Board of Education

Members of the Auburn-Washburn Board of Education are patrons who voluntarily serve the community. Meets are held the first and third Monday of each month (except holidays) at 6:30 PM. Meetings are open to the public, and are held at Shuler Education Center, 5928 Southwest 53rd Street.

The Board encourages input from the community, and provides an open forum at the beginning of each regular meeting. Individuals may address the Board for up to five minutes each during the session. There will be no dialog on issues raised during the open forum. If you wish to have more time for open discussion, topics may be placed on the agenda with a ten-day advance notice.

For additional information, please contact:

Denise Taylor
Board Clerk
Phone: 339-4031


Trisha Brooke-Fruendt
Trisha Brooke-Fruendt, 2B

Patricia received her Bachelor of Interior Architecture from Kansas State University and has 30 years' experience in the construction industry. She is the Maintenance Supervisor for USD 497 – Lawrence Public Schools. Her hobbies are officiating high school volleyball and basketball, and spending time with the families two Irish Setters.

She grew up in Topeka and is married to Lt. Col. Karl H. Fruendt with the Colorado Air Force Reserves. She has three step-children: Emily, Jonathan, and Alex.

Current Term 2015-2020.

Tom Bruno
Tom Bruno
Vice President

Mr. Tom Bruno has served on the Board since 2014. He serves on the Negotiations and Strategic Planning Committees.

Mr. Bruno received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Washburn University. He owns Bruno & Associates, Inc., a public affairs firm located in Topeka, KS.

Bruno is a graduate of Washburn Rural High School and attended both Wanamaker Elementary and Jay Shideler Junior High. He lives in Topeka with his wife Shawna and their daughters Blake, Olivia, and Ava.

Current Term 2015-2020.

James Gartner
Jim Gartner, 4A

Mr. James Gartner joined the Board in 2008. he serves on the Budget subcommittee and the Construction Review committee.

He earned his BA in Business from Washburn University.

Gartner has lived in Topeka for over 55 years. He has two children, Megan and Wesley, and two step-children, Michelle and Christian.

Current Term 2013-2018.

Dr. Terry Carney, President
Dr. Terry Carney, 5B

Dr. Carney joined the Board in 2009. He serves on the Capital Outlay subcommittee and the Construction Review committee.

He is a doctor of Optometry and a member of the Topeka South Rotary, Kansas Optometric Association, and American Optometric Association.

Dr. Carney has called Topeka home for more than 40 years; he lives with his wife Lisa, who is also a medical doctor, and their children Brandon and Alyssa.

Current Term 2013-2018.

Amanda Kiefer
Amanda Kiefer, 6C

Amanda Kiefer is the newest member to the Board of Education. She is a graduate of Kansas State University and Washburn University School of Law. Amanda is an AVP and Assistant General Counsel for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka. She is married to Curtis Von Lintel, and their three children attend Farley Elementary. She is active in the state and local bar associations and serves on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Topeka as well as the KCSDV.

Current Term 2013-2018.

Darren Haddock
Darren Haddock, 3C

Mr. Darren Haddock served the Board from 2002 to June, 2005, and was reappointed in December, 2005. He serves on the Negotiations and Internal Audit subcommittees.

Haddock received his BS in Economics and MBA from Brigham Young University. He is a member of the Jayhawk Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

A citizen of Topeka for more than 15 years, Haddock lives with his wife Tracie, and their five children, Porter, Mason, Lindsay, Spencer, and Tanner.

Current Term 2015-2020.

David Hines
David Hines, At-Large

Mr. David Hines joined the Board in 2011. He serves on the Construction Review Committee and with the Auburn-Washburn Public Schools Foundation.

Mr. Hines received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma with degrees in Accounting and Finance.

Hines has lived in Topeka for more than ten years with his wife, Loretta, and their daughters, Avery and Olivia.

Current Term 2015-2020.


Normal Board of Education terms run for four years and expire in January. Please contact the Shawnee County Election Office for more information about Board of Education elections.