The Independence Community School District Board of Education plays an active role in the education process. The Board continually investigates proactive ways to prepare students for their life after they leave our district. There are five people on the Independence Board of Education.


Shelly Whited VerticalMichelle “Shelly” Whited

President
Elected Date: September 2013
Term Expires: September 2017
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Background
Previously served on the School Board from 2003-2006. Grew up in Independence and graduated from I.H.S. in 1986.  Returned to Independence in 1992. Married to Nate Whited in 1997.  Have two children, Tia and Will. Both attend Independence Jr./Sr. High School. I enjoy biking, running, traveling, camping and concerts. I have ridden RAGBRAI across the state for the past 8 years and I am a season ticket holder for Minnesota Vikings (Go Vikings!).

Education

  • B.A. Business Management from the University of Northern Iowa
  • Graduate School of Banking – University of Wisconsin (2015)
  • Certified Community Bank Internal Auditor

Employment
COO, BankIowa

Committee Assignments

  • Mustang Foundation Board of Directors
  • Mentor/Volunteer Advisory Board
  • School/City/County

Smith_EricEric B. Smith

Vice President
Elected Date: September 2015
Term Expires: September 2019
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Background
I grew up in Rowley, Iowa, and attended South Elementary and Independence Middle School.  My hobbies include collecting farm toys and looking for geocaches while traveling for work.

Education

  • Master of Business Administration, University of Iowa
  • Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University
  • Bachelor of Science, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Cornell University

Employment: Agricultural Tractor Engineer, John Deere, Waterloo, Iowa

Committee Assignments

  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Calendar
  • Indee Agriculture Education
  • Auditorium Marketing
  • Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP)
  • Career and Technical Advisory


Brian C. Eddy

Board Member
Elected Date: September 2015
Term Expires: September 2019

Background
Graduated from Independence Community School District (Class of 1993).  Resided in Eagan, MN for five years while practicing law with Best & Flanagan, LLP in Minneapolis.  Returned to Independence in 2005.  Married with three children.  I enjoy hunting, fishing and attending sporting events.   Volunteer coach for baseball and football.

Education

  • B.B.A. in Finance (emphasis in accounting / taxation)
  • Minor in political science from the University of Iowa (1997)
  • J.D. with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law (2000)

Employment: Attorney with Roberts & Eddy, P.C.

Committee Assignments

  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Legislative Network and Delegate Assembly
  • Paver/Trail Funds

Kim Hansen

Board Director
Elected Date: September 2015
Term Expires: September 2019
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Background:

My husband Russ and I have four children who attend ICSD. We moved to Independence in 2008. I am a stay-at-home mom and a former high school science teacher. I enjoy gardening, reading, Bible Study, spending time with my family, baking and volunteering.

Education:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Science Education, University of Iowa
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology, University of Iowa
  • Master Gardener, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Employment: Independent Contractor with Mary Kay Cosmetics

Committee Assignments:

  • Mustang Foundation Board of Driectors
  • Tree and Landscaping Committee
  • School Improvement Advisory Committee-SIAC
  • Auditorium Marketing Committee

Heather Meador

Board Director
Elected Date: September 2013
Term Expires: September 2017
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Background
I am married to Scott Meador and we have two daughters. Emma will graduate from Independence Jr./Sr. High 2017 and Sophia will graduate from Independence Jr./Sr. in 2020. We moved to Indee in 2010 from Solon, Iowa where I had been the school nurse for eight years. Upon our arrival, I joined the PTO and Scott became very active in the Booster Club. Additionally, I am the coalition chair for the Linn County Immunization Coalition and I sit on the board of directors for the Iowa Immunization Coalition.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL

Employment: Linn County Public Health, Senior Public Health Nurse

Committee Assignments

  • Wellness