Governing Board

Governing Board

Jenny Richardson, clerk



Jenny Richardson began her Governing Board service January 2015. She and her husband, Randy, grew up in Mesa Public Schools, both graduating from Westwood High School. They are the parents of six children, all of whom are graduates from or current students in the district. Jenny received her degree in elementary education from Brigham Young University, and taught for several years in grades 1 through 3, before "retiring" to stay home with her children.

Jenny has served in her children's school communities, working on numerous committees and organizations. She has also been involved in educating families and voters about educational issues that appear on their ballots through the Mesa Chamber of Commerce. She believes great schools make great neighborhoods and great cities, and is happy to serve the schools she loves. Her term expires Dec. 31, 2022.


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.



Elaine Miner, memberMember

Lara Ellingson joined the Governing Board in January 2021. Lara and her husband, Matthew, have four children who attend Mesa Public Schools. 

Lara holds a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She was born and raised in Mesa and returned to the city to raise her family after spending 10 years away for higher education and her husband's US Army service. Her term expires Dec. 31, 2024.


Marcie HutchinsonMember

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, 2022.


Kiana 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.