We’re elated to introduce an outstanding slate of candidates for the USD512 Shawnee Mission School District board. Representing a blend of seasoned expertise and fresh perspectives, each candidate is poised to make significant contributions to the educational landscape of Shawnee Mission.
Meet the Candidates
Born in Wyandotte County, Mario grew up in Shawnee, a product of the Shawnee Mission School District. With a mother as an educator and father as a coach, service and learning were paramount. He was the student body president at Shawnee Mission North and later became the “Northman.” At Kansas State University, he became Fraternity President and Student Ambassador. Mario’s career spans from Kansas City non-profits to Capitol Hill. Currently at Children’s Mercy, Mario’s heart lies in public service. His vision for the community emphasizes connection, inclusivity, and advocacy, ensuring students are prepared for diverse futures.
Jessica Hembree, up for re-election for the Shawnee Mission School Board (District Member 3), champions the success of the Shawnee Mission School District. Elected in 2019, her contributions include expanding student access to real-world learning, passing a significant bond for new facilities, and steering the district through the COVID-19 crisis. Jessica’s focus remains on student-centric policies, educator support, and maintaining safe learning environments.
Representing the Northwest High School feeder area, Jamie Borgman began her board term in 2020. A Shawnee Mission resident for 15+ years with three children in the district, Jamie’s background in television journalism has transitioned to a senior role at a global oncology company. As the founder of SMSD Circle of Kindness, she’s actively involved in the PTA and other community initiatives. Her commitment to service extends to her alma mater, Kansas State University.
David H. Westbrook has a vision rooted in engagement and shared values. A successful Overland Park business owner for 30+ years, David’s accolades range from chairing the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce to significant contributions to children and education. As an alumnus of Shawnee Mission schools and UMKC, his professional journey is diverse — from founding Corporate Communications Group to roles at Children’s Mercy Hospital. His civic endeavors underscore his expertise, evident from his work with Johnson County institutions to advocacy on national platforms. David champions initiatives prioritizing children and the community’s future.
For a detailed overview of each candidate’s profile and their plans for the district, visit their respective sites: