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.


Four Board of Education positions will be up for election in November 2019 including positions in the Northeast area, Northwest area, South area and the at-large member. Blue Valley patrons interested in learning about running for a seat on the Board of Education are invited to attend an informational meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3.

The candidate filing deadline is noon on Monday, June 3. If needed, a primary election will be Tuesday, Aug. 6, with the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. More information about filing for candidacy can be found at www.jocoelection.org.


Amy Tysseling

(NE Area)
(913) 707-8849

Amy Tysseling was appointed to the Board of Education in August 2018. She is a lifetime Kansas City area resident who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and an MBA in Finance and Management Information Systems (MIS). She is currently the chief financial officer at DEMDACO. Amy and her husband have one child who attends school in the district. Amy is not new to volunteering her time in Blue Valley. She has been the co-treasurer and a PTO board member at Overland Trail Elementary and a member of the district's Business and Education for Schools of Tomorrow (B.E.S.T.) committee.


Michele Benjamin (NE Area)

The 2018-19 school year marks Michele's second year on the Blue Valley Board of Education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Accounting from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and a Master's of Science in Teaching Biology Education from Pace University in New York. She taught middle school science for 10 years. Michele served on the PTO at Mission Trail Elementary where she developed and implemented a supplementary science program for grades 1-5. She voluntarily teaches this program twice a year. Michele served on the Blue Valley Finance Advisory Committee for three years before becoming an elected member of the Board of Education. Michele has two children attending schools in the district.


Cindy Bowling(S Area)
(913) 592-3399

The 2017-18 school year marks the seventh year of Cindy's service to the district as a member of the Blue Valley Board of Education. She is board vice president for the 2017-18 school year. As a graduate of Blue Valley High, Cindy is a long-time member of the Blue Valley community. Engagement at the school and district level has always been important to her as both a parent and patron. She holds a medical degree, specializing in pediatrics. Cindy has a son and daughter who recently graduated from the district.



Patrick Hurley(NW Area)
(913) 660-4238

The 2017-18 school year marks Patrick's third year as a member of the Blue Valley Board of Education. He holds 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 a volunteer with 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 several 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 17 years and have two children attending Blue Valley Schools.



Tom Mitchell(At Large)
(913) 461-3149​

The 2017-18 school year marks the seventh 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 two children who attend Blue Valley schools. Their oldest daughter graduated from the district in 2016.



Stacy Obringer Varhall(NW Area)
(913) 451-2511

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 president for the 2017-18 school year and also served as vice president in 2015-16 and 2016-17. 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.



Mike Seitz(S Area)
(913) 851-4039

Mike began serving on the board of education in 2011. He is a longtime volunteer for Blue Valley Schools. Mike served as board president in 2015-16 and 2016-17. He served as a patron member of the board advisory committee for CAPS, the Board of Education Facility Planning Committee and past president of the Blue Valley West Wrestling Team Booster Club. Mike is a member of the Baker University Board of Trustees. 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.



Contact​ the Board of Education & Superintendent​​​​


Board meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Board of Education Room at District Office.

  • July 16, 2018
  • August 13, 2018
  • September 10, 2018
  • October 8, 2018
  • November 12, 2018
  • December 10, 2018
  • January 14, 2019
  • February 11, 2019
  • March 18, 2019
  • April 8, 2019
  • May 13, 2019
  • June 10, 2019
  • June 27, 2019 (12 p.m.)
  • July 15, 2019