FHUSD Board Members
The FHUSD governing board takes great pride in the accomplishments of our students and wants to recognize the achievement of significant educational excellence in areas of academics, sports, extracurricular activities, leadership, or other criteria that clearly identifies the individual(s) as having achieved an important accomplishment. If you know of a student who is worthy of this special recognition, please help us by filling out the FHUSD Student Recognition of Excellence Nomination Form and returning it to the governing board secretary.
Please feel free to contact a member of our board with your questions or concerns.
Meet Our Board Members
About Mrs. Nadya Jenkins
Mrs. Nadya Jenkins was raised on a family dairy farm in Michigan's upper peninsula. She, her husband, and two children lived in Illinois and Wisconsin before moving to Fountain Hills in 2016. In her former residences, Nadya was active in public schools as a math and reading interventions volunteer, PBIS Council parent liaison, Principal’s Planning Committee parent rep, PTO Treasurer, and PTO President. As a Program Manager at Bishop Fox, Nadya manages cybersecurity projects and programs for clients in the Fortune 100. She is currently a member of the Golden Eagle Education Foundation. Nadya's son is an FHUSD graduate (2021) and her daughter is enrolled at FHHS. Her FHUSD board term expires in December 2022.
About Mrs. Judy Rutkowski
Mrs. Judy Rutkowski moved to Fountain Hills in 2001 with her husband and two children. Both children are graduates of Fountain Hills High School. Judy is a registered nurse and spent many years in the area of pediatrics and family medicine nursing. She currently works as a substitute nurse for Scottsdale Unified School District.
Judy has volunteered for Fountain Hills schools in various capacities, including classroom volunteer, member of the PTO, chaperone for field trips, school dances, Falcon Fiesta, and host parent for a foreign exchange student from Germany. She has also helped perform hearing and vision screenings. She served as a band booster parent and enthusiastically supports the “Fighting Flock of Falcon Fury.” Her board term expires in December 2022.
About Mrs. Jill Reed
Mrs. Jill Reed and her husband Chad moved to Fountain Hills in 2003. However, she has lived in Arizona for the past 35+ years, and she is a graduate of Scottsdale’s Saguaro High School. Mrs. Reed is the owner of a home-management company and has been self-employed since 1996. She is a longtime volunteer for the Fountain Hills School District, along with serving for five years as vice president and president of the PTO board. Mrs. Reed is the mother of two children: Katie (FHUSD 2018) and Hunter (FHUSD 2021). Her term runs through December 2024.
About Dr. Wendy Miedel Barnard
Dr. Wendy Miedel Barnard is an educational evaluator and researcher at Arizona State University. As Director of the College Research and Evaluation Services Team (CREST) at ASU, she oversees the evaluation efforts of community and university educational programs funded by national, state, and local grants. She currently evaluates programs focused on: university transition programs for college freshman;high school college and career readiness; K-12 STEM outreach programs; STEM academic programs for underrepresented college students; the institutional impact of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and; STEM training programs for K-12 teachers. Wendy previously worked at the University of Pittsburgh as an educational evaluator and at Buena Vista University in Iowa as an adjunct professor. Wendy has lived in Fountain Hills since 2010. She is married and has three children that attend FHUSD. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her board term expires in December 2022.
About Mr. Dana Saar
Dana Saar comes from an entrepreneurial background in the construction, computer, association management, and real estate industries. He is currently teaching computer programming at the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) in Mesa.
A resident of Fountain Hills for over 39 years, he was a Town of Fountain Hills Planning and Zoning Commissioner, the Town’s Strategic Planning Advisory Commission Chair, and served on the Vision FH committee.
He previously spent 14 years on the Fountain Hills Unified School District Governing Board (FHUSD) before being elected to the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) Governing Board where he served as its Vice-Chair and Chair. In his first term on the Community College Board, he was elected to the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Board of Directors, a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges.
Dana earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and his Master’s in Education from Northern Arizona University. Life-long learning and workforce development are his passions. His board term runs through December 2024.