We are proud of the unique organization we have in our district. The Fountain Hills PTO functions very successfully with the president as the principal executive officer. At each of our three schools, our vice presidents fulfill leadership roles at the individual school level. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please contact any board member. Click on a member below for their name, title and contact information.
2015 – 2016 Board Members
As a resident of Arizona for almost 30 years, Fountain Hills is the place I am proud to call home. Prior to becoming a mother to my three children, I graduated from Arizona State University and was a reporter at The Arizona Republic. I am currently a licensed real estate agent of more than 10 years, and a previous PTO Vice President of McDowell Mountain Elementary. I look forward to helping fill the gaps in financing and communication for the teachers and parents of our District through our tireless efforts. I am always available for comments and concerns, especially your donations and volunteer time. Have a wonderful year!!
Tara was born and raised in Corona del Mar, CA. Tara moved to Arizona in 1996 after attending San Diego State University. In 1999, she married her high school sweetheart, Brady, and they purchased their first home in Fountain Hills where she began her career as a local Realtor. In 2007, she became involved in FHUSD and the FHPTO when her son started preschool at McDowell Mountain Elementary School. Now both of her children, Tim and Lauren, are students of FHUSD. When not volunteering at school, Tara is actively selling homes with Dominion Real Estate Partners and is also a devoted volunteer tour guide for Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. During her free time you can often find her with her dogs walking around Fountain Lake, on one of the local hiking trails, attending ASU football games, or shuttling Lauren or Tim to Miss Kelly’s Dance Academy, Brownies, Cub Scouts, Little League, or any of their other fun extracurricular activities. The quote that most inspires Tara is, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Omar was born and raised in San Francisco, CA and moved to Fountain Hills last year with his family. Up until the recent sale of his company, he owned and operated his Bay Area delivery corporation for 23 years. He has also been the successful owner of a bar and catering business in past years and has a lot of experience in numbers and logistics. Fountain Hills was the perfect choice for Omar to relocate his family as it is also where his mother resides. Omar is on the Little League board and in charge of concessions as well as making the decision to assist with the school through PTO. Upon moving to Fountain Hills, Omar pursued real estate and has recently become a licensed Realtor with Focus Point Properties.
I was born and raised in California and graduated from San Jose State University with my bachelor’s degree in nursing. I moved here in 1998 and am proud to call Fountain Hills my home now. My husband (Tom) and I have four children, three of which are students in the school district and one that has graduated and is now attending college. I have been very involved with all the schools in the district for 13 years but just this year decided to be a member of the PTO board. Besides being part of the PTO, I can also be found teaching a CNA class at the high school. I love what this district and town has to offer for our families. I am blessed with the opportunity to be a part of all of this.
Nicci has lived in Fountain Hills with her 2 boys for 6 years. She has spent the last 3 years working on the Fountain Hills Little League Board as well as the Communications Board Member for the Greater Fountain Hills Business Alliance. She currently works for Keller Williams Arizona Realty, The Barker Team as a buyers agent helping families find new homes in Fountain Hills.
Astacia was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, and moved to sunny Arizona in 2006. For the past 15 years, she has let her passion for children and the need for access to high quality education direct her career and life’s mission. After years of directing and managing accredited corporate preschools, Astacia decided to put down some roots and she purchased Here We Grow Learning Center in beautiful Fountain Hills. She became involved with the FHPTO last year when her daughter started Kindergarten at McDowell Mountain Elementary School, and loved seeing the immediate impact the PTO was able to make in the lives of the children and teachers of the district. Astacia is excited and hopeful about this 2015-2016 school year, and looks forward to serving the Fountain Hills community as McDowell Mountain’s Vice President.
“Lauren moved with her family to Fountain Hills from San Francisco, CA in 2013. Her upbringing in Hawaii and schooling at USF, San Francisco were focused primarily in Hospitality Management. Born to an Austrian Hotelier, travel and relocation were not foreign concepts growing up, however, the birth of her two boys stopped her in her tracks…temporarily. Three years after her youngest son was born, the family took the adventure to the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells and then Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, WI where she held Director of Housekeeping as occupation after opening. Several years later, the family returned back to the Bay Area and resumed family business. Upon moving to Fountain Hills, Lauren has recently become a licensed Realtor with Keller Williams Arizona Realty – AZ LAVA Properties
Toni was born and raised in Milwaukie, OR, then lived in Boise, ID for 5 years before moving to Arizona in 1995 for her career as an IT Project Manager in Banking. In 1996, her and her husband fell in love with Fountain Hills, and have lived here ever since. She says it has been the perfect place to raise her 2 children, Cameron (FHHS Class of 2015, now attending ASU) and Brandon (5 th Grade). Even though Toni was extremely busy with her career for many years, she always had time to help support the PTO a few hours here and there over the last 12 years. Now that she is taking some time off her crazy work schedule, she is devoting more time to the PTO this year as one of the VPs for Four Peaks Grade School.
Toni is honored to serve on the board and is excited about this school year.
Shawn Uphoff has been a resident of Fountain Hills for almost 12 years. She is married (Richard) with
2 children, Trey (FHHS Class of 2014) and Emerson (FHHS Class of 2024). She is also a graduate
of Arizona State University with dual degrees in Management and Marketing. She is honored to be
a part of the Fountain Hills Unified School District Parent/Teacher Organization!