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Kosta Diamantis
Director, Office of School Construction Grants & Review
Connecticut Department of Administrative Services

President-Elect & Secretary
Paul Bakalis
Executive Director
Arizona School Facilities Board

Immediate Past President
Joseph da Silva
School Construction Coordinator
Rhode Island Dept of Elementary Education

Michael Pickens
Executive Director, School Facilities & Transportation Services
West Virginia Department of Education

Southern Region Representative
Brad Montgomery
Director, Academic Facilities & Transportation Services
Arkansas Department of Education

Northeastern Region Representative
Bernard E. Piaia, Jr.
Director of the Office of School Facilities
New Jersey Department of Education

Midwestern Region Representative
Gary Schwartz
School Facilities Consultant
Iowa Department of Education

Western Region Representative
Michael Elliott
State School Fund Coordinator
Oregon Department of Education

At-Large Representative
Juan Mireles
Director of Facilities & Transportation Services
California Department of Education

Gary Schwartz

Midwestern Region Representative
School Facilities Consultant
Iowa Department of Education

Gary Schwartz is the school-facilities consultant in the Bureau of Finance, Facilities, Operations, and Transportation of the Iowa Department of Education. Mr. Schwartz provides technical assistance to school districts and area education agencies on school-infrastructure issues. Other departmental responsibilities include administering the Iowa Demonstration Construction Grant Program for fire safety and construction grants, conducting facility accessibility reviews for equity, and overseeing the states school facility data reporting system. Mr. Schwartz joined the Department in 2005 after 31 years of educational experience as a high school teacher, college instructor, K12 principal, and school-district superintendent. He holds a B.A. in Industrial Education from the University of Northern Iowa, an M.A. in Education Administration from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Superintendent CAS from Iowa State University.

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