Vance Miller, District #1 Trustee
Mr. Miller was elected in 2012 to District 1, which includes Hackberry, Peach Springs, Truxton, Littlefield, Wikieup, Colorado City and portions of Kingman. Prior to his current position as the corporate controller for Creative Care, Mr. Miller worked in the banking industry for 35 years in various capacities. Mr. Miller returned to the Kingman area in 2005 and feels that community colleges provide a resource for many to either start working for a college degree, improve workplace skills, further ones understanding of a subject or to learn a trade. Community colleges respond to the needs of local employers by providing the education and skill sets needed for the local job markets. Mr. Miller has attended various community colleges in Arizona and holds a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix. He wants to help ensure MCC continues in its proud tradition of being a key player in all the communities it serves. The term expires December 31, 2022.
Julie Bare, District #2 Trustee
After retiring from a 30-year career as an educator in the Bullhead City public school system, Dr. Bare had a sincere interest in serving the community as a Governing Board member for Mohave Community College. In 2014, she was elected to represent District 2 for a second term, which encompasses all of Bullhead City. Julie values the opportunities provided at MCC, and respects the supportive learning-centered culture of each campus.
A resident of Bullhead City since 1965, the opportunity to attend MCC while she was a housewife and mother, led to her first degree. In 1975, she graduated from MCC with her associate degree, and later transferred to Northern Arizona University where she completed her bachelor of science, master of arts, and doctorate in educational leadership degrees. The term expires December 31, 2020.
Phyllis Smith, District #3 Trustee
2016 Board President
Ms. Smith represents District 3, which encompasses the southern portion of Lake Havasu City. She was elected to the Board in November of 2012.
While still in high school, Phyllis Smith volunteered to serve on a community college board in Phoenix to help mold a positive and engaging environment for city youth. During and after high school, she also sat on several community youth advisory boards in Phoenix, where she was raised. Her lifelong passion for community colleges and their ability to reach a wide variety of constituents led her to a seat on the MCC Board of Governors. Smith studied cultural and social anthropology at Arizona State University, but eventually found herself in the corporate world as a manager for a large chemicals and materials company. Smith also served as a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While working in Phoenix, she decided to earn an associate degree from Maricopa Community College with an emphasis in broadcast journalism and photography. She helped shape the holographic curriculum at Phoenix College and worked as an educator for NASA Ames Research Center in California. Smith said she believes the backbone of higher education begins at community colleges and wants to help open opportunities of new interests and connections to Mohave County residents. The term expires December 31, 2018.
Ms. Smith holds AA’s in Fine Art Photography and Broadcasting, BA Social Sciences/Education Concentration and MA Ed., with Education and Public Policy Specialization.
Jon Longoria, District #4 Trustee
2016 Board Secretary
Mr. Longoria was elected in 2014 to fill an unexpired term representing District 4, which encompasses portions of Kingman. He graduated with honors from Mohave Community College in 2010 with a degree in Chemical Dependency Studies and also holds a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, (UNLV 95). Mr. Longoria is also a Chartered Financial Consultant conferred by the American College while working as an assistance general manager for the New York Life Insurance Company and also has a background in real estate development. Mr. Longoria is a long term resident of Kingman, Arizona having moved here in 1971 and lived here with the exception of formal education and work in Las Vegas, Nevada. After many years working in finance, he now works in the field of substance abuse counseling. Mr. Longoria is a former chairman of MSTEPP (Mohave County Substance Treatment Education Prevention and Partnership) and is the current treasurer. Former Volunteer Fire Fighter and EMT with the City of Kingman Fire Dept. Past International Director for Rotary International, past member of the Mohave County Flood Plain Commission appointed by the Mohave County Board of Supervisors. Also past member of the Mohave Community College Foundation Board. Former community college instructor specializing in financial services.
Mr. Longoria believes Mohave Community College is the best value for the education dollar and will work diligently to help produce graduates to meet the demand and skills of today’s labor market. To help keep the costs of attending college affordable and to promote a safe environment for students and staff. And finally attract the best and brightest instructors and staff to carry out the mission and values of Mohave Community College. His term expires December 31, 2018.
Judy Selberg, District #5 Trustee
Dr. Selberg was elected to a second term in 2014 for District 5, which includes Mohave Valley and a portion of Lake Havasu City. She has lived in Mohave County since 1987, was the first female high school principal in Mohave County and in 1990, became the first female superintendent in Mohave County when the Topock Elementary School District was opened. After seven years as superintendent, she returned to school and in 2004, received a Doctorate from Northern Arizona University in Educational Leadership. Dr. Selberg’s passion is education and she currently works for both NAU and Grand Canyon University as a field supervisor for student teachers throughout Mohave County. Dr. Selberg believes the community college system provides success for the students and the communities they serve. Her goals as a trustee are to use her experience and expertise to oversee fiscal responsibility, enhance training opportunities for business and allied health, encourage high school graduates to continue their education, and keep MCC up to date with technology and learning opportunities by promoting new courses for the 21st century job market. Dr. Selberg also holds a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a Masters’ and educational credentials from San Francisco State University. The term expires December 31, 2020.