A state representative, a doctor, a scout for the Chicago White Sox and several business owners are among the 13 residents who have applied for the Gilbert Unified School District governing board vacancy.
The 13 people are interested in filling the position that Van Dunham will vacate in November.
The applicants include several who applied for the board during its most recent vacancy and another who unsuccessfully made a bid for the board during its last election.
Here is a brief synopsis of the 13 who have applied for the term that expires in December 2010:
• Debra Carr is the co-founder of the Parent Legislative Action Network, a representative on the Parent/Superintendent Council and a member of the Citizens Financial Advisory Committee, an advisory panel to the superintendent. She applied for the school board vacancy last year.
Carr has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Nebraska.
She has three children in Gilbert schools.
• Sue Davenport is a retired large accounts bank teller.
She served eight years as an elected official to a Wyoming school district education board, where she served three years as a school board member and five years as the board clerk. She is also a church volunteer.
Davenport has five children and eight grandchildren. Three grandchildren are in the district.
• Laurin Hendrix is a state representative for Gilbert’s District 22, where he serves on the legislative Education Committee. He is the co-owner of Stradlings Fine Cabinetry in Mesa, and he applied for last year’s school board vacancy.
He has a biology degree from the University of California at Irvine.
Hendrix has three children in Gilbert schools and two children who have graduated from the district.
• Jill Humpherys is an active school, church and community volunteer.
She has a bachelor’s degree in English and a secondary education certificate from Utah State University.
Humpherys has three children in Gilbert schools and two who have graduated from the district.
• Daniel Michener is the president, CEO and founder of Pangaea Capital Ltd.
He has an economics degree from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in international finance from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale.
Michener has two children who live in California.
• Jeffrey McMullin is a tax accountant, auditor and business advisor for Mansperger Patterson & McMullin. He is also a board director of the Homa and Irene Wood Foundation, which has given out more than $380,000 in scholarships to 33 Gilbert district graduates.
He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Utah.
McMullin has four children who have graduated from Gilbert schools and one who is currently attending.
• Dr. Leo Odle is a primary care physician, board certified in internal medicine, who has his own practice in Gilbert.
He has a biology degree from Grand Canyon University and a doctorate in osteopathic medicine from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Odle has three children, one in Gilbert schools.
• Victor Petersen is the general manager at VIP Construction Inc., an Eagle Scout, a church volunteer and precinct committeeman for his voting precinct.
He graduated from Gilbert High School and has a psychology degree from ASU.
Petersen has three children, two of whom attend Benjamin Franklin Charter School in Gilbert.
• Alan Regier is a special assignment scout for the Chicago White Sox as well as a church and sports volunteer.
He has a health, physical education and recreation master’s degree from St. Mary’s College of California and a political science degree from California State University, Hayward.
He has two children, one in the district and one who has graduated.
• Blake Sacha is a capital planning director at Intel Corporation, a member of the Parents Council at Campo Verde High School and a board member for Communities in Schools of Arizona and Gilbert Education Foundation. He applied for last year’s school board vacancy.
Sacha has a chemical engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati.
He has two children in Gilbert schools.
• Adelaida Severson is the president and co-owner of Bushtex Inc., an adjunct lecturer at ASU, a co-founder of the Parent Legislative Network and vice president of the Gilbert Education Foundation Board. Severson applied for last year’s school board vacancy and also ran last year for a Gilbert school board seat.
She has a doctorate in public administration from ASU, an international broadcast journalism master’s degree from ASU, and bachelor’s degrees in broadcast journalism and international relations from the University of Southern California.
Severson has three children in the district.
• Darell Tapp is a sales associate for First Impressions Inc. and an online community news columnist for Examiner.com.
He has a business management and accounting degree from the Southwest Academy of Technology in Mesa.
Tapp has one daughter who graduated from the Mesa Unified School District.
• Steve Trussell is executive director of the Arizona Rock Products Association. He is a former teacher and instructional aide in the Mesa school district.
He has a master’s of secondary education from ASU, a postbaccalaureate teacher’s certificate from Ottawa University and a history degree from ASU.
Trussell has two children in the district.
A team consisting of board president Thad Stump, Superintendent Dave Allison and Gilbert Education Association president Jo Bell will review the candidate documents and choose three nominees by Nov. 6. Those three will attend a nominee seminar Nov. 14.
Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools Donald Covey is expected to appoint a board member by Nov. 20.