Originally elected to the Pinal County Community College District Governing Board in 1983, Gladys Christensen was re-elected in November of 2012 to a new six-year term. She is the longest-tenured member of the PCCCD Governing Board and has served many roles, including president in 2011 and 2012.
Christensen represents the large geographical region of District 1 which consists of the cities of Coolidge, Florence and Eloy in the central region of Arizona, Superior in the northeastern portion of Pinal County, and the communities of Eastern Pinal County from Kearny to Oracle.
Christensen spent most of her professional working career as an employment and training program manager before retiring. She has an extensive background in formulating policies and procedures, using her knowledge and experience to serve as planning and zoning commissioner for the city of Coolidge for eight years.
Christensen also has been part of service organizations during her career such as Rebekah Lodge, Desert Women’s Club, Single Parent Advisory Group, Mensa International, American Legion Auxiliary, Gila Pinal PIC, Lioness Club, University Dames, Agri-Business Women, CAN-DO, State Advisory Council for Elementary and High School Curriculum, International Association for Personnel in Employment Service, and the Pinal County Personnel Club.
A graduate of Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., Christensen also completed her master’s degree at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif.
Dr. David Odiorne was appointed by Pinal County School Superintendent Jill Broussard to fill the District 2 Governing Board position that was vacated by Dr. Debra Banks last spring. He will be seated until December 31, 2020.
Originally from Maine, Dr. Odiorne has served as an administrator and consultant in higher education for more than 20 years. He currently runs his own business, assisting colleges and universities in the areas of accreditation, assessment and institutional effectiveness.
Dr. Odiorne has a Bachelor of Science and Education from the University of Maine at Farmington and a Masters of Science in Educational Administration from the University of Southern Maine. He earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1981.
Besides serving as the CEO of his own chiropractic clinic, Dr. Odiorne was active in the Maine Chiropractic Association until he began his career in higher education. He held various administrative roles at National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) in Lombard, IL, National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, OR, Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA, and the New York Chiropractic College.
Dr. Odiorne has served on numerous boards and councils including, but not limited to, the American Chiropractic Association, International Chiropractors Association, Assessment Network of New York, Councils on Chiropractic Education International, Association on Higher Education and Disabilities, Maine Chiropractic Association, New York State Chiropractic Association, American Academy of Pain Management, and Seneca County Chamber of Commerce.
A 1970 graduate of Central Arizona College, Rick Gibson returned to serve his alma mater in 1997 as representative to the Pinal County Community College District Governing Board. He also is the president of the CAC Alumni Association.
Gibson represents District 3 which consists of the city of Casa Grande and its greater region and extends northwest through the Gila River Indian Community to Pinal County’s border with Maricopa County.
Since 1981, Gibson has served as extension agent for agriculture in Pinal County for the University of Arizona and in 1997 became the county extension director. He was elected as the president of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents for 2008-09 and served as a member of the Sun Life Family Health Center Advisory Board and the Arizona Agriculture Extension Association.
In 2009, Gibson was inducted into the CAC Wall of Success for his outstanding professional achievement and commitment to his alma mater. He earned his degree in biology from the University of Arizona in 1972 and his master’s degree in plant protection in 1978.
Dan Miller has lived in Pinal County, District 4 for the past 10 years. He was appointed by Jill Broussard, Pinal County Superintendent of Schools and sworn in on May 11, 2016.
Miller’s career has focused on integrating education into a variety of organizations including the US Navy, Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, and Abbott Nutrition in Casa Grande.
While on active duty, Miller attained his B.S in Human Resources and his M.S. in Management. He is currently a Principal Reliability Engineer for the Connecticut-based Genesis Solutions. This consulting firm has assigned Dan to clients across the country in areas best served by his talents, skills, and experiences – Pharmaceutical and Transportation are just two examples. Dan is also a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional, Six Sigma Black Belt, and is certified in Lean and Project Management.
Miller is a U.S. Navy veteran, writer, photographer, and innovator. He owns a small business, digital Dan Photography, serves on the United Way of Pinal County Board of Directors, and has been a member and chair of the Maricopa Industrial Development Authority (IDA). He is active in the community and supports the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce, as well as local charities including Against Abuse and Maricopa’s Food Bank (FOR).
Miller brings a considerable amount of workforce development and asset management experience to the CAC Board of Governors. His understanding of how communities and education synergize on local issues will enable the Board to continually improve its ability to make meaningful decisions as it effectively achieves its impactful strategies.
Appointed by Pinal County School Superintendent Jill Broussard, Dave Waldron was sworn in on Feb. 26, 2019.
Originally, from Montana Waldron served in the United States Marine Corps from 1968 through 1972. He is a Vietnam Veteran and received an honorable discharge as sergeant.
Waldron worked for 17 years as IT Director at Horizon Health and Wellness and for 21 years in law enforcement. For more than 13 years, he was a member of the Apache Junction City Council. Dave is the current Chair of the Pinal County Air Quality Board and has been involved with this board for more than 18 years. He was the former vice chair of the Central Arizona Council of Governments (CAG) and former chair of the Pinal County Regional Transportation Authority (PRTA). Additionally, he was a member of the Apache Junction Planning and Zoning Commission for four years, two of which he was the chair.
For 26 years, Waldron has been a resident of Apache Junction and Pinal County. He and his wife Kathleen, of 27 years, are both retired. They have four children and six grandchildren.