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 Jenni Klose

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Jenni Klose

President
Trustee Area 1
jen@kloselegal.com

A graduate of Santa Rosa City Schools; attended Brook Hill Elementary, Herbert Slater Junior High, and Montgomery High Schools. Attended Santa Rosa Junior College on a Doyle Scholarship; B.S. in Biochemistry from U.C.L.A.; J.D. from Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington.

Employment: Attorney practicing in civil litigation and appellate law.

Special Interests: Increasing community engagement in public education; promoting professional development and innovation through peer-centered coaching and collaboration; closing the achievement gap; dual immersion education.

First Elected: 2012
Term Expires: 2020

 Laurie Fong

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Laurie Fong

Vice President
Trustee Area 7

lfong@srcs.k12.ca.us​

A Santa Rosa resident since 1987, two daughters who graduated from Santa Rosa City Schools. B.A. from UC Berkeley, Masters in Education from University of Utah, Education Administrative credential from Sonoma State University.

Employment: A 23 year career as a teacher and a 19 year career as a school administrator. 

Special Interests: I am very interested in “how” we “do school” in the 21st century and how practices from other eras still govern much of our daily and annual school practices. This includes how we approach those who are learning and aren’t learning, how we use the resource of time in education, and how we assess student learning. Importantly, this includes how California funds public education and the impact it has on our students’ achievement, educators’ compensation and their working environments. Finally, education is now preschool through grade 14 at the minimum - we need to look at a fuller picture of preparation for our children through young adulthood.

First Elected: 2016
Term Expires: 2020

 Stephanie Manieri

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Stephanie Manieri

Clerk
Trustee Area 6
stephaniemanieri@gmail.com

A graduate of Santa Rosa City Schools; attended Lawrence Cook Middle School and Elsie Allen High School. BS in Public Health and Biology, Dominican University of California; MS in Health Policy and Law, University of California, San Francisco.

Employment: Bilingual Crisis Counselor and Advocate for trauma-affected populations in Sonoma County. Previously worked for the California HOPE Project, the Family Justice Center of Sonoma County, and Verity- Sonoma County's Rape, Crisis, and Trauma Center. Currently serves as President of the Elsie Allen High School Music Boosters Club.

Special Interests: Health policy, ethnic studies, education equity, closing the achievement gap, English Language Learner curriculum, A-G standards. 

First Elected: 2018
Term Expires: 2022

 Ed Sheffield

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Ed Sheffield

Director
Trustee Area 5
edsheff5@gmail.com

Representative to the Sonoma County Committee on School District Organization.

Parent of two young boys entering Santa Rosa City Schools. BA in History and Social Studies from Western Washington University; Masters in Public Administration from Sonoma State University.

Employment: Government and Community Relations Coordinator for Sutter Health, former legislative staff for Federal and State elected officials.

Special Interests: Policy, legislation, public administration, and community engagement that impacts undeserved populations.

First Elected: 2016
Term Expires: 2020

 Jill McCormick

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Jill McCormick

Director
Trustee Area 2
jmccormick@srcs.k12.ca.us

MA in Education – University of California, Berkeley
BA in English – University of California, Davis
AA in General Studies – Santa Rosa Junior College 

Employment: Kinesiology Instructor and Head Swim Coach, Santa Rosa Junior College since 2000. Instructor, English, Piner High School 1994-2002.

Lifelong Santa Rosa resident and graduate of Santa Rosa City Schools; attended Brook Hill Elementary, Herbert Slater Junior High, and Montgomery High Schools. Parent of two Piner High School graduates. 

Special Interests: Increasing community engagement in public education; recruiting and retaining talented, career-minded educators; facilities, extracurricular and athletic programs for students, and closing the achievement gap.

First Appointed: 2018
Term Expires: 2022

 Omar Medina

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Omar Medina

Director
Trustee Area 4
omedina@srcs.k12.ca.us

A graduate of Santa Rosa City Schools; attended Lawrence Cook Junior High and Elsie Allen High Schools. Received A.S. in Liberal Studies from Santa Rosa Junior College before transferring to Sonoma State University, where he studied History as well as Chicanx and Latinx Studies.

Employment: UndocuFund Coordinator

Special Interests: Ethnic Studies, STEM, Technology, state and federal legislative affairs, increasing parent engagement, and increasing number of bilingual and bicultural educators.

First Elected: 2018
Term Expires: 2022

 Alegría De La Cruz

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Alegría De La Cruz

Director
Trustee Area 3


Educated in California and Massachusetts public schools until high school, graduate of Thayer Academy (Braintree, MA). BA in History from Yale University; JD from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Employment: Chief Deputy County Counsel - Infrastructure Group.

Special Interests: Community engagement and equity, ethnic studies curriculum, public administration and policy, valuing students for non-traditional assets, language-immersive educational models.

First Appointed: 2019
Term Expires: 2020

 Alana Macken

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Alana Macken

Student Board Member

Alana attends Santa Rosa High School.

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