ABOUT THE BOARD

Blue Valley Board of Education members live within their individual geographic member districts and are elected by a voting plan whereby six members live in geographic member districts and one runs at large. In a primary election, only residents from the geographic member district vote for the candidates. In all general elections, all residents vote for all candidates. This method reinforces the district's belief that all members represent all children in Blue Valley​.

Board members are elected to four-year terms. All seven serve the entire district without pay. A brief profile and contact information for each board member is given below.

CINDY BOWLING

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(913) 592-3399
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The 2015-16 school year marks the fif​th year of Cindy’s service to the district as a member of the Blue Valley Board of Education. As a graduate of Blue Valley High, Cindy is a long-time member of the Blue Valley community. She served two years as a PTO president and was a patron member of the Board Advisory Finance Committee. She holds a medical degree, specializing in pediatrics. Cindy has two children attending schools in the district.

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PATRICK HURLEY​

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(913) 660-4238
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The 2015-16 school year marks Patrick's first year as a member of the Blue Valley Board of Education. He hold a bachelor's degree in political science from Rockhurst University and a juris doctor degree from Washburn University. He currently works as a licensed attorney. Patrick has been active in the community as an involved member of the Sporting Blue Valley Soccer Club, the Johnson County Transit Authority Council and the Overland Park Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Committee. He served on num​erous district committees prior to becoming a board member, including the Board of Education Finance Committee and the Blue Valley Educational Foundation Finance Advisory Committee. He and his wife, Allison, have lived in the district for 16 years and have two children attending Blue Valley Schools.

SUE MATSON

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(913) 269-4618
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Sue is serving her 11th year on the board of education. She was board president for the 2011-12 school year, and board vice-president for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years. Sue served on several district committees prior to first being elected in April 2005. She has also been PTO president for two Blue Valley schools. Sue has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Sue and her family have lived in Blue Valley for 26 years. Three of her four children graduated from Blue Valley schools and her youngest child attends high school in the district.

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TOM MITCHELL

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(913) 461-3149​
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The 2015-16 school year marks the fifth year of Tom's service to the district as a member of the Blue Valley Board of Education. He has lived in Overland Park, Kansas the majority of his life and has been extremely active in the community including past chair of the Blue Valley Educational Foundation and past chair of the Leawood Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Johnson County Community College Foundation, KSHSAA Board of Directors and Johnson County Economic Research Institute Board of Directors. He has a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and a master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a principal and marketing leader for an area corporation. He and his wife, Chanie, have three children who attend Blue Valley schools.

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STACY OBRINGER-VARHALL
(VICE PRESIDENT)

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(913) 451-2511
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Stacy Obringer-Varhall was appointed to fill an open position on the Blue Valley Board of Education during the 2012-13 school year and was elected in April 2013 to a four-year term of office. She is board vice president for the 2015-16 school year. Stacy attended Blue Valley schools and is a graduate of Blue Valley North. She has a bachelor’s degree in international studies from American University. Stacy has been active in the community and school district in a variety of capacities for many years. She has served in PTA/PTO leadership positions as well as on the board of directors for the Blue Valley Educational Foundation. She and her husband, James, have two children attending schools in the district.

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PAM ROBINSON

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(913) 685-2960
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The 2015-16 school year will mark Pam Robinson’s 13th year on the board of education. She was board vice-president for the 2012-13 school year and board president for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. A Leawood resident, Pam has one child who graduated from a Blue Valley school and is a recent graduate of Texas Christian University. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Creighton University. She is a former teacher with 15 years of experience in the classroom. Pam served on many school and district committees prior to becoming a board member. Pam also served as president of the Kansas Association of School Boards in 2009-10.

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MIKE SEITZ
(PRESIDENT)

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(913) 851-4039
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Mike began serving on the board of education in 2011. He served as board vice president for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. Mike is board president for the 2015-16 school year. He is a longtime volunteer for Blue Valley Schools. He served as a patron member of the Board Advisory Committee for CAPS, the Facility Planning Committee and past president of the Blue Valley West Wrestling Team Booster Club. He has also worked with youth through Boy Scouts of America, the Blue Valley Optimist Club and through executive leadership for the Blue Valley Recreation Commission. Mike graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in economics with an emphasis in labor relations and political science. He and his wife, Debra, have four children who all graduated from Blue Valley schools.

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