Governing Board

Governing Board

Our Organization

The corporate board of directors of SySTEM Schools serves as the governing body of SySTEM Phoenix. The Governing School Board is comprised of individuals from across the valley with expertise in a variety of areas of charter school governance, including finance, operations, marketing, STEM instruction, and community engagement.

2017 System Hearing Notification: Budget Adoption Hearing Notification 2017

2016 Adopted Budget: System Adopted budget16

2015 Proposed Budget: SySTEM budget15

2015 Adopted Budget: System Adopted budget15

System HearingNotification15

All archived Board meeting Agendas and Minutes can be found below and are also posted outside SySTEM Phoenix at 1301 E. Almeria Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85006.


Agendas & Minutes:

Board Meeting 4/20/17 Agenda

Board Meeting 4/20/17 Minutes

Governance Committee Meeting 4/11/17 Agenda

Governance Committee Meeting 4/11/17 Minutes

Board Meeting 4/5/17 Agenda

Board Meeting 4/5/17 Minutes

Academic Committee Meeting 3/16/17 Agenda

Academic Committee 3/16/17 Minutes

Board Meeting 3/16/17 Agenda

Board Meeting 3/16/17 Minutes

Governance Committee Meeting 3/7/17 Agenda

Governance Committee Meeting 3/7/17 Minutes

Board Meeting 2/16/17 Agenda

Board Meeting 2/16/17 Minutes

Governance Committee Meeting 2/7/17 Agenda

Governance Committee Meeting 2/7/17 Minutes

Board Meeting 2/4/17 Agenda

Board Meeting 2/4/17 Minutes

Board Retreat 1/28/17 Agenda

Board Retreat 1/28/17 Minutes

Governance Committee Meeting 1/10/17 Agenda

Governance Committee Meeting 1/10/17 Minutes

Governance Committee Meeting 12/13/16 Agenda

Governance Committee Meeting 12/13/16 Minutes

Board Meeting 11/17/16 Agenda

Board Meeting 11/17/16 Minutes

Governance Committee Meeting 11/8/16 Agenda

Governance Committee Meeting 11/8/16 Minutes

Board Meeting 10/20/16 Agenda

Board Meeting 10/20 Minutes

Board Meeting 10/11/16 Agenda

Board Meeting 10/11/16 Minutes

Governance Committee Meeting 10/11/16 Agenda

Governance Committee Meeting 10/11/16 Minutes

Board Meeting 9/22/16 Agenda

Board Meeting 9/22/16 Minutes

Governance Committee Meeting 9/13/16 Minutes

Governance Committee Meeting 9/13/16 Agenda

Board Meeting 8/18/16 Agenda

Board Meeting 8/18/16 Minutes

Board Meeting 7/21/16 Agenda

Board Meeting 7/21/16 Minutes

Board Meeting 6/28/16 Agenda

Board Meeting 6/28/16 Minutes

Board Meeting 6/16/16 Agenda

Board Meeting 6/16/16 Minutes

Board Meeting 5/19/16 Agenda

Board Meeting 5/19/16 Minutes

Governance Committee Meeting 5/10/16 Minutes

Governance Committee Meeting 5/10/16 Agenda

Board Meeting 4/21/16 Minutes

Board Meeting 4/21/16 Agenda

Academic Committee Meeting 4/12/16 Agenda

Academic Committee Meeting 4/12/16 Minutes

Governance Committee Meeting 4/12/16 Agenda

Governance Committee Meeting 4/12/16 Minutes

Board Meeting 3/17/16 Minutes

Board Meeting 3/17/16 Agenda

Governance Committee 3/8/16 Minutes

Governance Committee 3/8/16 Agenda

Board Meeting 2/23/16 Minutes

Board Meeting 2/23/16 Agenda

Board Meeting 2/18/16 Minutes

Board Meeting 2/18/16 Agenda

Board Meeting 2/12/16 Minutes

Board Meeting 2/12/16 Agenda

Governance Committee 2/9/16 Minutes

Governance Committee 2/9/16 Agenda

Board Retreat 1/30/16 Minutes

Board Retreat 1/30/16 Agenda

Governance Committee 1/12/16 Minutes

Governance Committee 1/12/16 Agenda

Governance Committee 12/8/15 Minutes

Academic Committee 12/8/15 Minutes

Governance Committee 12/8/15 Agenda

Academic Committee 12/8/15 Agenda

Board Meeting 11/19/15 Minutes

Board Meeting 11/19/15 Agenda

Governance Committee 11/10/15 Agenda

Governance Committee 11/10/15 Minutes

Development Committee 11/4/15 Agenda

Development Committee 11/4/15 Minutes

Board Meeting 10/22/15 Minutes DRAFT

Board Meeting 10/22/15 Agenda

Governance Committee 10/15/15 Agenda

Governance Committee 10/15/15 Minutes

Development Committee 10/7/15 Agenda

Development Committee 10/7/15 Minutes

Board Meeting  9/21/15 Agenda

Board Meeting 9/21/15 Minutes

Academic Committee 9/14/15 Agenda

Academic Committee 9/14/15 Minutes

Governance Committee 9/8/15 Agenda

Governance Committee 9/8/15 Minutes

Development Committee 9/2/15 Agenda

Development Committee 9/2/15 Minutes

Current Board Members

Michael Romano

Michael Romano, Board Member 

Mike Romano is the campus president for Universal Technical Institute’s (UTI) Avondale, Ariz. campus, (NYSE: UTI), the nation’s leading provider of training for auto, motorcycle, diesel, marine and collision repair technicians. Romano joined UTI in 2006 as education director of the Avondale campus. In 2007, he was promoted to campus president and again in 2008 to regional vice president, where he oversaw five of UTI’s 10 campuses. Given his passion for impacting the lives of students on a daily basis, Romano returned to his prior role as campus president for the UTI-Avondale and Exton campuses, and now serves as campus president solely at Avondale.  As campus president, Romano manages a staff of more than 160, and oversees operations and training of one of the largest campuses within UTI. Prior to joining UTI, Romano was product manager for The Ridge Tool Company RIDGID, and held various positions in engineering, sales and marketing for companies including US Cycle, Mr. Coffee, Kirby and Broke Bikes. Romano received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the Fenn School of Engineering at Cleveland State University and his MBA from Baldwin Wallace College. He is also a graduate of the Harley-Davidson program from Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Phoenix, Ariz.

daDavid Jackson, Board Chair

David Jackson is an associate in the Litigation group at Lewis, Roca, Rothgerber. Before joining the firm, he clerked for the Honorable John Pelander at the Arizona Supreme Court and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable James A. Teilborg in the U.S. District Court in Arizona, where his experience included drafting memoranda, orders, and opinions for the judge to review, reviewing briefs and motions filed to the court, and conducting legal research. While in law school, Mr. Jackson was actively involved in Junior Law/CourtWorks, an outreach program focused on teaching middle school students about the Constitution and their constitutional rights. He collaborated with Judge Mary H. Murguia to expand the program to reach 2,000+ students at more than 12 schools in the Phoenix area.  During law school, Mr. Jackson served as a Managing Editor for the Arizona State Law Journal and was a member of The Order of Barristers. He won First Place in the 2010 and 2012 Arizona Association of Defense Counsel Richard H. Oplinger Closing Argument Competition. Graduating with High Pro Bono Distinction, he also received the 2012 Alan A. Matheson Service Award for three years of pro bono service to his school and community. Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Jackson was an elementary school teacher and served as a Faculty Advisor for Teach For America in Houston. Mr. Jackson is passionate about improving educational options for students in Arizona.



megMegan McWenie, Secretary, Chair of Academic Excellence Committee

Megan McWenie is a career educator who passionately believes that all children have a right to an excellent education and that every student in Arizona can and should achieve college and career readiness.  As a native Arizonan, she benefited from great public schools in this state beginning in kindergarten and continuing through her experience as an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona. She currently works as the Move On When Ready Learning Collaborative Coordinator at the Center for the Future of Arizona, coordinating the efforts of school leaders at public charter, public district, and private schools across the state who are implementing a new performance-based high school education model designed to increase academic achievement and prepare all students for college and careers. She began her career in education as a Teach for America corps member in Las Vegas, Nevada where she taught high school reading intervention courses. Upon returning to her home state, Megan worked for the Phoenix Union High School District as a reading teacher, professional development specialist, and Cambridge coordinator for five years. She has also contributed to building the pipeline of great teachers serving Arizona students as a Teacher for America summer institute staff member for the past four years. Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and English. Ms. McWenie brings strong leadership in curriculum development, integrated instruction, and student assessment to the Governing Board of SySTEM Phoenix.


fraFrancine Hardaway, Chair of Development Committee

Francine Hardaway, Ph.D is a serial entrepreneur and seasoned communications strategist. She co-founded Stealthmode Partners, an accelerator and advocate for entrepreneurs in technology and health care, in 1998. Prior to Stealthmode, she owned two marketing companies, and served as Director of Worldwide Press Relations for Intel and the CMO of Innovative Environmental Products. Francine was an Entrepreneurial Fellow of the Eller Entrepreneurship Center at University of Arizona, and was a founder of Social Media Club Arizona and the Arizona Software Association. She is co-founder of the blog USHealthCrisis, and blogs for Fast Company, Huffington Post, and the Stealthmode Blog.




dor2 Doris Roman, Founding Board Member

Doris Roman is a seasoned educator with over 25 years in STEM education with many years working with K-12 programs sponsored by universities and industry.  Doris has held various positions such as Coordinator, Director, Assistant Dean, and faculty at several colleges and universities with many positions also serving K-12 programs with a focus on college and career readiness.  She has served as a key player with the national MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) program and served as part of the team to start the first community college program, as well as the Director during her tenure at Arizona State University (ASU).  Doris retired as an administrator from higher education to take care of her terminally ill mother. She returned to the K-12 arena in 2006 with the state chapter of Communities in Schools, a national dropout prevention program serving Title 1 schools.  She held positions at Excelencia Elementary and Riverside Elementary, where she worked closely with their science fairs and designed, developed, and delivered a Weird Math Club (WMC) to help students improve in math. During the 1st year of WMC operations, the students increased their math skills by over 60%. Doris has taught business and STEM courses at various colleges and with K-12 programs.  In addition, she has served as a Principal Investigator on several contracts and grants helping ASU secure over $4 million in grants for STEM education. Doris has won numerous awards throughout her career, including Educator of the Year in New York, Inductee of 100 Hispanic Women, and the Martin Luther King Somos El Futuro award. Ms. Roman is committed to the empowerment of our youth, specifically our underrepresented youth who will become the future leaders of our great nation.

Patterson_Jeff_Cropped Jeffery Patterson, Treasurer

Jeff is a CPA with over ten years of experience in providing audit services. Jeff currently works as an Audit Supervisor for Henry & Horne, LLP with a primary focus on auditing government and non-profit entities including school districts, charter schools, cities, towns, counties, and state agencies. Jeff also performs training presentations both at Henry & Horne and at various conferences including the Arizona Association of School Business Officials (AASBO). Prior to joining Henry & Horne, Jeff was a Senior Accountant for another firm where he specialized in governmental financial and compliance audits of municipalities, school districts, grant schools and state entities. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Phoenix and Masters in Business Administration with an Accounting emphasis from Utah State University.


Nicole Spracale, Vice Chair

Ms. Spracale has over 25 years of experience in the services and technology space, focused primarily on operations, marketing and human resources. She is currently part of the team at Y Scouts, an Executive Leadership Search firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona whose mission is around connecting purpose driven companies and people with work that matters. Additionally, she serves as an executive coach and consultant to senior leaders who are looking to move past stuck in their careers and companies, and create a lasting legacy. She has her coaching certification from Babson College, and her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Ms. Spracale is an accomplished speaker and facilitator, and active with various groups committed to workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and education.


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