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Governing Board

REL West is guided by a strong and committed Governing Board of over 50 members, including each of the four chief state school officers or a designated representative. Other representatives are appointed by state boards of education and by higher education institutions. The Board includes extensive research expertise and members representing rural and urban settings and American Indian communities as well as experts on issues concerning students with disabilities and English learners. The Board is actively involved in assessing the region’s educational needs, trends, and conditions to ensure REL West addresses priorities in its region. The Board also helps identify potential partners, collaborators, and dissemination opportunities. Each year, the Board is presented with the research, training, coaching, and technical support under consideration by REL West and it approves the body of work before it is proposed to IES.

Tacy C. Ashby
Senior Vice President,
Strategic Educational Alliances,
Grand Canyon University
Phoenix, AZ
John M. Baracy
Former Superintendent, Scottsdale Unified School District, Superintendent Leadership Facilitator, Grand Canyon University
Fountain Hills, AZ
Monica Barajas
Principal/Superintendent,
Vernon School District
Vernon, AZ
Mary C. Barlow
Kern County Superintendent of Schools
Bakersfield, CA
Heather Batchelor
Assistant Professor and Program Director, Westminster College
Salt Lake City, UT
Cecil Brim
President, Brim-Donahoe West
Los Angeles, CA
Leonard D. Burton
Senior Fellow, Center for The Study of Social Policy
Washington, District of Columbia
Kenneth M. Coll
Dean, College of Education, University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV
Frances Contreras
Associate Vice Chancellor, Faculty Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA
Heather Cruz
Associate Superintendent, High Academic Standards for Students, Arizona Department of Education
Phoenix, AZ
Alicia DeRollo
Teacher, Ocean Grove Charter School
Santa Cruz, CA
Sydnee Dickson
State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Utah State Board of Education
Salt Lake City, UT
Rena Dorph
Interim Director, The Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Richard P. Durán
Professor, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Dena Durish
Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, Nevada Department of Education
Las Vegas, NV
Beth Foley
Dean, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, Utah State University
Logan, UT
María E. Fránquiz
Deputy Chief Academic Officer for Faculty Development and Innovation, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Susan H. Fuhrman
President, Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, NY
Ruth Glass
Head of School (Retired), Lake Tahoe School
Incline Village, NV
David W. Gordon
Superintendent of Schools, Sacramento County Office of Education
Sacramento, CA
Marquita Grenot-Scheyer
Assistant Vice Chancellor, The California State University, Office of the Chancellor
Long Beach, CA
Terry Hansen
Principal, Hickey and Associates
Alexandria, VA
Glen H Harvey
Chief Executive Officer, WestEd
San Francisco, CA
Jay Heiler
Board Member, Arizona Board of Regents
Phoenix, AZ
Guilbert C. Hentschke
Stoops Dean and Cooper Chair Emeritus, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
Marsha Hirano-Nakanishi
(Board Chair)
Assistant Vice Chancellor (Retired), Academic Research, Analytic Studies, Office of the Chancellor, The California State University
Long Beach, CA
Kathy Hoffman
State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Arizona Department of Education
Tonia Holmes-Sutton
Board Member, Nevada State Board of Education
Las Vegas, NV
Paul D. Houston
President, Center for Empowered Leadership
Tucson, AZ
Beverly J. Hurley
Director of Academic Alliances (Retired), Grand Canyon University
Phoenix, AZ
Robbie Koerperich
Superintendent, Holbrook Unified School District #3
Holbrook, AZ
Harold Levine
Founding Dean and Professor Emeritus, School of Education University of California, Davis
Davis, CA
Dale Marsden
Superintendent, San Bernardino Unified School District
San Bernardino, CA
Robert S. McCord
Emeritus Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Bend, OR
Jacob Moore
Associate Vice President, Tribal Relations, Arizona State University, Office of Goverment & Community Engagement
Tempe, AZ
Luke Narducci
President, Arizona State Board of Education
Phoenix, AZ
Ann O'Brien
Executive Board Secretary, Arizona School Board Association
Phoenix, AZ
Stefanie Phillips
Superintendent, Santa Ana Unified School District
Santa Ana, CA
Thomas Reagan
Secondary Mathematics Coordinator,
Northeastern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program
Elko, NV
Annette Reichman
Superintendent, Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB)
Tucson, AZ
Terry Shoemaker
Executive Director, Utah School Superintendents Association
Associate Executive Director, Utah School Boards Association
Sandy, UT
Pat Skorkowsky
Superintendent (Retired), Clark County School District
Las Vegas, NV
William Speer
Director, Mathematics Learning Center, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV
Bernice Stafford
Strategic Consultant, Professional Development, Northwest Evaluation Association
Carlsbad, CA
Brad Stam
Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, San Francisco Unified School District
San Francisco, CA
Ed Sullivan
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Research and Resources, Office of the Chancellor, California State University
Long Beach, CA
William A. Thorne, Jr.
Retired Judge, Utah Court of Appeals
Salt Lake City, UT
Tina M. Trujillo
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Kimberly A. White-Smith
Dean, University of La Verne, LaFetra College of Education
La Verne, CA
Doug Wilson
Superintendent, Marana Unified School District
Marana, AZ
McKell Withers
Superintendent of Schools (Retired), Salt Lake City School District
Salt Lake City, UT
Beverly Young
Assistant Vice Chancellor (Retired), California State University System
Long Beach, CA