School Board Members
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How to Contact School Board Members
School board members do not keep regular office hours, but are accessible and can be contacted via e-mail, phone, or regular letter. They are also available to speak to groups and organizations. The main school board office phone number is (813) 272-4045 and the fax number is (813) 272-4022.
Click on a board member's picture below for additional contact information.
Map of Districts
Melissa Snively, Chair - District 4
Melissa Snively serves as Chair of the Hillsborough County School Board. She was elected to the board, representing District 4, in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. She is one of seven members responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing a total budget of $3.3 billion for the 7th largest school district in the nation, which is also the county’s largest employer.
Mrs. Snively earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida with a major in English and a minor in Secondary Education. She is a member of Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary and Past President of the Tampa UF Alumni Association. Mrs. Snively has worked in the insurance industry for over 25 years and has owned a successful agency in eastern Hillsborough County since 2001.
Mrs. Snively enjoys being very involved in her community and has served many local organizations in leadership positions, including the PTA/PTSA, American Cancer Society, the Junior League, the Brandon Community Roundtable, the Brandon Outreach Medical Clinic, and the Tampa Theatre. She currently serves on the boards for Brandon Regional Hospital, the Glazer Children’s Museum, and the Boy Scouts of America Tampa Bay Area Council. Mrs. Snively was recently recognized for her dedicated service to scouting with the distinguished Boy Scouts Silver Beaver award and the Girls Scouts Woman of Distinction award.
Professionally, Mrs. Snively has served as the Chairman of the Board for the Brandon Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of Leadership Brandon. She was the recipient of the Small Business of the Year Award and was awarded the Senator Tom Lee Community Leadership Award. Mrs. Snively is also Past President of the Tampa Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and currently serves on the local, state and national Political Action Committees.
As a school board member, Mrs. Snively continues to advocate for student safety, effective disciplinary policy, equity for every student, literacy and early childhood education, technical and trade opportunities and strong financial oversight of the budget. She serves on three board subcommittees: Finance, Transportation and chairs the Legislative committee. She has also served on the Hillsborough County Emergency Management Group.
Mrs. Snively has been married to David since 1999 and they have four (4) children, all who are attending or have graduated from Hillsborough County Public Schools.
- Council of Governments (COG)
- Central Florida Public School Boards Coalition
- Glazer Children's Museum Board of Directors
- Value Adjustment Board (alternate)
- Brandon Regional Hospital Board of Trustees
Steve Cona, Vice Chair - District 1
Steve P. Cona III serves as Vice Chair of the Hillsborough County School Board. He was elected to the Hillsborough County School Board, representing District 1, in 2018. He is one of seven members responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing a total budget of $3.3 billion for the 8th largest school district in the nation, which is also the county’s largest employer with more than 24,000 employees.
Mr. Cona serves as the president & CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. He was Florida Governor Rick Scott’s appointee to the Hillsborough Community College District Board of Trustees and serves on the advisory board for Visit Tampa Bay. He has a passion for ensuring that our students are career and college ready.
Mr. Cona received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Florida. He is a Hillsborough County native and product of Hillsborough County Public Schools. He and his wife Audra have two children, Steve and Giana, who both attend Hillsborough County Public Schools.
Lynn L. Gray - District 7
Lynn Gray was elected to the Hillsborough County School Board, representing countywide District 7, in 2016. She is one of seven members responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing a total budget of $3.3 billion for the 8th largest school district in the nation, which is also the county’s largest employer with more than 24,000 employees.
Gray was a teacher and instructional leader for 26 years in Hillsborough County. Her educational highlights include being named Teacher of the Year and Peer Counselor of the Year. She spent 16 years as an instructor and department head in Hillsborough County Public Schools, nine years of instruction and department head at Jesuit High School and three years as a part time adjunct instructor for JMJ of Tampa Bay Homeschooling. Lynn Gray taught AP U.S. History, Advanced U.S. History, Psychology and Global Studies for 9th-12th grade.
Lynn also owns her own business called Take...The First Step, and is President of a non-profit children fitness advocacy club called: Take...The First Step Club. Lynn enjoys gardening and sewing and is a long distance runner.
Lynn Gray has been a strong advocate for building student relationships, early and continuing literacy education, plus an increased emphasis on physical wellness.
- Healthy Start Coalition
- Arts Council of Hillsborough County
Stacy Hahn - District 2
Dr. Stacy Hahn was elected to the Hillsborough County School Board, representing District 2, in 2018. She is one of seven members responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing a total budget of $3.3 billion for the 8th largest school district in the nation, which is also the county’s largest employer with more than 24,000 employees.
Dr. Hahn is a graduate of the University of Florida where she earned a PhD in Early Childhood & Special Education. She is a professional educator and her career spans more than two decades with positions at every level of the K-20 spectrum, including: public school teacher, advocate, grant facilitator, professional development director, educational researcher, and university professor.
Throughout her career she has collaborated with parents, students, teachers, school counselors, principals, and community leaders to bring about long-term success. Dr. Hahn knows that quality public education is essential to students and communities reaching their potential.
Dr. Hahn has served on numerous community organizations including: Hillsborough County Children’s Services Advisory Board, the Junior League of Tampa, After School All Stars, and Mary Lee’s House. She and her family are members of Christ the King Catholic Church. Dr. Hahn lives in Tampa with her husband Jeff and their three children Ethan, Jackson, and Aidan.
Karen Perez - District 6
Karen Perez was elected to the Hillsborough County School Board, representing countywide District 6, in 2018. She is one of seven members responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing a total budget of $3.3 billion for the 8th largest school district in the nation, which is also the county’s largest employer with more than 24,000 employees.
Ms. Perez holds a Masters in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida and New York. She currently works with patients and families at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital and also operates a private practice, Embracing Changes Center for Wellness.
Ms. Perez sits on the Board for the Federation of Families; the Veterans Transportation Service (VTS) Board of Directors; and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Straight Allies (LGBTQSA) Committee.
She is a Certified Traumatologist, Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist, Certified Domestic Violence Counselor III, Registered Clinical Social Worker, Certified Sentence Mitigation Specialist, Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor and Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.
Ms. Perez has three adult children and eight grandchildren.
Tamara P. Shamburger - District 5
Tamara Shamburger was elected to the board, representing District 5, in 2016. She is one of seven members responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing a total budget of $3.3 billion for the 8th largest school district in the nation, which is also the county’s largest employer with more than 24,000 employees.
Tamara is a proud Tampa native. She is the product of Hillsborough County Public Schools and is a proud graduate of Bloomingdale Senior High School. Tamara has a Liberal Arts degree from Hillsborough Community College; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of South Florida; and a well-earned Master of Business Administration (MBA) from St. Leo University.
Tamara's career has spanned the last twenty years working in the Insurance Industry. Tamara brings to the board professionalism, business acumen, as well as her extensive experience in Management, Insurance Litigation, Contracts, Budgets, Leadership, and good old common sense. Tamara strives to bring the valued perspective of an outsider, unbiasedly focused on all aspects of the District, in her role as a School Board member.
Tamara is the proud mother of one daughter.
- Hillsborough Education Foundation
- Juvenile Justice Board Circuit 13 (alternate)
- Hillsborough County Dept. of Children’s Services
Cindy Stuart - District 3
Cindy Stuart is currently the elected School Board Member for District 3 serving students and constituents in the Northwest section of Hillsborough County. Mrs. Stuart is one of seven members responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing a total budget of $2.9 billion for the 7th largest school district in the nation, which is also the county's largest employer with more than 26,000 employees.
Cindy currently serves in many roles both within the district and on community organizations. She serves on the Legislative Committee for the board, interacting directly with our contracted firms to push agendas and initiatives at the state and federal level. She also chairs the Transportation Committee directly impacting the decisions that come forward from within the organization but are also in collaboration with outside partners. Within the community, Cindy represents the district on the Metropolitan Planning Organization as a steering committee member and a policy committee member. She also chairs the School Transportation Working Group under this organization to facilitate better communication and balanced decision making for all participating municipalities.
She represents the School Board on the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts Board of Trustees, Hillsborough Education Foundation (alternate), Juvenile Justice Board, Circuit 13, Glazer’s Children Museum’s Board of Directors, and Safe & Sound Hillsborough Leadership Council member, finance chair and executive team member.
At the state level, Cindy sits as a board member for the Florida School Boards Association representing Hillsborough County and is on the state legislative committee. Cindy was recently named to the Executive Team of FSBA as the treasurer.
Raised in Tampa, Mrs. Stuart is a proud graduate of A.P. Leto Comprehensive High School in Hillsborough County. She worked full-time to put herself through college and became the first member of her family to graduate from a university. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in 1995 from Florida International University with a concentration in Management Information Systems and Programming.
Mrs. Stuart is a Tampa resident, and mother of three children.
A few highlights of Cindy’s accomplishments in her 7 years as a Board Member include, 6 Community Partnership Schools, 60 Feeding America food pantries within schools of high need, Board development of Racial Equity and Diversity policy (2019 Urban School Board of Excellence Award), a Pre-K swimming program for all students enrolled within district pre-k school and transportation and logistics programs across several municipalities including the school district.
- 7 year member of Florida School Boards Association 2012- 2018
- Earned Certified Board Member in 2014
- Florida School Boards Association Executive Board Member/ Treasurer
- Florida School Boards Association Legislative Committee Member
- Legislative Committee Alternate 2017 – 2018
- School Board Vice Chairman 2016 – 2017
- School Board Chairman 2017 – 2018
- Board Member Straz Performing Arts Center
- Board Member Safe and Sound Hillsborough
- Finance Chair Safe and Sound Hillsborough
- Executive Team Member Safe and Sound Hillsborough
- Board Member Glazer Children’s Museum
- Board Member Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
- Chairman School Transportation Working Group (MPO)
- MPO Policy Committee Member
- Chair HCPS Transportation Committee
- Member HCPS Board Legislative Committee
Susan L. Valdes - District 1
Susan L. Valdes was elected to the Hillsborough County School Board (District 1) in November, 2004, and was re-elected in August 2008 and in November, 2012. Mrs. Valdes became School Board Chair on November 17, 2009, and again on November 18, 2014, after serving as Vice Chair in 2009 and respectively in 2013. She is one of seven members responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing a budget of 3 billion dollars for the 8th largest school district in the nation, which is also the county’s largest employer with more than 25,000 employees.
Mrs. Valdes has held many leadership positions at the national, state, and local level. She served for 6 years as the National School Board Association National Hispanic Caucus Southern Region Director, and she was re-elected as a Steering Committee member for the National School Board Association Council of Urban Boards of Education representing more than 7.5 million students. At the state level, she represented the district as the Chairman of the Central Florida Coalition, which encompasses 10 school districts representing more than 850,000 students. She previously held the seat as Vice Chairman for the Florida School Boards Association Multicultural and Diversity Committee. Currently, she serves as the representative for the District on the Florida School Board’s Association Board of Directors.
Additionally, in keeping with a promise she made in her 2004 campaign, the Back to School Fair was established to address a need of the Town & Country community. In 2015, she worked to establish a committee, Hispanic Educators for Change, which works to address the immediate needs of the growing Hispanic population in the School District. She has been on the Northwest Little League Board of Directors, the Executive Committee of the Lowry Park Zoo, and is currently Vice Chair of the Value Adjustment Board.
Mrs. Valdes is a product of Hillsborough County Public Schools. She graduated from A.P. Leto Comprehensive High School and has earned a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University; she was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Everest University for her service to the Tampa community. Outside of her education-related work, Mrs. Valdes has volunteered to assist the Hillsborough County Health Care Program, not only managing the clinic, but also assisting the patients with the resources available for social services assistance, all while encouraging adults to pursue their education and acquire self-sufficiency. In addition, she has been a classroom volunteer and a PTA President.
In 2015, while Chairperson of the Hillsborough County School Board, she addressed the issue of leadership at the executive level while she lead the Board through a crucial but productive collaboration with her colleagues. The eventual result was a change in leadership which soon thereafter created a culture change in the District with a new, energetic, fair, and open relationship with all of the stakeholders.
Mrs. Valdes has been immeasurably creative, dynamic, and virtually inexhaustible in her commitment to the students in her community and their families. Her dedication is unquestioned and unwavering. As a result, countless others have gone on to great personal fulfillment and professional success. As she has noted for many years, the benefit of education is powerful and immediate. Likewise, as Mrs. Valdes herself has said, “An education can never be erased.” Those who have been affected by her service and her leadership would undoubtedly attest to her ability to change lives for the better.
December 15, 2015
- Council of the Great City Schools
- Florida School Boards Association Board of Directors
- Value Adjustment Board
- FSBA Legislative Liaison (alternate)
- Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE)
- National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NAELO)
Sally Harris, Chair - District 2
Sally Harris was elected to the School Board, in District 2, in 2014. She is one of seven members responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing a total budget of $2.9 billion for the 8th largest school district in the nation, which is also the county’s largest employer with more than 26,000 employees.
She is the longtime owner and operator of the Circle C Ranch Academy. Raised in South Tampa, Ms. Harris began her professional career at the age of 16 working at the Tampa Post Office Federal Credit Union while attending Robinson High School. Today she is a nationally recognized child care provider, educator and speaker addressing issues from early child education, special needs programs and marriage enrichment.
She is also widower and mother of five children, three by birth and two adopted.
- Children’s Board
- Lowry Park Zoological Society Board
- FSBA Legislative Liaison
- Florida School Boards Association Board of Directors (alternate)
- Member of the Florida Career Pathways Network’s Board of Directors
April Griffin - District 6
April Griffin was elected to the School Board (District 6 - countywide) in 2006, and reelected in 2010. Mrs. Griffin was elected School Board chair in 2013, after serving as vice chair in 2012. She is one of seven members responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing a total budget of $2.9 billion for the 8th largest school district in the nation, which is also the county's largest employer with more than 26,000 employees..
She represents the School Board on the Hillsborough County Council of Governments, Hillsborough Kids Healthcare Foundation, and Juvenile Justice Board, Circuit 13. She is a Tampa Chamber of Commerce Leadership Tampa alumna and a Rotary International, Temple Terrace chapter, member.
She has been a member of the PTA, a classroom volunteer, and active in her children's schools for many years. Prior to her full-time commitment to the school board, she was a successful business owner and longtime child and elder advocate. The Weekly Planet (now Creative Loafing) honored her with a "Best of The Bay" award for her humanitarian work with the medically needy. She is also a published author with her contribution to the book "Who's Schooling Who?"
Mrs. Griffin is a lifetime resident of Hillsborough County and educated in Hillsborough County. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Studies with a Public Leadership track from Eckerd College. She has been married to Brian Griffin for 25 years and they are the proud parents of two sons educated in Hillsborough County public schools.
- Family Healthcare Foundation Board (formerly Hillsborough Kids Healthcare Foundation)
- Metropolitan Planning Organization (alternate)
- President, Florida Career Pathways Network