On May 27, 2015 our speaker will be Dr. Gail Pletnick, Superintendent of Dysart Unified School District
Dr. Gail Pletnick has been the Superintendent of the Dysart Unified School District since 2007. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as an Assistant Superintendent in Dysart, Director of School Accountability and Analysis for the Deer Valley Unified School District in Phoenix, and as Principal in districts located in Arizona and in Pennsylvania.
She has taught at the pre-school through higher education levels. Under Dr. Pletnick’s leadership the Dysart Unified School District has earned recognition for its work on creating a 21st century learning environment including being recognized as an exemplar district by the Alliance for Excellent Education and as a 2012 National Schools Boards Association Teaching and Learning Visitation Site.
Most recently, Dr. Pletnick was named as an Education Week’s 2014 Leader to Learn From. Dr. Pletnick serves on a variety of educational and community advisory boards and is a member of a number of leadership organizations. She was named as a West Valley 24 Leader being recognized for her contributions in the West Valley of Maricopa County, AZ. She was elected as an AASA Executive Board Member and represents a region of eight states and previously served on the AASA Governing Board representing Arizona administrators.
Dr. Pletnick earned her Ed.D. from Temple University in Administration and Policy Studies. Her research focused on leadership that builds effective teams and a culture of shared leadership and collaboration.
Dr. Gail Pletnick, Superintendent of Dysart Unified School District
On June 24, 2015 our speaker will be Alexis Tameron, Chair Arizona Democratic Party
Alexis Tameron was elected Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party, making her the first woman and the first Latina ever elected to that position. Tameron has extensive political experience including serving as Congressman Harry Mitchell’s Chief of Staff and managing Dr. Richard Carmona’s U.S. Senate race in 2012. She has also served as the ADP’s first vice chairperson for the past two years and is a member of the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee. Ms. Tameron states, “My priorities as party chair are to consistently advocate for our party’s progressive values, increase our engagement and mobilization statewide with more aggressive digital and social media outreach and expand our fundraising base to leave us less exposed to the effects of “Dark Money” in our elections.”
Tameron, who is 39-years-old and resides in Tempe, is a governmental affairs professional for a Tempe-based technology company.
Alexis Tameron, Chair AZ Democratic Party