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BOARD OF EDUCATION

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									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
                        saenz_thomas@lacoe.edu
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
                        boyd_douglas@lacoe.edu
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
                        freer_rudell@lacoe.edu
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
                         lurie-gilbert_leslie@lacoe.edu

                         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)
                       holt_gabriella@lacoe.edu
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
                       turrentine_rebecca@lacoe.edu


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
                       yepes_mariaelena@lacoe.edu
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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