CEA is currently holding an election for four positions on the CEA Executive Board, as well as CEA Site Representative. CEA members can vote online through Monday, May 2 at 5:00 pm.

Please note that only current dues-paying members of CEA are eligible to vote in this election. If you are eligible to vote in this election, you can access the ballot by visiting our online voting page and logging in as follows:

Username: first initial plus your full last name, including spaces or hyphens, but without commas or apostrophes (e.g., the username for Sarah Howard-Mason would be SHoward-Mason)

Password: last 4 digits of your social security number (as on file with AEA)

While all voters can cast a ballot for our open Executive Board positions, voters will only be able to cast a ballot for Site Representatives at their site. Write-in options will be available for all positions, including sites where no candidate is listed. If you are not seeing the correct site listed when you access your ballot, please contact Shaun Creighton immediately for assistance.

The candidates for this election are as follows.

Executive Board

President (2-year term)

Diane Lundahl (Hamilton High School)
Katie Nash (Chandler High School)

Vice President of Association Representatives (2-year term)

No candidates nominated

Vice President of Committees (2-year term)

Carly Mahlmeister (San Marcos Elementary School)

Corresponding Secretary (2-year term)

Caroline Hall (Perry High School)

Site Representatives

Andersen Elementary School

Barbara Richardson

Andersen Junior High School

Veronica Morales

Arizona College Prep – High School

Dave Gorman
Melanie Klauer
Britni Michaelson

Auxier Elementary School

Kerri Williams

Basha High School

Marisol Archie
Arlie Hunt
Cassandra Skufca
Alex Wood

Bogle Junior High School

Stacey Gilroy

Bologna Elementary School

Alma Alvarado
Monique Moreno

Carlson Elementary School

Linda Ferber
Ivi Montano

Casteel High School

Jacqueline Flowers
Kelly Powers

Chandler High School

Laura Helt
Lisa Schwalger

Chandler Online Academy

Leslie Ireland

CTA – Freedom Campus

Hayley Vivian

CTA – Independence Campus

Michele Dussault

CTA – Liberty Campus

Carlie Ramirez
Margaret Robertson

Frye Elementary School

Meghann Sarnicki

Fulton Elementary School

Monika Beauvais

Galveston Elementary School

Susan Skousen

Haley Elementary School

Jean Carlson

Hamilton High School

Melissa Lull
Diane Lundahl
Frank Pezzorello
Angelica Russo

Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School

Brenda Reynoso
Eriann Roberts

Hull Elementary School

Ashley Gee

Jacobson Elementary School

Allison Amparano
Kimberly Christ
Tricia Garnett

Knox Gifted Academy

Carrie Griffith

Patterson Elementary School

Michelle Hufford

Payne Junior High School

Mackenzie Baker

Perry High School

Shara Billings
Caroline Hall
Suzanne Kelley

Rice Elementary School

Laura Thrasher-Riggs
Nasreen Wahid

Ryan Elementary School

Heather Tawney

San Marcos Elementary School

Jolene Gallup
Jennifer Holden
Emily Pullen

Sanborn Elementary School

Christina DeHart

Santan Junior High School

Rich Pysher

Weinberg Elementary School

Marisa Delci

Willis Junior High School

Jenny Ryskamp

Diane Lundahl
Hamilton High School

My name is Diane Lundahl, and I am honored to have been nominated to represent the CEA as President. My career began in this district 24 years ago when Hamilton High School opened its doors under the tutelage of Fred DePrez. My experience as a parent in CUSD began in 2006 when my oldest attended CTA Freedom as a kindergartener under the principalship of Wendy Nance. Throughout the years, I have had positions ranging from Foreign Language Department Head, AP Leadership, and serving on the Covid Relief Committee, and Equity Team. Through these positions, I have learned the importance of advocacy. I have been supporting the CEA mission to be involved in all aspects of the educational process and advocate for its members and the issues which affect them at my home campus of Hamilton High School as site representative. As site rep I grew our membership and increased our site representation from one to five reps. I have been selected to serve as AEA State Delegate for three years in a row, and as such I have found innovative ways to uplift our profession. Furthermore, I am also very involved at the state level advocating for all educators and students regardless of their district. I have grown more than I could have imagined as an advocate this past year through the trust members at my site and other colleagues have placed in me. I have also learned a lot about the limits of representation this past year, and I hope to bring more insight back to our Chandler community from leadership at the AEA if elected as president. There is still much work to be done, and I am committed to making CUSD a district which we are proud to work in and represent. My goal is to help CUSD become a leader among Arizona schools in teacher and education advocacy.

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Katie Nash
Chandler High School

It has been an honor and privilege to serve as your CEA president. I am humbled by the amazing work you all put in on a daily basis to support your colleagues, students and community. Every day I wake up excited to advocate on your behalf.

This past year, CEA has supported new educators, including at the district mentorship nights. We have partnered with the Department of Equity and Inclusion to host the equity lecture series. In Super Q, where we bargain on behalf of all CUSD staff, we made great strides in compensation and work load. We heard your concerns and read all of your comments about class size, case loads, equity, professional development, wages, health insurance, and that ever important work life balance.

In keeping the promise of quality education, we must commit ourselves to the difficult work of equity and inclusion. We must be deliberate in our words and in our practices, seeing the value in each of our students and in each other. These systemic changes don’t happen overnight.

Change starts in our classrooms, on our buses, and in our cafeterias. It starts by asking students their preferred name and pronouns, choosing diverse and inclusive texts, incorporating diverse and inclusive images, and allowing for student led and driven discussions around diverse and inclusive topics. As our students enter the workforce, empathy, compassion and the ability to collaborate are qualities 21st century employers desire.

As amazing as that all has been, we still have progress to make. We will continue to work on behalf of educators and our students, both those in our district and across the state. Together, we are stronger!

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Carly Mahlmeister
San Marcos Elementary School

I am honored to be nominated to serve on the CEA board as the Vice President of Committees. I understand the priority of advocating for students and teachers and would strive to promote positive working and learning conditions in CUSD.

Caroline Hall
Perry High School

No candidate statement submitted

Barbara Richardson
Andersen Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Veronica Morales
Andersen Junior High School

No candidate statement submitted

Dave Gorman
Arizona College Prep – High School

No candidate statement submitted

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Melanie Klauer
Arizona College Prep – High School

My name is Melanie Klauer and I have been a classroom teacher for 25 years, 16 of which have been in CUSD. My son is a CUSD graduate, and I have been a member of CEA since I joined the district. I am honored to be nominated and hope to serve ACPHS well, if elected.

Britni Michaelson
Arizona College Prep – High School

No candidate statement submitted

Kerri Williams
Auxier Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Marisol Archie
Basha High School

No candidate statement submitted

Arlie Hunt
Basha High School

No candidate statement submitted

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Cassandra Skufca
Basha High School

I am currently an AR at Basha High as well as serve as the Recording Secretary on the Executive Board. I have loved being an AR the last few years to be more involved in the association. I would gladly continue to represent Basha High as a CEA Association Representative.

Alex Wood
Basha High School

No candidate statement submitted

Stacey Gilroy
Bogle Junior High School

No candidate statement submitted

Alma Alvarado
Bologna Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Monique Moreno
Bologna Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Linda Ferber
Carlson Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Ivi Montano
Carlson Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Jacqueline Flowers
Casteel High School

No candidate statement submitted

Kelly Powers
Casteel High School

No candidate statement submitted

Laura Helt
Chandler High School

No candidate statement submitted

Lisa Schwalger
Chandler High School

No candidate statement submitted

Leslie Ireland
Chandler Online Academy

No candidate statement submitted

Hayley Vivian
CTA – Freedom Campus

No candidate statement submitted

Michele Dussault
CTA – Independence Campus

No candidate statement submitted

Carlie Ramirez
CTA – Liberty Campus

No candidate statement submitted

Margaret Robertson
CTA – Liberty Campus

No candidate statement submitted

Meghann Sarnicki
Frye Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Monika Beauvais
Fulton Elementary School

I am honored to have been nominated to serve as Association Representative for Fulton Elementary School. This is my fourth year working in CUSD as a general music teacher and my second-year teaching at Fulton Elementary. Through leadership roles within CEA, I have learned a lot about the power of our union. I believe that there is strength in our collective voice. Together, we must continue to advocate for positive change in our profession and for our students.

Susan Skousen
Galveston Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Jean Carlson
Haley Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Melissa Lull
Hamilton High School

No candidate statement submitted

Diane Lundahl
Hamilton High School

No candidate statement submitted

Frank Pezzorello
Hamilton High School

No candidate statement submitted

Angelica Russo
Hamilton High School

No candidate statement submitted

Brenda Reynoso
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Eriann Roberts
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Ashley Gee
Hull Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Allison Amparano
Jacobson Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Kimberly Christ
Jacobson Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Tricia Garnett
Jacobson Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Carrie Griffith
Knox Gifted Academy

No candidate statement submitted

Michelle Hufford
Patterson Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Mackenzie Baker
Payne Junior High School

No candidate statement submitted

Shara Billings
Perry High School

No candidate statement submitted

Caroline Hall
Perry High School

No candidate statement submitted

Suzanne Kelley
Perry High School

No candidate statement submitted

Laura Thrasher-Riggs
Rice Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Nasreen Wahid
Rice Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Heather Tawney
Ryan Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Jolene Gallup
San Marcos Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Jennifer Holden
San Marcos Elementary School

I would like to continue the advocacy work at San Marcos alongside my AR colleagues. Its imperative that our ARs and admin work together as a TEAM to ensure San Marcos creates an environment that is conducive for all staff and students.

Emily Pullen
San Marcos Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Christina DeHart
Sanborn Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Rich Pysher
Santan Junior High School

No candidate statement submitted

Marisa Delci
Weinberg Elementary School

No candidate statement submitted

Jenny Ryskamp
Willis Junior High School

No candidate statement submitted