Bob Geske, Vice President - District 1

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Bob Geske, Vice 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, Beall 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

Email  bgeske@episd.org

 Al Velarde, Secretary - District 2

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Al Velarde, Secretary - 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, Burleson 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

Email avelarde@episd.org

 Susie Byrd, Trustee - District 3

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Susie Byrd, Trustee - District 3

Susannah “Susie” Byrd is a lifelong El Pasoan and a graduate of Austin High School. She also attended Crockett Elementary School and Bassett Middle School. After high school, Ms. Byrd attended Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and upon her return to El Paso began work as the director of marketing and publicity for Cinco Puntos Press – her family's publishing company. In 2005, Byrd was elected to the El Paso City Council to represent the West–Central neighborhoods. During her eight years on council, Byrd served as mayor pro tempore and focused on quality–of–life investments, sustainable development and public transportation reform as means to help the local economy grow. She also was part of a political coalition that helped spur the current wave of Downtown redevelopment. Byrd is the owner of Moxie Communications and Consulting and a published author. She is married and the mother of three children.

DISTRICT 3: Alta Vista Elementary, 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

Email  sbyrd@episd.org

 Diane Dye, Trustee - District 4

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Diane Dye, Trustee - 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: Burnet Elementary, Crosby Elementary, Lee Elementary, Logan Elementary, Moye Elementary, Park Elementary, Powell Elementary, Stanton Elementary, Schuster Elementary, Canyon Hills Middle, LaFarelle Alternative Middle, Magoffin Middle, Chapin High, Irvin High

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

Email ctaylor@episd.org

 Trent Hatch, President - District 6

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Trent Hatch, President - District 6

Trent Hatch was born and raised in Mexico and attended and graduated high school in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, located 180 miles southwest of El Paso, Texas. Mr. Hatch lived in the inner city of New York (Brooklyn, Bronx) for two years where he served a mission for his church. He is actively engaged in community programs from church, YMCA, Boy Scouts of America, Little League Football and currently serves as the vice president of operations for the Franklin High School Football Booster Board. Mr. Hatch received his bachelor of science in business marketing from the University of Phoenix and is the general sales manager for a global semiconductor distributor. He has lived in El Paso with his family for more than 15 years and married with three children who attend EPISD schools.

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

Email thatch@episd.org

 

 Trustee - District 7 Vacant

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Trustee - District 7 Vacant