Meet Your Board Members
Brad Stratton is serving as the board president during the 2018-19 school year. He is in his fourth year on the board and began his first term in May 2015. Stratton has lived in the Shawnee Mission School District since 1987. He has two daughters who are Shawnee Mission graduates. Stratton is the past board chair of the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce. He is also the past board chair of the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation. He is a graduate of Emporia State University with a degree in Business Administration. Stratton is an investment advisor and president of Overland Park Wealth Management.
Heather Ousley serves as an at-large member and is the board’s vice president in the 2018-19 school year. This is in her second year of service. Ousley and her family live in the Shawnee Mission North area. She and her husband, Jarrod, have three children who attend Shawnee Mission schools. Ousley is an attorney who practices primarily in the area of fair housing. She belongs to the Network for Public Education, the NAACP, and Girl Scouts. She is a volunteer and member of the PTA organizations in her children’s schools.
Shawnee Mission North Area
Sara Goodburn is currently serving her second 4-year term on the board. She served two years as president from July 2015 to July 2017. Goodburn lives in the North area with her husband, Kelly. They have two children who attended and graduated from Shawnee Mission Schools. Goodburn is a long-time board member and current board chair of the Baptist-Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation. The signature program of the foundation is Kansas City’s Medicine Cabinet. She is a member of the SM North Booster Club and helps organize the annual golf tournament. She is an alumnae member of Alpha Delta Pi and supports the national philanthropy locally through Ronald McDonald House Charities, Kansas City. Goodburn graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism.
Shawnee Mission West Area
Laura Guy is in her second year of service on the board. She has lived in the Shawnee Mission West area for 24 years. Guy and her husband, Clif have two children who attended and graduated from Shawnee Mission schools. Guy is an ordained pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and started the Living Water Christian Church, located in Parkville, Missouri, in 2004. Guy belongs to several church-related groups and has been a volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages in Downtown Overland Park for seven years. She helps out with the Shawnee Mission West PTSA and attends meetings and events with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Shawnee Mission Northwest Area
Patty Mach is entering the final year of her third term, her twelfth year on the board. Mach has lived in Shawnee for 30 years. She and her husband Scott have three children who all attended and graduated from Shawnee Mission schools. Immediately upon graduation from the University of Kansas, Mach worked in public service at the national level before attending Washington University Law School in St. Louis. Mach practiced law in Kansas City, Missouri before staying home with her children. Among her many activities, she volunteers at Children's Mercy Hospital, leads a small group from her church, and loves babysitting her grandchildren. She has served as an MVP volunteer in the school district for many years.
Shawnee Mission East Area
Mary Sinclair is in her second year of service on the board. She has lived in the district for more than 25 years. Sinclair and her husband Doug Huffman have two children who both graduated from Shawnee Mission schools. Sinclair has held an adjunct faculty position with University of Kansas and University of Missouri Kansas City, intermittently since 2004. She earned an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, a Master’s in Education from Harvard University and a doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota in Special Education. Sinclair is an active member of the PTA, Game On for Kansas Schools, and belongs to the MainStream Coalition, as well as League of Women Voters Johnson County. She has been a district MVP volunteer for the past seven years.
Shawnee Mission South Area
Deb Zila was elected to the board in 2007 and is serving her third term. She and her husband Rick have three children who attended and graduated from Shawnee Mission schools. Zila has served various volunteer roles on the PTA, site councils, Shawnee Mission Area Council PTA, Kansas State PTA, and was elected to serve on the South Area Advisory Board. Zila has served in several leadership roles on various committees and councils at her church. For the past year she has served as a volunteer at Children’s Mercy Hospital. As a board member, Zila has served on the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee for the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce for 5 years.