Ferndale Schools Board of Education & Superintendent Bazzi

Board Member Profiles

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 has served on the District’s Strategic Planning Committee. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Albion College and a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) 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 who have graduated or currently attend Ferndale Schools. He served for three years as president of the school board, is a PTA member and former president of the Ferndale Library Board, and has 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 Finance for a community mental health provider in Detroit. His extended family has lived in and served Ferndale Schools and the Ferndale community since 1941 as citizens, activists, and elected officials.

Trustees

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 three children attending Ferndale Schools between Ferndale Upper & Lower Elementary Schools.

 

Sandra N. Dukhie was appointed March 2017 to complete a six-year term that will conclude December 31, 2018.

Sandra is an Eagle through and through. Her family's relationship with the city began when her great-grandfather moved to Ferndale. Her sons are fourth generation eagles: Sandra, her mother and her grandmother are all also products of the Ferndale School District. Sandra has worked in public education for eighteen years, including working for the Ferndale Public Schools. She was recently named the Director of Student Services for the Pontiac School District. Sandra is an active volunteer for Ferndale Schools, serving as the lead facilitator for the African American Parent Network. She is also involved in the FMS Coding Club and Marching Band, and is an avid supporter of the theater program. Sandra and her wife Keisha thoroughly enjoy their five sons who supply them with a constant source of joy and excitement.

 

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.

 

Jordan Smellie was elected in 2017 to complete a six-year term that will conclude December 31, 2018.

Jordan Smellie taught K-12 music in Iowa, Kansas, Spain, and Italy before his career brought him to Michigan in 2012, where he later transitioned into educational technology, then the private sector. He currently leads event planning and management as Director of Events for Voters Not Politicians, a nonprofit focused on voters rights in Michigan. He is an experienced advocate in Lansing for students and public schools, and served on the district's Achievement Committee prior to his appointment.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Iowa State University, and an insatiable thirst for useless trivia.