Board Members

  • President: Frank Núñez
    Assistant Principal, San Luis High School                                    


Frank Núñez was born and raised in Yuma Arizona. He graduated from Cibola High School and went on to graduate from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, and a Masters in Educational Leadership.  He has been a school and district level administrator for 7 years.  Prior to being an administrator, his varied classroom experience as a teacher of Spanish, Government, Economics, AVID, Academic Decathlon, and Advanced Placement classes provided him with an invaluable insight on the academic capacity of students, and solidified his belief that every high school student can graduate from college and be career ready. 

  • Vice President: James Sheldahl
    Superintendent, Yuma Elementary School District One


  • Board Secretary: Nancy T Blitz
    Professor, Arizona Western College

Nancy T. Blitz has taught English as a Second Language at Arizona Western College both part-time and full-time since the late 1980s.  She is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a B.A. in German, and her M.A. in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) is from Northern Arizona University.  She spent two years as a full-time instructor of Bilingual/Multicultural Education/ESL on the NAU-Yuma Branch Campus where she continues to teach in a part time capacity.  Over the years, she has had as students in NAU undergraduate and graduate programs many of the teachers who have been nominees for the Yuma County Teacher of the Year.

  • Board Member: Tom Tyree
    Yuma County Superintendent of Schools

Tom Tyree has served in public education for 45 years.  In August of 2003 Tyree was appointed Yuma County Superintendent of Schools and was elected to the position in 2004, 2008 and again in 2012.  Prior to assuming his elected position as county superintendent, Tyree served as a teacher, head basketball coach, building and central office administrator in school districts in Yuma and Mesa, Arizona. Tyree is married to Mara Vitolins Tyree (former Miss Yuma County) and has two children, Tiffany and Ryan, both educators in Yuma

  • Board Member: Laurie Doering
    Superintendent, Crane School District

           Laurie Doering has been in education for over 33 years and is
          passionate about this calling.  She moved to Yuma in 1976 and has raised
          three children in this fine community.   She graduated from Yuma High
          School and went on to graduate from Arizona State University and then received
          a Masters in Educational Leadership from NAU-Yuma.  She has been a school
          and district level administrator for over 20 years.

  • Board Member: Helen Coffeen
    Principal, Centennial Middle School

  • Helen Morrow Coffeen arrived in Yuma from California in 1977 to work for the Crane School District.  She has taught third, fifth and sixth grades, and has been an assistant principal and a principal.  She has worked at Viejo, Rancho Viejo, Crane Junior High, Pueblo, and now Centennial Middle School.  She is passionate about providing an outstanding education to our students in a safe fun learning environment that prepares our students for college and careers. She believes an education opens doors of opportunity, gives a panoramic view of the world, and allows students choices to follow their dreams.       
  • Board Member: Michael Sabath, PhD
     Associate Vice President and Campus Executive Officer, NAU Yuma Branch Campus

  • Michael J. Sabath has been in higher education for 35 years.  A first-generation student who grew up in a military family, he earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley, an MPA from California State University-Chico and a PhD from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Dr. Sabath was with San Diego State University for 23 years serving as a professor, division chair, and Associate Dean.  Prior to this, he taught in the School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Missouri-Columbia and in the Department of Criminal Justice at Indiana University-Bloomington.  He is married to Maria Lourdes Sabath and has three children.                                          
  • Board Member: Liz Renaud
    Director of the Center for Teaching Effectiveness; Professor, Arizona Western College
  • Lizzie is the Professor of Early Childhood Education (1999-present) and Director of the Center for Teaching Effectiveness (2015-present) at Arizona Western College (AWC). Lizzie received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with Montessori Emphasis from Chaminade University of Honolulu, American Montessori Society pre-primary certification, and a Masters of Education in Early Childhood from Northern Arizona University. In Hawai`i, Lizzie dedicated seven years in both mixed aged preschool and toddler classrooms as Montessori Directress, lead teacher.  Upon relocating to Yuma, AZ in 1998, Lizzie has been active within the community, serving on the following community boards/committees- Yuma County Association for the Education of Young Children (YCAEYC), the Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children (AzAEYC) Newsletter subcommittee, First Things First Cocopah Indian Tribe Regional Partnership Council (CITRPC) Member and former Arizona Western College Faculty Association President and Vice President. Lizzie is a native Hawai`ian practitioner in hula, dance, and instructs hula classes at AWC.  The mother of four children and a firm believer and advocate for young children and families, Lizzie joined the Education Foundation of Yuma County in 2015.
  • Board Member: Kim Seh
    Principal, Orange Grove Elementary School
  • Kimberly Seh has been an Education Foundation Board member since 2009.  She is currently the principal at Orange Grove Elementary School in Somerton School District #11.  Her educational degrees and certifications include the following: B.A. in Elementary Education, M.A. in Multicultural/Bilingual Education, Early Childhood and Structured English Immersion Endorsement, Principal and Superintendent Certification from Northern Arizona University. After thoroughly enjoying teaching third, fourth and fifth grade in Somerton School District #11, she took the opportunity to serve staff and students as a Staff Developer/Reading Coach in the Crane School District.  Administrative experiences include Principal and Professional Development / Curriculum/ Assessment Director for Somerton School District #11.  
  • Board Member: Tom Rush
    President, Yuma Investment Group

  • Board Member: Derek Carlson
     AEA Federal Credit Union

 Derek Carlson was born in Rochester, NY and has called Yuma home since 2014. He is the Senior Director of Member Experience Retail Sales at AEA Federal Credit Union and is involved with teaching financial literacy within the school district. The educators of Yuma hold a special place in his heart because AEA originally opened its doors to serve employees of the Board of Education of Public Schools in Yuma County in 1942. Derek graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a BS in Public Relations and Marketing.

  • Board Member: Travis Hice                                                                                                            Vice President, Commercial Loans Officer, 1st Bank Yuma  

    Travis Hice was born in Yuma and raised in Roll, AZ. He graduated from Antelope Union High School and went on to earn two Business Administration Undergraduate Degrees from NAU-Yuma. Travis also later attended the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado and earned a Graduate Degree in Bank Management. He has been in the Financial/Banking Industry going on 15 years with over 13 of those years spent in Community Banking as a Commercial Lender. Travis started his lending career with Wells Fargo Bank but later moved into Community Banking where he felt the banks focus more on the specific needs of communities they operate in. He was with Yuma Community Bank, which later became The Foothills Bank, for a combined total of almost 9 years and found what he hopes to be a permanent home with 1st Bank Yuma. Travis has been with 1st Bank Yuma over 4 years now and has grown his lending portfolio to over $52 million. His primary focus is on building solid banking relationships with a “consultant” type approach to lending where borrowers can look to him for advice and guidance to the various facets of their business and borrowing requirements. Travis plans to be with 1st Bank Yuma for many years as he feels, of all the banks he has worked for, 1st Bank Yuma holds the highest regard for the community, customers and employees. Travis is the proud parent of two wonderful children, Athena (12) and Logan (8) who are both on the A Honor Roll and are involved in several sport activities.



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