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Vision Statement

The Gull Lake Community Schools, in partnership with all stakeholders, will create a culture of high expectations and accountability where each member of the school community is challenged and inspired.

2024 Regular Board of Education Meetings

Meeting No.  Meeting Dates Type of Meeting Time Location
1 1/15/2024  Organizational 7:00 p.m.  Ryan Intermediate
2  2/19/2024   Regular 7:00 p.m.   Ryan Intermediate 
3  3/18/2024   Regular 7:00 p.m.  Ryan Intermediate 
4 4/15/2024  Regular 7:00 p.m.   Ryan Intermediate
5  5/20/2024  Regular 7:00 p.m.   Ryan Intermediate
6 6/17/2024  Regular 7:00 p.m.   Ryan Intermediate
7  7/15/2024   Regular 7:00 p.m.   Ryan Intermediate
8 8/19/2024  Regular 7:00 p.m. Ryan Intermediate
9 9/16/2024  Regular 7:00 p.m.   Ryan Intermediate
10 10/21/2024  Regular 7:00 p.m.  Ryan Intermediate
11 11/18/2024  Regular 7:00 p.m.   Ryan Intermediate
12 12/16/2024  Regular 7:00 p.m.  Ryan Intermediate

Board of Education Members

Carole Mendez - President

Carole Mendez


Term Expires: December 31, 2026

Carole Mendez is an experienced corporate attorney working in a global legal organization and has lived in the District since 2006. Carole holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University School of Law. She serves on the MSU Kellogg Biological Station Director's Advisory Board and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Hospital Hospitality House of Southwest Michigan. Carole is also affiliated with the Junior League of Kalamazoo, past president of the Junior League of Annapolis, and a native of Battle Creek. She and her husband, Juan, have three children.


Krystal Scott-Rhodes - Trustee

PIcture of Krystal Scott


Term Expires: December 31, 2026

Krystal Scott-Rhodes is an entrepreneur who has served in the Air National Guard since 2009 as an F-16 Crew Chief, as a Financial Manager, and is currently a Maintenance Officer serving as the 127th Wing Process Manager. She has earned her Bachelor of Business Administration (Management), Associate of Arts, Associate of Aviation Maintenance Technology, and her Associate of Financial Management. Throughout her professional career, she has volunteered at least 5 years as a Steward, Delegate, and then as the SC State Representative (President) for LIUNA, representing federal employees in South Carolina. Her dedication to serving God, her country, state and community has led her to Michigan in 2018. She has four daughters. One daughter attends Gull Lake High School, the oldest daughter attends Kalamazoo Valley Community College and her two stepdaughters attend schools in Lakeview School District,. She enjoys art, watching movies, spending time with her family, riding her motorcycle, traveling, kayaking, hiking and many other outdoor activities. She cheerfully dedicates her time to volunteering within the Richland community, Gull Lake Community Schools, with military teens from around the world with Military Teen Leadership Summits, and wherever there is a need and an opportunity.

Desiree LaDuke - Trustee

Desiree LaDuke


Term Expires: December 31, 2028

Desiree LaDuke is a certified teacher who holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan-Flint with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She taught in Illinois and after moving to Richland in 2007 substitute taught in Gull Lake and Kalamazoo Public Schools. She liked the flexibility of being a substitute as it allowed her to volunteer in the GLCS as PTO President, Board Member of the Gull Lake Fine Arts Foundation, Junior Achievement volunteer, Girl Scout Leader, Odyssey of the Mind coach, Little League coach and President of the Gull Lake Little League. In 2015 she, along with the safety coordinator, led GLLL in receiving a national award in safety, an achievement awarded to 5 out of the 5000 leagues in the United States. Desiree served as Richland Township Clerk from 2015 – 2019 and currently manages a law firm. She and her husband, Rob, have two daughters who both attended GLCS, one graduated in 2020 and one is a Senior this year.


Eddie Keene - Trustee

Eddie Keene


Term Expires: December 31, 2024

Eddie Keene and his wife Sue have lived in the district since 2010, and their three children graduated and benefited from the diverse educational opportunities offered by Gull Lake Community Schools.  

Eddie is a mechanical engineer who began his career in energy management for military bases and now serves as a Trustee for Goodwill in southwest Michigan and is a manufacturing consultant. He retired from Kellogg’s as a Senior Director who managed facilities in Battle Creek, Cincinnati and Louisville.  

He and his family enjoy many outdoor activities. He has volunteered on many events and projects including noise reduction for the hearing-impaired, youth sports coaching, GL Grad Bash fund raising, GL Robotics, and Boy and Girl Scouting.

Jeff Brown - Vice President

Jeff Brown


Term Expires: December 31, 2024

Jeff Brown was first elected to the Gull Lake Board of Education in July of 2001. He has served as VP, Treasurer and Secretary of the Board, He has chaired the Finance, Personnel/Negotiations, Community Relations and Bond Steering Committees and has also served on the Curriculum Committee.

He grew up in Kalamazoo and he and his wife have lived in the Gull Lake area since 1981. He and his wife Sandy Game owned Gull View Market, and Morrows/Chatterley’s Nuts and Candy and T-Shirts Plus in the Portage and Lansing areas. Jeff began his career at GVSU as Director of Housing and Student Activities and Performing Arts Center Production Manager. He was Wellness Center Director at the Sherman Lake YMCA, CEO of the Kal County Poverty Reduction Initiative and retired in 2018 as the State Director of Communities In Schools of Michigan. He has served on multiple local, regional, state and national Boards and Committees.

Jeff and Sandy’s three children Sean Game-Brown, Jesse Game-Brown and Hannah Waller (Game-Brown) attended and graduated from GLCS. They have two grandchildren. Jeff is a musician and loves fly fishing, camping, cooking, photography and playing in his R&R band.


Laura Zervic - Treasurer

Laura Zervic


Term Expires: December 31, 2024

Laura Zervic and her husband have lived in Richland since 2005. They have two children who are students in the Gull Lake Community Schools. Laura is an active volunteer in the community and in the schools. She has served as the President of the GLCS Fine Arts Foundation since 2015, served as the Treasurer of the GLMS PTSO and has directed the talent shows at the Ryan Intermediate School and the GLMS since 2015. Laura earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati, and a Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Laura is the Executive Director at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre.


Mini Paulose-Murphy - Secretary

Dr. Mini Paulose-Murphy


Term Expires: December 31, 2028

Dr. Mini Paulose-Murphy works for General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT). She received a Master of Science degree in Clinical Microbiology from Long Island University and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Western Michigan University. She received her postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, M.D. conducting research in virology. She and her husband, Kelly, have lived in Richland for over ten years. They have three daughters, two are currently attending Gull Lake Community Schools.  Dr. Paulose-Murphy actively volunteers in the schools and has coached Girls on the Run and Odyssey of the Mind, and served on the Grants Committee for the Gull Lake Community Schools Foundation.