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
Cindy Stuart, Chair - District 3
Cindy Stuart was elected to the School Board (District 3) in 2012. Mrs. Stuart 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 David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts Board of Trustees, Hillsborough Education Foundation (alternate), Juvenile Justice Board, Circuit 13, Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and Safe & Sound Hillsborough.
Raised in Tampa, Mrs. Stuart is a proud graduate of A.P. Leto Comprehensive High School. 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 and was immediately hired by a Miami company as a project manager in the field of insurance software development. After several years, she married and returned to Tampa with her young family. Her children attend Hillsborough County public schools.
She has served as a PTA president and treasurer, and guidance advocate. She also is active in community service. She participates in the annual Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk to Cure Breast Cancer, volunteers with her family at Metropolitan Ministries, is a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, manages a local youth softball team, coordinates her Neighborhood Watch Program, and is a Girl Scout volunteer.
Mrs. Stuart is a Tampa resident, wife, and mother of three children. She has been married to Jim Stuart for 21 years.
- David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts Board of Trustees
- Hillsborough Education Foundation (alternate)
- Juvenile Justice Board, Circuit 13
- Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
- Safe & Sound Hillsborough
Sally Harris, Vice 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 a mother of nine children, three by birth, two adopted, and four foster children.
- Children’s Board
- Lowry Park Zoological Society Board
- FSBA Legislative Liaison
- Florida School Boards Association Board of Directors (alternate)
- FSBA Legislative Liaison (alternate)
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
Lynn L. Gray - District 7
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
Melissa Snively - District 4
Melissa Snively was elected to the Hillsborough County School Board (District 4) 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 a graduate of the University of Florida with a B.A. in English, and a Minor in Secondary Education. She has owned and operated her own business in Lithia since 2001, where she employs eight professionals.
She has served on numerous community organizations including: the Junior League of Tampa, the Community Roundtable of Brandon, PTA/PTSA, and the Brandon Outreach Clinic. Melissa has been a BSA Cub Scout volunteer for several years and currently serves on the Timucua District training team, as well as on the Gulf Ridge Council board of directors as an area chairman. She was also the 2011-2012 Chairwoman of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, Small Business of the Year Award recipient, and a finalist for the Outstanding Leader Award Presented by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. She is past president of the Tampa Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and serves on the board of directors for the Florida Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors as the Political Action Committee Chair.
She and her husband, David, have been married since 1999 and have four children - all of whom attend public school in Hillsborough County.
- Council of Governments (COG)
- Central Florida Public School Boards Coalition
- Tampa Theatre
- Value Adjustment Board (alternate)
- Boy Scouts of America Greater Tampa Bay Area Council
- Brandon Regional Hospital Board
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)
Tamara P. Shamburger - District 5
Tamara was born and raised in Tampa by her mother and father, along with three other siblings. Tamara is the proud mother of one daughter. Early on Tamara learned the value of hard work, teamwork, and perseverance. As a young mother, education was vital in providing a sustainable and productive life for herself and her daughter. A product of Hillsborough County public schools, Tamara is a proud graduate of Bloomingdale Senior High School. Tamara went on to receive her 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.
As an adult Tamara has worked in the Insurance Industry for the last 19 years and has also worked as a Mortgage Broker in her mother's mortgage brokerage business. Tamara's professionalism, business acumen, as well as her extensive experience in Management, Insurance Litigation, Contracts, Budgets, Leadership, and good old common sense makes her the perfect candidate to take the lead as a Hillsborough County School Board Member. Tamara will bring the valued perspective of an outsider unbiasedly focused on all aspects of the school system.
In her spare time, Tamara is a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay where she enjoys mentoring and spending time with her little sister, a fifth-grader at Lockhart elementary. Tamara also volunteers with several political organizations and is a proud member of Northside Missionary Baptist Church.
Tamara hopes to use her experience and passion in making Hillsborough County Public Schools one to be envied and duplicated.
- Hillsborough Education Foundation
- Juvenile Justice Board Circuit 13 (alternate)
- Hillsborough County Dept. of Children’s Services