EUGENE, Ore.–The Lane Community College Board of Education unanimously elected Lisa Fragala as chair and Melanie Muenzer as vice chair for 2020/21 at its July 1 work session.
Fragala was appointed to the board in October 2018 to fill the At Large Position 7 vacancy. She won election in May 2019 to a four-year term from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2023. She represents LCC on the Lane Council of Governments (LCOG) board. Fragala has more than 20 years of experience as an elementary educator and currently teaches second grade at Adams Elementary School. She has served on the Oregon Education Association and the Eugene Education Association. She is a member of the City of Eugene Planning Commission, the Friendly Area Neighborhood Equity Action Team, and has served on numerous additional committees and community organizations. Fragala has a master’s in elementary education from Oregon State University where she also attended the Professional Teacher Education Program. She completed teacher education prerequisite coursework and studied Spanish at Lane.
Muenzer was appointed to the board in April 2017 to fill the Zone 1 vacancy. She won election in May 2017 to a four-year term from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2021. Muenzer is associate vice president and vice provost for academic initiatives at the University of Oregon. She previously served seven years at the U.S. Department of Education as an appointee of President Barack Obama. Muenzer has a master of public affairs and a certificate in nonprofit management from Indiana University-Northwest, and a bachelor of science in general management from Purdue University.
Also serving on the board are Angela VanKrause, Zone 2; Mike Eyster, Zone 3; Matt Keating, Zone 4; Chelsea Jennings, Zone 5; and Rosie Pryor, At Large Position 6.
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