Number of years as a resident of the WACS District: 29
Family: Husband, Dr. Mark Hagen, five children, three grandchildren
Westfield Academy and Central School candidate
Community activities: M.O.P.S. Mentor, church praise team
Employment and professional memberships: Minister of Visitation for my church
Candidate's statement: I have served twelve years in the past and have maintained an interest. I want to see my grandchildren grow up in a school that maintains quality education and programs, and would like to help be a part of the creative solutions that make that a possibility.
Roger A. Jopek
Number of years as a resident of the WACS District: I have resided with my family in Westfield for the last 13 and a half years. I have been a Chautauqua County resident all of my life.
Family: My wife is Nancy, and our three children are: Brad, WACS Class of 2009; Mark, Class of 2012; and Abbey, Class of 2015.
Community activities: I am a member of the First Baptist Church, currently serving as Sunday School Superintendent. I have also served as a deacon, trustee and Sunday School teacher.
Employment and professional memberships: I am a 20-year employee of Verizon Communications, with a current title of Field Tech. I am a member of the Westfield Moose, and I retired from the New York Army National Guard as an officer with over 20 years.
Why do you wish to serve on the Board of Education?: I feel it is important to give back to the community I live in, especially with the current and future challenges we face.
Candidate's statement: I realize this is a big commitment that involves accountability to the taxpayers, staff and students. I will have a responsibility to efficiently use the available resources to continue to provide a solid education for our students. I will draw from my many experiences and different jobs, as well as use what I learned from my four-year business degree from Empire College.
Edward W. LeBarron, Jr.
Number of years as a resident of the WACS District: 51 years
Family: Wife, Debbie, and three daughters, Megan, Lianna and Kristyn
Community activities: President of Babe Ruth Softball, assistant coach Babe Ruth Softball, assistant coach for Junior Varsity and Varsity Softball.
Employment and professional memberships: Public work - Superintendent Village of Westfield 27 years, retired Navy Chief Petty Officer 23 years.
Why do you wish to serve on the Board of Education?: To be able to provide the opportunity for a better education for the children and young adults of our future generations.
Candidate's statement: Part of providing a better education for our children is to be able to provide them with more opportunities not the elimination, such as sports and the arts program. Keeping taxes down can be provided in different ways and to take away from the students' development and interest is not the way. As I am not for or opposed to a Regional High School or a merger with another school, I am 110 percent for a better education for our students.