October 26, 2004
Seven candidates are vying for three seats on the Scottsdale Unified School District governing board in the most contested race since 1998.
The three incumbents, Shari Avianantos, Joel Feldman and Sandra Zapien-Ferrero, are challenged by third-grade teacher Sean Michael Diana, physician Eric Meyer and stay-at-home moms Molly Holzer and Jennifer Petersen.
Avianantos, 60, is serving her first term on the board and has lived in the district for 28 years. The religious education coordinator has served on numerous parent groups, as state PTA president, on several district committees and on two site councils.
Diana, 37, has lived in the district for two years. He teaches in the Paradise Valley Unified School District and is working toward a master’s degree in education administration and leadership.
Feldman, 63, is a four-year resident of the district. The Maricopa County superintendent of schools appointed him to the board 16 months ago to fill a vacancy. Feldman, vice president of a nationwide managed health care company, was also a lawyer for two large companies.
Holzer, 42, has lived in the district 17 years. The community and education activist volunteers in schools, on several district committees and helped promote the last district override ballot measure. She serves as Desert Mountain complex chairwoman for the Scottsdale Parent Council.
Meyer, 43, has lived in the district for 18 years and graduated from Chaparral High School. The former emergency room manager, now a stay-at-home dad, volunteers in the classroom and has served on the Scottsdale Parent Council and on several district committees.
Petersen, 43, has lived in the district for 16 years. She has served on several parent organizations, site management councils and district committees.
Zapien-Ferrero, 49, is in her second term on the board and has lived in the district 20 years. She is director of school leadership for Isaac School District and holds teaching, principal and administrator certificates. The former teacher has served on many district and Phoenix committees.