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June 07, 1996 - Image 48

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-06-07

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Why are you running for school board?

Please provide us with some
biographical information
about yourself.

The Candidates
On The Questions

Southfield — Vote for two (4-year term)

Garold Treadwell

I have been a resident of Southfield for eight years. am married
to Johna, a vocal music teacher with the Detroit Public Schools.
We have two children. Kathryn and William. Kathy is graduating
from Southfield Lathrup and William will be an incoming freshman.
I am employed with Variable Annuity Life Insurance Co., in Troy,
where I have been for the past six years. Prior to that, I spent 12
years in the brokerage industry, primarily with EF Hutton in South-
field. Prior to that, I spent eight years in the banking industry, pri-
marily with the National Bank of Detroit I am a graduate of Talladega
College with a BA in economics. I have done post graduate stud-
ies at Wayne State, the University of Michigan and Walsh College
of Business. I hold a license as a certified financial planner. I have
been involved in Stevenson Elementary PTA, Twyckingham Civic
Association, Hope United Methodist Church and Society Group.

I have been a resident of Southfield for eight years. During that
time, I have been involved in my children's educational develop-
ment as well as various organizations whose purposes were al-
ways to address the needs of the children of the community. I have
now decided that I would like to make a deeper commitment to
that process. I have always believed that as go the children, so goes
the community. A community which promotes and nurtures its
children is one which will flourish and prosper. As a school board
member, I would like to be an integral part of the implementation
of the Strategic Plan objective which defines the "profile of a grad-
uate of the Southfield Public Schools." In doing so, I would like to
involve the entire community in the process for it has been said,
"it takes the entire village to raise one child."

Dwight A. Walker

I am the father of three elementary school-age children. I have been
involved with the Brace-Lederle PTA and a mentor with Corpo-
rate Partnership in Oak Park Schools. I have worked 13 years as
an engineer at Consumers Power Company, and currently am study-
ing at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary and Payne Theologi-
cal Seminary - A.M.E. Church. Southfield has been my community
for more than 10 years. I look forward to stepping up to ensure our
educational future. The changes in state financing of education is
of much concern to me.

I have three elementary school-age children, and am concerned
with the school district's future. With the state's partial funding
system we are at risk and I require quality education for my chil-

Age, 42. Wife-Susan. Children: Joel, Michael and David. Occupa-
tion: General dentist in West Bloomfield. Resident for 17 years.
President of the West Bloomfield Board of Education.

I am seeking re-election to continue the gains we have made. I
sincerely believe in giving back to our community, and I cannot
think of a better way to be involved than with our children and their
future. There is nothing more important than our kids. While great
progress has been made, we cannot rest; as the world is chang-
ing around us, we must also continue to grow.

West Bloomfield — Vote for two (4-year term)

Avery Murav

The Candidates
On The Questions

Please provide us with some
biographical information
about yourself.

Why are you running
for the OCC board?

OCC Candidates Vote for two (6-year term)


James A. Doyon

Seven terms' experience as a member of the Oakland County Board of Com-
missioners, retiring in 1988, serving on the following committees: finance;
personnel; planning and building; and 4 years as chair of the Personnel Ap-
peals Board. Trained educator, with a teaching certificate from Oakland Uni-
versity. Employed at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and as the
extracurricular director of speech activities participating as student congress
coach; mock trial coordinator; Lincoln-Douglas debate team coach and de-
bate team moderator; and assisting on individual speaking events. My wife,
Kay Brady, and I are Huntington Woods residents.

I believe that elected office is the highest form of public service. I have been
interested in this position for several years, as a form of community service.
I have the experience, education and energy to be a good trustee. The expe-
rience that I gained as a member of the Oakland County Board of Commis-
sioners will be valuable in evaluating complex decisions, setting priorities,
conducting strategic planning, allocating budgets and understanding legal
mandates. I have graduate-level credit in public administration from the Ho-
race A. Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan
and an MA in education from the University of Detroit. I am a classroom teacher
with valuable experience in understanding the needs of both the faculty and
students. My past community service and school coaching responsibilities
indicate that I can serve with a high degree of interest and enthusiasm.

Ellen Ferguson

I have been a teacher of physical education and health in Pontiac schools for
over 28 years, as well as girls athletic coach. I am a widowed mother of three
doctors: Debora, Otis III and Robert, as well as grandmother of five. I am a
member of various service organizations,including the Salvation Army; lo-
cal NAACP Chapter; YWCA and Pontiac Urban League; Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority; Pontiac Education Association; Michigan Education Association; Na-
tional Education Association; and Society of Afro-American Police. My vol-
unteer experience includes president of Bloomfield-Birmingham Democratic
Party and founder of the Dr. Otis B. Ferguson Scholarship Fund, as well as or-
ganizer of several social clubs which provide scholarships. I have been the
recipient of various awards, including Oakland County Black Political Women's
Group's Mother of the Year Award and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority's Family of
the Year Award.

I have been an educator for 28 years and have always been interested in the
educational process and endeavors of our young adults.) have committed
myself for the last five years to raising funds for scholarships for students
with financial hardships. I realize the importance of higher education for our
future. I have been in the past and will continue in the future to be devoted
to the welfare of the institution and the students.


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