Candidate Category: School Board

Arizona women determined to make significant change.

Patti Serrano

Patti Serrano is a lifelong Arizonan born of immigrant parents with a strong community upbringing. Throughout school, Patti was continually inspired by passionate Teachers, particularly one who exemplified a life of community building.

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Christina Eichelkraut

Christina has lived in Arizona for the past 12 years. Her passion for public education and thriving school districts stems from her experience as a community print journalist in Nevada and Arizona.

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Stephanie Parra

Stephanie Parra currently serves as Governing Board Member of Phoenix Union High School District, representing Ward 3. Parra has served Phoenix Union for over seven years, elevating the district’s commitment to educational equity and excellence for all students.

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Naketa Ross

Naketa is a fierce advocate and protector for those who have been underrepresented. Her approach to policy is rooted in the shared values of her community: education, health & wellbeing, jobs & economic opportunity, environment & sustainable future, civic engagement & leadership, fair and just equitable systems.

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Fern Ward

Fern Ward has been a Laveen resident since 1982 and is committed to making her community the best it can be. She currently serves on the Laveen Elementary School Governing Board, Laveen Fire Board, Maricopa County Board of Adjustment, Urban Farming Education Board, South Phoenix Laveen Chamber, Laveen Baseball League and several ad-hoc organizations and committees.

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jennifer eckstrom

Jennifer was first elected to the South Tucson City Council at the age of 18, the youngest person to be elected  to public office in Arizona.

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Lela Alston

Lela credits Arizona’s kindergarten through university education system for making the difference in her ability to help others. As a

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Berdetta Hodge

Berdetta Hodge serves on the Tempe Union High School District Governing Board as the President. Berdetta is the East Valley

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Laura Pastor

Phoenix native Laura Pastor is a fifth-generation Arizonan who graduated from St. Mary’s High School and received a Bachelor of

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Stephanie Parra

Stephanie Parra is an experienced educator committed to improving public schools in Arizona. She is a first generation American citizen,

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Kiana Sears

Kiana Sears is a community advocate, engaged ASU Sun Devil, nonprofit community leader, and an Arizona seasoned public policy professional.

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Corina Madruga

Corina Madruga was elected to the Tolleson Union High School District Governing Board in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018.

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Beki Quintero

Beki Quintero was re-elected to the Sunnyside Unified School Board in 2020. She is a lifetime resident of the Sunnyside

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Sophia Ramirez

Sophia is a first-generation American, a bilingual activist, and a strong enduring mother of two school-aged children.  Sophia is an

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Shelley Jackson

She has worked in classrooms, after school programs focused on character development and directly with teachers providing trainings on social-emotional

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Paul Bixler

Paul Bixler was elected to the Liberty Elementary School Board in 2020. From Akron, Ohio, Paul’s family moved to Phoenix

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Naketa Ross

Naketa is the epitome of resiliency. As a person who was in foster care, Naketa Ross knows firsthand the power

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Monica Trejo

Monica Trejo currently serves as the President of Tempe Elementary School Board, as the district 3 representative. She is a

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