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Board Candidate Profiles

Each of the four candidates was asked to provide answers to the two questions listed below in bold. The District does not edit answers submitted by the candidates prior to publication. The candidates are listed in order of how they will appear on the April 6, 2021 ballot.

 

Area IV

Jean Lambert
Jean Lambert (Incumbent)

15150 Tulane Ct.,
Brookfield, WI 53005 LambertAreaFour@gmail.com

Why have you chosen to seek election to the Elmbrook Board of Education?
As a current Board member, I am proud to highlight outcomes such as our consistent, current and viable curriculum, diligent enrollment management, numerous capital projects without referendum, balanced budgets, and options of safe face-to-face or virtual learning during the pandemic. I have chaired the Community and Legislative Engagement and Personnel Committees to foster relationships with elected officials so district needs and impact to the district of policy and financial decisions are clearly understood, and to further progress towards the district strategy of ‘A Great Place to Work’. I bring the perspective of private-sector business to the table.

There’s more to be done:

  • Improve K-3 literacy
  • Improve the school experience for diverse groups of students
  • Retain our incredibly talented staff
  • Assure optimal levels of technology for all student
  • Address social/emotional needs of our students

What personal philosophies and experience do you have that will help you best represent the Elmbrook electorate?
Education is the foundation of success. The challenges are to seek continuous improvement, cut waste and lead via reliable metrics while maintaining fiscal control. My board experience, education and extensive business/leadership experience have prepared me well to serve our students and families.

Family: Spouse: Roger Lambert; 7 children; 4 graduated from Elmbrook, all 7 have graduated college  District Resident: 46 years  Education: MBA Marquette University 1991; Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Medical College of Wisconsin School of Nursing 1987; RN Diploma from the Milwaukee County General School of Nursing 1977  Recent awards/recognition: Elmbrook School Board member since 2009, Project Management Certification (PMP) from the Project Management Institute, Level II Recognition Wisconsin Association of School Boards  Profession: Healthcare; Financial Coordinator – Froedtert Health


 

At-Large

James Gunsalus
James Thomas Gunsalus

1270 Brandywine Lane
Brookfield, WI 53045 jamesgunsalus@hotmail.com

Why have you chosen to seek election to the Elmbrook Board of Education? 
I chose to seek election because I’m a parent, of two children, who has another 13 years to go thru the Elmbrook School District. I’m a voice for other parents and their kids within the community who may have concerns that need to be addressed and investigated. And finally, as a tax payer, understand are our dollars being used wisely or not. 

What personal philosophies and experience do you have that will help you best represent the Elmbrook electorate? 
Personal philosophies that I value are integrity, inclusion and diversity, transparency and relationship building. Not only do I value these philosophies on a personal level but I also used them in business. I have a business background and I currently work in the Healthcare space where I do an abundance of medical contracting and financial analysis. My experience will help me vet thru documents and review financials for Elmbrook School District.

Family: Spouse: Dr. Deanna Anderson; 2 Children; 3rd grade Brookfield Elementary; 4k will be enrolled next year  District Resident: 4 years  Education: BBA, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY  Profession: Sr. Network Contract Manager, UHC


 

At-Large

Mushir Hassan
Mushir Hassan (Incumbent)

18040 Peregrine Lane,
Brookfield, WI 53045
Mushir.hassan@gmail.com

Why have you chosen to seek election to the Elmbrook Board of Education?
Since my appointment to the Board in May, I have been focused on helping shape their school reopening strategy in the pandemic. My expertise from hospital leadership has been instrumental in this process. I have also chaired our district’s Medical Advisory Board to allow for ongoing agility to our approach.

I have been part of district Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts and look to continue this important work. I feel that this work will make our district stronger and better prepare our students for the global workplace.

What personal philosophies and experience do you have that will help you best represent the Elmbrook electorate?
For success in any organization, I feel that the governing board should actively engage and listen to its key constituencies. I consider these key stakeholders to be parents, students, taxpayers, and our excellent Elmbrook staff. My experience leading professional and volunteer committees is critical to my ongoing service.

Through work partnerships, interfaith work, as well as ongoing volunteer work with our high schools, I have a strong pulse of our key issues. I think my visibility and access allows for vibrant feedback.

Family:  Spouse: Orusa Mozaffar, PharmD.; 4 children, 2 at BCHS, 1 at WHMS, 1 at Swanson Elementary  District Resident: 20 years  Education: BS and MD from Northwestern University as part of the Honors Program in Medical Education; BS Biomedical Engineering 1992, MD 1995; Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, 1995-1998  Profession: Currently Vice President of Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer, Ascension Elmbrook Memorial Hospital