Highlands School Board of DirectorsMember ProfilesDebbie Beale - President"One of the most important freedoms we are given is the right to an education. It is important to not take that opportunity for granted nor to overlook the responsibility of presenting that opportunity to our youth. We are all in this together. Educating our children the best we can today will behoove all of us in the future, producing responsible, capable and motivated members of society who will in turn take care of our community."Occupation: Self-employed, SeamstressPolitical Experience: Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU3) Board Member & President; Highlands School Board Member, 1990-1997, 2002-2005, 2008-present. Served as President or Vice President for 11 years. Brackenridge Borough Library Liaison.Education: Highlands High School, 1971. Clarissa School of Fashion Design, Associate's Degree.Affiliations: Fairmount PTO (former President); Gridiron Club (former President); Women's Independent Bowling League (Served 25 years, former President); Simplicity Pattern Company (Former Union Steward).
Michael Masarik - Vice President"It has been quoted, 'Education is the key to success.' It is my personal belief that public education is the basic foundation of a strong and successful community. I am committed to utilizing every available resource to help deliver a quality educational package for the students and constituents of Highlands School District."
Occupation: Manufacturing SupervisorPolitical Experience: School Board Member, 2012 to present.Education: Highlands High School (1981)
Jeffrey J. Mundy"As a school board member, I would like to help provide our students with a quality educational experience while involving parents, families and the community to be a part of each student's journey through Highlands School District."Occupation: ABC Transit, Inc.Political Experience: School Board member, 2016-presentEducation: Leechburg Area High School; Lenape Vo-TechAffiliations: NHBSA former Coach; Highlands Little League former Board Member, Coach; Highlands Hornets, former coach.
Heath Cohen"I will work hard for our town and children to keep the pride at HHS and my best to work with the Board to improve all aspects of the Highlands experience. R4L!"Political Experience: School Board member, 2016-presentEducation: Highlands High School; California University of PennsylvaniaAffiliations: NHBSA Coach and Board Member; Rams Youth Football Organizations, Coach and Board MemberJudy Wisner"I am looking forward to working cooperatively towards a better school district for our students and our taxpayers."Occupation: Retired from Banking. Bookkeeper / Payroll Clerk for Community Library of Allegheny Valley.
Political Experience: School Board member, 2016. School Board member for 26 years prior to this term.Education: Tarentum High School
Michelle PetersMichelle Peters is a Division Administrator with UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She specializes in operations for the Pediatric Surgery, Otolaryngology and Chronic Pain Divisions. She worked locally with physician practices before moving to UPMC in 2006. A native of Fawn Township and 1990 graduate of HHS, Michelle attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1994, Communications Media) and Clayton College (2001, Natural Health Science). Michelle is married to David, with two children; daughter Georgia and son Jake who both attend Highlands High School.Misty Chybrzynski"My goal as a School Board member is to utilize the professional experience and knowledge of our community to improve the Highlands buildings and programs in order for each student to be adequately prepared to succeed as an adult and to accomplish their personal goals after leaving our schools. I am focused on school safety, cultural environment and recreating a strong home-school-community relationship among the staff, students, families, community organizations and business owners in the school district. My hope is that by improving the school processes and programming, we will in turn strengthen our families and rebuild our community, making a more sustainable, equitable and valuable place to live for all of us."Occupation:Community Development Supervisor, Allegheny Family NetworkCommunications FreelancerPolitical Experience: First term, 2017-2021, Highlands School Board DirectorEducation:Highlands High School, DiplomaPoint Park University, B.A. Journalism / Mass CommunicationsPoint Park University, Master's in Communications / Master's in Business AdministrationAffiliations:Generations House of Worship, Volunteer & Event Coordinator; Highlands Area Community Cabinet; Highlands Partnership Network, PA School Board Association (PSBA) Liasion.Bobbie NeeseOccupation: Stay-at-Home Mom to 3 young kids - Morgan (9), Emily (7), and Logan (4) and wife to Doug; Former employee at The Watson Institute, which contributes to her appreciation for early intervention and family involvementPolitical Experience: First term, 2017-2021, Highlands School Board DirectorEducation: Highlands graduate; studied communications at Clarion UniversityAffiliations: Fawn Primary Center PTO (former president)