Board of Ed -2016


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

Jennifer and her partner Kathleen have two children who attend John F. Kennedy School. Jennifer, an attorney with Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, P.L.C., has been a resident of Ferndale since 1995, is an active school volunteer and PTA 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.




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.



Kevin Deegan-Krause was elected to serve a four-year term beginning January 1, 2013.

Kevin Deegan-Krause was elected in November 2012.  His term expires in 2016.  He is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Wayne State University and former President of the Ferndale Public Library Board.  He and his wife Bridget are active members of local school and community groups and are the parents of two students at Kennedy Elementary.




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.  


Jackie Hart was appointed to serve the remaining term of former Board Trustee Raylon Leaks-May.  Her term expires at the end of 2016.

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 PTA and PTSA committees. Jackie and her husband have two children who attend Ferndale Public Schools.



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.

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

Karen Twomey was elected in 2010, after her reelection in 2014 her term will end December of 2020. She has three children ages 5, 12, and 13 who attend Ferndale Middle School and Kennedy Elementary. She helped to found the Grant PTA, and continues her PTA memberships. Karen holds teaching certifications in Chinese, History and Social Studies, and has a Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration from Michigan State University. As the World Language Department head at Lahser High School, she helps to coordinate and implement IB (International Baccalaureate) programming including her own grades 6-12 Chinese language courses. 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.