NEXT BOARD MEETING: 2018-07-13 9:00AM, RM 4 – Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy – 3401 N. Ft. Valley Rd. Flagstaff, Arizona
During the school year (August through May) FALA’s Board of Trustees meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:00PM p.m. on the FALA campus in room 4. Meetings are open to the public. Meeting agendas and monthly financial reports are posted 24 hours before the meetings in the News section on the homepage.
You can read a copy of our 2016 Annual Financial Review here. Use drop down menu to navigate to Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy.
Judy Jordan | President
Judy is a FALA parent who joined the Board of Directors in November, 2016. She received her Bachelor of Science in Special Education, with a minor in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University in 1991. Prior to becoming a parent, she spent 11 years as a Special Education and Gifted and Talented teacher in Illinois. She has vast experience working with students across a variety of disabilities and characteristics, as well as from differing backgrounds. While teaching, she also worked on curriculum development and implementation, team building, community outreach and parent advocacy. She served as a building representative for the Illinois Education Association teacher’s union for 6 years. Since becoming a parent, Judy has continued to enrich her educational passions through volunteer and advocacy work. Her years in the classroom solidified her passion for meaningful and innovative education, and it was because of this that she was drawn to FALA’s mission.
Heather Pierce | Board Secretary
Heather began her 15+ year career in marketing and communications in the non-profit sector, later moving into health care. Currently as a Marketing Manager for Aetna, she develops marketing strategies to build awareness of community-based health care plan products. Over her career, Heather has been involved in rebranding initiatives, bringing new products to market and helping businesses grow. She is also a seasoned writer having owned a small marketing and freelance copywriting firm for six years and continues to freelance and write for Aetna.
Heather achieved an Art History degree from Arizona State University in 2000. She has volunteered in the arts and other non-profits for 25+ years. Joining this Board is a pinnacle for Heather as she has renewed her commitment to the arts and education. She joined the FALA Board of Directors in November 2016.
Sharon Gorman, Ed.D. | Board Treasurer
Sharon is a Senior Instructional Designer for NAU’s e-Learning Center and brings a wide range of experiences in course and curriculum design, assessment, pedagogy, and educational technology. In 2014, she completed a doctorate in education where she explored how female and ethnically diverse students navigated their engineering discipline. She is the associate editor for the book, “A Language of Freedom and Teacher’s Authority: Case Comparisons from Turkey and the United States” published in May 2017. This collaborative book project explores the changing authority of teachers as a result of economic and political pressures both here and in Turkey. Sharon currently serves as the Co-Chair for the Commission of the Status of Women at NAU and leads efforts to promote and advocate for gender equity, parity, and inclusivity at the university. In addition, she is a part-time faculty member for NAU’s Educational Leadership and Foundations program. She teaches graduate-level online courses including Philosophy of Education, Cultural Foundations of Education, and Educational Sociology. Sharon joined the Board of Directors in May 2017. As a FALA board member and a critical educator, she aims to be a balanced voice on the Board. She is vested in FALA’s present and future as a FALA Parent but most importantly as an educator.
On a personal side, Sharon feels truly blessed to reside in outdoorsy Flagstaff with her family—spouse, two daughters, dog, cat, and bees. Last year, she began taking ballet and jazz dance as an adult novice and is a walking billboard for “it’s never too late” to learn. She loves how dance connects to the whole self and bridges across spiritual, emotional, physical, and artistic dimensions. She also has a background in art and music. She lives by the personal motto: “Art, creativity, and stewardship make life worth living.
Lori Poloni-Staudinger, PHD | Board Member
Dr. Lori M. Poloni-Staudinger (PhD, Indiana University, 2005) is an Associate Dean for research, personnel, and graduate programs in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and a professor in the Department of Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University. She was statewide coordinator for Arizona Deliberates, an organization focused on increasing public deliberation in Arizona and a Kettering Foundation Fellow. She has served on several boards of non-profits around the state and nationally and has worked in higher education both domestically and internationally. Her academic work focuses on gender, political participation and political violence. A FALA parent for the last six years, she has expertise with grant-writing, fundraising and strategic planning. Lori enjoys spending time with her family, watching her kids play soccer and perform on stage, skiing, swimming, barre class, paddle boarding, and traveling.
Jean-Ann Foley | Board Member
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