Board of Directors

The Urbandale Community School District Board of Directors meets twice a month at the following locations. 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.

School Board Fall 2019

Ashley Anderson, Judy Downs, Katherine Howsare, Sarah Schmitz, Stacy Andersen, Brianna Sayre Geiser, and Mark Smith.

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
Ms. Katherine Howsare, President of the Board of Directors


Board of Directors

 

Katherine Howsare 2019 sitekatherine howsare

President of the Board of Directors
Member Since: 2015
Term Expires: 2023
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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 Counseling from Truman State in 1981, and an M.A. In Library and Information Sciences from University of Iowa in 2008.  Our daughter, Anne, is Provost at DMACC Urban, and our son, Mark, is a Technology Education teacher at Waukee High School.  I like to read, work out, garden and travel. I volunteer at a number of Polk County Master Gardener projects.


 

Sarah Schmitz 2019 site

SARAH SCHMITZ

Vice President of the Board of Directors
Member Since: 2017
Term Expires: 2021
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Stacy Andersen 2019 siteStacy Andersen

Director
Member Since: 2017
Term Expires: 2021
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Ashley Anderson 2019 siteAshley Anderson

Director
Member Since: 2019
Term Expires: 2023
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Ashley can be reached via email or phone at (218) 390-4160. Ashley and her husband moved to Urbandale in 2014. Before becoming a Stay-At-Home mom, she was an office manager for a chiropractic clinic. She spends her time between raising her daughter, Katherine, and volunteering with numerous organizations. Ashley enjoys watching CSPAN, writing, and watching British television.


 

Judy Downs 2019 site

Judy downs

Director
Member Since: 2017
Term Expires: 2023
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Judy can be reached via email or phone at (515) 314-5762. Judy was born and raised in Iowa. She has spent her career dedicated to the nonprofit community most recently serving as Development Director at the Iowa Environmental Council where she works to protect our natural resources. Judy volunteers with the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network where she chairs the Professional Development Committee. Judy and her husband Andrew have a two-year-old son, Charlie. They can be found exploring Urbandale’s parks, cooking together and cheering on the J-Hawks and Hawkeyes. 


 

Brianna Sayre Geiser 2019 siteBrianna Sayre Geiser

Director
Member Since: 2019
Term Expires: 2023
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My husband Ryan and I moved to Urbandale in 2004 and have lived in the same house/neighborhood for 15 years. Our attraction to Urbandale was simple—land-locked school district in the metro. I work for Heartland AEA and lived through the growth of many surrounding metro school districts and realized if we could avoid that growth for our children we would. As we watched Webster being built across the street from our neighborhood, our daughter was born. Breckin is a freshman at Urbandale High, class of 2023. We enjoy watching her pursue her many interests over the years including band, choir, basketball, track and softball. Through these activities, we have built relationships with many families and community members over the years. My passion in my educational career is my work in social emotional behavior and mental health. I feel strongly that ALL learners need a safe and supportive environment where they can learn and grow into healthy productive citizens in our community.


 

Mark Smith 2019 site

mark smith

Director
Member Since: 2017
Term Expires: 2021
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