Welcome to the District Governing Board

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District Governing Board (DGB) on Yuma Campus

The College is governed by a five-member Board representing both Yuma and La Paz Counties. Board Members serve six-year terms and hold public meetings once per month or as necessary.

Yuma County School Superintendent Tom Hurt and La Paz County Superintendent Dru Waggoner have the statutory authority to appoint governing board members.



Our Board Members

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Richard Lamb (DGB)

District #1

Richard Lamb

Richard Lamb was appointed to complete the unexpired term of JoAnne Ehasz on October 7, 2014. Lamb is no stranger to La Paz and Yuma County education. He has served in many positions through the years. Lamb represents La Paz District 1 which includes precincts 51 (Parker), 52 (Poston), 55 (Bouse), 59 (Cibola) and 60 (Ehrenberg).

Term: Expires December 31, 2026


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Dr. Ken MacFarland (DGB)

District #2

Kenneth MacFarland

Dr. Kenneth MacFarland was elected to the District Governing Board to represent District 2, La Paz County. Dr. MacFarland represents La Paz District 2 which includes the Parker Strip, Wenden, Salome, Quartzsite, Vicksburg, and Alamo. MacFarland grew up in Parker, where he attended and graduated from Parker High School. Following High School, he served in the US Navy. As a first generation student, he attending Scottsdale Community College and upon completion of his degree, he transferred to University of Phoenix where he graduated with honors in his Bachelors of Science in Business Management. With his passion for education he returned to higher education for a master of Business Administration from Grand Canyon University in 2010 and then completed his Doctor of Psychology from the University of the Rockies in 2018. He has been married for nearly 30 years and has three adult children.

Term: Expires December 31, 2026


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Dennis Booth (DGB)

District #3

Dennis Booth - Board President

Dennis Booth, prominent Yuma businessman and founder of Booth Machinery, Inc., was elected to the District Governing Board to represent District #3, Yuma County. Booth serves on the El Toro Bowl Committee, is an active member of the Matador Athletic Association and the Caballeros de Yuma. He and his wife, Anne, have also served on the AWC Foundation Board. Booth was on the Arizona Western College Presidential Search committee in 2009, 2010 and 2015.

Term: Expires December 31, 2026


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Olivia Zepeda (DGB)

District #4

Olivia Zepeda

Olivia Zepeda, Board Secretary: Olivia Zepeda represents Yuma District 4 which includes west Yuma County, Somerton, San Luis and South Yuma County. Zepeda taught multicultural education at the master's level at Northern Arizona University-Yuma before returning to Gadsden District where she has served for the past 12 years, currently as the Associate Superintendent. Based on three decades dedicated to education, the Yuma Mexican consulate selected Zepeda to receive the Ohtili Award in 2012. The award honors those who help create opportunities for residents of Mexican descent in the Yuma area.

Term: Expires December 31, 2024


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Maria Chavoya (DGB)

District #5

Maria Chavoya

Maria Chavoya represents District 5, which includes the City of Yuma. Chavoya works at Arizona Complete Care. Born and raised in Yuma, she served on the AWC Foundation Board and currently serves on the Yuma Orchestra Association, Yuma Free Clinic Board, San Luis Chamber of Commerce, Yuma Private Industry Council (YPIC), Sunset Community Health Center, Yuma County Elder Abuse Coalition, Community Leadership Alliance of Yuma County, Yuma County Health and Wellness Coalition, and the Yuma County Anti-Drug Coalition for South Yuma County. Chavoya is the Arizona Western College representative to the Arizona Association of District Governing Boards.

Term: Expires December 31, 2024

Board Meetings

Meeting Date Time and Location Public Notice Agenda & Minutes

The meeting location will be open to the public at 11:45 am at the latest.

The Board reserves the right to change the order of items on the agenda with the exception of public hearings.  For details about how to attend board meetings, visit the College’s website at https://www.azwestern.edu/district-governing-board.

Virtual Meeting Details: Yuma Campus, Frances Morris Boardroom in 3C and Virtually on Zoom

Meeting Start Time: 12 pm

Information concerning this meeting may be obtained by calling Ashley Herrington at 928-344-7501 or e-mailing Ashley.Herrington@azwestern.edu. Persons with a disability may also request a reasonable accommodation by contacting Mrs. Herrington. Requests can be made up to 48-hours before the meeting to allow time to arrange reasonable accommodation.

The Board reserves the right to change the order of items on the agenda with the exception of public hearings.  For details about how to attend board meetings, visit the College’s website at https://www.azwestern.edu/district-governing-board.

 

In-person Meeting Details

2020 South Avenue 8E, Yuma, AZ 85365

3C Facility, Frances Morris Boardroom

 

Zoom Virtual Meeting Details: https://azwestern.zoom.us/j/89383758367

Meeting ID: 893 8375 8367

The meeting location will be open to the public at 2:45 pm at the latest.

The Board reserves the right to change the order of items on the agenda with the exception of public hearings.  For details about how to attend board meetings, visit the College’s website at https://www.azwestern.edu/district-governing-board.

Virtual Meeting Details: San Luis Learning Campus and Virtually on Zoom

Meeting Start Time: 3 pm

Information concerning this meeting may be obtained by calling Ashley Herrington at 928-344-7501 or e-mailing Ashley.Herrington@azwestern.edu. Persons with a disability may also request a reasonable accommodation by contacting Mrs. Herrington. Requests can be made up to 48-hours before the meeting to allow time to arrange reasonable accommodation.