Governor Jan Brewer appointed five new members Wednesday to the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind board of directors.
The five appointees will replace current board members who have been serving with expired terms, while the three remaining board members will serve as holdover appointments, according to a Governor’s Office news release.
Board President Bernhardt Jones, who was part of a conflict-of-interest investigation with ASDB Superintendent Robert Hill, is one of the board members who will be replaced.
There are eight members on the school’s board of directors.
The new appointees are:
• Kathy Jankowski, former dean of the Laurent Clerk National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University.
• Taralynn Petrites, lead faculty member of American Sign Language and Interpreter Training at Pima Community College.
• Elaine Baldridge, former director of children’s service, Foundation for Blind Children.
• Michael Gordon, executive director, Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired.
• Dr. Mark Syms, otologist at the Arizona Ear Center.
The three holdover appointments are Sherri Collins, Orlenda Roberts and Michael Williams.
The newest members will attempt to lead the school through a tumultuous time, with the state investigating the school for excessive travel expenses, in addition to the conflict of interest investigation.