Date: July 24, 2018
TEAM OF 5 RUNNING FOR TCAPS BOARD
Five candidates are taking the unusual step of running as a team to fill the five TCAPS board seats up for election this November.
Calling themselves “Team5TCAPS,” the candidates are all highly qualified professionals and parents of students in the school district. They bring solid experience in community service and a shared vision for quality education.
Team5TCAPS is taking this unique approach to running in response to the rare situation of having five of the seven board seats up for election in one year. “The education of our children is too important for the district to have a fragmented or dysfunctional school board,” stated Patricia Henkel, one of the team members. “Team5TCAPS is inspired to raise the bar in student achievement at all levels, with a return to focusing on teaching and learning as the foundation of everything we do.”
Team member Dr. Cathy Meyer-Looze added, “We are five independent thinkers who have a shared vision for our district. While we may disagree on specific topics from time to time, we all commit to working together to achieve a positive future for TCAPS.”
The team’s vision includes these five elements:
1. Clear and high expectations for student achievement at every level
All of our athletic teams strive to be best in the state—we should have that same goal academically.
2. Deep and rich parent and community engagement with our schools
Parents are our children’s most important teachers and should be our most important partners.
3. Earn trust by treating people with respect and acting with integrity and transparency.
We will actively listen to the community, keep them well-informed, and promote a culture in the district where everyone treats others with dignity and respect.
4. Maintain safe, strong neighborhood schools.
Schools build community. Our children deserve up-to-date, safe learning environments.
5. Responsible management of taxpayer dollars.
It is a minimal expectation that the budget will be balanced each year, but resources need to be managed with an eye toward long-term strength and sustainability of our district.
Team5TCAPS members include:
Rhonda Busch – Rhonda recently completed an outstanding career as a teacher in TCAPS, serving at both Interlochen Community and Old Mission Elementary Schools. Upon her retirement, she was awarded the “Outstanding Person in Education Award” from the TCEA. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from CMU and a Master’s degree in Education from Marygrove College. Rhonda and her husband Bob are proud parents of two Traverse City Central High School grads and their grandson will be a senior at CHS this year.
Patricia Henkel – Patricia spent the first part of her career in digital marketing, enjoyed 10 years as a stay at home mom while working part-time, and is currently working on behalf of Ford Motor Company as a Manager, Organic Search in the Marketing Science Unit at GTB. She received her undergraduate degree at The University of Michigan and received her J.D. at Stetson Law School in St. Petersburg, FL. She and her husband Jeff now have two children attending Central High School, one at East Middle School, and one at Old Mission Peninsula School. Patricia has served on several boards, including the Traverse City Cooperative Pre-School, Old Mission Peninsula School PTO as a member of the Technology Committee, and as a co-founder of Design Dance Company. Over the years, Patricia’s activities have also included co-founding Munson Hospital's NICU STEPS (a parent support group for families with babies in the NICU,) coaching Girls on the Run, soccer, and basketball for her kids' teams, and volunteering in various capacities at Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
Deyar Jamil – Deyar (pronounced “Dee-R”) spent the majority of her career as a Federal agent investigating white collar crime, including abuse of taxpayer funded programs. She attended The University of Michigan for her undergraduate degree and received her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. She has served on the boards of various organizations including the Chicago Mosaic School and has been an active volunteer with her children’s schools, Battle of the Books, and FLOW (For Love of Water.) Deyar and her husband have a daughter attending West Middle School and a son starting at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle School.
Cathy Meyer-Looze – Dr. Meyer-Looze is an Assistant Professor and Program Director in the Educational Leadership program at Grand Valley State University. Cathy has been an administrator at all levels in K-12 public education, including serving as a Professional Development Director. She received her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University, her Master’s degree from Central Michigan University, and her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Saginaw Valley State University. Cathy and her husband Kelly Looze follow their daughter in all her academic and athletic pursuits at TCAPS.
Erica Moon Mohr – Erica has enjoyed a successful career in sales and customer service. After 12 years in pharmaceutical and biotech sales, she followed in her mother’s footsteps and is now a realtor, working as a team with her mother. Erica was born and raised in Traverse City. After living in Chicago, she and her husband moved back to Traverse City to raise their children, who now attend Central Grade School and West Middle School. In addition to volunteering at her children’s schools, Erica’s serves on several boards, including the Children’s Museum Board. She is one of the founding members of “Help in Heels,” a group of women who, each month, organize volunteer programs for various non-profit organizations throughout the area. Erica received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University in Criminal Justice.
Ms. Mohr stated, “There will be many issues and candidates on the ballot in November. We want voters who care about the future of TCAPS to have a clear and positive choice.”
All five candidates support the TCAPS bond issue and agree with the Record-Eagle editorial asking voters to “express their opinions about the district leadership” through their votes in the November school board election, rather than through their vote on district capital finances.
For more information about the candidates and their vision for TCAPS, please visit www.Team5TCAPS.com. Or contact any of the candidates directly:
Rhonda Busch, email@example.com, 231-590-7993,
Deyar Jamil, firstname.lastname@example.org, 773-450-6111,
Patricia Henkel, email@example.com, 231-642-0255
Cathy Meyer-Looze, firstname.lastname@example.org, 231-633-4710
Erica Moon Mohr, email@example.com, 231-499-5558