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
My wife Staci and I have two daughters, and I am the owner and Center Director of Mathnasium Learning Center of West Des Moines. We have been in business for 11 years serving the community and changing lives through math. I grew up in Urbandale and now call Urbandale (Dallas County) home. I have lived in the district for the past 15 years. I have an MBA from Arizona State and an undergraduate business degree from the University of Kansas. Prior to serving on the Waukee School Board, I was part of two Boundary Committees and served on the Waukee Schools Foundation Board as well as the Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. I am also a past graduate of the West Des Moines Leadership Academy. I have volunteered over the years at both school and my church. Some of these include launching the first Fun Run at Walnut Hills Elementary, Striders, Watch D.O.G.S, and coming to school weekly to teach small groups in math. I believe all kids can succeed and deserve a world-class education.
Lori Lyon, President
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, an MA from Viterbo University, and a Certificate in Reading Recovery Teacher 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 still 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. I enjoy a challenge and am confident that our community will embrace our joint efforts to lead these changes.
Wendy Marsh, Vice President
I live in Clive with my twins, Tate and Darby, that attend Waukee High School. I am an attorney at Nyemaster Goode, P.C. in Des Moines. As a resident of the district for over 20 years, I have watched Waukee grow from a fairly small district to one of the largest in the state that will soon have two high schools. I would like to add my voice and experience to help set the goals and visions of the district as it continues its unprecedented rate of growth. The district is at a crucial crossroads, and it will be the job of the school board members to ensure it can continue to provide our kids with the tools they need to succeed, including the best teachers, educational opportunities, and experiences.
My wife Amy and I have two sons in the Waukee Community School District. I grew up here in Central Iowa and have lived in Waukee for the last 15 years. I have worked in the finance industry for over 16 years and served as the finance chair of my church for the last 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 enter the top five largest districts in the state, and I want to help guide the decisions that will allow us to continue providing an excellent educational experience for all of our students by helping them reach their full potential while also managing our growth.
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.
Armel R Traore dit Nignan
Armel is an innovator and strategic leader with cross-industry experience in retail, wellness, and financial services. He’s currently employed as Head of Real Estate Data & Analytics at Principal Global Investors. Armel is serving 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. Armel was born and raised in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso where most of his immediate family still resides. Along with his wife Nicole, they are raising two children, John Henry and Theo, who will be attending Waukee Schools. Armel is part of the 2021 class of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and enjoys serving the community in various capacities throughout the metro. He graduated from Drake University with a BSBA in International Business and holds an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago.
Sarah Kautz, 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 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 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