549 seniors graduated from Waukee High School at the end of the 2015-16 school year.


SusanBunz Name: Susan Bunz
Title: President
Email: sbunz423@gmail.com
Susan and her husband John have two children in the Waukee Community School District, daughters Ellie and Emma.  Their son Sam is a 2011 Waukee graduate and is a student at Iowa State University. Susan is serving her second term as a school board member.  She is a past president of the Waukee Foundation Board and served on the Waukee Foundation Auction and Dinner committee for six years;  serving as a co-chair of the event for three of those years. Susan received her BA in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa in 1987 and her JD from Drake University School of Law in 1990.

  Name: David Cunningham
Title: Vice President
Email: dcunningham14622@yahoo.com
My wife Janice and I have three children, Brendan, Alyssa and Patrick that have all attended Waukee Schools. I am a Certified Financial Planner™ with HJN Advisors and have more than 20 years of professional experience in the financial services field. I have served on various boards, most recently as Waukee Band Booster President, where I started Celebration in Brass at Waukee held in July that attracts close to 3,000 spectators. I wanted to become a school board member because I feel every child deserves the opportunity to succeed in school and we can accomplish this by providing a world class education where each student has a chance to discover, and develop, his/her passion for learning and success.

  Name: Wendy Liskey
Title: Board Member
The next decade will be important and challenging for the District as it works to accommodate rapid growth. As a mom with two children in Waukee schools, I want to be a part of this process, helping to guide decisions that will impact students for many years to come. I’ve been involved with Waukee schools since 2006, serving on the 2012-13 Boundary Committee; the 2013 Secondary Study Committee; as Brookview PTO Vice-President and Staff Appreciation Chair; and as District PTO Secretary. I work part-time as a Missions Assistant at Lutheran Church of Hope and my faith is an essential part of who I am.

Name: Patrick Nehls
Title: Board Member
Email: patnehls@gmail.com
I grew up in Clive and graduated from Valley High School. I met my wife, Rebecca, while attending Central College in Pella. I received my MBA from Drake in 2001. We have two children, a 10th grade daughter and a 7th grade son. I currently work at GuideOne Insurance as an Information Technology Manager. I’ve served on the Waukee Community School Foundation for the last four years and have been the organization’s president this past year. I have had the pleasure of getting to know administrators, principals and teachers in our district. We have an incredible district with exceptional leadership at all levels.

Name: Mary Scheve
Title: Board Member
Email: scheveisu@yahoo.com
My husband Ray and I have three children, Zoe, Tim and Max. I’m a a third generation Waukee High School graduate and third generation school board member. I returned to the district with my  family when our oldest started kindergarten in 2000. I am employed as Chief Financial Officer at August Home Publishing Company. I have been involved with the Waukee Foundation Auction/Dinner, co-chairing the committee for three years. Additionally she has served on the Waukee Foundation Board, School Improvement groups along with committee roles at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Greater Des Moines Cyclone Club and Waukee Ragbrai subcommittee.

EthanHuisman Name: Ethan Huisman
Title: Board Member
My wife JoAnna and I have two daughters attending Waukee Schools – entering 7th and 9th grade. I have been the owner and optometrist at Elite Eye Care since opening the practice in 2010. I served on the 2013 Secondary Study Committee, and have volunteered for and/or supported the Waukee School Foundation, Waukee Band Boosters, Waukee Athletic Boosters, Maple Grove PTO, as well as many other teams, events, and clubs at the elementary, middle, and high schools. We have an exceptional school district with extraordinary teachers, principals, and administrators. I am running for school board to be a part of the process as Waukee Schools continue to grow, yet maintains its excellence in educating and preparing our students.

Jerry Ripperger Name: Jerry Ripperger
Title: Board Member
Jerry and his wife Karen have lived in the Waukee School District since 1994.  Both of his daughters graduated from Waukee High School.  Jerry has worked for the Principal Financial Group for more than 24 years.   He is currently Director – Consulting focusing on Employee Stock Ownership Plans. Prior to this he served on school boundary committees.

Cindi McDonald, superintendent of schools

Cindi McDonald, superintendent of schools

Name: Cindi McDonald
Title: Superintendent of Schools
Email: cmcdonald@waukeeschools.org
I was raised in Gowrie, Iowa (Webster County) where I attended Prairie Community Schools (now Southeast Valley/Prairie Valley).  In 1983, I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Elementary Education.  Being the first member of my family to earn a college degree was a celebration for our entire family as education was always a priority for my parents.  After graduation, I accepted my first teaching position in Orange City, Iowa.  In 1985 I moved to Cedar Falls and taught in La Porte City (now Union CSD).  While attending graduate school I taught in Dike (now Dike-New Hartford) for five years.

After completing my MA in Educational Administration from the University of Northern Iowa I accepted my first administrative position in Central City, Iowa and then served for 7 years in the Aplington-Parkersburg District before coming to Waukee as elementary principal at Brookview.  Prior to completing my 5th year as Associate Superintendent for Waukee I served as the Director of Elementary Education for the Cedar Falls Schools.  I am married to Mike and blessed with two daughters.  Kelsey is a senior at Iowa State University graduating in May 2017 and Erin is a sophomore at Waukee High School.   I am honored to serve the district as the incoming Superintendent and am committed to continued excellence!

Contact Information:

Waukee District Office
560 Southeast University Avenue
Waukee, IA 50263
Phone: 515-987-5161
Fax: 515-987-2701

560 Southeast University Avenue
Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
Fax 515.987.2701