PRESIDENT

Jennifer LaTosch was elected to serve a six-year term in November 2014; her term expires December 31, 2020.


Jennifer and her wife Kathleen have two children in Ferndale Upper Elementary. Jennifer, a partner at Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss, has been a resident of Ferndale since 1995, is an active school volunteer and PTA/PAC member, and served on the District’s Strategic Planning Committee. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a juris doctorate from Wayne State University.

 

VICE PRESIDENT

Jackie Hart was elected to serve a six year term beginning January 1st, 2017.

 

Jackie Hart is a Communications Specialist with Altair Engineering and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. She has served on various committees in the district, including the Ferndale Education Foundation and several board, fine arts, and PTA/PTSA committees. Jackie and her husband, Ed, have two children who attend Ferndale Middle and High Schools.

 

TREASURER

Jim O'Donnell was elected to serve a six-year term beginning January 1, 2013.


Jim O'Donnell was elected in November 2012, and his term expires in December 2018. He has three children, ages 16, 13 and 11, who attend Ferndale High School, Ferndale Middle School and Kennedy Elementary School. He is a PTA member, former president of the Ferndale Library Board, and served on district committees prior to his election. Jim holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration degree from Oakland University. He is employed as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at Gateway Foundation, a Chicago-based substance abuse treatment provider.

 

 

SECRETARY

Karen Twomey was reelected in November 2014, her term expires December 2020. 


Karen Twomey was first elected in 2010, her current term will end December of 2020. She has three children between the elementary and high school campuses. Karen holds teaching certifications in Chinese, History and Social Studies, and has a Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration from Michigan State University. She is currently the president of the Michigan Network for Equity in Education. Karen has earned her Distinguished Achievement award through the MASB (Michigan Association of School Boards) for her extensive training and advocacy at both the state and national level.

TRUSTEES

Amy Butters was elected to serve a six-year term beginning January 1, 2013.

 

Amy Butters is a journalist and Ferndale Public Schools parent who has lived in the area since 2000, first in Ferndale for nine years, and in Pleasant Ridge until the present. She and her husband, Jamie, and have three daughters – one in middle school and two in elementary. She has a bachelor's degree in news-editorial from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, her home state. Her most recent editing position was at the Detroit Free Press. Her district work has included PTA committees, fine arts events, the 2012 school bond campaign and the Ferndale Education Foundation.  

 

Mike Davisson was elected in 2016 to a six year term that will conclude in December 2022.

 

Mike Davisson has served on the district’s Achievement Committee and worked on the Sinking Fund Millage campaign. He has a bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education and a Master of Social Work degree. Mike has extensive experience working with adjudicated delinquent youth as a teacher, case manager, and therapist.  He currently works with adults experiencing severe and persistent mental illness. He and his wife Amy have a second grader and twin first graders in Ferndale Lower Elementary School for the 2016-17 school year.

 

Nancy Kerr-Mueller was reelected in 2014, and her term expires December 31, 2020.

 

Nancy Kerr-Mueller was elected to the board in 2010. After her re-election in 2014, her term will end December of 2020. She works at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit. She and her husband have three sons who attend Ferndale Schools. They are very active in the schools and within the community.