Washoe Country School District
Meet the Trustees
The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees is an elected board of seven members. Five members are elected from geographical districts. Two members are elected as at-large. All members serve four-year terms. Please continue reading to "meet your Board of Trustees."
Barbara Clark, President
Barbara Clark has been an advocate for parent involvement and public K-12 education during the last 15 years. She was one of the originators of Nevada's first Parent Involvement Summit, “Connecting the Dots,” in March 2006. She served as president of the Nevada State Parent Teacher Association (PTA) from 2001-2003 and was Nevada PTA's lead lobbyist from 1995 to 2005.
Before being elected to the WCSD Board of Trustees, Trustee Clark was chairperson of the WCSD Parent Involvement Council and PTA representative on WCSD's budget technical team and financial advisory committee. She also served on a number of state and district committees for issues such as accountability, bullying, high school overcrowding, year-round schools and various educational programs. Trustee Clark also served six years on the Stead Neighborhood Advisory Board.
Dave Aiazzi, Vice President
Trustee Dave Aiazzi is a native Renoite and graduated from Sparks High School. As the Vice President, Aiazzi wants to take what he has learned while serving as Reno's City Councilman for the last 16 years to help Washoe County School District.
Lisa Ruggerio, Clerk
Having dedicated the last 20 years to improving education in Washoe County, Clerk Lisa Ruggerio looks forward to working with the Board of Trustees to accomplish the goals laid out in the strategic plan, Envision WCSD 2015 - Investing In our Future.
Trustee Ruggerio, a native Nevadan and a product of WCSD schools, is the president and owner of LR2 Consulting - a management consulting firm that specializes in community and statewide strategic initiatives. A graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, certified advanced mediator and national safe schools trainer, she has been passionately involved in the community and neighborhoods her entire life.
She has served on numerous boards and commissions including The Chamber, Ward Three NAB, and Nevada Women's Fund. She is the past chair of Leadership Reno Sparks, and a graduate of the Washoe County Medical Society's Internship program.
As a Trustee, Ruggerio is committed to ensuring that every classroom has a highly skilled teacher and supporting parent engagement. In her spare time, she enjoys beautiful Lake Tahoe, hiking, kayaking, and biking with friends and family.
Estela Gutierrez, Member
Education is a passion for Trustee Estela Gutierrez. As a long-time Sparks resident, she has been involved in education for 22 years. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees, she works at Truckee Meadows Community College as the Dean of student services. She is also the co-founder of the Mariposa Dual Language Academy in Reno.
John R Mayer, Member
Barbara L. McLaury, Member
District G (At Large) (click for map)
(West Half of Washoe County from Cold Springs to Washoe Valley)
Term Expires 2012
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Dr. Barbara McLaury’s entire career has been focused on education and creating opportunities for the children of Northern Nevada. Before becoming a Trustee, she worked for 34 years in the WCSD as a teacher, reading coordinator K-12, principal and senior director. She retired from the District in 2008.
As a member of the Board of Trustees, Dr. McLaury’s particular areas of interest are recruitment and retention of effective teachers and administrators, equity and diversity, student achievement and accountability. In the current economic climate, Trustee McLaury believes that it is important that the Board keeps its focus on what’s best for all students.
Dr. McLaury has been a resident of Washoe County since 1961. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno where she earned several degrees in education, including her B.A. Elementary Education (1974), M.Ed. Educational Administration & Higher Education (1977) and Ed.D. Curriculum & Instruction..
Howard Rosenberg, Member
As a long-term UNR Professor, Trustee Howard Rosenberg has a passion for education. As a Trustee, Professor Rosenberg is interested in the areas of instructional leadership and curriculum. Having extensive experience teaching public schools in the East Coast and in Hawaii, and having taught as a UNR Professor for over 46 years, Trustee Rosenberg has trained generations of student teachers in art education and has been a professor in the UNR art department since 1967.
At UNR, he is responsible for Visual Foundations, Survey of Art History, Film Studies, and the Art Education classes. He was elected to the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents in 1996 and 2002 before stepping down in 2008.
Every summer from 1957-1986, Rosenberg served as a civilian employee of the U.S. Army's Music and Theater Program, adding a film component to this programming and traveling with the World Wide Army Command. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies and finding ways to connect with his undergraduate UNR students.
Student Representative to the Board of Trustees
Maria Toca-Ruiz is the 2012-2013 Student Representative to the Board of Trustees. As this year’s student representative and senior at Galena High School, Maria has the important job of representing the student voice for Washoe County School District and making important recommendations to the Board of Trustees at their regular board meetings. Maria is a first generation Mexican-American who is proud of her heritage. She believes her background contributes greatly to the person who she is today. When she and her family moved to the United States, she became passionate about embracing diversity in her community. She loves being able to connect people through their differences so that they could learn from one another.
Maria is actively involved at Galena High School, as a leader on student council, the commissioner of students in charge of school assemblies, and playing on the lacrosse team. Maria sets her goals high and believes that every success is only achieved through hard work and perseverance. The quote by Colin Powell resonates strongly for her: "A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” As a goal-driven individual, Maria has already set her goal on pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology, which she has planned on pursuing since the sixth grade.
For questions regarding "Board of Trustee" issues contact:
Board of Trustees
Lisa McNeill, Executive Cabinet Assistant
Reno NV, 89520-3425
Phone: (775) 348-0399
Fax: (775) 348-0304