Arizona School Administrators is proud to be a member-governed, member-driven and member-led association.

Our Governance Structure

The ASA Executive Board, which determines the vision, mission and goals of the association and has fiduciary oversight responsibility. The Executive Board comprises a president, president-elect, secretary-treasurer and past president, elected annual by a vote of the full membership, as well as the presidents of each of ASA’s six divisions. Division presidents are elected annual by members of their divisions. A member at large, the current president of the Arizona Association of Latino School Administrators, also serves on the Executive Board. Terms are July to June.

Divisions (Elementary, Middle Level, Secondary, Education Services, Superintendents and Higher Education) promote and support educational excellence through leadership, peer support and training to ASA members within each. Each division has a president, who serves on the ASA Executive Board, officers, and regional directors. Terms are July to June for the Association President, Past President, President-Elect, and Secretary-Treasurer. The Superintendents’ Division President also serves a one year term. The Presidents of the Elementary, Middle Level, Secondary, Education Services and Higher Education Divisions serve two-year terms.


Elections are held each spring and conducted by electronic voting.

2018-19 Executive Board Members

Jerry Jennex,
Globe Unified
Dr. Paul Tighe,
Saddle Mountain Unified
Past President
Dr. Heather Cruz,
Associate Superintendent
Dr. Lupita Hightower,
Tolleson Elementary School District
President-Superintendents Division
Dr. Donna Lewis,
Creighton Elementary School District
President-Secondary Division
Dennis Barger,
Vail High School
President-Middle Level Division
Stephanie Silman,
Sahuarita Middle School
President-Elementary Division
Dr. Frank Hendricsen,
Independence Elementary
President-Educational Services
Jim Dean,
Assistant Superintendent
Dysart Unified
President-Higher Education Division
Dr. Marjaneh Gilpatrick,
Executive Director of Educational Outreach
Grand Canyon University
Member at Large
Nora Gutierrez,
Tolleson Union High School District