Weber School District is under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Jeff Stephens, and Assistant Superintendents Jane Ann Kammeyer and Lex Puffer along with appointed board members. The Weber District Board of Education and Superintendents welcome your comments.
Dr. Jeff Stephens
Dr. Jeff Stephens began his career in Weber School District in 1984 as an English and Reading teacher at Wahlquist Jr. High School. In 1994 he was appointed as an administrative intern and served in that capacity for one year at Roy High School. Dr. Stephens was named assistant principal at South Ogden Jr. High in 1995 and was appointed as principal at South Jr. in 1998. He served in that capacity until 2000 when he was named as Curriculum and Instruction Director for Weber School District. In 2004, the Weber School District Board of Education appointed Dr. Stephens to the position of Assistant Superintendent where his responsibilities included involvement with curriculum and instruction programs, CTE and the Foundation. In April 2011 Jeff Stephens was named as Superintendent of Weber School District. Dr. Stephens received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Education Degree from Weber State University; his Administrative/Supervisory Endorsement in 1993 and received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Utah State University in 1994. He has also received an Advanced Reading Endorsement from the Utah State Office of Education. Dr. Stephens has provided leadership in local, state, and national professional organizations and has been presented with numerous recognitions, honors and awards for his leadership and abilities. Weber School District is pleased to have Dr. Jeff Stephens at the helm of the District.
Brent Richardson is an Ogden native, graduating from Ogden High School in 1967. He represents Weber School District Precinct 3, serving the patrons in South Ogden and Uintah cities. He has served on the Weber School District Board of Education since 1999 and is currently serving as Board President, a position he has held since January 2009. After graduation from high school, Brent enlisted as a member of the 19 Special Forces Group where he completed his training at Ft. Benning, GA, and Ft. Bragg, NC. In 1970, he graduated from Infantry OCS, at Ft Benning, as a 2nd Lieutenant. Upon his return, he attended Weber State University (College at the time) where he graduated with a BS in Mathematics. Concurrent with his college pursuits, he purchased the Hi-Fi Shop in Ogden, later expanding to Salt Lake City. He sold the Hi-Fi Shop in 1989. During his ownership of the Hi-Fi Shop, he started a computer company, Connecting Point, with offices in Ogden, Salt Lake and Orem. The Connecting Point stores were sold in 1997, after which Brent pursued computer consulting and ultimately automation of homes, the merger of both of his previous careers, with audio video and computer control. Brent has served on numerous boards, including: Ogden Weber Chamber of Commerce; School of Technology, Weber State University; and Board of Trustees of the Ogden Weber Applied Technology College. Brent is married to Diane Ahlmer Richardson. They have four children, all graduates of Bonneville High School and all having attained advanced degrees through their public educations in the Weber School District. Mr. Richardson empowers the Board with his leadership skills, his extensive knowledge of the communities and patrons in which he serves, his expertise as an entrepreneur and his business savvy. He is a valued Board Member and a strong advocate of Weber School District.
Jon Ritchie of Roy represents patrons in Weber School District Precinct # 7, which includes a portion of Roy City and a small portion of unincorporated Weber County. He has served on the Board of Education since 2003 and is currently serving as Board Vice President. Mr. Ritchie is also a member of the Audit Committee which oversees district financial matters and the Capital Improvement Committee which advises in the purchase, sale or maintenance of district property as well as other improvements in district facilities. Mr. Ritchie attended Weber schools and graduated from Roy High in 1978. He attended Weber University in the Emergency Medical Services field. He received his EMT certification in 1981. Mr. Ritchie began his career with Roy City Fire Department in 1984 as a Firefighter/EMT; he later was promoted to Captain and in 1998 was appointed as Deputy Chief. He was named Roy City Fire Chief in 2000. From 2000 to present he has served as a member of the Weber Area 911 Dispatch Board; from 2003-2007 was a member of the Executive Board of Utah State Fire Chief’s Association, serving a term as President in 2005; and in 2007 was elected President of the Weber County Fire Officer’s Association. He generously volunteers his time serving in his community and church and has served in leadership capacities on community councils in area schools. He is married to the former Jane Woodall and they have four daughters and five grandchildren (plus another one on-the-way.) Mr. Ritchie brings to the Board outstanding leadership skills, is diligent in fulfilling his responsibilities, and has a keen sense of community involvement.
Richard H. Favero
Richard H. (Rick) Favero was born and raised in Weber County and attended school in the Weber School District, graduating from Weber High School in 1966. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Weber State College in 1972 with a major in Accounting and a minor in Banking and Finance. He represents Weber School District precinct #4, Western Weber County including Taylor, West Weber, Warren, West Warren, Plain City, Hooper, Marriott- Slaterville, West Haven, and parts of Farr West. He began his service on the school board in 2013 and is currently serving on the Audit Committee and the Insurance Committee. He worked at a local glass and building supply company for 18 years, with responsibility for logistics, customer service, collections, management and as Vice President. In 1993, after living in Rome, Italy for three years, he began a career in life and health insurance and investment planning. He served for several years as a member and as chairman of the Weber County Planning Commission. He served for 10 years as an Assistant District Commissioner in the Boy Scouts of America and is currently serving as a member of a local cemetery board. He and his wife Andrea Moyes Favero have 5 children and 17 grandchildren.
Douglas Hurst of Washington Terrace, Utah represents Weber School District Precinct #5 which includes Riverdale and a portion of Washington Terrace. He was elected to the Board of Education in 2008. He currently serves on the district Audit Committee which oversees district financial matters and the Capital Improvement Committee which advises in the purchase, sale or maintenance of district property as well as other improvements in district facilities. Mr. Hurst attended Ogden City Schools graduating from Ogden High School. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting with a minor in Banking & Finance from Weber State University in 1972. He has had a successful career as a Certified Public Accountant and is also a licensed contractor for residential construction. He is married to the former Kathleen Flannery and together they have four children and seven grandchildren. Mr. Hurst brings to the Board a valuable expertise and knowledge in all financial areas.
Dean Oborn resides in Pleasant View, Utah and represents Weber School District Precinct #1 which includes all of Pleasant View, a portion of Plain City, Farr West, Harrisville and North Ogden. He has been a member of the Board of Education since 2007 and is currently serving as a member of the district Travel Committee. He also represents Weber School District on the Utah High Schools Activities Association Board of Trustees and is a member of the Utah School Board Association Delegate Assembly. Mr. Oborn graduated from Ogden High School in 1961 and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology/Botany from Weber State College in 1967. He was a Biology teacher at Roy High and Weber High for 17 years. In 1976 he received his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and soon after received his Administrative/Supervisory certification. Mr. Oborn was appointed as Principal of Roy Jr. High School from 1992-1997 and was named Principal of Weber High School in 1997. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 2000, totaling 31 years of service in Weber District. Mr. Oborn has been the recipient of many educational awards including: Utah Biology Teacher of the Year, The Good School Management Award from Weber School District and the Golden Apple Award from Utah PTA. He is married to the former Edith Thomas and they have three children and ten grandchildren. Mr. Oborn brings to the Board a vast wisdom in educational policies and procedures and has first-hand experience in school leadership skills.
Elected in 2014, Janis Christensen is a long-time resident of North Ogden, serving Weber School District, Precinct 6, which includes an eastern portion of North Ogden and all of Ogden Valley. She represents Weber School District on the Ogden Valley Park and Recreation Committee and the Utah School Boards Association Board of Directors. Educated in parochial schools in the Midwest, Mrs. Christensen received a Bachelor of Science degree in English, with minors in Education and Communications, from the University of Minnesota. As a former educator, she was a Title I instructor and focused on the areas of her training, pursuing additional studies in English as a Second Language. Her teaching career included opportunities in Minnesota, Michigan, California and Utah public schools. Mrs. Christensen and her husband Allen have 5 sons and a daughter--all graduates of Weber School District schools. They are grandparents of 23 children, all of whom will attend Utah schools and 8 of whom will be Weber District students. During the 20 years her children were in school, she worked diligently and effectively as a member and officer of her local PTA. She is a strong advocate for families, having served with the conservative organization, United Families International, as a lobbyist for family values at the United Nations in New York City and its sister facility in Geneva, Switzerland. Doing so, she has become keenly aware of the importance of the involvement of families in the administrative process if we are to achieve the best possible education for all Weber District students. As a volunteer staff member for the past 10 years at the Utah State Senate, she highly encourages citizens who want the best for Utah’s children to be aware and involved in the legislative process as it relates to Education in Utah. Due to her professional background, her lobbyist and legislative experiences, and her role as a motivated mother and grandmother, Janis Christensen brings a unique and valuable perspective and strength to the Weber School Board.
Mitsuko “Mitzi” Kawaguchi was elected to the Weber School Board in 2014 representing Precinct #2, which includes a portion of Roy City. She is serving on the school district Travel Committee and as an alternate on the Utah School Board Association Delegate Assembly. She was educated in Weber County schools, and graduated from Weber High School in 1958. She continued her education at Weber College and Utah State University where she earned Bachelor of Science and Master in Education Degrees. Ms. Kawaguchi’s career in education comprises 44 years of teaching kindergarten, first, and second grades in Weber School District, including 10 years at Roy Elementary, 13 years at Hooper Elementary, and 21 years at Midland Elementary School. In 1992 she was honored as Weber School District Teacher of the Year and was subsequently named Runner Up for State Teacher of the Year. She retired in 2006 and continued her involvement in education as a mentor of new teachers for Weber School District for an additional four years. She currently serves on the Treehouse Children’s Museum Board. She helped write a program to assist children in preparation for kindergarten titled Getting Ready for Kindergarten with Miss Bindergarten. The program is currently in use or will be utilized in eight northern Utah school districts, including Weber School District. Ms. Kawaguchi brings valuable knowledge and experience in early childhood education and is committed to the students and patrons of Weber School District.