Governing Board

Governing Board

Marcie Hutchinson


Marcie Hutchinson joined the Governing Board in January 2019. Marcie and her husband, Mike, have lived in Mesa for 39 years. They have two daughters who graduated from Red Mountain High School. 

Marcie holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in history. She has 31 years of public high school teaching experience in New York and Arizona. During her 28-year career with Mesa Public Schools, she taught American and European history and advised extracurricular activities at Dobson, Mesa and Red Mountain high schools. As a history faculty member at Arizona State University, she coordinated Jazz from A to Z a collaborative effort of Mesa Arts Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center (NYC) and ASU’s School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies. Jazz from A to Z was designed to enrich students’ and teachers’ knowledge of American music in historical context and help students find their voice on current issues by analyzing historical, literary and artistic creations of the past. Her term expires Dec. 31, 2026.

Joe O'ReillyClerk

Dr. Joe O'Reilly joined the Governing Board in January 2021. Joe and his wife, Carolyn, have lived in Mesa for 16 years.

Joe holds a bachelor's degree from Stonehill College, and a master's degree and Ph.D. from University of Arizona. He serves as director of the ASU Helios Decision Center for Education Excellence. Joe is heavily involved in the community, including Rotary and the Wood Scholar Program. His term expires Dec. 31, 2024.



Kiana Maria SearsMember

Kiana Maria Sears joined the Governing Board January 2017. A resident of Mesa for more than 22 years, she is a proud wife and mother of two daughters who graduated from Red Mountain High School and attend Arizona State University. Kiana Maria served as an Art Masterpiece volunteer, a Girl Scout leader and a foreign exchange parent. She holds a master's degree in public administration.

Kiana Maria is an avid ASU Sun Devil, community advocate and experienced public policy creator and implementer. She has contributed to critical laws, committees and organizations such as Children's Action Alliance, Arizona State Senate, Arizona Corporation Commission, East Valley NAACP, East Valley Martin Luther King Parade and various charities of the United Way. Kiana Maria believes "every single child deserves an opportunity to learn and to access a quality education." Her term expires Dec. 31, 2024.


Rachel Walden


Rachel Walden joined the Governing Board on January 2023. Rachel has been a resident of Mesa most of her life and attended Mesa Public Schools. She and her husband are proud parents of a daughter.

Rachel received a Bachelor of Science with honors in psychology from ASU and attended ASU for post-graduate work in history. During her career at Vanguard she managed retirement plans for Fortune 500 companies. Her term expires Dec. 31, 2026.