Phoenix Union High School District Governing Board

Linda Abril the longest-serving current Board member, is serving her sixth term. She was appointed to the Governing Board in May of 1994 and won elections in 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 2010 and was unopposed in 2014 representing Ward 5. Abril’s ward includes Alhambra, Maryvale and Trevor Browne High Schools. She was Board President in 2011-2012 and in 2002, and was the Board Clerk in 2009-2010. Abril was named the 2011 Outstanding Board Member by the Arizona Hispanic School Administrators Association. A highlight of her career was having the Suns-Diamondbacks Educational Academy renamed the Linda Abril Education Academy when the small school moved into its new building in 2016. When Abril completed her term in 2014, she became the third-longest serving board member in the 122-year history of Phoenix Union. In her tenure, she has worked with six superintendents and 25 different board members. After working for the State of Arizona for 24 years, Abril retired as child support enforcement officer with the Arizona Department of Economic Security in 2000. She attended Phoenix Union High School as did her four children. Her term expires in 2018.

Lela Alston was elected to her first Governing Board term in 2008 as an At-Large member, and retained her seat in 2012 and 2016 in uncontested races. She served as the Governing Board President for two years-2015 and 2016. Alston is also a member of the Arizona House of Representatives (District 24), elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2012, 2014 and 2016. It is her second stint in the State Legislature, having served as a Senator for 18 years, from 1976-94. A Phoenix native and Phoenix Union High School alumnus, Alston taught Family and Consumer Science in the District for 34 years at West, Maryvale, Alhambra, Metro Tech and Bostrom High Schools. Among her career highlights and recognition, she was instrumental in working with a team to establish the ASU West Campus. She was honored by having the Lela Alston Elementary School in the Isaac District named after her. Alston earned a Bachelor of Science at the Univ. of Arizona, and received her Masters from ASU. She has received the U of A Distinguished Citizen Award, named the 2015 O’Connor Institute Statesman of the Year, is an Honorary State Firefighter and won the Girl Scout World of Children Award. She is a strong advocate for public education and credits her own public education as the reason for her many accomplishments in life. Alston has two children and six grandchildren. Her term expires in 2020.

Stephanie Parra became a Board Member in January, 2015, after running unopposed for the Ward 3 seat. Her ward includes Camelback, and North and Phoenix Coding Academy. Parra is the Government Relations Director for the Arizona Education Association (AEA). She also created and is vice president of the Arizona Latino Hispanic School Board Association. As one of the first in her family to attend college, Parra holds a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a Master of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education from ASU. A first-generation American citizen, Stephanie was born and raised in Yuma, AZ and is a product of Arizona public schools. She is passionate about ensuring every student in Arizona receives an excellent education and is adequately prepared to succeed in college, career and life. Her term expires in 2018.

Stanford Prescott joined the Governing Board in January, 2015, after running uncontested in 2014. He represents Ward 2 in the southwest portion of the District. South Mountain and Bioscience high schools are in his ward. Prescott currently works as a community organizer, connecting community members to government in order to make equitable policy. He has worked for the Maricopa County Democratic Party and Center for Neighborhood Leadership, leading eight successful school budget overrides and turning out thousands of new voters. A graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainability and a Certificate in Latin American Studies, Prescott is currently pursuing his Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from ASU. A Phoenix native, Prescott graduated from South Mountain High School where he excelled in Academic Decathlon. He became a Board Member to insure that every student, regardless of background, has an equal opportunity to a quality education. His term expires in 2018.

Randy D. Schiller began his second term in 2015. He was elected to his first term in 2010, representing Ward 1 which includes Betty Fairfax, Cesar Chavez and Carl Hayden High Schools. Schiller served as the Governing Board President in 2013 and 2014. Schiller is also a Past President of the Arizona School Board Association, having served as president in 2013. He has also been an ASBA Board of Director and Secretary and President-Elect of the Executive Board. Schiller was a member of the Laveen Elementary School District Governing Board for six years, elected President in 2007-2009 and Clerk in 2010. He has been active in the Laveen Community, serving on the Laveen Community Council 2009-2010 and with Laveen Summer Ball. Schiller attended North High in the District and Phoenix College. He is married with two daughters. His reason for being a board member is to provide a voice for parents, students and community members. His term expires in 2018.

Laura Pastor began her second term, running unopposed in 2014. She was elected to her first term in 2010, representing Ward 4 which includes Metro Tech, Bostrom, Franklin Police & Fire High Schools, Linda Abril Education Academy and the Desiderata program. She served as the Governing Board Clerk from 2012 to 2015. Pastor is the Director of Early College Programs at Phoenix College. Previously, she was the Director of the Achieving a College Education Program (ACE) program at South Mountain Community College. Pastor was elected to the City of Phoenix City Council, District 4 in November, 2013. Her central Phoenix city council district is within the PUHSD boundaries. Pastor graduated from ASU with a Bachelors in Education, and taught junior high school for four years in the Roosevelt and Isaac School Districts. She received a Masters in Public Administration in 2000 after being selected as one of 30 participants in the Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs (City University of New York) National Urban and Rural Fellowship. Her master’s practicum was with the Chicago Public Schools Board of Education. She also worked with the City of Chicago partnering the cities’ museums with public schools. Pastor is married and has four children. Pastor is the daughter of former U.S. Congressman Ed Pastor who served from 1991-2015. Her mother, Verma Pastor, is the former director of bilingual education for the Arizona Department of Education. Her term expires in 2018.

Ian Danley ran uncontested in 2012 and again in 2016 for an At-Large seat. He was elected Governing Board President in 2017, and was the board clerk in 2016. Danley is a community leader and community organizer as the executive director of One Arizona. He has directed youth leadership and college preparatory programs for local urban youth through his work at Neighborhood Ministries. Danley has been involved in the planning and directing afterschool programs, organizing community forums and direct action campaigns, citizen lobbying and youth-led voter registration drives. He was honored by the White House as a Cesar Chavez “Champion of Change” in March, 2013 for his immigration reform advocacy. A lifelong resident of Central Phoenix, Danley attended Phoenix Elementary schools, graduated from Phoenix Union’s North High International Baccalaureate program, earned an undergraduate degree in Policy, Planning & Development at USC, and a Masters in Public Policy at ASU. Danley is married with one son. His term expires in 2020.

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