Mrs. Tee Lambert began serving her fourth four-year term on the WESD Governing Board in 2017. She is starting her fifth term as Governing Board President in 2020 (2009-2010, 2014, 2015). Mrs. Lambert has been an active member of numerous WESD councils and committees since 1989, including Richard E. Miller PTA and Site Council, Royal Palm Middle School Site Council, and Washington Elementary School District Planning and Steering, Facilities and Budget Councils. As a WESD Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) member, Mrs. Lambert co-chaired community presentations of "Baffled by the Budget" to help promote community awareness of public school funding. Mrs. Lambert was a member of the WESD Community Leadership Committee. In 2009, Mrs. Lambert joined Arizona Citizens for the Arts working with the Arts Education Committee. Mrs. Lambert also served on the Executive Board of Support Our Schools AZ, a public education advocacy organization, from 2010-2017.
Mrs. Lambert worked at the Arizona Department of Education as the Title I Monitoring Coordinator, in the Highly Effective Schools Division, for over 14 years and is now employed at Paradise Valley Unified School District as the Title I Technician. She is a proud mother of four children, all of whom attended WESD schools.
"As a longtime community and public schools advocate, I am committed to WESD being a district that families are proud to call their own, providing quality academics, art, music and physical education programs for all students. I believe there is a direct correlation that when we have successful neighborhood schools that are well maintained our communities will prosper and flourish. WESD works together with parents, staff, students, community organizations and businesses, creating and maintaining neighborhoods that we are all proud to call home."
Mr. Bill Adams is currently serving his fourth four-year term on the Governing Board. He has served as president in 2017 and 2018. He is starting his fourth term as vice president in 2020 (2009-2010, 2014, 2015). An active member of the WESD community, Mr. Adams' service includes Cactus Wren Elementary School PTA and Site Council and Cholla Middle School Site Council. He served for three years on the WESD Employee Benefit Trust Board, one year as chairman. Mr. Adams has been a volunteer on the Cortez High School Planning Team and Parent Action Committee. Mr. Adams served on the Arizona School Board Association Board of Directors (four years) and was a member of First Things First's Communications and Government Affairs Committee, a citizen's initiative that funds quality early childhood development and health. In addition, he currently serves as Chairman, Central Region for the Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR), is a member of Fighter Country Partnership and a Life Member of the Blue Blazer Squadron, supporting the men, women, families and mission of Luke AFB.
Mr. Adams is the owner of Ryan Austin and Associates, a full-service insurance agency specializing in employee benefits. He is the spouse of a retired educator and has two adult sons (and a wonderful daughter in law), both of whom attended WESD schools.
"The decisions made by the Board affect and impact all. I believe in open and honest expression of views by all members of our school community, in an environment of mutual respect. As a parent, I also believe it is our responsibility to partner with our educators in preparing our children for their future. Together we can make a difference. . . ."
Mr. Aaron Jahneke began serving his third four-year term in 2017. He served as Governing Board president in 2016 and 2019 and four terms as vice president in 2018, 2013, 2012 and 2011. He also previously served as Vice President/Treasurer for the Washington Education Foundation. Mr. Jahneke served one term as president of the ASU at the West campus student government (ASASUW) from 2007-2008.
Mr. Jahneke grew up in the Washington Elementary School District and attended Washington Elementary and Palo Verde Middle School before completing a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Arizona in 1999. In 2008, Mr. Jahneke received a Master's of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University at the West Campus. He received an MBA from Independence University in 2015. Mr. Jahneke is an independent insurance agent with the Ahbe Group and an Associate Dean, School of Business with CollegeAmerica in Phoenix.
"I believe quality public education is the key to a stronger, safer, and more stable community. I want Washington Elementary School District students to get the best 21st-century education possible so they have the same opportunities I have been so fortunate to have."
(602) 347-2726Mr. Larry Herrera is currently serving his second four-year term. He served one term as vice president in 2017. Mr. Herrera is an Arizona native and works as a traffic engineer for the City of Tempe. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering at Arizona State University. Mr. Herrera is a member of the Valley Leadership Class 36, Phoenix Suns Charities 88 and Valle del Sol Hispanic Leadership Institute Class of 2014, and a recipient of the Valle del Sol/Univision 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Award. Mr. Herrera is a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) volunteer and Department of Child Safety advocate. In addition, Mr. Herrera mentors high school youth through the Be A Leader Foundation. He is an executive board member of the Lincoln Downtown Family YMCA and a member of the North Mountain Village Planning Committee.
“As representatives of WESD, together we share the responsibility to our community to share our talents, identify higher goals and objectives to achieve, seek better results of adopted policy and procedures, and form linkages with staff to participate in decisions of public education that allow them to reach their full potential to serve our community effectively today and the future.”Nikkie WhaleyMember
Ms. Nikkie Whaley was appointed to serve a two-year term in March of 2017 and was re-elected to a two-year term in November 2018. Ms. Whaley moved to Arizona in 2009 and is delighted to call Phoenix her home. Ms. Whaley has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. She has over 15 years of experience working with youth and families in the areas of behavioral health and education. Ms. Whaley is a graduate of Valle del Sol’s 2012 Hispanic Leadership Institute and a former Board Member for One n Ten, an organization that serves as a resource and support to LGBT youth. Ms. Whaley works for the Arizona School Boards Association providing leadership development to school boards across the state and promoting equity in education.
Ms. Whaley is a proud mother of two Washington Elementary School District students. She has been a classroom volunteer and a member of both the Acacia Elementary School PTA and Site Council.
“I believe in the power of education. Education can open eyes, expand minds and change lives. Investing in public education means all children have access to a brighter future. I am committed to working with my fellow board members, our schools, our families and the community to ensure WESD students have access to the best education possible so that they may leave WESD confident and prepared to tackle high school and beyond."