Meet Your Board of Education
I am a mother of three daughters. Anne, our oldest, is a 2003 graduate of Rockford High School and lives in Boston and is completing her doctorate in Theology at Boston University. Renee is in 11th grade at Rockford High School, and Eve is in 10th grade at the Rockford High School for the 2012-13 school year. I am the former owner of Kindermusik of Rockford and Grand Rapids, LLC, and I hold a Masters of Arts in teaching from Oakland University in Rochester, MI. My husband and I enjoy both participating and being spectators in a variety of cultural events, and love spending time as a family reading, singing, playing games, and re-grouping at our cabin.
I have been a resident of Rockford since 1997 after my husband Dave and I relocated from the Chicago area. We have two daughters: Rebecca, a junior at Rockford High School, and Amanda, a 6th grader at East Rockford Middle School. I graduated from Michigan State University in 1987 and worked in advertising for 15 years prior to going into real estate in 2002. I am currently a real estate agent with Greenridge Realty. In my spare time, I enjoy taking my girls to movies, biking on the White Pine Trail, skiing, golfing and camping throughout Michigan.
I'd like to thank you for the opportunity to serve, as well as your continued support. My wife, Deb and I have three children: David, Grant and Ryleigh. David is a sophomore at Michigan State University, Grant is a junior at Rockford High School and Ryleigh is in 7th grade at East Rockford Middle. I have lived in Rockford since 1990 and my wife has been a life-long resident. My educational and professional background includes a B.B.A. from Grand Valley State University and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. I am currently employed as in-house legal counsel for Dematic Corp. My interests include golf, basketball, running, boating and spending time with my family.
My wife Karen and I have been married for 22 years and have lived in the district for the past 18 years. We have three kids, Jake (Graduate of RPS, freshman at Grand Valley State), Sam (15, 10th Grade, High School), and Kaili (10, 5th Grade, SI program at Roguewood). I have been a Police Officer for 26 years and have been in the public service my whole life. I have enjoyed my time on the Board of Education and look forward to many more years of serving the Rockford Community. I have always considered it an honor and privilege to be elected to the Board of Education.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve our school district in this capacity. Originally from New Mexico, I have grown to love this wonderful community of Rockford since my husband Mike and I relocated here in 1995. We have two daughters: Rachel, a sophomore at Rockford High School and Claudia, an 8th grader at East Rockford Middle School. I earned my B.S. in Finance from New Mexico State University. I currently work as a tax manager for Crowe Horwath LLP and have been with this firm for 15 years. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, playing golf, and family road trips.
I was appointed to the Board in October 2004. My wife Kellie and I are proud parents of Hannah, an eighth grader at North Rockford Middle School. I graduated from Western Michigan University and obtained my Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University and have a Masters of Science in Taxation from Grand Valley State University. I am the Vice President and General Counsel at Ferris State University. My wife, Kellie, is also a lawyer and a partner in the firm Ryan, Podein & Postema. Currently, I enjoy my family time, bird hunting, fishing, and photography.
I tell people the Rockford School Board, school finance and school improvement have become my second career. My professional career is with Farmers Specialty Insurance/Foremost where I am employeed as a product manager for recreational vehicle insurance. I am currently serving my fourth term on the Board and beginning my 18th school year in 2012-13. I am a 27-year resident of the Rockford area. My wife, Diane, is a sixth grade teacher at East Rockford Middle School, and my married son, Tyler, is a 2001 RHS and 2006 Taylor University, Indiana graduate. Currently he teaches and coaches in the Fort Wayne, Indiana school system.