Los Angeles County Thomas A. Saenz Board President Mail: 9300 Imperial Hwy. Rm. EC 113 Downey, CA, 90242-2890 Phone: 562 922-6128 Fax: 562-940-1727 firstname.lastname@example.org Thomas A. Saenz, president, was appointed to the Board in 2001 to complete an unexpired term and reappointed in 2003 and 2007. He has served a previous term as president (2005-06). Saenz is also president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a national civil rights legal organization. From 2005 to 2009, Saenz was counsel to the mayor of the City of Los Angeles, providing legal and policy advice to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. From 1993 to 2005, Saenz was an attorney with MALDEF, where he served as lead counsel in numerous high-profile civil rights cases in the areas of voting rights, employment discrimination, immigrants’ rights and education equity. Saenz previously served as president of the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations. He is a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School. Douglas R. Boyd Board Vice President Mail: 9300 Imperial Hwy Rm. EC 113 Downey, CA, 90242-2890 Phone: 562 922-6128 562-940-1727 email@example.com Douglas R. Boyd Sr., vice president, was appointed to the Board in 2008. He has been an attorney for the past 25 years, practicing in the areas of state and local taxation, criminal, governmental and administrative law. Boyd has also served as chief of staff to a state legislator, a member of the State Board of Equalization and as chief deputy assessor for Los Angeles County. Boyd earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, a master's degree in Public Administration from Pepperdine University and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School. He serves on several nonprofit boards and has a long history of involvement with the Boy Scouts of America. An Eagle Scout, Douglas Boyd and his wife Linda are the proud parents of 11 children and have also been foster parents. Both of Boyd's parents were public school teachers, his father for half a century. Boyd has served as a judge pro tempore in Los Angeles County Municipal and Superior Courts, and received a commendation from the Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2002 for his volunteer efforts. He served three years overseas as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Outstanding Unit award with Combat V device. Rudell S. Freer Board Member Mail: 9300 Imperial Hwy. Rm. EC 113 Downey, CA, 90242-2890 Phone: 562 922-6128 Fax: 562-940-1727 firstname.lastname@example.org Rudell S. Freer was first appointed to the Board in 1996 and has served three terms as its president. She retired after 40 years in public education as teacher, principal, director of instruction and region administrator in the Los Angeles USD. She also taught graduate students for 13 years at Mount St. Mary’s College. Freer serves on the Education Council of the Los Angeles Music Center, the board of directors of the California County Boards of Education and the Delegate Assembly of the California School Boards Association. She is a life member of the Association of California School Administrators and the California Retired Teachers Association. She received her bachelor’s degree at UCLA, where she is an active member of Gold Shield and the Affiliates. She received her master’s degree at California State University, Los Angeles, and has pursued doctoral studies in urban education policy and planning at UCLA. Leslie K. Gilbert-Lurie Board Member Mail: 9300 Imperial Hwy. Rm. EC 113 Downey, CA, 90242-2890 Phone: 562 922-6128 Fax: 562-940-1727 email@example.com Leslie K. Gilbert-Lurie was appointed to the Board in 1996, and has three times served as vice president and president. She worked for nine years as an executive with the NBC Television Network and is now a writer who is raising her two children and serving as immediate past president of the Alliance for Children's Rights, which is a nonprofit legal rights organization dedicated to representing indigent children on matters of custody, health and education issues. Gilbert-Lurie, who earned her bachelor's degree and law degree at UCLA, is also a member of several nonprofit boards of trustees, including the Los Angeles Music Center. Her book, Bending Toward the Sun, was published in the fall of 2009. Gabriella S. Holt Board Member Mail: 9300 Imperial Hwy Rm EC 113 Downey, CA, 90242-2890 Phone: 562-922-6128 Fax: 562-940-1727 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org Gabriella S. Holt was appointed to the Los Angeles Board of Education in 2010. For the past 25 years, Ms. Holt has been a community leader and passionate advocate for the education and welfare of county youth. Her background in education, healthcare, law, business, and governance have been extremely beneficial to her advocacy efforts. Holt served eight years on the Palos Verdes Peninsula USD elected Board of Education, two years on the seven district member Southern California Regional Occupational Center Joint Powers Board of Education, and as a school site visitation member for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. As a Los Angeles County Probation Commissioner, she sits on the Countywide Criminal Justice Coordination Committee and Comprehensive Education Reform Committee, which is responsible for the design and implementation of major education reforms in the county’s court school system. Holt designed, launched and operated the first all digital education access television station/production studio in California as the former General Manager of RPV CitiTV CH 33. She holds a California teaching credential in career/technical education specializing in arts, media and entertainment. She received her Executive Juris Doctor degree in health and administrative law from Concord Law School, accounting credential from UCLA, nursing undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan where she practiced in the areas of emergency/intensive care and case management, and is California CPA exam certified. Ms. Holt is president/CEO of Citizens for California Reform, a nonpartisan public advocacy organization. She is active in Los Angeles County’s Emergency Medical Corps/Statewide Disaster Healthcare Volunteer system, mother of four grown children, grandmother of two and married to gastroenterologist, Dr. Kenneth Holt. Rebecca J. Turrentine, Ed.D Board Member Mail: 9300 Imperial Hwy Downey, CA, 90242-2890 Phone: 562-922-6128 Fax: 562-940-1727 email@example.com Rebecca J. Turrentine was most recently appointed to the Board in 2009. She also served one two-year term on the Board from 2005 to 2007. She retired in 2003 from her career as an educator, serving for the last ten years as the Superintendent of the Bellflower Unified School District. She was named California Superintendent of the Year in 2000, Polaris Good Scout of the Year for the Long Beach Area Boy Scout Council in 2000, and was awarded the National PTA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. While serving as Superintendent of Bellflower Unified, eight of the 14 schools in the district achieved California Distinguished School status, two were named National Blue Ribbon Schools, the continuation high school became a California Model Continuation High School, and one school was awarded one of two National Magna Citation Awards for innovation in instructional delivery. Dr. Turrentine has served on the California School Board Association’s Superintendents’ Advisory Council, on the State Superintendents’ Committee for the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), and as an ACSA State Board Member. She received her doctorate in Educational Administration with a specialization in organizational leadership from the University of Southern California. In 2003 Dr. Turrentine was appointed by the Mayor of Long Beach to the city’s first Commission on Youth and Children, and was elected as its first Chair. She has also served on the Executive Planning Committee for the Youth Services Network in the City of Long Beach. Her professional priority has always been to assist with building better futures for the youth and children of Los Angeles County. Maria Elena Yepes Board Member Mail 9300 Imperial Hwy Rm EC 113 Downey, CA, 90242-2890 Phone: 562-922-6128 Fax: 562-940-1727 firstname.lastname@example.org Maria Elena Yepes was appointed to the Board in 2009. For the past thirty years she has been an educator and community leader, dedicating her professional career to providing higher educational opportunities for the most underserved populations in Los Angeles. As a professor of English at East Los Angeles College, she has created several special academic programs and a strong Learning Assistance Center to foster the educational aspirations of thousands of students, many of whom have trained with her to be tutors and peer mentors within these special programs. Since 1994, Ms. Yepes has also served as compliance officer for the college, monitoring employment processes and procedures and training faculty and staff on compliance issues. As a representative of East Los Angeles College, Ms. Yepes has served on the Boyle Heights Learning Collaborative and East L.A. Education Collaborative since 2003. She has also served on the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee, the Monterey Park Historical Heritage Commission, the Board of Directors of the Salesian Boys and Girls Club, and the Time Warner Latino Advisory Council. Ms. Yepes served as president of the Board of Directors for the Salesian Boys and Girls Club from 2000 to 2004, and under her leadership the Club was selected an Academic Center of Excellence by the University of California, Office of the President in 2002. Ms. Yepes received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of California at Los Angeles and possesses a lifetime Community College Teaching Credential.
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