Meet Us

Meet Our School Board

Supporting Kino’s mission to create an environment where children receive a well-rounded, child-focused education.

Our school board consists of former students, student parents, and professionals supporting Kino School’s mission and philosophy. They aim to ensure administrators have the support to further the school’s goals. Have a question or concern for the Kino School Board? Please email us.

Officers

Mike Pollack

Mike Pollack

President

Mike grew up in Tucson and went to Kino for junior high and most of high school (1990-1995) and then Pima Community College, earning an AAS in International Business, Prescott College, earning a BA in Non Profit Program Development, and Golden Gate University earning a Master’s in Public Administration. Mike opened Arizona’s first LGBTQ youth center in 2001 called the Eon Lounge, which is still in operation. Mike also operated his own computer consulting business for many years and moved to Seattle from 2011 – 2021 and led the Information Technology team for a non-profit agency called Full Life Care. Mike is happy to be back in Tucson with his husband and son. Mike’s son now goes to Kino as a high schooler and is happy to carry on the family tradition.

Heather Herold

Heather Herold

Secretary

Heather Herold (née Eastman) attended Kino School from 1997 until her graduation in 2009. She received bachelor of arts degrees in anthropology and applied Indigenous studies and a master of arts in research anthropology from Northern Arizona University, as well as a Nonprofit Accounting Professional certificate. Heather is the Director of Grants and Operations for Colorado Plateau Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic organization that supports Native American-led initiatives working to protect the lands, waters, and cultures of the Plateau region of the Southwest. Heather previously worked for the Grand Canyon Trust in the Native America program, supporting the Bears Ears National Monument conservation campaign and the Native American Business Incubator Network. She has also worked as a cultural competency researcher for the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention and as an educator at the Museum of Northern Arizona and Northern Arizona University. Heather was born and raised in Tucson, and currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona with her husband, son, four dogs and two cats. She enjoys a good cup of coffee, reading anything and everything, high-altitude gardening, and cooking food from around the world.

Patrice Redman

Patrice Redman

Treasurer

Patrice Redman grew up in So. Calif., and moved to Tucson in 2005. Patrice works in Integrative Educational Medicine at the University of Arizona. She has two children with special needs. Her youngest daughter attended high school at Kino, and graduated last year. Due to her life circumstances, special needs education has been very important in her life. Patrice joined the Kino Board in an effort to support Kino School and their fantastic special needs students/programs.

Members

Andrew Jarms

Andrew Jarms

Born in Southern California, grew up since 4 in Tucson. Attended public school, through Middle School, at TUSD. Attended Kino for High School, graduating with the class of 2000. Attended the University of Arizona, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Continued on to law school, receiving his J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans in 2012. After law school, he returned to Tucson and opened a small law practice. When invited to join the Board, Andrew accepted with the goals of helping ensure that Kino could continue to be the unique learning environment where his interests and strengths could be fostered and advanced.

Jaye Sanders

Jaye Sanders

Jaye is a compassionate mother of two neurodivergent children, who has dedicated her life to advocating for their needs and creating inclusive spaces for them to thrive. Born and raised in the heart of Texas, she believes in the spirit of independence and perseverance. In 2019, seeking new opportunities and a slower pace of life, she relocated to Tucson, Arizona. Her family has embraced the vibrant culture and warmth of the Tucson community. Luckily after searching for a progressive education that would promote intellectual curiosity, and a love for art, animals, and nature, she found all that and much more at the Kino School. As a board member, Jaye brings prior experience as a non-profit board member and a unique perspective as an entrepreneur and business broker. Jaye’s motivation to join the board comes from the desire to foster fresh perspectives, open dialogue, and collaboration. She seeks to cultivate a culture of continuous improvement that aligns with the evolving needs of the children and families supported by Kino.

Nicole

Nicole

Susan A. Kent

Susan A. Kent

Susan brings many years of knowledge and experience – especially in strategic planning; board development; establishment of policies; community outreach; program development and evaluation; volunteer programs; and oversight of administrative operations – to the Kino School Board of Directors. She has been instrumental in establishing and operating 501c3 organizations at both the staff and board levels.
“I am honored to be both a parent of a Kino student and a member of the Board,” she notes. “I am committed to helping the Board and Staff continue to be student-focused, responsive, and innovative while tending to the short- and long-term financial health of the school. Students, their families, and their caregivers depend upon each of us on the Board to be active participants and to look to the future while making certain Kino School continues to be a safe, inclusive, rewarding, and unique learning environment for everyone.”
Susan, her husband, Steve, and their son, Zachariah, live in Oro Valley. Zach is a high school student at Kino School.

Star Lane

Star Lane

Star attended Kino School (then Kino Learning Center) intermittently during the 80s and early 90s, and her eldest child graduated from Kino in 2015. Her academic journey includes a Bachelor of Science in Business and Human Resources, providing a solid foundation in organizational dynamics and leadership. She continued her education, nearly completing a Master’s in Education, and spent almost a decade as an educator in the Tucson public system, which shaped her understanding of the challenges and opportunities within our educational landscape.
Today, she is the founder of a website and marketing business that blends creativity, strategy, and community engagement. Star is committed to fostering an environment where every student at Kino can thrive, learn, and discover their unique path.

Kino students pose with "be kind" signs on a community service trip.

​Community is what is most important to everyone here. We often say, once a Kino kid, always a Kino kid. Some of our alums return to Kino to teach and give back to the community. We appreciate the parents of students who volunteer their time and enrich every student’s learning experience.

Give to Kino

Support our mission.

Kino School is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It depends, in part, on the support and engagement of our parents, alums, friends, and students to ensure the school has the resources to sustain our mission. All donations are fully tax-deductible!

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