This story was updated at 2 p.m. Aug. 30, 2013.
Lyn J. Mundey of Upper Marlboro said she first learned of a Prince George’s County school board vacancy from the school system’s website and decided to apply for the position.
“I said to myself, ‘This is something I can assist in with my skills and my own personal dedication.’ So I spoke to my family, and I prayed about it, and decided to apply,” said Mundey, 31.
On Aug. 28, County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) announced Mundey’s appointment from a field of 17 candidates to fill the District 7 vacancy left by former board member Carletta Fellows’ resignation, according to Baker spokesman Barry Hudson.
District 7 stretches through the middle of the county, to include Capitol Heights, Temple Hills, Suitland and portions of Upper Marlboro.
Under House Bill 1107, passed by the Maryland General Assembly last spring, the Prince George’s County executive has the authority to make an appointment to a vacant seat for the remainder of the term, should a seat become vacant.
Mundey is a 2000 graduate of Bowie High School, has a daughter in the seventh grade at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Suitland and is an active member of the school’s PTA.
Baker education adviser Christian Rhodes said Mundey brings a unique perspective to the board.
“Because of her multiple connections to the school system, first as an alumna and now as a parent, tracking her daughter as she’s moved up through the school system, she’s able to see the school system from a very different perspective,” Rhodes said.
Mundey has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s of business administration degree from Strayer University. She is employed as a management analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, overseeing the agency’s operating policies and privacy program, Hudson said.
Mundey said she knew former District 7 council member Carletta Fellows through their work on education with the Greater Marlboro Democratic Club.
Mundey said she had considered running for the seat in the past.
“I thought about it, but I never actually went there,” Mundey said, adding that she plans to run for the position when the current term expires in 2016.
Mundey said one issue she would like to work to improve is parental engagement.
“There are pockets in the county where there is high parental engagement and then there are other areas where it’s low,” said Mundey. “It’s well-known how involved parents can make a difference in student achievement.”
Board chairman Segun Eubanks said he first met Mundey at Suitland’s back-to-school night Aug. 29, and was impressed with her energy and dedication.
“She is a very dynamic, very energetic young lady, as well as a committed parent,” Eubanks said. “When you think of the board as a citizen board, she is the consummate citizen.”
The District 7 seat became vacant July 12, when Fellows resigned, citing personal reasons.
On Aug. 28, District 9 board member Donna Hathaway-Beck announced she was resigning effective Sept. 6, after seven years on the board, to spend more time with her family.