Welcome to the District Governing Board

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District Governing Board Group Photo

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 Tyree and La Paz County Superintendent Jacque Price have the statutory authority to appoint governing board members.


Our Board Members

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Richard Lamb

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).

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Kenneth Macfarland

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.

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Dennis Booth

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.

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Olivia Zepeda

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.

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Maria Chavoya

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

Tuesday, January 11 Regular Meeting 10 am Parker Community Center at AWC Parker Campus/ Online via Zoom

Tuesday, February 22 Regular Meeting 10 am Wellton Manufacturing Center at Wellton Campus/ Online via Zoom

Tuesday, March 22 Regular Meeting 9 am San Luis Learning Center/ Online via Zoom

April 20, 9 am (Budget Workshop) + 10 am (Regular Meeting) โ€“ Yuma Campus with Preliminary Budget - Budget Planning Workshop

Wednesday, May 12 - 2 pm Regular Meeting with Executive Sessions at the Yuma Campus/ Online Via Zoom

Wednesday June 15, 10 am โ€“ Public Hearing for Budget Comments; Special Meeting for Final Budget Vote + Regular Meeting โ€“ Yuma Campus/ Onlnie via Zoom

Wednesday, August 17 - 12 pm Regular Meeting at the Yuma Campus/ Online Via Zoom

Wednesday, Auguts 24 - 5:30 pm Regular Meeting Online Via Zoom

Wednesday, September 21 - 12 pm Regular Meeting at the Yuma Campus/ Online Via Zoom

Wednesday, October 19 - 12 pm Regular Meeting at the Yuma Campus/ Online Via Zoom

Monday, November 14 - 12 pm Regular Meeting at the Parker Learning Center Campus/ Online Via Zoom

Wednesday, December 7 - 12 pm Regular Meeting at the Yuma Campus/ Online Via Zoom