Position 2: Mitch Powers, President - Contact via e-mail or phone: 913-948-2606
Mitch Powers and his family have lived in the Shawnee area for over 20 years. He is currently the Manager of Business Intelligence for Hallmark Cards in their corporate offices in Kansas City, Mo.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. He has three sons, all of whom are graduates of USD 232. In addition, his wife, Jeri Powers, has been a teacher in USD 232 for many years. He and Jeri are members of Mill Creek Community Church in Shawnee and he enjoys spending time with his family, bicycling, home improvement projects, and some hunting and fishing.
"My background is in problem analysis, identifying solutions options, defining risks and unintended consequences of the options in a rational and thoughtful manner in order to make good business decisions,” Powers said. “I enjoy bringing that approach to the issues that face the district, to help select the best options possible to improve the educational experience of the children, the patrons, and the educators in the district."
Position 3: Angela Handy, Vice President - Contact via e-mail.
Angela Handy and her family have lived in the school district since 2007. She is a former elementary school teacher having taught 5th grade at Stillwell Elementary School in the Blue Valley School District.
Angela and her husband, Shawn, have three children – Rheagan, Ryan, and Reece. Rheagan, 7, attends Prairie Ridge Elementary and Ryan, 4, attends the Early Childhood Program at Belmont Elementary. Reece, 2, spends lots of time at home with Angela.
A lifelong resident of Johnson County, Angela graduated from Blue Valley Northwest High School in 1997. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2001 from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS. She taught in the Blue Valley School District for six years before making the decision to stay home with her children.
Angela is actively involved and currently serving on the PTA Executive Board at Prairie Ridge Elementary in Shawnee. “I enjoy spending time in the schools with our students and teachers,” said Handy. “As a Board of Education member I look forward to more opportunities of serving our students and parents.”
Staying active is important to Angela, which is why she teaches Jazzercise five times a week at Mission Jazzercise Center. Her family is also involved at Valley Fellowship Church in Overland Park.
Position 1: Bill Fletcher - Contact via e-mail or phone: 913-583-1767
Bill Fletcher and his family have called this community home for nearly 30 years. He owns and operates a successful business, Kansas Land Management, providing clients landscaping and lawn care services. Mr. Fletcher and his wife have three daughters, all of whom attended school in USD 232. He earned a business degree from Kansas State University. Mr. Fletcher has coached softball for 20 years, helping to facilitate college athletic scholarships for 30 female athletes. For a hobby he enjoys fishing, especially fly fishing.
Position 4: Scott Hancock - Contact via email or phone: 816-392-4544
Scott Hancock and his wife Lori have been married for 21 years and have three children who attend USD 232 schools. He has lived in the Shawnee area for over 22 years and has owned and operated his own Engineering/Sales business for the last 21 years.
Scott earned his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from The Wichita State University. He has 20 seasons of experience coaching youth baseball and football. He also enjoys gardening, landscaping and other outdoor activities.
Position 5: Dick Dearwester - Contact via e-mail or phone: 913-634-8602
Dick Dearwester currently serves on the pastoral staff at Westside Family Church in Lenexa in the capacity of Director of Counseling, a position he has held for the last 14 years. Before moving to the Kansas City area nearly 22 years ago, he served as a youth minister in a small community south of Wichita. “I have always had an underlying desire to serve in education and have a strong appreciation for what a quality education can provide for the next generation,” Dearwester said. “I believe that my life’s experiences have afforded me an excellent perspective on education and the value of it. Serving as a member of the Board of Education is an opportunity to use my skills, experience and gifts to contribute positively in the lives of kids and families in my community.” He and his wife, Judy, have a granddaughter attending school in USD 232.
Dearwester graduated from Ohio University with a commission as an officer in the United States Army. After his tour of duty he entered the corporate world where he was a sales manager for Procter & Gamble for a period of ten years. During the last 31 years he has served on the staff of four churches in the heartlands; one in Omaha, Nebraska, one in Mulvane, Kansas, and two in the Kansas City metro area. His primary responsibilities included oversight of the educational system for preschool, children, youth and adults. He also focused on equipping and preparing youth for life’s next stages. In addition, he has been serving the Lenexa Police Department as their Staff Chaplain for the last three years.
Position 6: Rachele Zade - Contact via email.
Rachele Zade and her family have lived in the school district since 2001. For most of her life, Rachele has been a resident of Johnson County, living mostly in Lenexa. She graduated from Shawnee Mission West in 1985 then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Kansas State University in January of 1989. After graduating, she accepted a position in Michigan as a sales representative with Hallmark Cards. From there, she continued to move into managment positions and assumed greater responsibilities. After 16 and a half years with Hallmark Cards, Rachele and her husband decided it was the right time for her to stay home with their children, Cole and Jordan.
While she cherishes every minute spent with her kids at home, Rachele also thrives on helping others and getting involved in the community. This is how her long term commitment to PTA started. From the beginning of her new found carrer, she jumped right in and began serving her children's teachers, schools and her local church. This same drive is what ultimately brought her to run for the Board of Education. "I want to stay involved with our public school system and make sure I am doing all I can to support students, teachers and our community."
Position 7, At-large: Tim Blankenship - Contact via e-mail or phone: 913-583-3058
Tim Blankenship and his family have lived in the school community for more than thirteen years. He is currently a project manager in the Global Services Organization of Parametric Technology Corporation. Mr. Blankenship works to implement Product Lifecycle and Service Lifecycle Management solutions for clients. His recent clients include: NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, BAE Systems, Raytheon, Manitowoc Food Service, and Abbott Diagnostics.
He is also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineering and a certified project management professional by the Project Management Institute. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology. He enjoys working on home improvement and landscaping projects, as well as improving his firearms skills.