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April 11, 2013

State Board of Education Welcomes Two New Members

Anthony Veliz and Miranda Summer join state education board

(Salem, Ore.) –
Today Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton and State Board Chair Artemio Paz announced that Anthony Veliz and Miranda Summer have been appointed to the State Board of Education. Both Veliz and Summer attended their first Board meeting today and will serve terms running from March 15, 2013 to March 15, 2017.

“Our newest Board members join us at a time of great transition, energy, and excitement in education,” said Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton. “They bring a diversity of experience paired with a deep commitment to serving our state that will be an asset to this Board. I look forward to working with Anthony, Miranda, and our other Board members on the important work ahead.”

“This Board undertakes such a broad cross-section of issues related to all aspects of education,” said State Board Chair Artemio Paz. “Our task as a Board is to advance the quality and proficiency of our students’ critical thinking skills. I would like to welcome our newest members to this work.”

Anthony Veliz is the President of Public Relations and Marketing firm IZO Inc. in Woodburn. From 2006 to 2008, Veliz served as the Director of Parent and Community Relations for Woodburn school district, and he worked as the Director of College Access programs for Chemeketa Community College from 1999 to 2005. He has served his community both as a member of the Woodburn School Board and as a Woodburn City Councilor. Veliz fills the previously vacant 5th Congressional District board position.

“As a former school board member, I know first-hand how education policy can positively impact the lives of students, their families, and our community,” said Anthony Veliz. “In my new role, my hope is to do the same for all students and families here in Oregon.”

Miranda Summer is an attorney at Summer Trainor LLP, focusing on personal injury and family law. Summer previously served as an administrative law judge for the State of Oregon. She is an active member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the Habitat for Humanity Pride Build Committee. Summer earned a bachelor's degree at Regis University in Denver, Colorado and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon School of Law. Summer fills the 1st Congressional District position vacated by Duncan Wyse.

“I’m excited to participate in our community through serving on the State Board of Education,” said Miranda Summer. After I became a parent, I started seeing education through a new lens. I’m particularly looking forward to tackling issues like the achievement gap and examining the role of charter schools. Oregon has so much potential!”

The seven-member board sets educational policies and standards for Oregon's 197 public school districts, 17 community college districts, and 19 educational service districts. The State Board is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate. Five members represent Oregon’s five congressional districts, and two members represent the state at large. Members serve a four-year term and are limited to two consecutive terms. Current Board members include Artemio Paz, Jr. (Chair), Samuel Henry, (Vice-Chair), Serilda Summers-McGee, Angela Bowen, and Gerald Hamilton.

Rob Saxton, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction
Crystal Greene, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5650

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