Place 5 - Jim MacKay

Photo of Jim MacKayJim MacKay was elected to the Leander ISD Board of Trustees in November 2016. MacKay has been involved with public education for more than 20 years, serving in numerous capacities including the Campus Site Based Committee at Vista Ridge High School, School Health Advisory Committee, stadium announcer, booster club president, PTA President, boundary committee, camp counselor and more. 

MacKay is a former Military Training Instructor in the United States Air Force Reserve and has been serving in a full-time capacity since May 2014. Currently, MacKay serves as a first sergeant for a Cyber Intelligence unit. In this role, he is the senior-enlisted adviser to the commander on matters related to the health, morale, welfare and readiness of the unit. Prior to that role, MacKay served as a certified firefighter and medical first responder with the Texas Air National Guard. In his civilian role, MacKay is a Regional Sales Manager in the Public Safety industry. 

Jim is nearing completion of his bachelor's degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University and holds degrees in Education and Training Management as well as Fire Science. He is also working toward an associates degree in Human Resource Management from the Community College of the Air Force. Additionally, MacKay is a certified Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Coordinator, Suicide Awareness facilitator, Airman resiliency facilitator, and has been selected to attend the Master Resiliency Trainers course through the Air University. 

Jim and his wife, Jan, live in Cedar Park and have an organic ranch where they raise chickens, turkey, duck and ultra-farmed Tilapia. They are preparing to bring an aquaculture farming operation online in the near future. 

They have two children: a son who graduated from Vista Ridge in 2016 and a daughter who is a junior at VRHS.

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