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 – Vice 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.

amy.hanagan_smAmy Hanagan – Treasurer


Amy is a licensed CPA in Arizona, practicing in public accounting since 1995, for both local and national CPA firms. In 2010, Amy founded Hanagan CPA., LLC, providing tax and consultative services to both enterprise and individual clients across the country. Amy is an active member of the Arizona Society of CPAs, American Institute of CPAs and Trustegrity.

Originally from Livingston, New Jersey, Amy has lived in the Valley since her days at ASU, where she graduated with B.S. degrees in Accountancy and Finance. She and her husband Luke settled in Tatum Ranch in 2000. Their two daughters, Sera and Kelly, attend Desert Willow Elementary, where Amy also volunteers her time.

An unapologetic dog lover, Amy volunteers for several dog rescue organizations. Specializing in the unique personality traits and eccentricities of beagles, Sherlock and Capone, are the latest canine rescues in the Hanagan family tree.

Corbett_LaDukeCorbett LaDuke – Trustee


Corbett is currently a Vice-President Financial Consultant with Charles Schwab & Co.,  financial services firm, where he has been for over 20 years, along with his Certified Financial Planner designation.  Originally from Colorado and moved to Hawaii at age 14, then graduated high school and college from University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in International Business.  Corbett is active with his church, Coolwater Christian Church, also currently serving on the finance committee there.  Corbett also serves on the community council for CCUSD that is lead by Dr. Debbi Burdick.

Corbett and his wife Jennifer, have two children, one son at Desert Willow Elementary School in the Spanish Immersion program and daughter who will start in the same program in about 2 years.  Corbett and family  recently moved into the Lone Mountain development 18 months ago, moving from Colina Del Norte subdivision, where we lived for 6 years. We love Cave Creek and all of its offerings for our family.


James Rich – Trustee


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

Originally from the Pittsburgh, PA area, James spent ten years in the organ and tissue donation field in various capacities before switching careers. He is a graduate of the Mesa Police Academy and currently works for a valley police department.
He has a BA in Political Science from California University of PA and has been an active volunteer in CCUSD since moving into the district in 2013.  He has been on several district level committees as well as classroom volunteer and member of the PTO executive  committee.

James and his wife Andrea have two children, both of whom attend Black Mountain Elementary.

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 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.


Regina Whalen – Trustee


Regina is currently a licensed mortgage banker with Wallick and Volk a leading mortgage lender in business for over 80 years.

She holds a B.S. in business from Arizona State University. She is also a certified spin instructor and has taught spin at Freedom Fitness in Cave Creek for over seven years.

Regina and her husband Mitch have lived in Tatum Ranch for 15 years, they have two daughters Lauren and Megan who attend Cactus Shadows High School and Horseshoe Trails Elementary School. Regina has volunteered her time with her school PTO helping with various committees and in the classroom. She is also a former girl scout troop leader and service council member.

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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