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Dearborn Public Schools is an award winning district!

Board Positions

  • Mary Lane, president
  • Mariam Bazzi, vice president
  • Michael Meade, secretary
  • Mary Petlichkoff, treasurer
  • James Thorpe, trustee
  • Fadwa Hammoud, trustee
  • Hussein Berry, trustee

Board Videos

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Board Meeting Video Archive (Pre-Youtube Archives)

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All new Board Meeting videos will be on Youtube.

Board Member Profiles

Hussein BerryHussein Berry Board of Education Member

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James ThorpeJamesThorpe

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Mary Lane
Lane-WebMary Lane has served 14 years on the Board of Education and Henry Ford College, Board of Trustees, having been first elected in November 1999. In her work life, Mary is Project Director at The Welcome Mat Detroit, a Kellogg Foundation funded project of Global Detroit. She has worked for more than 30 years with immigrants and internationals. Ms. Lane holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Michigan Honors College. She also has had post-graduate training in immigration law at the Detroit College of Law. Mary notes that her family have long been educators and this compelled her service volunteering with schools. Mary’s sons and daughter, Tarik, Adam and Nadia, all attended the Dearborn Public Schools. Ms. Lane has authored short articles in the Catholic Legal Immigration Network newsletter and the historic/genealogical publication Michigana.
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(John) Michael Meade, Ph.D.
Mike MeadeMichael Meade is serving his first four-year term on the board. He received a doctorate and a master’s in guidance and counseling from the Catholic University of America. Michael has served in a variety of leadership roles in the educational community, notably serving one year as Acting President and 23 years as Vice President of Student Services at Henry Ford College, and seven years as Dean of Student Services for Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. He has taught as an Adjunct Faculty member at Davenport University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and George Mason University. Michael has been active in representing the educational, social, and business needs of southeastern Michigan, serving in a variety of roles with Sacred Heart Seminary, the Southern Wayne Chamber of Commerce, the Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments, the Exchange Club, and an educational task force with the Dearborn Public Schools and the City of Dearborn.
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Mary Petlichkoff
Petlichkoff-WebMary Petlichkoff previously served for four years on the Board and has returned to serve a six-year term ending on December 31, 2020. She is a long time member of the City Beautiful Commission and is President of the Dearborn Federation of Neighborhood Associations. Mary has been active for many years with the Dearborn Public Schools as a parent and member of the PTA Council.
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Mariam Bazzi
Bazzi-WebA graduate of the Dearborn Public Schools, Mariam Bazzi attended Henry Ford College and went on to receive her bachelor’s at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. She continued to Wayne State University Law School where she received her Juris Doctor Degree. Mariam has spent her legal career working as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Wayne County. She also is a member of the Arab American Political Action Committee (AAPAC), having served as its President from 2010 to 2014. Through her community work, Mariam has been recognized and awarded receiving the “Advocate of the Year Award” from American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) in 2012 and the “Special Tribute Award” from AAPAC in 2013. Mariam and her husband have three children currently attending the Dearborn Public Schools.
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Fadwa Hammoud
Fadwa HammoudMs. Hammoud is a 2003 graduate of Fordson High School, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, her law degree from Wayne State University, and is currently a Wayne County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.
Ms. Hammound has always strived to go above and beyond and serve her community. While a student at Fordson she served as President of the Key Club and Senior Class, took part in several school clubs and activities, and was awarded “Most Active Student” by the National Honor Society.
Her energy and enthusiasm for staying involved in local organizations has remained active throughout her adult life serving as a Board member for the Government BAR Association and at the Islamic Center of America. Fadwa is the Election Day Chair for the American Arab Political Action Committee (APAC) an organization she has been a part of for ten years. She is a volunteer attorney for the Woman Lawyers Association of Michigan, and a member of the Lebanese International Business Council.
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