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    Brent Mcnitt
    Brent McNitt
    Board President
    Phone: 269-352-1234
    Term expires Dec 31, 2022
    Brent has been an active member of the community since 2001. His consulting and advisory businesses are based in Paw Paw, and he and his wife Heather are currently raising three future Paw Paw graduates (classes of 2023, 2025 and 2029 respectively). Brent attended Western Michigan University and has a degree in Organizational and Interpersonal Communications. Brent is the current president of Paw Paw Youth Baseball/Softball and enjoys coaching youth teams in basketball and softball. Professionally, Brent is an award-winning speaker and presenter, who has recently been awarded the Partnership of the Year Award by Allstate Financial, presented for working with a local agent to improve their business. Both of his parents are former school principals and his wife is a high school teacher. On serving on the Board, “Serving is to fulfill a tremendous responsibility which was given to me by the voters of Paw Paw to make Paw Paw Public Schools the best place possible to educate our children, and to ensure it reflects the values of this great community.”

    Amy Craddock
    Amy Craddock
    Board Vice President
    Phone: 269-370-0300
    Term expires Dec 31, 2020
    Amy received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting from Davenport University. She is employed at PNC Bank as a Business Analyst in the Retail Risk, Reporting and Analytics group. Amy and her husband Doug are both graduates of Paw Paw High School and have two children, Mara and Xander who attend Paw Public Schools. Community involvement is very important to Amy; her service includes treasurer of the Wine and Harvest Festival, the Christmas Committee Chair for the Paw Downtown Development Authority, Church Treasurer and the Youth Ministry Team Leader for Red Arrow Ministries. Amy’s appointment to the School Board began in August 2015. “It’s truly an honor to serve on the Board of Education and have the opportunity to promote consistent excellence in our local education system.”
    Shane Criger
    Shane Criger
    Board Secretary
    Appointed to the Board Sept 13, 2017; term expires when successor is elected - Nov 2018

    Shane, his wife and two children moved to Paw Paw in 2009.  The children attend PPPS at the elementary campus. Shane graduated from MSU with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice.  He has worked for the Michigan State Police for 18 years, and currently serves as a Detective Lieutenant.  Mr. Criger has coached baseball for the past six years.  He previously served on the Paw Paw Board of Education from April 2014 through December 2016.  He was appointed on September 13, 2017 to fill a vacant board seat and serves because "I want to be involved in moving this great district to new heights and help every child to have the ability and knowledge to succeed in college and beyond."

     Thomas Baney image Thomas Baney
    Board Trustee
    Home Phone: 269-657-4274
    Cell Phone:  269-303-1269
    Appointed to the Board Feb 7, 2018; term expires when successor is elected Nov. 2018
    This is Tom's second term as a Paw Paw Board of Education member, having served a four year term from 1984-1988.  Tom and his wife Pam are both graduates of Paw Paw High School (1965) and have two sons Clint (1988) and Brett (1991) who both graduated from Paw Paw High School.  Tom attended Michigan State University for four years and played football there until an injury ended his football playing days. After an early business career that took Tom and his family to New Jersey, New York City and Chicago, Tom and his family returned to Paw Paw to permanently settle down.  He has served the area as a businessman including owning several businesses in the southwest Michigan area and now serves as a business consultant to a variety of local and national businesses.  Tom is also on the Board of Directors of a Kalamazoo area industrial manufacturer.  He has been a past Deacon of and is currently an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Paw Paw and past member of the Paw Paw Lions Club. He has served the Paw Paw school district as a volunteer varsity football coach and a coach and umpire for girls softball and for girls basketball. He has also served as a substitute teacher in all of the Van Buren County school districts. Tom was appointed to the Paw Paw Board of Education in February of 2018. "With the perpetual challenges that public education faces today, the road takes many turns. I bring almost 50 years of experience in a broad spectrum of both private and public service endeavors to assist the Paw Paw Board of Education with today's tasks and tomorrow's challenges."
     Zach Morris picture Zachary Morris
    Board Trustee
    Phone: 574-850-4866
    Appointed June 20, 2018; term expires when successor is elected Nov. 2018
    Zachary Morris was born and raised in Southwest Michigan and is a third generation graduate of nearby Decatur Public Schools.  Zach has three children in the district and has been married to his Wife, Christina, since 2005.  He also serves as a Deacon with his church and enjoys coaching his son’s little league baseball and flag football teams. Zach works for Kinexus and serves as the Economic Development Director for Van Buren County, which comprises attraction, expansion and retention of county businesses. Prior to his role in Van Buren County, Zach worked for Kinexus as a Business Services Manager, where he worked with businesses of every size and sector throughout Southwest Michigan on workforce and economic development challenges. After this role, he went to work in the private sector for the utility and the medical device industries where he successfully led projects that solved critical workforce issues. He returned to Kinexus to serve the community he grew up in and resides.  Zach holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Davenport University and is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional and a Certified Business Solutions Professional. He is an active member of his community serving on the Brownfield Authority Board and is the Chairman of the Antwerp Township Planning Commission.
    Dale Pease Dale Pease
    Board Trustee
    Phone: 269-760-3355
    Appointed to the Board Feb 7, 2018; term expires when successor is elected Nov 2018


    Dale is an alumnus of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in integrated supply management and has his executive MBA is from California State University.  Dale currently holds a leadership position as the Senior Director of Operations.  Dale and his wife Jennifer have two children, Brayden and Kaylin who both attend Paw Paw Public schools.  Since moving to the community in 2010, Dale has been actively involved in Paw Paw Youth Baseball/Softball helping to coach both his children’s teams and has served previously as a member of the Paw Paw Schools facility committee and school board. As a board member, Dale’s objective is to help the Paw Paw Schools continue to provide quality education, improve programs and manage the tough budgeting conditions we face today.

    Jody Williford
    Jody Williford
    Board Trustee
    Phone: 269-657-7274
    Term expires Dec. 31, 2018
    Jody served in the United States Army, 82nd Airborne. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Engineering from Western Michigan University and holds several technical certifications. He is employed at Pfizer in an IT security position. Jody, his wife and three sons reside in Paw Paw, and two of his sons currently attend Paw Paw Public Schools. Jody is active with AYSO soccer, triathlon committee coordinator/member, and is a member of the Freshwater Church. Jody has served on the Board since 2010. As a board member he desires to continue to provide quality education for all children of the district, provide good communication between the district and community, and work with the Board to balance the complex issues and financial challenges of the school district.