School Board Members 2020-2021
|HEATHER ALTENBURG, Chair|
Heather has lived in Cape Elizabeth since January, 2006, is married to a graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School, was in education as a middle school and high school teacher for 8 years before having children and was voted onto the board in November, 2015. She is the mother of three students, all attending the Cape Elizabeth Schools, as well as being a yoga teacher. Heather believes in giving back and serving the community where she lives. Believing strongly in education and a desire to constantly grow, she felt that being on the school board would be a perfect fit. Heather is a sound listener, willing to hear various viewpoints and information before standing strong in her opinion.
|KIMBERLY CARR, Vice Chair|
I have always been passionate about education. I feel very fortunate to live in a town that values excellence in education and to serve our community on this board. My husband Rob and I moved to Cape Elizabeth in 2008. All of our five daughters attend the Cape Elizabeth schools and participate in many of the great extracurricular offerings.
Laura DeNino was elected to the Cape Elizabeth School Board in November 2017. During that time, she has served as a member of the Policy and Health and Wellness Committees. In addition to her work on the School Board, Laura works as a Corporate Training Consultant specializing in employee on-boarding and e-learning. She and her husband, Walter have 3 daughters: Ava is a 1st grader at Pond Cove and Ella and Emilia are emerging Pond Covers.
Phil Saucier grew up in northern Maine and has lived in the greater Portland area for more than eighteen years, having moved to Cape Elizabeth in 2017. He and his wife Kate have two children - Louis is a first grader at Pond Cove and Ava will be in kindergarten next fall. Phil works as a municipal and land use lawyer. He strongly believes in public service and is honored to serve on the School Board.
Elizabeth Scifres has lived in Cape Elizabeth with her family since 2004.She is serving her third term on the Cape Elizabeth School Board. Elizabeth has served in many leadership roles including chair of the board, vice chair, policy committee chair, and is currently finance chair. One of her main goals during her tenure on School Board has been to improve and enrich communication among the board, with staff, students, parents, and the community. It has been her great pleasure to participate on the newly formed leadership subcommittee, a cooperative group made up of the Town Manager, Superintendent of Schools, Town Council Chair and Finance Chair, School Board Chair and Finance Chair, Town Finance Director, and School Department Business Manager.
Elizabeth cares deeply about high quality education, having worked as a tutor, teacher, and coach. She continues to seek out opportunities to learn about all aspects of public education, in particular the role of the board in relationship with high performing, high achieving schools that meet the needs of all students.
|MOHAMMAD NASIR SHIR|
Mohammad Nasir Shir, originally from Afghanistan, moved to Maine in April of 1984.He has been a proud citizen of Cape Elizabeth since moving his family in April of 1997. Nasir has 5 children; two daughters who have graduated and three who currently attend Cape Elizabeth schools. Nasir has been a School Board member since 2017, serving on Finance Committee, Policy Committee, and andTechnology Committee.Nasir has a B.A. in Geography and International Development from Clark University and a M.A. from the Muskie School at USM. Nasir’s professional expertise is in the field of Geographic Information Systems where he applies analytical spatial reference to databases in a map format. He has served on many boards including Waynflete’s Board of Trustees; Maine Community Foundation, Maine Civil Liberty Union, and the Cape Elizabeth Conservation Commission.
| HOPE STRAW|
Hope Straw has lived in Cape Elizabeth since 2008. She and her husband Chris have three children in the Cape Elizabeth schools (Tess, Story and Gideon). Her work experience includes 23 years of in-house legal work in the financial technology industry, including contract negotiations and employment law. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Cape Elizabeth School Board and to play a small part in supporting our exceptional School Department.