filled with technology and social change. Long interested in photography, I am currently developing a photography business.
Mr. Jeffrey Neff
Mr. Jeffrey Neff
Board Member - December 2024
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 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:   I am a partner with Udall Law Firm LLP, here in Tucson. 
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
Mr. Jeremy Schalk
Board Member - December 2024
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. Vieri Tenuta
Mr. Vieri Tenuta
Board Member - December 2022
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.   As an 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.

My 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.

I 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.

I 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 Tester.

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.

Zoe Montano Student Board Member
Zoe Montano
Student Board Member

In the words of Coretta Scott King, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” And as I enter my fourth year at TVHS, I am grateful for the rigorous TVHS academic schedule, teacher’s guidance, and the inviting school community that displays a concern for my well-being. The Tanque Verde community of Teachers, Administrators, Parents, and Students always made me feel like I was welcomed and I belonged. I share my successes of attending summer programs at Stanford University, and the University of Virginia, two state qualifications for Mock Trial, a Theater national qualification, an Arizona Girls State participant and a HOBY recipient with the TVHS community as I would not have had these opportunities available to me without their dedication. As Senior Class President I want to actively foster an environment that will continue to support our students and staff. I hope to one day attend college for a degree in Forensic Psychology and then move onto law school so I can give back to the community I care so much about. During these unprecedented times, our greatest strength of a community is what will guarantee a productive educational environment and an emotionally supportive school experience.  

Zinnia nielsen Student Board Member
Zinnia Nielsen
Student Board Member

I am proud to say that I have been able to live in Tanque Verde Valley for my whole entire life. I attended preschool at Tanque Verde Lutheran, went to elementary school at Tanque Verde Elementary, was a middle schooler at Emily Gray, and am now currently a senior at Tanque Verde High School! This past year, I had the wonderful opportunity to work as a Medical Scribe at Tucson Orthopedic Institute, where I had the chance to work with many medical professionals and gain valuable experience in the professional field that has helped to give me a perspective on what my future could look like. About two years ago, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Ecuador with a group of doctors for a humanitarian medical trip, where I worked with various physical therapists to help locals recover from surgeries. I am very involved at TVHS, as I am part of multiple clubs and groups. I have done cross country for all of my years at this school, and am currently Public Relations officer for our National Honors Society and Student Body Public Relations officer for student council. Last year I served as Junior Class President, so I have had a lot of experience working with the students and staff at the school. I am also a member of World Cultures Club, where we meet together to learn about the different countries and cultures around the world. I am currently learning Arabic through an independent study program at Brigham Young University. 

After I graduate, I hope to attend a four-year university in either California, Utah, or Washington. When I am in college, I hope to do a study abroad to help immerse myself in another culture for an extended amount of time. I hope to major in Psychology with an emphasis on Sociology, and minor in Arabic. I am also planning on obtaining my PhD in Psychology, and then going on to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation to become a special agent.

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