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Governing Board

June 29, 2007

Sunnyside Govering Board Office
2238 East Ginter Road,
Tucson, AZ 85706
Phone: (520) 545-2022
Fax: (520) 545-2121
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Eva Dong Eric Giffin Daniel Hernandez Buck Crouch Beki Quintero
Eva Carrillo Dong

Biography - Board Member Eva Carrillo Dong

In her career, in her personal life and as a member of her community, Eva Carrillo Dong has worked passionately and persistently to empower individuals and families. A lifelong resident of the Southside, she is a leader in the Environmental Justice Action Group’s Community Advisory Board. Having seen close-up the devastating effects of TCE, she wants to ensure that industry is not allowed to destroy families. A member of the Pima County Interfaith Council for eight years, Eva is fighting for funding for Schools Plus Jobs to prevent high school students from dropping out, for Job Path to provide training for older adults, and for Kidco to give families affordable daycare. A single mother of four children, Ms. Dong knows how important it is for families to have jobs that allow them to spend time with their children. She has been a strong advocate of a living wage to allow parents to be at home more with their children, to allow the family unit to be strong. In addition to her work with PCIC, which is non-partisan, she is also a Democratic Party precinct chairperson.

   In her career as Title 1 coordinator and lead teacher for the Pima Accommodation District of the Court Alternative Program of Education, Ms. Dong works with young people 9 to 17 years old who are detained by the courts. She led the effort and become the only detention center in the nation to achieve NCA accreditation. Ms. Dong works with her students on academics as well as life skills and community involvement so that they will be empowered to treat themselves better and work for things that will touch their children’s lives in the future.

   A student in Sunnyside schools from kindergarten through graduation from Sunnyside High, Ms. Dong has remained active in the school district as her four children attended Sunnyside schools. She has been a site council member, a mariachi booster, and a PTO president “for a zillion years,” and is in her third term as a Governing Board member. She also represents her community as a member of the Liberty Partnership that brings together 25 social service agencies monthly to make the most effective use of resources to benefit families. As a community leader, professional educator and political activist, Ms. Dong is a strong voice for children and families.

   Eva Carrillo Dong is a member of the National Association for Latino Elected Officials, working to educate people on issues such as the dropout rate and economic disparities for minorities; NALEO focuses on Latinos but is a voice for all minorities. She is also active in the Arizona Correctional Education Association, the National School Board Association’s Federal Relations Network and the NSBA Hispanic Caucus. As an activist for education, environmental safety and economic opportunity, Ms. Dong motivates and empowers others because she knows that they will achieve more than what she can do as one person.

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Eric Giffin, member

Biography - Board Member Eric Giffin

Eric W. Giffin has lived in the Sunnyside School District since 1965, and lived on Tucson’s Southside all of his life. He is married to his wonderful wife DeJon, and has four great children all of whom attended and graduated from Sunnyside Schools. He was employed by Mountain Bell and US West Communications Co. for 31 years and is currently retired. Mr. Giffin graduated from Pueblo High School and served 4 years in the United States Navy, where he received training in Electronics and Nuclear Weapons. He attended Pima Community College, and is a trained and certified welder.

   Mr. Giffin was first elected to the Sunnyside Governing Board in 1994 and served 4 terms, until 2010. He has earned a Master of Boardsmanship from the Arizona School Board Association, and has served on many committees at the local, state and national levels of the Arizona School Boards Association, the National School Boards Association, and the Council of Urban School Boards. Mr. Giffin served as President of the Sunnyside Governing Board for 2 years, and Clerk of the Governing Board for several years.

   In 2011 he was honored to join many fine educators when inducted into the Sunnyside Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame. Some of the Sunnyside District’s accomplishments during his service on the Governing Board, include replacing Mission Manor Elementary School with a new and updated facility, the strategic planning and building of Summit View Elementary School, Gallego Elementary School, Challenger Middle School, Billie Lane Lauffer Middle School, and the S.T.A.R. Academic Center. Mr. Giffin was also on the Governing Boards that designed and implemented the renovations of Apollo Middle School, Elvira Elementary School, and Santa Clara Elementary.

   Mr. Giffin is pleased to once again provide his expertise and Governing Board experience to the District and the community we serve.

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Daniel Hernandez, Jr., member

Biography - Board Member Daniel Hernandez Jr.
(Board President)

Daniel Hernandez Jr. is a Sunnyside community native and alumni of Sunnyside High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Arizona. He was a congressional intern for the office of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District. While on the job assisting Congresswoman Giffords at a constituent event in Tucson on January 8, 2011, Daniel took actions for which he is widely credited with saving the life of the Congresswoman after a gunman shot her and 18 other people. His medical training (acquired through his membership in HOSA while at Sunnyside), quick thinking, and brave actions on that day have caused him to be celebrated as a true American hero, although he humbly rejects the title.

   Mr. Hernandez was an honored guest of the President and First Lady during the 2011 State of the Union address. He also addressed President Obama and a crowd of more than 27,000 people and over 500 international media outlets at the “Tucson: Together we Thrive” memorial on January 12, 2011. Mr. Hernandez has conducted more than 1100 media interviews in English and Spanish with local, state, national and international appearances including ABC’s This Week, NBC’s Today Show, Time, People, the Washington Post and many others.

   He is dedicated to student advocacy and political activism. He served as a director on the Arizona Students’ Association’s Board and advocated for affordable and accessible higher education for all Arizonans. At the University of Arizona, Mr. Hernandez has served in leadership positions with the Residence Hall Association and the Arizona Students’ Association. He ran for and won a seat on the school board at Sunnyside at the age of 21.

   Mr. Hernandez is currently the President of the Sunnyside Unified School District Board. He is committed to ensuring our students have the learning environment, skilled teaching staff, individual opportunities and tools necessary to prepare them for college and career.

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Buck Crouch, member

Biography - Board Member Buck Crouch
(Clerk of the Board)

Buck Crouch is a graduate of Sunnyside High School and longtime resident of the community. He is currently certified as CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CSM, and holds an MBA from the University of Arizona. He has recently also become a licensed insurance producer in the state of Arizona and is currently working with Colonial Life, providing employees voluntary benefits at no cost to the employer.

He has held the following certifications: C.P.M., A.P.P., CQE, and CQA

   Buck Crouch specializes in the design, implementation and management of operation and manufacturing systems. This starts with the global supply chain development of supplier and customer relationships to form a foundation of synergistic cooperation. Quality assurance concepts are tightly woven into all systems as they are designed by combining the tenets of the FDA’s cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) and the ISO-9000 suite of quality practices. His engineering background and extensive manufacturing systems experience allows for the smooth integration of product lifecycle management and new product development.

   Mr. Crouch teaches other professionals the concepts, operations and implementation methods for Supply Chain, Operations and Manufacturing. He is active in professional organizations on a local, national and international level. He is also active in educational, local and non-profit organizations.

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Beki Quintero, member

Biography - Board Member Beki Quintero

Ms. Beki Quintero and her husband are lifetime residents of the Sunnyside community. Ms. Quintero graduated from Sunnyside High School with the class of 1971 and husband Richard, in 1970. Ms. Quintero comes from strong family ties to the Sunnyside community as the daughter of Josie and Manny Herrera Jr., also strong advocates and steadfast community leaders. For the past forty years, Ms. Quintero has worked tirelessly to enact programs that engage and educate the youth so they may actively pursue opportunities that will benefit others on a larger, more global scale.

   As a strong community advocate, passionate about education and promoting opportunities for the youth in her community, Ms. Quintero also works with local businesses to develop key funding and operational support for our schools. She has worked with programs such as the Community Justice Board’s volunteer graffiti abatement and the All American Awards; a recognition program sponsored by the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association. Ms. Quintero founded the Community Peace Garden in Manuel Herrera Jr. Park. With the Garden, she has dedicated her time and efforts to children of the community during their journey of personal growth, giving them a chance to work the soil and learn life lessons.

   Ms. Quintero has dedicated a lifetime to children guiding them to take on responsibilities and challenges they are so capable of. She has also cultivated strong working relationships with elected officials and local media to keep education and youth issues at the forefront of our collective consciousness.

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The Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board is composed of five members elected by the voters in the District. These individuals serve staggered four-year terms. They dedicate numerous hours to the District and serve without pay.

The district was established by the state legislature, by the authority of the Arizona State Constitution, for the purpose of providing an education to all the students of the district. This is the district’s prime function. The Governing Board is selected by the citizens of the community to ensure that this prime function is accomplished in an effective and efficient way. The Board members are responsible for decision-making regarding goals and policies that govern the operation of the school district. As representatives of the people who own and support the schools, the Governing Board accepts the responsibility to identify community needs and opinions and to direct strategies that are responsive within the budgetary limitations of the district.

Board members must have knowledge of the state’s school laws, regulations of the State Department of Education, and district policies and regulations. A person who is a registered voter in Arizona and has been a resident of the Sunnyside District for one year immediately preceding Election Day is eligible for election to the office of Governing board member. No employee of the district or spouse may be a Board member.

The Governing Board will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the: Fred T. Bull Administration Building Governing Board Room 2238 East Ginter Road (unless otherwise noted in the agenda.)

The meetings are open to the public. During each regularly scheduled Governing Board meeting, a “Call to the Audience” is made to give interested individuals in the audience an opportunity to address the Board. Participation is encouraged. You may view agendas online at

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