VAN DYKE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS
Ms. Bates is a 1946 graduate of Lincoln High School and is a life-long resident of the Van Dyke community. Ms. Bates is a former member of the Warren City Council and Community Development Corporation, and is currently serving on the Warren Beautification Commission, Warren Symphony Board, Warren Concert Band Board, and the Warren Historical Society. She is a very active member of the Lincoln High School Alumni Association. The five Bates children are graduates of Lincoln High School. Elected to the Board of Education in June of 2005, Ms. Bates says, "My goal is to provide and develop quality education for all students at all levels; in order to succeed in today's world, our students need to continue their education beyond high school to compete for the jobs of the 21st Century."
Ms. Brace has 4 children, 3 of which attend Van Dyke Public Schools. She is currently working on an Associate's Degree in Ministry and Leadership. Ms. Brace cares deeply about the education of all children and believes that the school age years are the most important and beneficial years of a person's life.
Mr. Carloni has lived in the Van Dyke District for over twenty-five years and holds an Associate's Degree in Applied Science as well as an Associate's Degree of General Studies. Appointed in November of 1999, Mr. Carloni was elected to the Board in June of 2000. Mr. Carloni's wife currently works at Lincoln High School. They are the proud parents of five children who have all attended Van Dyke Public Schools. In the past Mr. Carloni has volunteered for the District's Science Olympiad, Paint the Town, and has held board positions with the Lincoln High School Band Boosters. Mr. Carloni spends many hours volunteering at the high school band and music programs.
Mr. Cowlbeck is a graduate of McKenzie High School in Detroit and has lived in the Van Dyke community for over thirty years. His four children graduated from Lincoln High School. Mr. Cowlbeck has been a member of the Lincoln High School Band Booster Club and Lincoln High School Athletic Booster Club. Elected in 1994, Mr. Cowlbeck has held the following offices on the Board of Education: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. In February of 2001, Mr. Cowlbeck completed course work to become a Certified Board Member and received the Macomb County School Board Association Award of Merit.
Mrs. Johnson-El has lived in the Van Dyke district for nine years. Two of her children are Lincoln High School graduates. Mrs. Johnson-El spends much of her time volunteering at Lincoln High School.
Mrs. Boehm has lived in the Van Dyke Public School District for over twenty-five years. Elected in June of 1994, Mrs. Boehm has held offices on the Board of Education as President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. She holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching and has taken additional course work in educational leadership. Currently, Mrs. Boehm is a principal at a neighboring elementary school. Her children are graduates of Lincoln High School.
Mr. Nielson and his family have lived in the Van Dyke District for over twenty-two years. Elected in June of 1995, Mr. Nielson has been very active holding various positions on the Board of Education and volunteering within the district. All of the Nielson children are graduates of Lincoln High School.