Dianna Hoover Klein

For Frederick County School Board at Large

As a military family, my husband and I returned to Frederick County to raise our two sons. I researched the school systems and found that many teachers were leaving for better opportunities. Our schools are over capacity, and we need a solution for our growing population. I believe in communication, trust, and collaboration, and I promise to bring those skills to the Frederick County School Board.

Vision, Issues, & Values

Why I’m Running

As a military family, my husband and I moved around a lot, but we eventually returned to my hometown of Frederick County to raise our two sons. I was excited to bring my boys up in the same environment that shaped who I am today as a Sherando High School graduate with a lot of “Warrior Pride.” However, I knew things had changed a lot since my graduation 23 years ago, so I prioritized researching Frederick County’s school systems and their offerings for my family.

Unfortunately, I found out that many of Frederick County’s beloved teachers were leaving for better compensation and incentives across the mountain. While I did find a budget, it lacked specific allocations for things like “Cost to update flooring” instead of a general “Maintenance” line item for a particular school. Moreover, I couldn’t find a current searchable listing of all books in each school library, only a “search” function. Further research revealed that all three high schools were overcapacity, with Sherando being the worst at 125% and our twelve elementary schools were at 98%. Best practices suggest planning for new schools when the student population reaches 85%, which we are already well beyond.

I am eager to work with the Board of Supervisors, the school system, and other stakeholders to find a solution to our growing population.

As a military wife and veteran of nearly 20 years, I have lived in many locations across the United States and have continuously researched school systems, even before starting a family. Some school districts offer excellent access to information for parents, and I believe Frederick County can do even better.

As a military officer, airline captain, and entrepreneur, I learned that communication, trust, and collaboration are crucial to any project’s success. While not everyone may agree on the way forward, we must all respect each other’s opinions and work together as colleagues. I promise to bring my leadership skills and communication abilities to the Frederick County School Board.

Budget. I’ll lead the effort to work with fellow board members and the school system for a more detailed line item budget so you can see precisely where school funds are going. 

Parental Involvement. I’ll bring parents’ voices to the decision-making process by increasing curriculum transparency, making our schools’ library book lists available online, and getting parents to the table when planning for school growth. 

Population Growth. We live in one of the most rapidly growing counties in America. I will work with all stakeholders to develop a plan for school growth to match our community’s growth. 

Stakeholder Collaboration. I’ll encourage collaborative, trustworthy communication between the Board of Supervisors, the School Board, and community stakeholders to advance the mission of providing the best education possible for our students.  

The Leadership Our School Needs Right Now

About Dianna

As a Captain for a Legacy U.S. Airline, I am a wife, mother, and veteran, born and raised in Frederick County and a graduate of Sherando High School. I live in Middletown with my husband, Mark, and our two sons. Flying airplanes has been my passion since childhood, and I pursued a career as an airline pilot for its flexibility in scheduling.

After graduating from Sherando in 2000, I attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to fulfill my dream of becoming an airline pilot. Later, I enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserve and was commissioned as an officer flying the C-5 Galaxy. During my military service, I also began flying for United Airlines and held various management positions.

As the aviation industry can be cyclical, I diversified my skill set by earning a master’s degree in aviation safety and human factors and founded Shenandoah Aviation, LLC, specializing in aviation safety and business process consulting. I also earned an MBA at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas.

Having achieved my dream career, I now dedicate my time to giving back. I chaired fundraising events and volunteered with the Junior League of Las Vegas, and was Chairwoman of the Membership Committee for the Las Vegas Chapter of Women in Aviation, International. I am also passionate about fighting the opioid epidemic and founded the Take Flight to Fight the Opioid Epidemic Initiative during my tenure as Mrs. Nevada in 2020. For my philanthropic and business endeavors, I was named one of Vegas Inc.’s 40 Under 40 in 2020 and honored as Nevada’s Mother of the Year by American Mothers, Inc. in 2022.

In-Person Early Voting

In-person early voting will be available at the location, dates, and hours listed below starting Friday, September 22nd, and will end Saturday, November 3rd.

343 Sunnyside Plaza Drive, Winchester
Monday – Friday | 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday October 28th | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday November 2nd | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm