FPS Board of Education Members 2020-2021

  • The Board of Education consists of seven school district residents who will hold either four or six-year terms. Effective November 2016, all terms will be for six years. Elections are held bi-annually in November even years. The Board of Education is a governing body which is independent of other municipal, elected governing bodies.

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Mrs. Terri A. Weems, Treasurer

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Mrs. Terri A. Weems, Treasurer

Terri Weems was appointed in September 2015 and elected in November 2016. She is a certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute and Michigan Association of CPAs, as well as the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). Terri earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science degree in accounting from the Honors College at Ohio University. Terri is an active member of her community. She served as Chairperson of a the Detroit Public High School Advisory Committee, several FPS PTA boards and is treasurer of her homeowner association. She volunteers her time to several organizations which provide tax assistance to those in need, food for the homeless, accounting educational awareness, mentorship and scholarships to high school and college students. Terri and her husband live in Farmington Hills and have three children who attend Farmington Public Schools.

Term expires: 2022

Mrs. Jessica B. Cummings, Trustee

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Mrs. Jessica B. Cummings, Trustee

Jessica Cummings was elected in 2014. She is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and Michigan State University College of Law. She has been a licensed attorney since 1999. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor and Interim Chair of Graduate Programs at Madonna University in the School of Business. Jessica and her husband live in Farmington Hills. Their three children attend Farmington Public Schools. She has been a PTA member and involved in school activities since 2006. She has helped in classrooms, co-chaired a PTA yearbook committee, co-managed a Destination Imagination team, managed a WordMasters team, and offered other help in the schools. Jessica has also been involved with a youth sports team.

Term expires: 2020

Mr. Richard D. Mukamal, Trustee

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Mr. Richard D. Mukamal, Trustee

Richard Mukamal was appointed to the Board in January 2019. A 24 year resident of Farmington Hills, he is the father of two daughters who received their entire education in FPS and graduated in 2011 and 2012. His wife, Linda, is the Music Educator at Hillside Elementary School. Originally from New York, he grew up in Toronto, Canada and received his BA in Social Sciences from Western University, Canada in 1980. His career includes sixteen years of progressive sales and marketing positions in Fortune 500 companies including senior management, ongoing work in his family’s Canadian business of commercial property management and asset ownership, creating and running a consulting business with a focus on strategic management, organizational excellence and creating a values driven organization. In addition, he has extensive experience in non-profit organizations both nationally and locally. He served as founding Vice Chairman of El Sistema USA from 2013-2016, during which time he led a strategic management initiative which provided direction and focus to it. He also served as the organization’s representative to the National Association for Music Education Roundtable, which seeks to lobby Congress in support of music education. Locally, in addition to service as a Board Trustee at Temple Shir Shalom and serving on his homeowner’s association, he led the “Save Our Schools” initiative during the 2009-2010 school year with Christine Greig, and was an outspoken advocate for the creation of an education foundation for the district. He is a founding donor to the F/FH Education Foundation. In 2013, he co-founded Crescendo Detroit, which is dedicated to transforming the lives of disadvantaged youth in Detroit through intense music and dance training. In addition to its location in the Dexter-Davison neighborhood, he worked with the city of Farmington Hills after school program, led by Todd Lipa, to run a Crescendo Detroit program at the Jon Grant Center during the 2014-2015 school year. He is also an enthusiastic amateur musician who performs with the Farmington Concert Band.

Term expires: 2020

Mr. Zach T. Rich, President

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Mr. Zach T. Rich, President

Zach Rich was elected in November 2018.  He is a two-time graduate of Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Public Affairs, co-majoring in International Studies and University Honors, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration.  Before that, he attended Forest Elementary and Warner Middle School before being a Farmington District ambassador to the International Academy.  Zach served as a Congressional Intern for then-Representative Gary Peters in Detroit and Washington, D.C. in 2013 and has since served as a Deputy Treasurer for Oakland County and assistant Township Manager for Royal Oak Township.  He is currently the Chairman of the Board for the Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  Zach also volunteers regularly with the Detroit Urban Debate League.

Term expires: 2024

Ms. Angie F. Smith, Trustee

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Ms. Angie F. Smith, Trustee

Angie Smith was elected in 2016. She is the single mother of three daughters who all attended Farmington Public Schools - graduates of 2006, 2010 and 2016. She has resided in Farmington Hills for over 20 years and was involved in her daughters’ academics and extracurricular activities.  Angie attended Wayne County Community College and Wayne State University where she earned her Bachelors in Mortuary Science.   She worked for Detroit Public Schools for 8 ½ years in the Special Education Department as a trainable aide grade 1. As a Farmington Hills resident, Angie served on numerous committees in the district. Angie has also served the District as a Building PTA President, PTA Council president, PTA State Region D Representative, and Co-Chair of the Farmington/Farmington Hills MCMR MLK Walk.

Term expires: 2022