Board of Governors

Rick Gibson

 

District 3
Rick Gibson
PCCCD Governing Board President
Pinal County Governmental Alliance Representative
Rick.Gibson@centralaz.edu
Term Expires 2020

A 1970 graduate of Central Arizona College, Rick Gibson returned to serve his alma mater in 1997 as representative to the Pinal County Community College District Governing Board. He also is the president of the CAC Alumni Association.

Gibson represents District 3 which consists of the city of Casa Grande and its greater region and extends northwest through the Gila River Indian Community to Pinal County's border with Maricopa County.

Since 1981, Gibson has served as extension agent for agriculture in Pinal County for the University of Arizona and in 1997 became the county extension director. He was elected as the president of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents for 2008-09 and served as a member of the Sun Life Family Health Center Advisory Board and the Arizona Agriculture Extension Association.

In 2009, Gibson was inducted into the CAC Wall of Success for his outstanding professional achievement and commitment to his alma mater. He earned his degree in biology from the University of Arizona in 1972 and his master's degree in plant protection in 1978.

 

Rita Nader

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District 4
Rita Nader
Rita.Nader@centralaz.edu
Term Expires 2016

Rita Nader, who represents District 4, was elected to the Pinal County Community College District Governing Board in 1993. She has served many roles, including president, during her two decades of service to Central Arizona College.

In serving the residents of District 4, Nader represents the many communities along the western and southern borders of Pinal County, including the burgeoning city of Maricopa in the west and the growing community of SaddleBrooke in the southeast.

Before retiring, Nader taught art, language arts, special education and served as a reading specialist at the junior high school level, working closely with the Arizona Board of Education. She served as the chair of the Arizona Adult Literacy Committee, Arizona State Board for Vocational and Technological Education, and the Advisory Committee to the State Board for Vocational and Technological Education.

Nader has represented CAC on the State Board of Directors of Community Colleges of Arizona, the Arizona Community College Association, and the Arizona State Board Legislative Committee.

Nader received her undergraduate degree in speech, drama and art from Southeast Missouri State and earned her master's degree in special education from Arizona State University.

 

Dr. Debra Banks

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District 2
Dr. Debra Banks
Debra.Banks@centralaz.edu
Term Expires 2018

Dr. Debra Banks was elected to the Pinal County Community College District Governing Board in November 2012 to represent District 2 - the San Tan Valley area.

Banks has an extensive educational background and her primary occupation has been as an educational consultant for special grant programs, especially those relating to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Banks has served in a variety of roles and has held multiple offices. In 1984 she served as the District Academic Senate President for the West Valley and Mission College District in Saratoga-Silicon Valley, Calif., while from 1985-87 she was the California Community College Statewide Academic Senate Board Senator at Large in Sacramento.

She chaired the legislation, staff development and was the initiator and key player in changes to the Title V Education Code regarding faculty involvement in curricular decisions as well as accruing funding for staff development.

From 1992-95, Banks was the liaison and co-chair for Germanna (Va.) College's links to Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), while from 2006-07 she was policy chair for the American Association of University Women's Oakland-Piedmont Branch.

In 2008-09, Banks served as co-chair of the steering committee for the College Alameda's self study, overseeing the effectiveness, fiscal, physical, human resource and technology areas.

Banks is a two-time graduate of the University of Hartford, earning her bachelor's in experimental psychology and her master's in biology/genetics. She earned her Ph.D. in higher education policy analysis and research design from UCLA and a Black-Belt master's certificate in Lean Six-Sigma from Villanova University.

 

Gladys Christensen

District 1
Gladys Christensen
Arizona Association of District Governing Boards Representative
Gladys.Christensen@centralaz.edu
Term Expires 2018

Originally elected to the Pinal County Community College District Governing Board in 1983, Gladys Christensen was re-elected in November of 2012 to a new six-year term. She is the longest-tenured member of the PCCCD Governing Board and has served many roles, including president in 2011 and 2012.

Christensen represents the large geographical region of District 1 which consists of the cities of Coolidge, Florence and Eloy in the central region of Arizona, Superior in the northeastern portion of Pinal County, and the communities of Eastern Pinal County from Kearny to Oracle.

Christensen spent most of her professional working career as an employment and training program manager before retiring. She has an extensive background in formulating policies and procedures, using her knowledge and experience to serve as planning and zoning commissioner for the city of Coolidge for eight years.

Christensen also has been part of service organizations during her career such as Rebekah Lodge, Desert Women's Club, Single Parent Advisory Group, Mensa International, American Legion Auxiliary, Gila Pinal PIC, Lioness Club, University Dames, Agri-Business Women, CAN-DO, State Advisory Council for Elementary and High School Curriculum, International Association for Personnel in Employment Service, and the Pinal County Personnel Club.

A graduate of Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., Christensen also completed her master's degree at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.

 

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District 5
Jack Yarrington
jack.yarrington@centralaz.edu
Term Expires 2020

Jack Yarrington brings more than 45 years of business-related experience with Fortune 500 companies to his new role as a member of the Pinal County Community College District Governing Board.

Yarrington replaces his wife, the late Linda Yarrington, who passed away on May 5, 2013, and will complete her six-year term. Linda Yarrington was elected to the Pinal County Community College District Governing Board in November 2008 and became the president of the governing board in January 2013.

Jack Yarrington was named to the governing board by current Pinal County Superintendent of Schools Jill M. Broussard and was sworn into his position on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, during the PCCCD Governing Board Retreat. His term will conclude on Dec. 31, 2014.

Born in Franklin, Neb., Yarrington has lived in Arizona for more than three decades and has been part of the fabric of the Pinal County community for the past 21 years. He is a resident of the Greater Apache Junction Area and will represent District 5 that encompasses Apache Junction and Gold Canyon.

Yarrington earned his bachelor's degree in education from the University of Nebraska Kearney and his master's degree in human resources from Ottawa University. He spent a majority of his career in human resources, a field he enjoyed more than anything else.

Over the course of his 45 years in the workforce, Yarrington developed a well-balanced and varied career that landed him at five different Fortune 500 Companies over five different states, including stops with industry giants ITT and Allied Signal. He worked in both union and non-union shops during his professional career.

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