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Board Biographies

Kathleen Taylor, Board President.

Don and I moved to Mammoth Lakes full time in 2015 after having longed, for years, to live in the mountains.  My entire career revolved around a passion for education in one form or another starting as an elementary teacher and program coordinator,  while completing my Master’s Degree in Educational Administration.  I served as assistant principal and principal for K-8 schools in the Diocese of San Diego and took time out to coordinate the literacy program for the National City Public Library.  Following my years working in formal education, I took advantage of an unexpected opportunity to work as a curriculum coordinator, providing workshops to teachers throughout Southern California and finished up my career presenting seminars to Notaries Public for National Notary Association.  Through all of these career moves, there was one constant:  respect and love for education and learning.  My husband and I love Mammoth Lakes, its beauty, but more - - - its people.  The Mammoth children and their families deserve the finest education we can provide.  As a mother of 2 grown sons with kids of their own,  I am keenly aware of the lifelong impact an excellent education program gives each and every child .  I’m hopeful my service on the MUSD Board of Trustees will help move our schools in very positive ways to be the absolute best for all of our kids!

Tom Painter, Board Clerk.

Thomas H. Painter PhD is a Project Scientist at UCLA and the CEO/Founder of the Mammoth Lakes-based public benefit corporation Airborne Snow Observatories, Inc. His areas of research interest are snow hydrology, water resources applications from mountain snow and ice, radiative impacts of light-absorbing impurities on snow and glacier melt, and multi-sensor remote sensing of snow properties.  He was a NASA scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology for 10 years before starting ASO Inc. but continues as a co-investigator in several NASA and international spaceborne imaging spectrometer missions.  Before recruitment to NASA, he was a professor at the University of Utah and a scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center. In 2018, he was awarded the NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal and the Bureau of Reclamation’s John W. Keys III Award.  In 2019, he was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.  Dr. Painter comes from a five-generation lineage of professors and teachers, which instilled in him a deep desire for highest quality of education and hence his serving on the MUSD School Board.  His greatest loves are his wife Tania, two sons Emile and Micah who are students in MUSD, and border collies Bodie and Star who would love to go to school with the boys.

Shana Stapp, Board Member.
I have lived in Mammoth for 25 years, raising a family and serving the youth in our community as the Girl Scouts of the USA Regional Manager, AYSO Board Member and Soccer Coach and 14 years as a member of the Mammoth Unified School District Board of Education. I have been an educator for Mono County Office of Education since 1999 and I served in the US Army from 1984-1988. I love and am dedicated to serving the youth of our community.

Lou Stewart, Board Member.

My husband, Doug, and I have lived in Mammoth since 2012. I was a teacher for 19 years, then an elementary principal, a high school principal, a Director of Special Education, and an Assistant Superintendent.  Most of my career was in the Glendale Unified School District. I served as the interim superintendent here in Mammoth for half a school year in 2013 and more recently, as the interim Mammoth High School principal for 2 months in 2019. Since 2009, I have worked for a company called “Focused Schools”, providing leadership training for teacher teams in school districts across the country, including here in Mammoth. I have always been an advocate for students, families, and teachers, and value the high quality learning experiences provided in our schools.  I’m also a mom, and a grandma to 3 amazing little grandsons and I’ll never stop being a teacher and a learner.

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