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 board:
Susan has three children. Two have graduated from Waukee, Sam in 2011 and Ellie in 2013. Emma is a senior. Susan is serving her third and final 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.
My wife Janice and I have three children, Brendan, Alyssa and Patrick that have all attended Waukee Schools. I am a Certified Financial Planner™ and own my own Registered Investment Advisory firm, and have more than 28 years of professional experience in the financial services field. I have served on various boards. While my kids were in school I was Waukee Band Booster President, where I started Celebration in Brass at Waukee, this event attracted close to 3,000 spectators. I enjoy being 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.
Ethan Huisman, Vice President
Ethan has two daughters attending Waukee Schools and his wife teaches in the district as well. He served on the 2013 Secondary Study Committee and is serving his first term on the Waukee Board of Education.
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.
Wendy Liskey, President
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.
Together, my husband Larry and our three sons have made the Waukee community our home for the past 21 years. I have been an educator for over 25 years, with a BA from the University of Northern Iowa, MA from Viterbo University, and Certificate in Reading Recovery Teacher Training from the University of Northern Iowa. I enjoy kids, gardening, and mowing. We are members at 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 don’t negatively affect those needs while remaining fiscally responsible to taxpayers for a world-class education. It is vital to continue to retain, recruit, prepare great educators, make schools safe places for students and work in collaboration with the community to embrace change with the addition of our new high school. I enjoy a challenge and am confident that our community will embrace our joint efforts to lead these changes.
Mary is a third generation Waukee High School graduate and third generation Waukee school board member. Mary returned to the district with her husband and 3 children when their oldest started kindergarten and all 3 have since graduated. She has been involved with the Waukee Foundation Auction/Dinner, co-chairing the committee for three years. Additionally, Mary served on the Waukee Foundation Board, School Improvement groups along with committee roles at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Greater Des Moines Cyclone Club, ISU Alumni audit committee and YWCA finance council. She graduated from Iowa State University with a BBA, Drake with an MBA and also received her CPA certification. Mary recently retired from her job as Chief Financial Officer at August Home Publishing Company and has committed to volunteering.
Sarah Kautz, Board Secretary
I have worked in public, private, government, and large corporate accounting/finance roles since 2001. I received my BA in Accounting and Masters 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 also 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 Secretary.