Occupation: Higher Education (Program Coordinator & Instructor)
I am honored to be the current vice president of the Linden school board, and my desire to continue in this capacity is genuine. Since filling a partial-term board seat three years ago, I have worked hard to become an involved and well-informed board member. In just the few years that I have been serving our district, I have become a certified board member, and was recently acknowledged for obtaining the award of merit, through the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB).
As a professional in higher education, with an educational background in operations management, I feel that I have valuable and relevant insights and experiences to offer our district. As a parent of three Linden students, I wholeheartedly keep both the current and future success of our district at the forefront. The past several months have required difficult (and sometimes unpopular) decision-making. If re-elected, I am committed to supporting what is best for the well-being of our district (students, staff, parents, schools, and community), in both hard times and in good times.”
(Incumbent, appointed by board vote Sept. 14 to fill vacant seat)
Occupation: Owner of Resolute Insurance and Financial Services
Since 2001, my wife Susan and I have had the honor of living and raising our family in Linden. I have three children in the district (Elle, Luke and Aidan). I’m an active district participant and was the founding treasurer of Linden Youth Football, Summit Wrestling and RC Baseball Club. I am currently the VP of Linden Athletic Boosters. I also served for 13 years as treasurer for SCI-Novi whose primary focus is on educating teachers and children about our natural resources, conservation and the value that outdoorsmen and women bring to the process.
I also owned a long-term care facility and I understand the challenges of state and federal funding. A famous boxer once said, ‘Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.’ I’ve had the time of my life serving the kids of our community and I hope this office will be another chapter in my service to others.”
Occupation: Senior Vice President, Facility Management (Real Estate)
My commitment to the Linden community, education, and business experience support my candidacy. I was elected class president all four years at Linden High School and graduated valedictorian in 1994. I earned two bachelor’s degrees at U of M in Ann Arbor and half of a master’s degree in Epidemiology at MSU.
“After living in LA and touring the U.S., Europe and Japan as a drummer in a rock band, my wife and I decided to buy a house in Linden where we wanted to raise our children.
“My five kids are in grades sixth through ninth in the Linden Community School system. I will use my education and experience as an executive in the real estate and manufacturing sector to guide policy decisions that make Linden the safest and most enriching place for all kids to grow and prepare them to be positive contributors to their community and society.
Residency: Swartz Creek
I feel as if there are a plethora of reasons why I am the best candidate for the Linden Community Schools Board of Education Trustee position. Predominantly, I have been working in education since 1996. I’ve done everything from teaching in the classroom to doing early childhood educational research with the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor. Additionally, I have been a proud parent volunteer in the district since 2006.
I hold two bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and K-8 Education in Social Studies and Language Arts from the University of Michigan- Flint. I have also done coursework toward a Masters degree in Public Administration. With all of this, I clearly know Linden Community Schools and the public education system very well. I genuinely love the Linden Community, and I want to help ensure that we give a quality education and opportunities for success to our children. Therefore, I am the best candidate for the position because I have the experience in education and the passion for children that a Board Trustee needs to successfully take part in improving our schools.