Arizona High Schools:
Governing Board

Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center has been a successful high school environment for 23 years.  The schools are either Excelling or Highly Qualified or graded “A” schools by the Arizona Learns.

Proper governance of charter schools is important for school-choice parents.  While outstanding student performance, lower teacher-student ratios, and zero-tolerance policies are important for a child’s success in school, overseeing a school’s compliance with state and federal regulations assures the stability and longevity of the charter school.

The four members of the Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center Inc Governing Board represent a stalwart, rock-solid board, that brings expertise and real-life experience from the educational and business fields.  Compliance is assured for Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, Arizona Department of Education, and Arizona Corporation Commission requirements. Additionally, oversight is provided to the activities of the schools including timely and accurate reporting of all financial and budgetary matters.

Our Board members are passionate about the school and we are grateful for their personal efforts to participate on the Board.  Please meet them!

Ms. Linda Proctor-Downing, Executive Director
  • Founder of AAEC, she received a bachelor's degree from New Mexico State University in vocational agriculture and her Master’s from Arizona State University in Education Administration and Supervision.
  • Extensive experience in the educational field as well as having served as Agribusiness Consultant for Arizona State University.  Ms. Proctor-Downing is a member of the National Education Association, National Agriculture Teachers Association, Western Growers Association, and National Arabian Association, among other organizations.
  • Responsible for overseeing all staff members, professional development, and review of curriculums and instruction
Ms. Pam Burns
  • Served on AAEC Governing Board since its inception.
  • Currently owns and operates Burns Pest Elimination with previous experience in boat manufacturing.
  • Holds a real estate license and enjoys showing Arabian horses.
Ms. Linda McCormick
  • Served on AAEC Governing Board since 2006.
  • Currently employed as a teacher for Pendergast School District for the school’s gifted program.
  • Received a teaching degree from Northern Arizona University.  Additionally, she has a certification in General K-8 education with an endorsement for gifted education.
Mr. Michael Larrabee
  • Served on AAEC Governing Board since 2002.
  • Currently self-employed as residential and commercial general contractor.
  • Attended Arizona State University and Glendale Community College studying business administration.
Vicki Dedario-Grady
  • Has an Agriculture Education Degree from the University of Arizona, and a master’s in teaching from Grand Canyon University
  • Previous teacher at AAEC, she also served on the corporate board
  • Currently serves an active board member of the East Valley Arabian Horse Association
Marilyn Crosby
  • Highly experienced professional with a diverse background in various domains, including education, government affairs, lobbying, entrepreneurship, and equestrian interests
  • Possesses an in-depth understanding of the organization's values and objectives
  • Was a previous Governing Board Member and an educator at AAEC

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.02, all notices of the meetings of the Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center Inc. and any of its committees, task forces, subcommittees, advisory committees, and public hearings will be posted virtually on the Board’s website at, and posted physically in the lobby of the Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center District offices located at 315 E Mulberry Dr. Phoenix Arizona 85012. 

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