Gilbert Public Schools
Meet the candidates running for the Governing Board of Gilbert Public Schools...

Candidate Biographies

Ron Bellus
Reed Carr
Jill Humpherys
Dr. J. Charles Santa Cruz

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Ron Bellus

Business: Arizona Corporation Commission
Occupation: Director of Broadcast Services Division

Education: BA in Broadcast Journalism & Production –BYU

Brief summary of employment history:
Small business owner of marketing company (30 years); since 2006 I have worked in government as an advisor to elected officials and currently as Director of Broadcast Services Division of the Arizona Corporation Commission

List of community organizations I belong to:
Former member of the Gilbert Anti-Gang Task Force; former vice-chair of Gilbert’s Human Relations Commission; involved with Boy Scouts of America for over 25 years; I have portrayed General George Washington for Gilbert’s Constitution celebrations for 14 years

How long have I lived in the Gilbert School District?
Since May 1993 (21 years)

Reed Carr

Business: ARCUS Private Capital Solutions
Occupation: Chief Financial Officer

Education: MIM, Thunderbird School of Global Management
MBA, Arizona State University
BA/BS, Dual major: Spanish & Finance, Brigham Young University

Brief summary of employment history:
2008 – present ARCUS Private Capital Solutions (CFO & Partner, private real estate investment portfolio in excess of $300mm)
2006 – 2008 TrueFactor (Partner, Real estate related)
1996 – 2006 Intel Corp (Operations, Supply Chain, & Finance; managed $320mm budget)
List of community organizations you belong to:
Boy Scouts of America
Highland High site committee
Hope Arising (non-profit)

How long have you lived in the school district you will be representing?
17 years

Jill Humpherys
**Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce**

Business:  not applicable

Occupation:  Homemaker

Education:  B.A. Degree in English with a minor in French and a teaching certificate from Utah State University, 1985. Graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Brief Summary of Employment History: 
Homemaker 1986 to present.
I have 5 children, ages 16 to 28.  I chose to stay home to care for my children.  Besides caring for my family, I have volunteered for church, school, and community activities.  I also supported my husband, who served as a Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America for 10 years (that is a lot of camping trips—12 weeklong trips and 120+ overnighters!)

List of Community Organizations you belong to:
Gilbert Education Foundation

Other organizations in which I have been involved:
Citizens for Strong Schools: PAC to support the GPS Override Campaign 2013
Gilbert Public Schools Parent-Superintendent Council
Co-Founder and Vice-President of “Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted” parent advocacy group
Co-Founder of “Gilbert Music Matters” parent advocacy group
GHS Choir Booster Board
CERT class from the Town of Gilbert
Parent Leadership Institute
School volunteer
Church:  taught various youth classes, served as Emergency Response Specialist
My neighborhood, Spring Meadows, was presented the Mayor’s Partners in Excellence Award in 2005 for building a neighborhood playground, a project which I envisioned and led.

Dr. J. Charles Santa Cruz
**Endorsed by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce**

Business: Education
Occupation: Professional Educator (Retired)


Arizona State University
Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education                                     
Major:  English Education
Master of Arts in Education – Educational                   
 Administration and Supervision
Doctor of Education - Educational                                 
 Administration and Supervision
Brief summary of employment history:

Gilbert Unified School District; Gilbert, AZ                              

 Grand Canyon University-Adjunct Professor                                               
Northern Arizona University-Adjunct Professor                           
Gilbert District Public Information Officer                                    
Director of English As A Second Language (ESL) Services                                                        
Gilbert High School - Principal                                                         
Gilbert Junior High School - Principal                                             
Gilbert Junior High School - Assistant Principal                            
Gilbert High School - Assistant Principal                                        
Tempe Union High School District; Tempe, AZ                         
Marcos de Niza High School:
Teacher of English, Student Council Advisor
Arizona State University; Tempe, AZ                                            
Upward Bound Program
 Teacher of English
List of community organizations you belong to:
Not currently affiliated with any civic organization
How long have you lived in the school district you will be representing?
I have lived in the Gilbert Unified School District for twenty (20) years.