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Term of Office: 2008-2024

Barbara has called Payson her home since 1977. She married Patrick, her childhood sweetheart, in 1974, and they were blessed with two daughters. The loves of their lives are their seven grandchildren and one great- grandchild. Patrick and Barbara have been self-employed business owners since 1977. With a “servant’s heart” Barbara has served her community and considers herself a full-time volunteer. She wants to continue to make PUSD a district that everyone is proud to be a part of!

Vice President

Term of Office: 2023-2026

Katy Taylor is the 6th generation Gila County Resident and Graduated from Payson High School in 1998. She married her High School Sweetheart Justin Taylor. They have 3 kids that have been through PUSD. Makiah graduated in 2019 and attends UofA, Mayzee graduated in 2021 and lives with her Husband in Snowflake, AZ, and Kelten will graduate in 2024. All of her kids were very involved in sports and other clubs within the school district. Katy is a local Accountant as well as a General Contractor with her husband Justin. She has volunteered with several activities in our school district along with community activities. Community is very important to her and she strives to keep communication open to all. Katy is excited to serve on the school board and bring wisdom with finance and keep the traditions of Payson alive within our school district. 

Board Member

Term of Office: 2021-2024

Michell was born and raised in Payson AZ. She is married with four wonderful children and loves to spend time with family and friends. She enjoys spending time outdoors camping, hiking, etc. Michell has a passion for helping others. She has served on other committees; as a Girl Scout leader, as President of Frybread for Families – a non-profit organization, and served on the Payson Little League Board. She is in her second term on the School Board. She would like to see our students thrive by getting a good education and receiving the tools they need to become good citizens of the community. She is looking forward to helping PUSD move in a good and positive direction.

Board Member

Term of Office: 2021-2024

Audrey has lived in Payson since 2014. She is married with four children, an adult son, a daughter who graduated from Payson High School in 2022, and a son and daughter who currently attend the Payson School District. She works as a full time Realtor in Rim Country. Audrey has volunteered on the JRE PTO and still volunteers with the wrestling booster club. She enjoys attending all PUSD events, loves anything outdoors, and going to Roosevelt Lake with her family during the summer. She is excited to be serving in a new role as board President this year. Audrey looks forward to continuing to improve this amazing school district and making PUSD10 the best it can be.

Board Member

Term of Office: 2023-2026

Susan Ward has been very blessed to be a stay at home mom. This has enabled her to be an active volunteer and advocate in her community for over 25 years. She has worked in her children’s school serving in many roles including PTO President, literacy tutor, senior project evaluator, classroom mom, and more. She has also been a sports coach and league board member. In Washington State she served as a CASA, foster child advocate, supporting and speaking for foster children in our court system.
Susan has been married to her wonderful husband for 33 years and they have 3 beautiful grown children. She and her husband moved to Payson about 3 years ago to enjoy their approaching retirement. Education and student success have always been so important to her and after much prayer, she decided to seek to serve her community as an advocate on the Payson School Board.  She will bring her passion and determination to work with the board to make PUSD a district of excellence!


The Payson Unified Schools Governing Board is scheduled to meet monthly, please refer to our calendar for upcoming dates. Meetings are held in the District Office Board Room at 902 W. Main Street.

Members of the Governing Board may not discuss items that are not on the agenda. Therefore, action taken as a result of public comment, for items not on the agenda, will be limited to directing staff to study the matter for further consideration and decision at a later date. The Governing Board asks that members of the public maintain a respectful tone and refrain from personal attacks upon Governing Board members, employees of the District, or other person(s) in attendance or absent. Per Board policy, presenters are cautioned that statements or representations concerning others that convey an unjustly unfavorable impression may subject the presenter to civil action for defamation. By state statute, Board members may respond to criticism. A three (3)-minute limit for each member of the public will be observed.


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Agendas are posted on the bulletin board on the exterior of the building a minimum of 24 hours in advance of each meeting and as a link on this page. Regular and Special Board meetings are open to the public. The Board may go into Executive Session during any meeting. Due to the nature of the agenda items discussed in the Executive Session, this part of the meeting is not open to the public. Those wishing to address the Governing Board at a meeting must complete a request for a “Public Participation at Board Meeting” form, available above or in the Board Room prior to all regular Board meetings. Due to state open meeting laws, Governing Board members may not respond to items that are not already on the agenda.

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