Wayland Union School Board Members
Gary Wood, President, was first elected to the board in May of 2009, May of 2012 and November 2016 with the current four-year term expiring December 31, 2020. He has served as Board Treasurer, Board Secretary and three times as Board President. During his term, Gary has completed the necessary course work to earn the designation of Certified Board Member and the Award of Merit through the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB). He has lived in our school district since 2002 and is a resident of Leighton Township. Gary has 6 children with 3 currently enrolled in our district; one at the High School, one at Pine Street Elementary and one at Dorr Elementary. Gary is a Senior Project Chemist, member of the corporate leadership team and his company's representative on the Michigan Environmental Laboratory Association (MELA) at TriMatrix Laboratories, Inc. in Grand Rapids. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree and is an alumnus of Michigan State University, Aquinas College and Grand Rapids Community College. Gary enjoys spending time with his family and friends along with hunting, fishing, sailing and cheering for his kids in sports and in life. With a life guided focus on the Down Syndrome Association, Gary promotes the acceptance, inclusion and growth of anyone who's special needs benefit from additional time, resources and a little extra love.
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Pete Zondervan, Vice-President, was elected to the board in November 2014 and will serve a four year term expiring December 2018. Pete lives in Wayland with his wife Kristi and his two children. He is a supervisor with Notions Marketing Corporation in Grand Rapids. A Grand Rapids Christian High School graduate, he went to Taylor University in Upland, Indiana and graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. He loves golf, and playing with games outside with his son Graysen. He also enjoys fishing, and winter activities like sledding.
Toni Ordway, Treasurer, was elected to the board in November 2014 and will serve a four year term expiring December 2018. She lives in Wayland with her husband Andy and their 3 boys, Ashton, Adam, and Aiden. She graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems. Toni worked for IBM Global Services and then transitioned into the role of a proud stay at home mom. Toni and her family enjoy traveling, golfing, downhill skiing, boating, hiking, biking and the outdoors.
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Janel Hott, Secretary, was elected to the board in November 2014 and will serve a four year term expiring December 2018. Janel lives in Wayland with her husband Jack. Both of her children are Wayland graduates. Her daughter is currently serving in the US Air Force and her son is attending Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Janel works as an administrative assistant at Ace Steel and formerly worked at Wayland Union Schools for more than 6 years. She is a 1991 graduate of South Lyon High School and has an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Oakland Community College.
Theresa Dobry, Trustee, has been on the school board since 2011 and is currently serving a four-year term expiring on December 31, 2020. Theresa lives in Dorr and is married to Steve Dobry who is a 1988 graduate of WUHS. Together they have three children: Justin, Haley and Brady who all attend Wayland High School. Theresa is originally from Scottville, MI and is a 1990 Grad of MCC (Mason County Central HS). She has a B.S. from Northern Michigan University in Office Systems. Past work experience includes the Dow Chemical Company and We Market Success. She has over 8 years working as a substitute teacher in the area and attends St. Therese Catholic Church.
Dan Cassini, Trustee, was elected in November of 2016 and is currently serving a four-year term that will expire on December 31, 2020. Dan has lived in Wayland for 12 years and has 3 children attending Wayland Union Schools. He has served for 19+ years in the United States Air Force/Michigan Air National Guard as a munitions and training specialist with the 110th Attack Wing in Battle Creek. He graduated from Fremont High School then Spring Arbor University with a BS in Organizational Management. He is the founder, director and coach of the Wayland Flag Football program. Dan is an assistant to the Varsity Football team and Associate Head Coach of the 10U West Michigan Outlaws Baseball team. He loves golfing, camping, skiing and the outdoors. Dan and his family and attend Corinth Reformed Church. He also hold board seats on the Wayland Union Education Foundation and Wayland Youth Baseball & Softball League.
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Cinnamon Mellema, Trustee, was elected to the board in November of 2016 and is serving a four year term that ends December 31, 2020. She is a 1990 graduate of Wayland Union High School who is dedicated to her family, her hometown, and public education. She and her husband Scott Mellema are the proud parents of Reilly and Johnnie. Cinnamon has served in education for 20 years as both a teacher for Kentwood Public Schools and teacher consultant for the Kent Career Technical Center. Her dedication to education is not limited teaching; she is a committed learner as well, having earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University, a Master of Arts degree in special education from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Education degree in education administration from Western Michigan University. Her involvement in the community includes volunteering with Wayland Elementary Parent Association, Wayland Middle School Parent Advisory Committee, and volunteering at various events when asked. Cinnamon Mellema has deep roots in hometown and has actively demonstrated her commitment to both education and the betterment of her community.
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