Jennifer Stevenson – District 1
Jenn Stevenson is a mother to four children, all of whom are students in the Othello School District. She and her husband, Mike, have been active members of the Othello community for over 12 years. Jenn is the Director of The Old Hotel Art Gallery, a local art gallery, art classes location, visitor center and historical location in Othello. She has been active in this and the Sandhill Crane Festival, the largest tourist event in Othello, for almost three years. She is also active in Cub Scouts, her church, and Relay for Life. She is passionate about quilting, food, volunteering, and her children. Jenn has been attending board meetings since before her oldest child started kindergarten. Off and on she had considered running for the board but finally felt her voice would make a difference and be able to bring positive change. Her goals are to bring a different perspective to the board, encourage positive changes and be a voice for the students.
Robert Simmons, President – District 2
Biography coming soon.
Ken Johnson– District 3
Ken Johnson is a general contractor specializing in glazing. He and his wife, Heidi Johnson, own and operate Johnson’s Glass right here in Othello. He has been a member of the community for nearly 50 years, having raised his family in Othello along with his wife. While being a contributing member to the Othello community, he has served on the Othello City Council for 14 years (6 of which he was the Mayor Pro Temp), the Adams County Development Council for 10 years, and as a volunteer firefighter for 26 years. He is passionate about his family, the community, and the value of hard and honest work. His goal in joining the school board is to see students, administration, and the school district as a whole continue to reach their maximum potential for learning, leadership, and success in this ever changing educational climate. He is up for the challenge of digging in and getting to work on the issues faced by our fast growing community and how it affects the Othello School District.
Tony Ashton – District 4
Tony Ashton joined the School Board in January 2009. He and his wife Mary have been both lifetime residents of Othello. They have four children, all of whom have been educated in Othello. Tony joined his father’s financial planning practice in 1993 after completing his formal education at BYU-Idaho. Tony has always been passionate about giving back to his community. He currently is the Chairman of The Jacksen O. Ashton Foundation, which is a non-profit charity set up to continue the vision of his oldest son who passed away in a tragic accident while in High School. Tony’s main goal as a board member has been to assure Othello’s students graduate prepared to become contributing citizens of society and have the skills necessary to be able to either pursue higher education opportunities or a rewarding career. Since joining the Board, Tony was instrumental in the adoption of the Policy Governance Model for Boards. The Policy Governance Model has empowered the Board to fulfill their obligation of accountability to voters of the community. In his time on the board, Tony has served as Board President, Vice President, and Student Rep Mentor.
Mike Garza, Vice President – District 5
Mike Garza and his wife Eve are lifelong Othello residents. Mike has served on the Othello School Board since 2015, and has always had a desire to serve and give back to his community. Thus, he decided to run for a second term and continue contributing to the community. Mike firmly believes that education is a key to success in life. He is excited to be part of the school board and for the opportunity it affords him to be part of a group of individuals who wholeheartedly believe in bettering the education system in Othello. Mike is extremely excited with the recent changes and refocusing of District leadership, a new vision and resolve to bring forth life-changing opportunities to the students of the district. Mike wants the Othello School District to be innovators, leaders and trailblazers in education, and he knows it will require contributions and involvement from students, educators, administrators and parents to make this a reality. He is convinced community involvement is vital to ensure that we are at the forefront of education. Mike is married and has four children, 3 of whom have graduated from OHS, with his daughter currently a senior at OHS. He is involved with several boards in Othello, including his local church board.
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