Members

Dr. Vicky Poole, Presidentour school board members_Poole

12844 Clark Street
Clive, Iowa 50325
Phone 515-240-2707
Email vickypoole.wdm@gmail.com

 

 

Vicky is retired from the West Des Moines Community School District, where she served as principal of Valley High School (2000–2011) and as associate principal (1996–2000). She holds a bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Northern Iowa, a master’s degree in counseling education from Northwest Missouri State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Drake University. She enjoyed many years of teaching chemistry and physics and serving as counselor to thousands of students. Vicky and her husband, Jim (deceased), have two adult children: Jodi (Matthew) Bybee and Dr. James (Meredith) Poole and six grandchildren. Vicky served on a wide variety of school district committees during her tenure. Her community experience includes serving on the Clive Board of Adjustment, Clive Public Art Advisory Commission, Clive Citizen Review Committee, Simpson College Education Advisory, Hy-Vee Education Foundation Scholarship Adjudicator, and West Des Moines Leadership Academy Board.

Elected: September 2013
Term Expires: September 2017

our school board members_GreensponTali Greenspon, Vice President

5730 Red Bud Way
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Phone 515-225-9449
Email taligreenspon@gmail.com

 

 

Tali is an account executive at Competitive Edge, Inc.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in marketing from Drake University. Tali has three children. Ellie is a seventh-grader at Stilwell Junior High and her sons, Daniel and Jonathan, are in first grade at Jordan Creek Elementary. Tali actively supports numerous community and charitable organizations.

Elected: September 2013
Term Expires: September 2017

our school board members_BrennanElizabeth Brennan

804 38th Street
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
Phone 515-222-6920
Email ejcb@me.com

 

 

Elizabeth is a preschool teacher at Montessori Children’s House in West Des Moines. She graduated from Valley High School and St. Olaf College. She earned her elementary teaching degree, with an English as a Second Language endorsement, from the University of Iowa and her International Diploma in early childhood Montessori teaching from the Montessori Centre International in London. Elizabeth and her husband, Scott, have two children: Lexi graduated from Valley High School in 2014, and Joe is a senior at Valley.

Elected: September 2009
Term Expires: September 2017

our school board members_BrownDavid J. Brown

5870 Highland Circle
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Phone 515-267-8283
Email djbrown2@mac.com

 

 

David is chief compliance officer of Principal Funds, Inc. He is a graduate of Valley High School. David holds a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University and a law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. He and his wife, Julie, have three children: Ross is a 2010 graduate of Valley, Keegan is a 2012 Valley graduate, and Chase is a ninth-grader at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School. David has served on the board of directors of Youth Emergency Services & Shelter and on the board of directors of Hospice of Central Iowa. He is also a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute.

Elected: September 2011
Term Expires: September 2019

our school board members_CoxLiz Cox

4802 Plumwood Drive
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
Phone 515-360-7473
Email LizCoxWDMCS@gmail.com

 

 

Liz is the executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Iowa and principal owner of Due North + Associates. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Dakota. She and her husband, Thomas, have three children: Megan is a 2014 graduate of Valley High School, Emma is a senior at Valley, and Sam is a junior at Valley. She has been active with the Boy Scouts of America’s Mid Iowa Council, Rotary Club of Des Moines A.M., and the Great Outdoors Foundation. Liz is also a graduate of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy.

Elected: September 2015
Term Expires: September 2019

our school board members_DunnwaldMelinda Dunnwald

5837 Meadow Valley Court
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
Phone 515-221-3516
Email dunnwaldm@gmail.com

 

 

Melinda received her bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Iowa State University and her master’s degree in business communication from the University of St. Thomas. Melinda’s prior business training led her to be a top sales performer as well as sales manager at the Xerox Corporation. She was also an adjunct instructor at Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. She and her husband, Jeff, have two children: Dayna is an eighth grader, and Drew is a seventh-grader, both at Stilwell. She has served as the Jordan Creek Elementary School Parent Faculty Club co-president, the Jordan Creek Elementary School Kids Care Club co-founder and co-facilitator, and the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Elevate Advisory Committee vice president. In 2015, Melinda received the Governor’s Volunteer Award for her active role in volunteering for the West Des Moines Community School District.

Elected: September 2015
Term Expires: September 2019

our school board members_JohnsonJill Caton Johnson, Ph.D.

213 South 31st Street
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
Phone 515-271-3992
Email jecaton@mchsi.com

 

 

Jill is an associate professor of education and director of off-campus teaching and learning programs at Drake University. She is a former fourth-grade teacher at Crestview Elementary in the West Des Moines Community Schools. She received her bachelor’s in elementary education and her master’s in early childhood education from the University of Iowa, and her doctorate in curriculum and instruction, literacy education from the University of Minnesota. She and her husband, Tom, have two children: Jack is an eighth-grader and Caton is a seventh-grader, both at Stilwell. She is a member of the United Way Education Cabinet.

Elected: September 2015
Term Expires: September 2019