Mr. Bill Adams is currently serving his third four-year term on the Governing Board. This is his first term as president. He has served three terms as vice president (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 serves on the Arizona School Board Association Board of Directors (four years) and is a member of First Things First's Communications and Government Affairs Committee, a citizen's initiative that funds quality early childhood development and health. He is a proud and active member of Support Our Schools AZ (SOSaz), a public education advocacy group. Mr. Adams is a member of WESTMARC, also serving on their Education and Healthcare Committees, which promotes public policies leading to responsible growth. In addition, he is a Blue Blazer and a member of Fighter Country Partnership, 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 and has a working relationship with Valley Schools Management Group, both specializing in employee benefits. He is the spouse of an educator and has two sons, 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. Larry Herrera was elected to a four-year term in 2014. This is his first term as vice president. 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.
Mr. Herrera has three children who currently attend WESD schools. He has been an active volunteer for District 2 Little League, Lakeview Elementary School PTA and AYSO Region 310 Soccer for northwest Phoenix.
“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.”
Mr. Aaron Jahneke began serving his third four-year term in 2017. He served as Governing Board president in 2016 and vice president in 2011, 2012 and 2013. 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.
Mrs. Tee Lambert began serving her fourth four-year term on the WESD Governing Board in 2017. She has served four terms as Governing Board president (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 has been on the Executive Board of Support Our Schools AZ, public education advocacy organization, since 2010. She currently is the Governing Board Liaison to the Head Start Communication Committee.
Mrs. Lambert is employed at the Arizona Department of Education as the Title I Monitoring Coordinator, in the Highly Effective Schools Division. She is the 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."
Ms. Nikkie Whaley was appointed to serve a two year term in March of 2017. 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. Currently, she is a singing member of the Phoenix Women’s Chorus and an active member of Diversity Leadership Alliance, a diversity education organization, in Arizona.
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."