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School Board Insight & Experience
Welcome to our Summer Activist Training Series!

Hear from current and previous school board members to get first-hand insight on what it takes to be on the board.

Jul 28, 2021 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Laura Zorc
Director of Education Reform @FreedomWorks
To FreedomWorks, Laura Zorc brings years of experience and expertise in the subject of education reform and an unparalleled devotion for putting power back in the hands of parents and families. Laura’s focus shifted to education when her children began public school in Florida. Desiring a quality education for her four children, Laura served in multiple positions on the parent-teacher board of her children’s schools, was elected twice as president of her county’s parent-teacher association, and co-founded Florida Parents Against Common Core, one of the largest parent-led advocacy groups in the state. Additionally, she served on former Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Education Committee as the parent representative before being elected to the Indian River County School Board. In Laura's free time you will find her volunteering on various education committees, giving professional tax preparation advice, and along with her husband, Tim, advocating for foster children in need of loving homes
Tom Hach
Board of Education Member @Riverside Local School District in Lake County, OH
Tom is the Executive Director of Free Ohio Now, which is a state-wide liberty group ‘Fighting the New Normal.’ Free Ohio Now has brought Ohioans together throughout the state to push back against growing government and big business tyranny through peaceful protests, rallies, and legislative action. Prior to co-founding Free Ohio Now, Tom worked as an IT program manager for many years, and he is also retired from the Navy Reserve after a 21 year career, during which he served in Iraq from 2006 to 2007. Tom is in his third term as a member of the Board of Education for the Riverside Local School District in Lake County, Ohio. He has a BS in Chemistry from Miami University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. He lives in the Cleveland-area, and enjoys a good cigar once or twice a week!
Dr. Karen Hiltz
Former School Board Member @Franklin County, VA
Dr. Karen Hiltz served in the U.S. Navy and is a retired Federal Acquisition & Procurement Professional. In 2009 she began teaching business courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Elected Nov 2015 to the local public school board in Franklin County, VA, she created The Apple Report Facebook page to communicate with her constituents. In 2016, Dr. Hiltz was appointed to the Virginia Western Community College Local Advisory Board. Her experience includes serving on a private school board, multiple education non-profit boards, has written numerous articles on education, and is a published author. Married to Chuck Hiltz (USMC retired) for 40+ years, they have three children, four grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. They currently reside in Sebastian, FL.