Board Members


Claudia AndersonTwenty-one years ago Claudia and her husband Eric moved to the Vail area. Their children Sarah and Sean have attended school in the District since kindergarten. Both Eric and Claudia have been active in volunteering with the school district in various capacities through the years. Claudia was honored with the Vail Volunteer Ambassador of the Year award in 2009. She is the past Chair of the Vail Community Action Board and the Co-Chair for the Vail Centennial Project.

An Arizona native, Claudia grew up in Phoenix and attended Xavier High School. She received her B.A. in History from the University of Arizona and a post-baccalaureate certificate from the University of San Diego Legal Assistant program. She also attended the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She has worked as a paralegal for several years and is currently employed with the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation.

Claudia believes education is the cornerstone of a free and prosperous society and is committed to providing the best education available to the students in the Vail community.

Email address: andersonc@vailschooldistrict.org

Allison PrattAllison Pratt has always understood the value of education and has been connected to education in one capacity or another for most of her life.

Allison grew up in Conway, Arkansas — which is nicknamed, “The City of Colleges.” She loved school and excelled at it. After graduating from high school with honors, Allison moved to Utah where she graduated with a degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development from Brigham Young University. While there she met and married her husband. They moved to Arizona for his employment at Raytheon. After the Pratt family moved to Arizona in 2005, Allison made the decision to stay home and raise their four boys. Her three oldest boys attend Esmond Station K-8.

Email address: pratta@vailschooldistrict.org

Jon AitkenLike so many others, Jon and his wife Nicole moved to the Vail area because of the reputation of the school district. They and their three children have lived here since 1999. Jon and Nicole have always believed in the spirit of public service. Because of that strong belief, they both proudly serve their schools and community. Two of their three children still attend Vail schools.

Jon has served the Vail School District in numerous capacities since becoming actively involved in 2005. He was Site Council Chair at Senita Valley Elementary School from 2007-2014. He served as PTA Treasurer for Rincon Vista Middle School from 2011-2014. Among others things Jon served Vail on school planning committees, contractor and site selection committees, boundaries committees, and has even testified on behalf on Vail to the Arizona State Legislature.

Jon’s personal interests include all things Disney, running, and soccer.

Jon currently works for Bank of America and will leverage his professional skills and leadership to help guide the Vail Unified School District into the future.

Email address: aitkenj@vailschooldistrict.org

Mark Tate first moved to Tucson in 1965 at the age of 12. He earned a Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska where he met and married his lovely wife, Lynnette, in 1976. He and Lynette returned to Tucson and have been in the area ever since. They enjoy their two sons and six grandchildren. The Tates moved to Vail in 2009 and fell in love with the small town.

Shortly after retirement from a successful 30-year career at Raytheon, Mark read From Success to Significance, which encouraged him use what he was successful doing in the work place, and do something of significance in his community. The Tates began their “second career” volunteering in the Vail School District.

Mark then became the Volunteer Coordinator at the newly built Andrada Polytechnic High School. A position was created two years later where he became the Post Secondary Success Coordinator. He became “Grandpa” to 600+ teenagers.

Over the last seven years the Tates have been serving Vail at Vail Pride Day, the district-wide Fisher House fundraisers, the Annual Vail Community Holiday Dinner, and Vail Family University. Mark is serves on COVE and is now excited to serve with the Greater Vail Community Resources working to provide services to the Vail community. The Tates have been blessed to be a blessing to others and will continue that service as Mark advocates for his now 13,000+ “grandkids” and their teachers on the Vail Governing Board

Email address: tatem@vailschooldistrict.org

Callie Tippett has been happily married to Lt. Col. MaRico Tippett for an amazing fifteen years. They have three children attending schools in the Vail School District. Mrs. Tippett’s interest in serving on the Board is not only for her own children, but also for a community she has grown to love. Her interest is in insuring that Vail continues to lead education in Arizona. Callie can often be found doing her part to ensure that lead volunteering in the community and the schools.

As a business owner of two successful businesses, Callie has developed business plans, followed a budget, and served customers. Being a business owner means the buck stops with her. People count on her every day. Successful business owners never take paid vacation. They are fiercely driven. Callie believes that service on the Vail Governing Board is no different. She will serve as an advocate for Vail with as much effort as she gives her business… the same effort she has also given to the Vail Parent Network as a member of the steering committee fighting for every dime she could from the State.

Callie continually draws upon her experiences as a business owner, a competitive athlete, and a volunteer to work with parents, teachers, administration, and the community by continuing to serve with compassion, determination, and drive

Email address: tippettc@vailschooldistrict.org