In the three-year geographic rotation for school board candidates, the 2015 Spring Election set for Tuesday, April 7, brings the “City of Delavan” seats to the ballots.
All voters in the Delavan-Darien School District are allowed to vote in the school board election no matter the candidates’ addresses or the geographic region they represent.
In other years, the board also has two seats on the ballot from town of Delavan residents (elected in the same year) and two seats from municipalities in the district outside of the city and town of Delavan (also elected in the same year).
This spring, there are three city of Delavan seats up for election and three candidates. Incumbents Jeff Scherer and Roxann Kelton are seeking reelection. Candidate Vanessa Anaya is running for the first time. Incumbent board member Joe Peyer has filed non-candidacy paperwork and is not running.
About Jeff Scherer
Jeff Scherer was appointed to the board in August 2007 and was elected in 2008 to serve out the term of the member he replaced. He was elected in 2009 and 2012 to normal three-year terms.
Scherer is originally from Waukesha and graduated from a Kettle Moraine High School in 1971. He graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in 1974 and from the UW-Madison Medical School in 1979. He served as a doctor in the U.S. Navy from 1979-82. After the Navy, he did his residency in diagnostic radiology at St Joseph’s hospital in Milwaukee. He has since practiced radiology at Lakeland Hospital. Scherer remained a flight surgeon in the U.S. Naval Reserves until retiring in 1996 as a Commander.
Scherer is married to Debra Alder, a Delavan native (DDHS class of 1973). They have three children who attended Delavan-Darien Schools, Jack (DDHS class of 2003) Jenny (DDHS class of 2006) and Joey (DDHS class of 2013).
Scherer also serves on the St. Andrew’s School Committee and on the Lakeland Medical Center Medical Executive Committee. He is vice president of St. Andrew’s Parish Council, enjoys sports, watching his children participate in sporting events, flying, travel and photography.
About Roxann Kelton
Roxann Kelton was elected to the board in spring of 2012.
Kelton is originally from Delavan and graduated from Delavan-Darien High School in 1973. She graduated from UW-Whitewater in 1977 with a BSE in Math Education. She received her Masters Degree in math education from UW-Whitewater in 1982. Kelton began teaching at Delavan-Darien High School in 1978. She retired in June 2011. During her teaching career at DDHS she was department chair, representative for the C.O.A.S.T (gifted and talented) program, a member of the SWEETT committee and the advisor for the school’s Academic Bowl team.
Kelton is married to Wayne. She has three daughters Nicole, Noelle and Nastassja, who are all graduates of DDHS and UW-Madison.
Kelton has been a Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church of Delavan for more than 40 years and is currently an administrative assistant to the pastor. She was involved in the district’s Strategic Action Plan Team in 2012. She enjoys reading, walking and shopping with her daughters.
About Vanessa Anaya
Vanessa Anaya is a parent of three children in the Delavan-Darien School District (Wileman fifth grader Justin, Wileman fourth grader Victoria and Turtle Creek first grader Alexia, who is in the Dual Language Education Program). Anaya works as a real estate agent and broker for Century 21 Affiliated in Delavan, and is licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin. She is also a property manager for Aurora Health Care for Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.
Anaya holds an associate degree of Psychology from the City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She speaks English and Spanish fluently.
Anaya volunteers at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Delavan leading the youth ministry with Fr. Angel Anaya (no relation). She has lived in the area since 2013 after moving from the north side of Chicago. She had family connections living in Delavan and enjoys the small-town feel of the community (and far less traffic).
Anaya said she is running for office to help improve the school district and to be a representative of the large Latino population in the Delavan-Darien area. She said she noticed there were few Latino elected officials and hopes being on the board will get more Latinos involved in the community, whether that’s schools or with other civic opportunities.