Weber School District is under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Jeff Stephens, and Assistant Superintendents Linda Carver and Lex Puffer along with appointed board members. The Weber District Board of Education and Superintendents welcome your comments.
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.
Sharilyn Gerber is a long time resident of Roy City and represents Weber School District Precinct 2, which encompasses a large portion of Roy City. She has served diligently as a member of the Board of Education since 1999. Ms. Gerber currently serves on the district Travel Committee and represents Weber School District on the Board of Directors of Ogden/Weber Applied Technology College. Sharilyn Gerber was born and raised in Salt Lake City and graduated from West High School. She attended the University of Utah and graduated from BYU with a major in German and a minor in English education. She taught English, Practical Living, History, Model UN, and German at Ben Lomond High School in Ogden District for twelve years. During that time she earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from BYU. Subsequently she began her career in school counseling and has served as a school counselor at Ben Lomond High, Weber High, Roy High, Ogden High and Hurricane High. In 1994 she was hired as a Student Services Coordinator in Weber School District where her responsibilities were to provide crisis support to schools and students; provide assistance and training to school counselors; and to coordinate numerous programs for at-risk students. She retired from that position in 1997. After retirement she was elected to the Weber School Board. Ms. Gerber has a love for education and a strong desire to provide curriculum and programs to benefit students. She currently shares her love of students and education by teaching in the Adult Education program in Ogden School District. Ms. Gerber strengthens the Board by being a dedicated advocate for students. With her experience and expertise in education, school counseling and in at-risk programs for students, she brings to the Board an understanding and a valuable insight when decisions are made which affect students.
Scott Hansen resides in the Ogden Valley community of Liberty, Utah and represents Weber School District Precinct #6 which includes a portion of North Ogden and all of the Ogden Valley. He has been a member of the Board of Education since March 2013 and is currently representing Weber School District on the Ogden Valley Parks and Recreation Committee, Ogden/Weber Applied Technology College Board, and the Utah School Boards Association Board of Directors. Mr. Hansen was born and raised in Payson, Utah and graduated from Payson High School. He is an Eagle Scout. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Design Engineering Technology from Brigham Young University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Utah State University. Mr. Hansen worked for over 20 years in various Engineering, Project Management, and Executive Management capacities at Morton International and Autoliv, Inc., including six years working in Japan and four years in Thailand as President of Autoliv Thailand. He was awarded a Juris Doctorate degree from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School in 2009 and now works an attorney in private law practice in Ogden. He volunteers time to church and community service and enjoys various outdoor activities. He and his wife Heidi have four children, including two Weber High graduates and two who are currently attending Weber School District schools. Mr. Hansen brings legal and business expertise, an international perspective, and years of problem-solving experience to the board.
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.