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The Urbandale Community School District Board of Directors meets twice a month at the Urbandale City Hall, 3600 86th Street, Urbandale, Iowa 50322. The Board of Directors meets once a month in December and during the summer months. Special meetings are held when deemed necessary or advisable. Official action of the Board can only be taken at formal meetings open to the public.

District residents are invited to attend meetings and share their ideas and suggestions for improving the school district’s educational services. Persons wishing to have an item considered by the Board should contact the Superintendent at (515) 457-5002, at least one week prior to the meeting so that the issue can be researched and placed on the printed agenda. Persons wishing to address the board on non-agenda items may be heard without Board discussion or deliberation; such persons should contact the Superintendent to ensure that an opportunity to speak is provided.
Mail to:
Mr. Steve Bass, Superintendent
Mr. Graham Giles, President of the Board of Directors


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GRAHAM GILES

President of the Board of Directors
Member Since: 2013
Term Expires: 2017
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Graham may be contacted by email, or by telephone at (515) 229-9547. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three sons; Simon, Colin and Ethan. Colin and Ethan currently attend Rolling Green Elementary. Graham received his Masters of Science in Adult Learning, Performance, and Development from Drake University (2010). He is the Chief of Administrative Services at the Iowa National Guard. Graham enjoys Tae Kwon Do, wine making, and spending time with his family.


 

 

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TANYA RUDEN

Vice President of the Board of Directors
Member Since: 2015
Term Expires: 2019
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Tanya Ruden can be contacted via email or phone at (515) 201-9386.  She and her husband Alan have 3 children, Sierra and Crystal are students at Urbandale Middle School and Tony is a student at Olmsted Elementary.  Tanya earned her Business Administration degree from the University of Northern Iowa and is a CPA.  She is an Accounting Manager for American Equity Life Insurance Company.  Tanya enjoys cheering for her kids at various activities, volunteering with students at church, biking and eating Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt.


 

 

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Director
Member Since: 2015
Term Expires: 2019
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Aldrich can be reached via email or phone at (515) 270-2299. Aldrich was raised in Iowa.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Drake University.  With West Bank since 2008, Aldrich is a Vice President in the Commercial and Industrial Loan department.  He and his wife, Sarah, have been Urbandale residents since 2007, and in the Karen Acres Elementary area since 2015.  They have four children: Dominic, Averia, Quincy and Emerson.  Aldrich and Sarah are active members of Johnston Evangelical Free Church.  They enjoy playing rec league volleyball at Urbandale Middle School.  Aldrich also enjoys working out, golf, cooking, supporting his kids in their activities, as well as, date nights.


 

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CHRISTOPHER GUNNARE

Director
Member Since: 2013
Term Expires: 2017
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Chris may be contacted by email, or by telephone at (515) 491-1653. He and his wife, Denise, have three children: Chrystina graduated from Urbandale High School in 2011, Caitlyn is currently a student at Urbandale High School, and Dylan attends Urbandale Middle School. Chris earned a degree in accounting from Arizona State University (1995). He is the Chief Operating Officer at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. Chris enjoys playing golf, traveling, attending his childrens’ events and other Urbandale High School activities.


 

 

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Director
Member Since: 2015
Term Expires: 2019
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Katherine Howsare can be contacted via email or phone (515) 490-3911. My husband, Galen, and I moved to Urbandale in 2011.  I retired in 2015 following 20 years with UCSD  as the UHS Teacher librarian for eight years and as UHS counselor for 12 years before that.  I have an M.A. In Couseling from Truman State in 1981, and an M.A. In Library and Information Sciences from University of Iowa in 2008.  Our daughter, Anne, is Assistant Provost at DMACC Urban, and our son, Mark, is a Technology Education teacher in Johnston.  I like to read, work out, garden and travel.  I volunteer extensively with Polk Couty Master Gardener Discovery Garden at the state fair, and at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens.


 

ADam Obrecht

Director
Member Since: 2017
Term Expires: Appointed to fill vacancy until 2017
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Adam and his wife Denise have lived in Urbandale since 2001 and have two sons attending Rolling Green Elementary. Adam grew up in Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Agricultural Business. Adam is a Certified Financial Planner and owns AO Wealth Advisory in Urbandale. He has held leadership positions with the Urbandale Education Foundation, Urbandale Chamber of Commerce, Urbandale Jaycees, and Urbandale Dollars for Scholars. Adam has participated in Leadership Iowa, Leadership Urbandale, and the Polk County Citizens Academy. Adam can be contacted by email or by calling (515) 778-8964. He lives at 9700 Hammontree Drive. 


 

MARK WIERSON

Director
Member Since: 2017
Term Expires: Appointed to fill vacancy until 2017

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Mark may be contacted at his home located at 9825 Iltis Drive. His home phone number is (515) 276-9517. Mark and his wife, Julia, have two sons, Wesley (2009 UHS graduate) and Grant (2012 UHS graduate). Mark is a graduate of Marshalltown High School and Simpson College where he received his degree in Business Administration and Accounting. Past service to the community includes Chairperson of the Urbandale Community School District Local Option Sales Tax Community Facilities Committee, District’s representative on the Polk County Local Option Sales Tax Oversight Committee, and Appointed Board Member of the Des Moines Teachers Retirement System. Over the years, Mark has been active as a volunteer in the Urbandale schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. He has coached his son’s teams in organized leagues for football, basketball, baseball, and soccer.