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.
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.
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.
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.
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.