Governing Board Member Profiles
Mr. Ray Borane, Board President
Mr. Borane has been fortunate to have attended all three Arizona universities in preparation for his career in public education, and two Latin American universities in his area of specialization, that of Spanish Literature. With our local school district, he has served as a high school Spanish teacher, department chairperson, athletic director, vice-principal, assistant superintendent and as Douglas Unified School District #27 Superintendent for 15 years.
On the county, state, national and international levels, Mr. Borane has been a member of and served as a consultant to a variety of Educational, Governmental, and public administrations, including serving as a senior policy advisor to Governor Janet Napolitano and representing Governor Mofford's office as an Arizona Commissioner to the Education Commission of the States. He has been recognized by and appointed to a variety of state boards by five Arizona Governors.
At Northern Arizona University, Mr. Borane was an Assistant to the University President for governmental and legislative affairs and liaison to the Arizona Board of Regents and all state agencies. He also was a lobbyist at the Arizona State Legislature for the Arizona Department of Education and the Arizona State Board of Education.
Mr. Borane was appointed by Arizona Governor Babbitt to the Arizona State Board of Education and served as its vice-president and president for five years. He also served as Arizona State Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction for eight years where he was responsible for oversight of the daily operation of the Arizona Department of Education. Further, Mr. Borane has been honored with many distinguished awards in the educational and governmental fields. Outstanding among his awards and recognitions are the Arizona State Legislature Cesar Chavez Community Award, twice with the LULAC State Community Award, Governor Symington's Recognition for Outstanding Service to Education in Arizona, as well as Governor Hull's Award for Excellence of Quality and Continuous Improvement in Arizona State Government.
He was recognized by the Arizona State Board of Education and the Arizona Department of Education for significant contributions to education in the State of Arizona.
More recently, he was appointed as a member of the Homeland Security Council Task Force in Washington, D.C. by United States Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Internationally, Arizona Governor Napolitano awarded Mr. Borane the Outstanding Service Award for Promoting Strong and Cooperative Relationship with Mexico and Latin America. In addition to having been a policy advisor to the Municipality of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, Mr. Borane has been acknowledged to have been of distinguished service to Mexico through its Ohtili Award, the highest honor given by Mexico to a foreigner.
He has devoted his entire adult life to promoting the well-being and education of our community's children and those of the State of Arizona in general as exemplified by his being the recipient of the Arizona School Boards Association Award of Merit for Exceptional Leadership and Integrity and Distinguished Achievements for the Betterment of Arizona Public Schools and the Students They Serve.
Dr. Edward Gomez, Board Member
Dr. Edward Gomez was born and raised in Pirtleville, Arizona. He graduated from Douglas High School in 1959. He attended St. Louis University College of Arts and Science and the School of Dentistry. Dr. Gomez graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1965. He retired from the United States Naval Reserve in 1984 with the rank of Captain, United States Naval Reserve Dental Corps. He returned to Douglas in 1967 and had a dental practice in Douglas until 2005. He has served on many civic committees. Dr. Gomez has been president and a member of the Douglas Rotary Club. He served as a board of director for the Arizona Town Hall. He is a delegate to the House of the Arizona Dental Association. Dr. Gomez is presently employed as a dentist at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Douglas. In 2008, he was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Tucson, Arizona.
Dr. Gomez says "I ran for the school board because of the notoriety the Douglas Unified School District had gotten in the media. I thought the School Board needed to present a more positive picture of the Douglas Unified School District".
"My goals are to provide a top-grade education to our students, a safe environment in schools, and my utmost support for the staff and teachers in our district".
Mr. Mitch Lindemann, Board Member
Mitchel R. Lindemann was born in Valley City, North Dakota, and was raised primarily in Bismarck, North Dakota where he graduated from Bismarck High School (1976) and Bismarck Junior College (1978). He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Vocal and Instrumental Music from Valley City State University (1981). After graduation, he taught in the North Dakota Public School systems before moving to Arizona in 1986 where he accepted a teaching position with the Duncan Unified School District.
Mr. Lindemann was hired to teach Instrumental Music (Band) for the Douglas Unified School District in 1988. He received a Master of Arts in Elementary Education degree (1991) and a Master of Arts in Education Administration degree (1993) both from Northern Arizona University (NAU). In 1997, Mr. Lindemann received the Distinguished Alumni Award from NAU. Mr. Lindemann completed an Internship for Public School Superintendence in 2000 from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Lindemann also holds Arizona certification in English as a Second Language (ESL), Structured English Immersion (SEI), and Administration.
Mr. Lindemann has served the City of Douglas on the Planning and Zoning Commission as a member, Vice Chairman, and Chairman from 1994 to 2005. He was elected Councilman for Ward Two in 2006 and again in 2010 and served until 2014. He was appointed to serve as a Chairman of the City of Douglas Finance Committee in 2006 and served until 2014.
In 2004; as a Civic-minded individual, Mr. Lindemann applied for and was awarded the Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial which toured Douglas from April 9 through 17, 2005, and was presented at the Eight Street Veteran's Park.
In 2010 Mr. Lindemann was appointed Mayor Pro Tempore (Vice Mayor) for the City of Douglas and served until 2014. He also served as the City of Douglas' representative to the Southeast Arizona Governments Organization (SEAGO) from 2012 to 2014. Mr. Lindemann served as DUSD Summer School Principal in 2008 and 2009. Mr. Lindemann has served as Vice Chairman of the Douglas Education Association, as a faculty member for the Cochise Community College, and as a member of the Douglas Unified Schools Blue Ribbon committees. A career educator; Mr. Lindemann retired from teaching in 2011 to spend more time with family, his granddaughter, and to continue his service to the community of Douglas. Mr. Lindemann was elected to serve on the Douglas Unified School Board in 2014.
Goals: To strive to fulfill the Board goals, the District Mission statement, and to provide a quality education for our students while maintaining fiscal responsibility ensuring the best results for the taxpayer's money. To fulfill the role of a School Board member; which is according to the National School Boards Association, to be the education watchdog for the community.
Mr. Mario Ramos, Sr., Board Member
I was born and raised in Douglas, Arizona. I attended Douglas public schools and graduated from Douglas High School in 1970. I attended Cochise College and later worked for Phelps Dodge, I was retired in 1982 because of my disability. I'm presently the Sr. Vice President of the Douglas Area Food Bank and member of the Douglas Noon Lions and past president. I've been serving our community with many other organizations and will continue whenever asked.
Mrs. Jana Selchow, Board Member
Jana Selchow has been a resident of Douglas, Arizona for forty years and is proud to be a Douglas Bulldog! She relocated to Douglas from Houston, Texas in 1981 when she married her college sweetheart and Douglas native, James (Bosco) Selchow. Mrs. Selchow lived in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas while growing up. She graduated from Little Rock Parkview High School in 1976 and attended Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. At Ouachita, she studied Library Science and Elementary Education with a focus on elementary curriculum studies. She graduated in 1981 from Ouachita with a Bachelor’s Degree. Mrs. Selchow graduated with honors from Northern Arizona University in 1996 with a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. She is the mother of Meghan Selchow Dicks (Kevin) of Quincy, Illinois, and Jordan Selchow (Tiffany) of Gold Canyon, Arizona. Mrs. Selchow has one grandchild, Hayes Katherine.
Mrs. Selchow was employed by the Douglas Unified School District from 1981 to 2020 and held many different educational positions. She taught reading, English, journalism, literature, summer school math, and ELL. Mrs. Selchow was a middle school librarian at RBMS for 21 years and the librarian at both RBMS and Huber Middle School for 7 years. Mrs. Selchow was the New Teacher Induction Coach and retired after being the district Curriculum Coordinator for two years. In her retirement, she coordinated and taught the Gifted and Talented Education Program (MAS) for 9 years.
Mrs. Selchow holds current teaching certification which includes ELL, Library Media, and GTE endorsements.
Mrs. Selchow has been active in many local organizations which support and promote the youth development of children in Douglas.
Mrs. Selchow is very excited to represent the Douglas Unified School District as a member of the governing board. She strongly believes Douglas has amazing students and the DUSD has terrific adults who put their educational, physical, and emotional needs first.
Goals: Provide the best educational opportunities to the children of Douglas. Provide and ensure a safe and respectful working environment for all students and all district employees. Stay current on issues affecting district educational and budgetary concerns.