Board of Trustees

The CCUEF Foundation is governed and administered by an independent Board of Trustees. As such, the Trustees are responsible for oversight of funds and how they will be appropriated.

Sarah Byrne

Sarah Byrne – Chair


Sarah is a passionate advocate for the youth of our area and works to strengthen the relationship between our schools and our community. Through CCUEF sponsored events like Rock the District, she and her fellow trustees have been able to highlight the many talented young people in our community while bringing attention to the unique challenges faced by our school district.

Sarah and her husband, Dr. Greg Byrne, are the owners of Equine Veterinary Services, PLC. Their son, Grady, attends Belmont University in Nashville, TN and their son, Spencer, is a student at Cactus Shadows HS.

Kesha Cardinal – Secretary


Kesha Cardinal is a mother of two amazing daughters in the Cave Creek Unified School District. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Family Relations and Child Development from Oklahoma State University. She is also a Certified Children’s Yoga Instructor. Apart from being a stay at home mom, she has worked with at-risk youths in clinical settings and school districts. As a program director for GenH in Springfield, IL she helped bring movement and mindfulness into the classroom thru Brain Breaks. She has worked with the charity supporting teachers classroom needs. She believes firmly in the power of community and feels blessed to be a part of the Cave Creek School District.

Lee Flemming – Treasurer


Heidi Brashear – Trustee


Kristin Nelson – Trustee


Nancy Pratt – Trustee


Director of Instructional Technology for Cave Creek Unified School District. In this role, she coaches and mentors teachers of the district in innovative practices with technology and 21st-century skills. She also plans and conducts training around Arizona and supports National Board Certification, an advanced credential for teachers, for CCUSD and teachers around the state.  Additionally, Nancy has worked as an adjunct faculty member at GCU, on campus and online, as well as a subject-matter expert in technology integration coursework.

Nancy has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Arizona State University, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction also from ASU, and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership at Grand Canyon University. 

Married for 32 years, Nancy and her husband have two children, and one wonderful son-in-law all of whom attended CSHS.  Nancy and her family have lived in the Cave Creek Unified School District for 21 years.  

Cynthia Weiss

Cynthia Weiss – Trustee


Cynthia is a non-voting ex officio member of the CCUEF board.

Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a specialization in Graphic Design from ASU as well as a Master’s Degree (Foreign Equivalent) from the Basel School of Design, Switzerland.

An Arizona resident for over 30 years, Cynthia currently lives in CCUSD/Tatum Ranch with her husband and local Realtor® Ron Weiss and their daughter Sarah, a student at Cactus Shadows High School.

Cynthia has a passion for technology, education, and arts advocacy and has served CCUSD as an active volunteer in various public relations, marketing and branding capacities.

burdickDr. Debbi Burdick – District Superintendent


Dr. Burdick is a non-voting ex-officio member of the CCUEF Board. Dr. Burdick has been an educator for 42 years, in the roles of teacher, educational consultant, principal, associate superintendent, and superintendent. She also is an adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University. Dr. Burdick has a Bachelor’s Degree from Western IL University, two Masters Degrees from Eastern IL University and a Doctorate from Arizona State University.

Her family has lived in the Cave Creek Unified School District for 21 years since moving here from Illinois, with two of her children graduating from Cactus Shadows High School.

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