Welcome to the District Governing Board

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

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Board Meetings

Meeting Date Time and Location Public Notice Agenda & Minutes

2023: Courtesy Notice of Potential Quorum at Events

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 38.431.02, courtesy notice is hereby given to the members of the District Governing Board and the general public that the Arizona Western College District Governing Board  Members may attend meetings and events during the year 2023,
There will be no discussions, decisions, or legal action taken by the District Governing Board at these meetings and events. These events are not District Governing Board meetings.   Some of the meetings and events may not be open to the general public.
Information concerning the District Governing Board may be obtained by calling Ashley Herrington at 928-344-7501 or e-mailing Ashley.Herrington@azwestern.edu.
DATED THIS 9th day of January, 2023.    /s/ Ashley Herrington

January 18, 2023 12 pm; Regular District Governing Board Meeting at Yuma Campus (Frances Morris Board Room in 3C) and Zoom

February 23, 2023 3 pm; Regular District Governing Board Meeting at Yuma Campus (Academic Library Room 028) and Zoom

February 24, 2023 9 - 3 pm; District Governing Board Retreat Meeting at Yuma Campus Academic Library Room 028

March 21, 2023 9 am; Regular District Governing Board Meeting at San Luis Learning Center and Zoom

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 15-1443 and A.R.S. § 38-431.03 notice is hereby given to the general public that three or more governing board members will be attending the AACCT All-Trustee Meeting at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 2100 S. Priest Drive, Tempe, AZ on April 19, 2023 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and April 20, 2023 from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 PM.

April 21, 2023 Legislative Visit 11am - 2 pm in Frances Morris Boardroom in 3C Building at Yuma campus- No Board Meeting or Action

Tuesday April 25, 2023 11 am- 2 pm; District Governing Board  11 am Budget Workshop Meeting + 12 pm Regular Meeting at Yuma Campus


Thursday, May 18 - 2 pm Regular Meeting with Executive Sessions at the Yuma Campus/ Online Via Zoom

Wednesday June 7, 2023  12pm:Public Hearing for Budget Comments; Special Meeting for Final Budget Vote + Regular Meeting at the Yuma Campus/ Online Via Zoom


July 2023 - Recess: No Planned District Governing Board meetings

August 22, 2023 12 pm; Regular District Governing Board Meeting at Yuma Campus (Frances Morris Board Room in 3C) and Zoom

September 20, 2023 12 pm; Regular District Governing Board Meeting at Yuma Campus (Frances Morris Board Room in 3C) and Zoom

October 18, 2023 12 pm; Regular District Governing Board Meeting at Yuma Campus (Frances Morris Board Room in 3C) and Zoom