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Governing Board Member Profiles


Mr. Ray Borane, Board President

Email: rborane@douglasschools.org  Phone: 520-364-2447

Mr. Borane has been fortunate to have attended all three Arizona universities in preparation for his career in public education, and two Latin American universities in his area of specialization, that of Spanish Literature. With our local school district, he has served as a high school Spanish teacher, department chairperson, athletic director, vice-principal, assistant superintendent and as Douglas Unified School District #27 Superintendent for 15 years.

On the county, state, national and international levels, Mr. Borane has been a member of and served as a consultant to a variety of Educational, Governmental, and public administrations, including serving as a senior policy advisor to Governor Janet Napolitano and representing Governor Mofford's office as an Arizona Commissioner to the Education Commission of the States. He has been recognized by and appointed to a variety of state boards by five Arizona Governors.

At Northern Arizona University, Mr. Borane was an Assistant to the University President for governmental and legislative affairs and liaison to the Arizona Board of Regents and all state agencies. He also was a lobbyist at the Arizona State Legislature for the Arizona Department of Education and the Arizona State Board of Education.

Mr. Borane was appointed by Arizona Governor Babbitt to the Arizona State Board of Education and served as its vice-president and president for five years. He also served as Arizona State Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction for eight years where he was responsible for oversight of the daily operation of the Arizona Department of Education. Further, Mr. Borane has been honored with many distinguished awards in the educational and governmental fields. Outstanding among his awards and recognitions are the Arizona State Legislature Cesar Chavez Community Award, twice with the LULAC State Community Award, Governor Symington's Recognition for Outstanding Service to Education in Arizona, as well as Governor Hull's Award for Excellence of Quality and Continuous Improvement in Arizona State Government.

He was recognized by the Arizona State Board of Education and the Arizona Department of Education for significant contributions to education in the State of Arizona.

More recently, he was appointed as a member of the Homeland Security Council Task Force in Washington, D.C. by United States Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Internationally, Arizona Governor Napolitano awarded Mr. Borane the Outstanding Service Award for Promoting Strong and Cooperative Relationship with Mexico and Latin America. In addition to having been a policy advisor to the Municipality of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, Mr. Borane has been acknowledged to have been of distinguished service to Mexico through its Ohtili Award, the highest honor given by Mexico to a foreigner.

He has devoted his entire adult life to promoting the well-being and education of our community's children and those of the State of Arizona in general as exemplified by his being the recipient of the Arizona School Boards Association Award of Merit for Exceptional Leadership and Integrity and Distinguished Achievements for the Betterment of Arizona Public Schools and the Students They Serve.


Dr. Edward Gomez, Board Member

Email:  edgomez@douglasschools.org  Phone: 520-364-2447

Dr. Edward Gomez was born and raised in Pirtleville, Arizona. He graduated from Douglas High School in 1959. He attended St. Louis University College of Arts and Science and the School of Dentistry. Dr. Gomez graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1965. He retired from the United States Naval Reserve in 1984 with the rank of Captain, United States Naval Reserve Dental Corps. He returned to Douglas in 1967 and had a dental practice in Douglas until 2005. He has served on many civic committees. Dr. Gomez has been president and a member of the Douglas Rotary Club. He served as a board of director for the Arizona Town Hall. He is a delegate to the House of the Arizona Dental Association. Dr. Gomez is presently employed as a dentist at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Douglas. In 2008, he was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Tucson, Arizona.

Dr. Gomez says "I ran for the school board because of the notoriety the Douglas Unified School District had gotten in the media. I thought the School Board needed to present a more positive picture of the Douglas Unified School District".

"My goals are to provide a top-grade education to our students, a safe environment in schools, and my utmost support for the staff and teachers in our district".


Mr. Mitch Lindemann, Board Member

Email: mlindemann@douglasschools.org Phone: 520-364-2447

Mitchel R. Lindemann was born in Valley City, North Dakota, and was raised primarily in Bismarck, North Dakota where he graduated from Bismarck High School (1976) and Bismarck Junior College (1978). He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Vocal and Instrumental Music from Valley City State University (1981). After graduation, he taught in the North Dakota Public School systems before moving to Arizona in 1986 where he accepted a teaching position with the Duncan Unified School District.

Mr. Lindemann was hired to teach Instrumental Music (Band) for the Douglas Unified School District in 1988. He received a Master of Arts in Elementary Education degree (1991) and a Master of Arts in Education Administration degree (1993) both from Northern Arizona University (NAU). In 1997, Mr. Lindemann received the Distinguished Alumni Award from NAU. Mr. Lindemann completed an Internship for Public School Superintendence in 2000 from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Lindemann also holds Arizona certification in English as a Second Language (ESL), Structured English Immersion (SEI), and Administration.

Mr. Lindemann has served the City of Douglas on the Planning and Zoning Commission as a member, Vice Chairman, and Chairman from 1994 to 2005. He was elected Councilman for Ward Two in 2006 and again in 2010 and served until 2014. He was appointed to serve as a Chairman of the City of Douglas Finance Committee in 2006 and served until 2014.

In 2004; as a Civic-minded individual, Mr. Lindemann applied for and was awarded the Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial which toured Douglas from April 9 through 17, 2005, and was presented at the Eight Street Veteran's Park.

In 2010 Mr. Lindemann was appointed Mayor Pro Tempore (Vice Mayor) for the City of Douglas and served until 2014. He also served as the City of Douglas' representative to the Southeast Arizona Governments Organization (SEAGO) from 2012 to 2014. Mr. Lindemann served as DUSD Summer School Principal in 2008 and 2009. Mr. Lindemann has served as Vice Chairman of the Douglas Education Association, as a faculty member for the Cochise Community College, and as a member of the Douglas Unified Schools Blue Ribbon committees. A career educator; Mr. Lindemann retired from teaching in 2011 to spend more time with family, his granddaughter, and to continue his service to the community of Douglas. Mr. Lindemann was elected to serve on the Douglas Unified School Board in 2014.

Goals: To strive to fulfill the Board goals, the District Mission statement, and to provide a quality education for our students while maintaining fiscal responsibility ensuring the best results for the taxpayer's money. To fulfill the role of a School Board member; which is according to the National School Boards Association, to be the education watchdog for the community.


Mr. Mario Ramos, Sr., Board Member

Email: mramossr@douglasschools.org  Phone: 520-364-2447

I was born and raised in Douglas, Arizona. I attended Douglas public schools and graduated from Douglas High School in 1970. I attended Cochise College and later worked for Phelps Dodge, I was retired in 1982 because of my disability. I'm presently the Sr. Vice President of the Douglas Area Food Bank and member of the Douglas Noon Lions and past president. I've been serving our community with many other organizations and will continue whenever asked.


Mr. Natalio Sabal, Board Member

Email: nsabal@douglasschools.org  Phone: 520-364-2447

Natalio (Nat) Sabal was born in Sevilla in Southern Spain and immigrated with his family to New York City during the first half of the 20th Century. He grew up in a family that instilled the values of education and moral responsibility to one's country, community, and family. Having graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. He immediately enlisted into the Navy where he was a medic during the Korean War. After an honorable discharge, he used his GI Bill and various part-time jobs to attend Michigan State University, where he received a degree in Social Sciences Divisional Major.

After graduation, Mr. Sabal worked for Abbott Laboratories, at the time the largest manufacturer of prescription drugs located in North Chicago, Illinois.

In 1971, he moved to Southern Arizona, working for the Capins Corporation, heading the stores and management for the multimillion-dollar business in Southern Arizona. After leaving Capins, Mr. Sabal became the Manager of Phelps Dodge Mercantile in Douglas, Arizona. He ran the Phelps Dodge store until the mid-1980s.

In the late 1970s, he became actively involved at Cochise College as a board member for 22 years and Chairman of the Board for many consecutive terms. In 1981, he acted as Cochise College President, oversaw the expansion of sister campus throughout the 1980s in Sierra Vista, and was a key member in the building of the Sierra Vista Campus.

Mr. Sabal has worked as a Juvenile Probation Officer in Douglas, Arizona for 25 years. On June 10, 2010, the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education awarded him the John J. Ross Memorial Award for Excellence in Law-Related Education.