Backgrounds: Prescott school board candidates
Four Prescott-area residents are seeking seats on the Prescott Unified School District Governing Board for this year's election on Tuesday, Nov. 4, general election. Maureen Erickson (incumbent), John Lamerson, Greg Mengarelli and David Stringer are running for two open seats and each offers a unique background they feel makes them qualified for the role.
PUSD candidate Maureen R. Erickson (incumbent)
Retired educator and incumbent candidate Maureen Erickson was elected to serve on the Prescott Unified School District (PUSD) Governing Board in 2011 for a four-year term. She served as school board president from January 2013 to January 2014. In 1971, Erickson received a bachelor of arts degree from California State College, followed by a master's degree in teaching from Rollins College in Florida in 1977. In 1985, she became an Education Specialist from George Washington University, which she followed with an education doctorate from the same university in 1991.
For 32 years, between 1974 and 2006, Erickson worked in domestic and overseas environments, teaching in elementary, secondary, and graduate schools. She also worked as grant program manager for the Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce in Virginia from 2008 to 2009.
PUSD candidate John Lamerson
This November's election counts as the first time PUSD candidate John Lamerson has run for an elected office. Lamerson graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Rhode Island in 1981. He later earned a master's degree in engineering management from George Washington University in 1988. Lamerson is a member of a number of organizations, including the Prescott Toast Masters Club, American Legion Post 6 in Prescott, the National Rifle Association, the Reserve Officers Association and Acquisition Professional Community for the Department of Defense.
PUSD candidate Greg Mengarelli
PUSD candidate Greg Mengarelli has worked as the executive director for the United Christian Youth Camp for the last 19 years. He attended Kansas State University for a bachelor's degree in Park Resource Management and has been involved in the schools, serving on two site councils, booster clubs and task forces for 17 years.
Mengarelli worked six years as a farmhand in Kansas, as a naturalist for one year for American Outdoor Schools, in guest services for Angeles Crest Christian Camp for four years.
Mengarelli currently has five children enrolled in the district and two children who graduated from the Prescott district.
PUSD candidate David Stringer
PUSD candidate David Stringer worked for the federal government for several years before embarking on a 25-year career in private law practice and real estate development. Stringer graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1978.
In 1990, he completed an accounting program and passed his CPA exam from The University of Maryland. He later passed the Arizona Bar and was admitted to practice in the state in 2002. He acquired a small business in the Prescott area in 2004.
Stringer has been involved in a number of civic organizations, including the Prescott Area Women's Shelter, the Big Brothers & Big Sisters governing board, the Prescott Area Lodging Association, the Mayor's Tourism Advisory Committee and the Board of Trustees of the Sharlot Hall Museum. He was appointed to the Prescott Planning and Zoning Commission this year. Stringer also serves as General Counsel to the Citizens Tax Committee.