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The Litchfield Elementary School District Educational Foundation Board of Directors selected three new members: Paul Bentz, Tracy Hernandez and Wendy McGee.

Bentz is the senior vice president of research and strategy for HighGround Public Affairs. As an outspoken advocate for public education, he has nearly two decades of experience in strategy, messaging and public opinion research. His wife teaches in the district’s Wigwam Creek Middle School and their three daughters attended LESD’s schools.

Hernandez is a financial/data analyst at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Goodyear with 20 years of experience in nursing fields. She is the president of Arizona Assistance in Health Care and Phoenix Oncology Nursing Society. She has chaired several high-profile charity events and brings fundraising experience. 

McGee retired in 2017 after a career in finance and executive-level management positions. She was CFO and then CEO for the Powell Companies and CFO and a prior owner of Blood Bank Computer Systems as well as the co-founder of HOT Community Foundation. 

“We are delighted to welcome these three new leaders whose expertise and valuable energy will ignite our efforts to celebrate the remarkable efforts of Litchfield’s A+ teachers and staff,” LESDEF President Kathryn Prusinski said.

The foundation hosts the PRIDE Awards every spring where teachers and staff are celebrated for their excellence. 

Superintendent Jodi Gunning said, “Our foundation leaders understand that schools cannot do it alone. Their support is crucial to our stunning 92% teacher retention rate.” 

The Litchfield Elementary School District Educational Foundation is hosting a golf tournament April 16.

For more information, visit lesdedfoundation.org.