The Waukee Community School District Board of Education (BOE) is dedicated to maximizing individual learning and potential for success in a global community.
Get to Know our Waukee CSD School Board
Wendy Marsh, President
My family has lived in the Waukee Community School District since 1998. My twins graduated from Waukee High School in 2020, and my daughter Darby is now in college at the University of Iowa and my son Tate attends Drake University. The Waukee District has provided my kids with excellent educational experiences, and my purpose in serving on the Board is to help ensure all students in the District receive the best education possible in a climate where public school funding and the rapid growth in our District present huge challenges. I have been a practicing attorney since 1994 and have served on the boards of several organizations in the District over the years, including the Waukee Rotary Club, Waukee Chamber of Commerce, and Waukee Community Schools Foundation.
Michael Schrodt, Vice President
My wife, Amy, and I have two sons in the Waukee Community School District. I have lived in central Iowa most of my life with the last 17 years within the boundaries of the Waukee Community School District. I have worked in the finance industry for over 17 years and formerly served as the Finance Chair of my church for more than 7 years. I will use my background to continue to be forward-focused and work to keep our District on solid financial footing. During my term, I anticipate that our District will solidify its position as one of the top five largest districts in the state. I also want to guide the District to make long-term decisions that will allow us to continue to provide an excellent educational experience for all of our students present and future by helping each student reach their full potential.
Together, my husband, Larry, and our three sons have made the Waukee community our home for the past 22 years. I have been an educator for more than 30 years, with a BA from the University of Northern Iowa, an MA from Viterbo University, and a Certificate in Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Training from the University of Northern Iowa. I enjoy kids, gardening, and mowing. We are members of Lutheran Church of Hope. I have dedicated most of my professional career to education and believe in working together to meet the diverse social, emotional, and programming needs of our students. As a Board, we must advocate to ensure that cuts in state funding do not negatively impact those needs, while remaining fiscally responsible to taxpayers in providing a world-class education to students. It is vital that we continue to retain, recruit, and prepare great educators, make school a safe place for students, and work in collaboration with the community to embrace change in our rapidly growing district. I enjoy a challenge and am confident that our community will embrace our joint efforts to lead these changes.
My husband Adam and I have two daughters in the Waukee school district. Gretta is a student at Timberline, and Ingrid attends South Middle School. We have lived in Waukee for 16 years and have been witness to its incredible growth and success. I look forward to ensuring the District continues to meet the needs and expectations of the community. I have an undergraduate degree in economics as well as a law degree, where I focused on the areas of business, health law, and mediation. While staying home with our girls, I have been able to serve on a variety of non-profit boards, and I also work as a designer for Snyder and Co. I look forward to working with all of the District’s stakeholders to provide an exceptional experience for all of our students.
Dr. Alex Smith
I am proud to serve my community as a physician and the Medical Director of LifeServe Blood Center. As an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, I met my wife while working in the same lab at Washington University School of Medicine where she was completing her Ph.D. in Biochemistry. We have two children in the WCSD.
I ran for the Waukee Community School District board to advocate for mental health, public school funding, and to make our school board one of the best in Iowa. Since being elected to the board, I have spent many hours speaking with our state legislators. Additionally, I represent our District in the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) as a delegate, a member of the Legislative Resolutions Committee, and, since January 2022, a member of their Board of Directors. During my time on the Waukee Community School District Board, I’ve received the IASB’s Basics of Boardsmanship Certificate, which is available to first-year school board members. In addition, I have earned IASB’s Individual Achievement Award every year as your representative.
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As a professional, I pride myself on being an innovator and strategic leader with cross-industry experience in retail, wellness, and financial services. My career path has brought me to be the Head of Data & Analytics at Principal Asset Management. My BSBA in International Business from Drake University and MBA from DePaul University in Chicago helped me get where I am today.
A little about me personally: I was born and raised in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso where most of my immediate family still resides. Along with my wife, Nicole, and I are raising two children, John Henry and Theo. I am part of the 2021 class of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and enjoy serving the community in various capacities throughout the metro. It was important to me to serve on the Waukee Community School Board to ensure every student finds their way in an increasingly global and diverse world shaped by technology and automation.
My wife, Maren, and I have lived in West Des Moines for over 20 years, and within the Waukee School District for the past 14 years. We have two children who started their education at Brookview and are now a sophomore at Waukee High School and eighth grader at Timberline. I have degrees in Accounting and Finance from Wartburg College and am currently a CPA and audit partner at UHY LLP in West Des Moines. I joined the Board because I am a huge supporter of public schools and want to do everything I can to help Waukee School District succeed. I think school funding and managing growth are the most significant issues facing the District, and I expect the Board to provide significant oversight in these areas.
Sarah Enfield, CFO/Board Treasurer
I have worked in public, private, government, and large corporate accounting/finance roles since 2001. I received my BA in Accounting and Master of Business Administration from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. I have a passion for public service and public education. I am a volunteer for Junior Achievement and also serve on the City of Urbandale Board of Adjustment. I am active in the Iowa Association of School Business Officials. I have three children, all students in the Waukee Community School District. I am proud to serve the Waukee Community School District as CFO/Board Treasurer.
Angela Countryman, Board Secretary
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