Bob Geske, President - District 1

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Bob Geske, President - District 1

Bob Geske was born into a military family in rural Minnesota and had lived in 10 states and two countries by the time he graduated high school in Houston, Texas, in 1964. After high school, Mr. Geske moved to El Paso to attend Texas Western College, now the University of Texas at El Paso, and play basketball for Coach Don Haskins and baseball for Coach Andy Cohen. Mr. Geske earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education from UTEP, and began working at the University as its Director of Intramurals and Recreation. After 16 years at UTEP, he began teaching seventh-grade English at Morehead Middle School, where he had a 14-year tenure. Mr. Geske then taught English, social studies and health at the Center for Career and Technology Education before retiring from EPISD. He and his wife, Jeannie, have three grown children who attended EPISD schools, as well as five grandchildren. Besides being a family man and educator, Mr. Geske is known as a college and high school official in several sports, including volleyball, football, and basketball. He and his wife are active parishioners at St. Patrick Cathedral and other civic organizations.

DISTRICT 1: Aoy Elementary, Douglass Elementary, Dr. Green Elementary, Hart Elementary, Lamar Elementary, Mesita Elementary, Mesita ECDC, Armendariz Middle, Guillen Middle, Wiggs Middle, Bowie High, El Paso High, Center for Career & Technology Education, Telles Academy

TERM: June 21, 2017 - May 2021

Email  bgeske@episd.org

 Al Velarde, Vice President - District 2

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Al Velarde, Vice President - District 2

Alfonso V. "Al" Velarde is the executive director of the Paso del Norte Children's Development Center. He was hired by the PdN CDC after doing the same work at the Child Crisis Center of El Paso for 11 ½ years. Before entering the field of social work, he retired from the El Paso Police Department after serving 21 years as an El Paso police officer and was the division director of Housing Programs and Community Services at the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso. He received his bachelor's in business management from the University of Texas-El Paso and is a graduate of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Leadership Academy. On his off time, Mr. Velarde is a football referee and has been officiating high school football games for the past 13 years. He is married with three children and four grandchildren.

DISTRICT 2: Bonham Elementary, Cielo Vista Elementary, Clardy Elementary, Cooley Elementary, Hawkins Elementary, Hillside Elementary, Zavala Elementary, Henderson Middle, MacArthur Middle, Burges High, Jefferson High, Silva Magnet, Delta Academy

TERM: May 14, 2019 - May 2023

Email avelarde@episd.org

 Joshua Acevedo - District 3

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Joshua Acevedo - District 3

Josh Acevedo was proudly born and raised in El Paso and attended Houston Elementary, Armendariz Middle and El Paso High (Class of 2007) in EPISD.  A three-time graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, he has a bachelor's of science in microbiology and master's degrees in political science and public administration and management. Mr. Acevedo has a strong commitment to education, mental health, public policy and community service, and has worked professionally and academically to advance those causes. He currently serves as a Program Manager for a grant on mental and emotional well-being at UTEP. He previously has taught in the UTEP Department of Social Work and the Department of Government at the El Paso Community College. Mr. Acevedo also worked as the senior administrative assistant for El Paso County Commissioner David Stout and was selected to participate in the Archer Center Graduate Program's internship program in public policy, where he served in the office of Congressman Beto O'Rourke in Washington, D.C. Mr. Acevedo is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership and administration, which he hopes to use in an effort to help the El Paso community make informed decisions about the instructional future of the city. 

DISTRICT 3: Bliss Elementary, Clendenin Elementary, Coldwell Elementary, Crockett Elementary, Hughey Elementary, Milam Elementary, Moreno Elementary, Rusk Elementary, Travis Elementary, Bassett Middle, Ross Middle, Austin High, College Career Technology Academy

TERM: July 17, 2019 - May 2021

Email  jacevedo2@episd.org

 Diane Dye, Secretary - District 4

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Diane Dye, Secretary - District 4

Diane Dye is a retired educator following more than 30 years as a math teacher in several El Paso area schools. During her career, Ms. Dye worked on many education pilot programs, including Advanced Placement math programs and gifted and talented instruction. Ms. Dye earned a bachelor's of science degree from Texas A&M University and a master's in business administration from New Mexico State University. She also is a member of the Fort Bliss/EPISD Collaborative Committee.

DISTRICT 4: Crosby Elementary, Lee Elementary, Logan Elementary, Moye Elementary, Park Elementary, Powell Elementary, Stanton Elementary, Canyon Hills Middle, Magoffin Middle, Chapin High, Irvin High

TERM: June 21, 2017 - May 2021

Email ddye@episd.org

 Chuck Taylor, Trustee - District 5

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Chuck Taylor, Trustee - District 5

Charles "Chuck" Taylor, a New Jersey native, came to El Paso by way of his service at Fort Bliss. Mr. Taylor retired as Command Sgt. Major in 1976 after serving 20 years in the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery. Post retirement, Mr. Taylor earned bachelor's degrees in criminal justice and education from the University of Texas at El Paso and a master's in health services management from Webster University. He was a special education teacher for nearly a decade and has extensive experience working with the mental health community in El Paso County. Mr. Taylor has owned several businesses in El Paso and is a supporter of the Buffalo Soldiers reenactments across the city. He also was named Texas Big Brother of the Year by the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization.

DISTRICT 5: Barron Elementary, Bradley Elementary, Collins Elementary, Dowell Elementary, Fannin Elementary, Tom Lea Elementary, Newman Elementary,  Dr. Nixon Elementary, Whitaker Elementary, Charles Middle, Richardson Middle, Terrace Hills Middle, Andress High, Transmountain Early College High

TERM: June 21, 2017 - May 2021

Email ctaylor@episd.org

 Freddy Khlayel-Avalos - District 6

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Freddy Khlayel-Avalos - District 6

Freddy Khlayel-Avalos is a native El Pasoan who attended Rosa Guerrero Elementary, Hornedo Middle, and Franklin High School before earning a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and a master’s in public financial management from Rutgers University. He previously served as a founding appointed member to the City of El Paso Regional Renewable Energy Advisory Council, where the board made energy recommendations to the city council, and he currently serves on the El Paso Apartment Association government affairs committee. He is the founding President of the Star City Neighborhood Association, a graduate of the City of El Paso Neighborhood Leadership Academy, and a graduate of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce “Lideres Empresarios” young entrepreneur educational program. As a principal in Rio USA, he is focused on real estate asset management and development that integrates renewable energy and environmentally conscious design. He is a founding member and President of Shine On El Paso, a nonprofit organization focused on supporting other non-profits and community members during critical charitable emergencies while creating content that reimagines and rebrands El Paso in a positive way. Klayel–Avalos is married with two children.

DISTRICT 6: Bond Elementary, Guerrero Elementary, Herrera Elementary, Kohlberg Elementary, Lundy Elementary, Polk Elementary, Roberts Elementary, Tippin Elementary, Hornedo Middle, Lincoln Middle, Brown Middle, Franklin High, Franklin 9th Grade Center

TERM: June 24, 2019 - May 2023

Email  fkhlayel@episd.org

 

 

 

 Daniel E. Call - District 7

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Daniel E. Call - District 7

Daniel E. Call was born in Chihuahua and raised in rural Minnesota in a family of eight children. He received a bachelor’s in political science from Brigham Young University–Idaho while taking a two-year break from college to serve as a missionary for his church. He moved to El Paso in 2010 and completed a master’s degree in political science at the University of Texas at El Paso. After graduation, he taught several political science classes at UTEP as adjunct faculty.  Mr. Call is a graduate of Leadership El Paso Class 40 and a board member of Every Little Blessing Pre-School. Mr. Call is a small-business owner and currently owns a State Farm Insurance Agency on the West Side. His passions are his wife, Toni Marie, and their four children, basketball, Mexican food, and training for marathons.

DISTRICT 7: Johnson Elementary, White Elementary, Putnam Elementary, Morehead Middle, Rivera Elementary, Western Hills Elementary, Coronado High School

TERM: May 14, 2019 - May 2023

Email decall@episd.org

 

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