School Board Candidate Forum
The public is invited to attend a school board candidate forum hosted by the Bondurant-Farrar Education Association. The moderator will prepare questions on behalf of the association, and the public will have an opportunity to ask questions.
- Thursday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m.
- Bondurant-Farrar High School (Media Center), 1000 Grant Street N., Bondurant
School Board Candidate Profiles
Five candidates are running to fill three open seats on the Bondurant-Farrar Board of Education. The incumbents are Chris Freese and Sue Ugulini. The challengers are Joe Miller, Nick Rempe, and Stacia Sanny. Voting will take place on November 5, 2019.
The following are profiles of each candidate for school board. The candidates' own statements are listed below, they have been minimally edited. The profiles appear in alphabetical order.
Occupation: Risk Officer/Actuary for Principal Financial Group
Background: My wife Donia and I, along with our children, Aidan (a senior at BFHS) and Ella (a sophomore at BFHS), have lived in the Bondurant-Farrar school district since 2006. I originally grew up in Indiana and moved to the Des Moines area after college in 1993. We also have 2 Labradoodles (one of which is a TheraPet) and a cat.
Involvement: I have been a member of the Bondurant-Farrar school board since 2011. Prior to that I served two years as a community representative on the Finance Committee of the school board and served as a parent representative on the Student Improvement Advisory Committee. In addition I’m a proud member of the Bondurant-Farrar Marching Pride Pit Crew.
Accomplishments: Professionally, I have had a number of opportunities to serve on a number of advisory and actuarial exam committees within the Society of Actuaries. I also am proud to have been the named a distinguished alumnus in 2015 from Purdue University for my contributions to the profession over the years.
Why do you want to serve on the Bondurant-Farrar Board of Education? With the rapid growth of our district and the growing needs of our community, I would like to continue to serve on the school board to see through a number of strategic initiatives we have underway. We need to address the need for more physical space for students, support our student’s success in the classroom, continue to make BFCSD an attractive place to work all the while managing our finances.
Occupation: Business Initiatives Consultant for Loan Transfer Operations at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Background: I was born and raised in Fairfield, IA. I received my bachelor's and master's degree from Iowa State University and I've been a team member at Wells Fargo for over 10 years. My wife, Rachel Miller, received her bachelor's degree from Graceland University, and she teaches 6th and 8th grade science at Bondurant-Farrar Middle School. Rachel recently started a master's program in Curriculum & Instruction through Northwest Missouri State. We have four amazing children, ages 11, 7, 3, and 3 months. Our family moved to Bondurant in 2016 and we love the community.
Involvement: I am on the Bondurant Parks and Recreation Board and the Bondurant Dog Park Committee. I have coached soccer and tee-ball. I volunteered to interview Bondurant-Farrar Middle School students last year to prepare for their JA BizTown field trip. My family are active members of the Altoona United Methodist Church, and we volunteer in many church activities that support surrounding communities. I also provide support to my amazing wife to help her be the best teacher every day at Bondurant-Farrar Middle School.
Accomplishments: I am an Assistant Vice President for Wells Fargo Home Lending. I have worked very hard to build a successful career while always putting family and community first.
Why do you want to serve on the Bondurant-Farrar Board of Education? My wife and I have been blessed with excellent educational experiences in Iowa. I want to help ensure the children of the Bondurant-Farrar school district have that same opportunity to succeed, while also providing solid rationale and transparency to the community regarding all school board matters.
Occupation: Freelance Art Director
Background: Grew up on a farm near Pella, graduated from Central College and started working as a graphic designer, art director and creative manager for advertising agencies in central Iowa. I am married to my wife, Nicole, and have three children. We have lived in Bondurant for five years and have been active in elementary school activities primarily.
Involvement: Participated and attended a few events in Bondurant, huge advocate of the public library and local businesses. I am very passionate about our rapidly growing population and what the future looks like for Bondurant.
Accomplishments: Assisted with building a studio for photography, layout design and art direction in Des Moines. Increased the marketing brand and outreach with commodity checkoff programs in Iowa with events at the Iowa State Fair, Farm Progress Show and RAGBRAI. On the side, I proudly report the amount of rain in Bondurant on Twitter.
Why do you want to serve on the Bondurant-Farrar Board of Education? I am driven to serve our community while improving our public education system. I have provided creative solutions with budget restrictions and tight deadlines for 15 years professionally. Using that experience, I will deliver practical solutions and bring new energy to the school board. During a period of rapid growth in our district, we need to learn from our neighbors and provide a voice for the challenging issues ahead. I will make it my mission to provide a transparent and approachable attitude for the staff, students and voters within the district.
Occupation: Staffing & Training Coordinator at Iowa State University Extension & Outreach
Background: I grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where I graduated from Kennedy High School in 1995. My freshman year of college I went to the University of South Dakota before transferring to Iowa State University the next year. I graduated from ISU in May 1999 with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant & Institution Management. After graduation I worked for ARAMARK, before working at Iowa State University. Currently at ISU, I am the Staffing & Training Coordinator for nutrition education programs that we offer to families living on low-incomes. I have been with these programs for over 15 years. I met my husband, Eric, a proud Bondurant-Farrar alumni, while at Iowa State. We live on the Sanny family farm, where we raise cattle with my in-laws, Erv & Linda Sanny. I have been a Bondurant resident since 2000. Our son, Carter, is a sophomore who is involved in basketball, track, FFA, 4H and many other activities. Our 7th grade daughter, Elise, enjoys volleyball, 4H and any time with her animals & friends.
Involvement: Volunteering is important to my family and me. Since living in the B-F district, I was a part of the charrette process when designing Morris Elementary and the high school. I've also served as a WATCH DOG, parent volunteer, while my children were in elementary and also volunteered during the day in my children's classrooms (before the Watch Dog program was here). For a few years, I co-facilitated the We Care after school program for middle school girls. The last few years I have been a member of SIAC (School Improvement Advisory Committee) where I've been able to voice my opinion on different topics, but also keep up to date with the latest educational happenings within all of our schools. In addition to this, my husband and I also work with both elementary schools and the Food Bank of Iowa to bring the Backpack Buddies program to Bondurant. This allows students who might not have enough to eat at home over the weekends to get a backpack of food to help supplement their meals.
- Brought Backpack Buddies to Bondurant-Farrar
- Promoted/Supported bringing FFA to Bondurant-Farrar
- Facilitated We Care @ B-F middle school
- Founded the BondurAnts Clover Kids (4H) group
- Coached High School & AAU volleyball
- Top Fundraiser (2 years in a row) for Head For the Cure Foundation
- Support supervisors and staff who teach nutrition education across the state of Iowa with training needs, staffing needs and human resources questions/concerns
Why do you want to serve on the Bondurant-Farrar Board of Education? Serving on the school board is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about school processes, and assist with making sure that all decisions are being made in the best interest of all students. I will advocate for students of all abilities and backgrounds. I will be supportive of instruction that helps all students grow both academically and socially. I look forward to assisting the other board members and the administration in making decisions for the future of our Bondurant - Farrar community, families, teachers, staff, current students and future students as well.
Occupation: Attorney (Tax, Real Estate, Wills & Estate Planning)
Background: Married to Mike Ugulini, we have 2 adult children, their spouses, and an infant granddaughter. We built our home on the family farm in 1999. Our families have farmed in the school district my entire life. I have 2 degrees from Drake University (BSBA-Accounting and JD). My law office has been located on Main Street in Bondurant since 1994. I've taught at DMACC and AIB.
Involvement: I was first elected to the school board in 2007. I'm presently Vice President of the Board, and currently serve on the Infrastructure and Finance Committees. I have previously served on the Student Achievement, Transportation and Communications Committees. I am a member of the Athletic Boosters and Fine Arts Boosters and support our newly established FFA program.
Accomplishments: In addition to my school-related involvement mentioned above, I am a member of the Bondurant Community Library Board of Trustees and Foundation, Bondurant Development, Inc., and a charter member of the Bondurant Chamber of Commerce. I'm also a member of the Iowa State Bar Association.
Why do you want to serve on the Bondurant-Farrar Board of Education? I continue to be committed to providing all our students with the best educational opportunities possible in a fiscally responsible manner with limited available resources. Literacy and education continue to be passions of mine. I understand the challenges and issues facing the district and I'm able to immediately contribute to board decision making in those areas given my experiences and length of service on the board. I have the ability to continue to advocate for the students, families, staff and taxpayers of the district.