The Canyons Board of Education is comprised of seven men and women elected to set excellent education policy for the students of Utah's newest school district. The Board, sworn in on Jan. 8, 2013, is working to create a new vision for public education that is more responsive to constituents and strives to ensure all children are career- and college-ready when they graduate high school.


Back row: Steve Wrigley (Vice President), Sherril H. Taylor (President), Chad Iverson, Robert J. Green
Front row: Kim Horiuchi, Tracy Scott Cowdell, Nancy Tingey (Second Vice President)


The Board of Education serves the communities of Canyons School District by governing the continuous implementation of creative and cost-effective plans and policies that promote and celebrate the highest standards of educational excellence.

What We Do

The Board of Education works with the Superintendent, the Chief Financial Officer and Administrative Cabinet to guarantee the judicious use of taxpayer funds while providing leadership that promotes increased student achievement at all grade levels. The Board approves administrative appointments, decides policies and procedures, meets regularly in open session to deliberate and decide the public's business, conducts Town Hall constituency meetings to maintain relationships with patrons, and advocates for the continued support of public education.


sherill-taylor-thumb-2Sherril H. Taylor is one of the first seven members to serve on the inaugural Canyons Board of Education. Elected to the Jordan Board of Education in 2004, Mr. Taylor currently serves as President of the Canyons Board of Education. He represents District 6. Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University, a Master of Education degree from Westminster College, and an Administrative Certificate from the University of Utah.

A retired educator of 33 years, Mr. Taylor has served as a classroom teacher, middle school assistant principal, high school assistant principal, middle school principal, and staff assistant in the Jordan District Central Office. He also served four years as Vice President of the inaugural Canyons Board of Education. He is an associate with the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling (CITES), and has served on numerous Jordan District committees. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Utah High School Activities Association, and as a youth leader and camp director for the United States Forest Service.

He and his wife, Patricia, have two children and six grandchildren.

District 6
Sherril H. Taylor
1586 E. Casper Rd.


Steve Wrigley was elected to the Canyons Board of Education in November 2010 to represent District 5 in Sandy, and now serves as Board Vice President.  He has a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Bachelor of Science in Criminology Counseling from California State University, Fresno. He teaches community Marriage Education classes and is a Certified Public Manager. Mr. Wrigley has worked the past 35 years in the human services field, serving individuals and families with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and physical disabilities.  He is a winner of the Utah Department of Human Services’ Lifetime Achievement award and the Utah Governor’s Award for Excellence for Humanitarianism. He is an administrator with the Utah Department of Human Services, in the Division of Services for People with Disabilities.
Mr. Wrigley believes strongly in community and church service. In addition to serving as a member of the Board of Education, he serves on the Sandy City Board of Adjustment. Mr. Wrigley and his wife, Carrie Maxwell Wrigley, are the parents of five children. Three of their children attend schools in the Canyons School District.

District 5
Steve Wrigley
10190 Flanders Road
Sandy, UT, 84092
nancy-tingey-thumbNancy Tingey was elected to the Canyons Board of Education in November 2012, and serves as Board Second Vice President. She represents District 3, which covers parts of Cottonwood Heights and Sandy, and all of the Town of Alta.  Mrs. Tingey earned a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University.  She has been an active parent volunteer in public schools for more than 20 years.  In addition to classroom, PTA, and District committee experience, Mrs. Tingey has served on School Community Councils at Quail Hollow Elementary School, Albion Middle School, and Brighton High School for a combined 19 years, and as Chairwoman for eight of those years.

She and her husband Steve have five children who have attended Brighton area schools.

District 3
Nancy Tingey
2768 Glenn Abbey Circle
Sandy, UT 84093

Tracy Scott Cowdell is one of the first seven members to serve on the inaugural Canyons Board of Education. Elected to the Jordan Board of Education in 2006, Mr. Cowdell served four years as Canyons Board President. He represents District 4. 

Mr. Cowdell has lived in District 4 for more than 40 years, and his family roots in the District are six generations deep. After graduating from Jordan High School in 1989, Mr. Cowdell went on to earn degrees in political science and sociology at the University of Utah, graduating summa cum laude (top 1 percent). He obtained a law degree from Brigham Young University, and currently practices in the areas of governmental regulatory law, litigation, negotiation, and corporate law. As a volunteer, Mr. Cowdell has served on Sandy City's Board of Adjustments, is the past Chairman of the Sandy Elementary School Community Council, and acts as Assistant Coordinator of the Historic Sandy Neighborhood Watch. He also has served as a member of Sandy City's Community Development Block Grant Committee and as the Institutional Head of Boy Scouts of America Troop 1231.

Mr. Cowdell is married to Rebekah Christensen-Cowdell. They are the parents of three daughters.

District 4

Tracy Cowdell
32 E. Main Street
Sandy, UT, 84070


robert-green-thumbRobert J. Green was elected to the Canyons Board of Education in November 2012 to represent District 1. He graduated from Brighton High School in 2000. He earned a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School; a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah; and an Associate of Science in Chemistry from Salt Lake Community College. While at the University, he worked as an engineering intern at a small jet engine manufacturing company in its investment casting cell. He currently is a federal employee and works in the design and manufacturing of solid fuel rocket motors. His assignment includes rocket motor final assembly, motor storage, gage committee, IT support, and inspection planning.

Mr. Green has lived in Midvale since 1998. He enjoys spending time with family, camping, cycling, ice hockey, swimming, and science fiction. His wife, Britanie, has worked as a teacher at Oakdale Elementary. Together, they have three children.

District 1
Robert J. Green
8578 S. Randy Circle
Midvale, UT  84047

Kim Murphy Horiuchi is one of the first seven board members to serve on the inaugural Canyons Board of Education. Elected to the Jordan Board of Education in 2006, Ms. Horiuchi now serves residents in Canyons' District 2. Ms. Horiuchi graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications. A former reporter at The Associated Press in Salt Lake City and editor at the Deseret News, Ms. Horiuchi currently works as a freelance writer, whose work has appeared in publications including Continuum, the magazine of the University of Utah.

Ms. Horiuchi is an active PTA member and volunteer, and has served on the School Community Councils at both Mountview and Ridgecrest elementary schools. She also has served as a community chairwoman for the Utah Small Districts Coalition, and was the school board liaison to the New District Transition Team, which was instrumental in overseeing the apportionment of district assets and helping to start up the new district. Ms. Horiuchi has represented Canyons as a member of the Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, and served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Utah School Boards Association and on the USBA's Legislative Committee. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Utah High School Activities Association. Her civic involvement includes helping to organize the children's activities and parade for Cottonwood Heights City's annual Butlerville Days celebration, and serving as a Night Out Against Crime volunteer.

She and her husband, Vince, are the parents of two children.

District 2

Kim Horiuchi
Home Phone: 801-947-0079
6687 South 1495 East
Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121


chad-iverson-thumbChad Iverson was elected to the Canyons Board of Education in November 2012 to represent District 7 in Draper.  Mr. Iverson has held various business development, product and operational roles at venture-backed start-ups such as eXperticity, Extend Health, and He has a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude) in Political Science from Brigham Young University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Mr. Iverson’s passions include family, marathons, triathlons, skiing, start-ups and political biographies. He and his wife, Sherry, are the parents of four children. 

District 7
Chad Iverson
11622 Thornberry Drive
Draper, UT  84020