MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS
The San José-Evergreen Community College District is governed by a seven-member board of trustees.
These trustees represent a population of over 918,800 (per US Census 2010)
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BIO - Trustee NasolTrustee Rudy Nasol was elected to the SJECCD Board in November 2012. Nasol and his family lived in the area for over 42 years specifically in the Berryessa area of San Jose. He is very active in the community; he served as a Trustee at the Berryessa Union School District for over nine years where he was elected by his colleagues at the BUSD Board 4 times. Mr. Nasol received his Masters in Governance through the California School Boards Association where he was very active in the State level serving in the Legislative Committee, Policy Platform Committee and as a Delegate Assembly member for Region 20. For over seven years, he provided training for school board candidates through the auspices of the Santa Clara County School Board Association. He’s focused on creating an effective and high performing governance team. Mr. Nasol served in the City of San Jose Boards & Commissions where he chaired the city’s Parks & Recreation Commission in 1997. He served in the City’s Community Development Grant Committee where many CDBG grants were provided to many community service organizations serving the less fortunate citizens in the community. Mr. Nasol is very active in his local neighborhood association, the Berryessa Citizens Advisory Council where he served as the group’s president in 2001 and as member of the BCAC Board for many years. He was also awarded the Berryessa Citizen of the Year award in 2004. Mr. Nasol is also very active in the local Lions Club where he served in many leadership roles. Mr. Nasol has a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering degree. Up until his retirement in June 2012, he worked in various management positions in Facilities Management/Engineering at Palo Alto Unified School District, Stanford University Medical Center, Sunnyvale School District and at SJECCD. Mr. Nasol brings a wealth of experience to SJECCD board. His goal is to have a very effective governance team that’s focused on highly successful learning outcomes for all our students.
BIO - Trustee Martinez
Karen Martinez is a Community Activist on the East Side of San José.
Karen has served as a Parent Leader at Rocketship Si Se Puede, is a founding petitioning parent of Alpha Public Schools who currently manages the Alpha Parent Center and served two terms on the Alum Rock School Board along with being the first plaintiff with her daughter Daniella on the Vergara vs. California Students Matters case.
Karen's most important role within the community is wife and mother of 7 kids. Karen had her first child at the age of 16. Karen never allowed becoming a teen mom to hold her back in life. To the contrary, Karen used becoming a teen mom to push herself to demand excellence of herself in all aspects of her life.
Although Karen's work schedule is demanding, Karen continues to find time to make significant contributions to the community by devoting many long hours to the continued success of schools within San José, particularly in Alum Rock. Karen is a former People Acting in Community Together (PACT) Leader and still is an Education Advocate. Karen believes it takes a village to raise a family. She works hard to live what she believes by always giving a helping hand where ever she sees help is needed.
BIO - Trustee MannTrustee Craig Mann is a public school teacher. Previously, he worked in private industry throughout most of his career. He was first elected to the San José/Evergreen Community College District board in 2012. Craig served on the Santa Clara County Board of Education from 2006 to 2012; and before that, he was an East Side Union High School District trustee from 1998-2006. He was a member and chair of San Jose's Human Rights Commission for three years, worked as a parent volunteer, served as a church trustee and has served on several non-profit boards. Craig has an Administrative Services Credential and earned his Teaching Credentials from UC San Diego and Alliant International University; holds a MBA from the University of Phoenix; and a B.S. in business administration from San José State University.
BIO - Trustee FuentesTrustee Maria Fuentes returned to the SJECCD Board of Trustees in December 2018, after previously serving as Trustee for 23 years. Maria brings her creativity and passion for education to making strategic policy decisions that benefit students at San Jose City College, Evergreen Valley College, the Milpitas Extension, the local community and economy, and the success of and good working conditions for classified, faculty, management, and executive staff of SJECCD. Like most students she serves, Maria sought her opportunity at a community college. Maria started at Bakersfield Community College, transferred to San Jose State University receiving a BA in Liberal Studies and a minor in Mexican American Studies. She later received a Master of Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Understanding the challenges of mental illness and the importance of accessible, culturally competent services, Maria devoted close to 40 years as a manager in public mental health, working in several community agencies and with the County of Santa Clara. She retired in 2019. Trustee Fuentes is always accessible and dedicates her service to helping all students fulfill their dreams!
Ms. Maria FuentesTrustee since December of 2018Email:
Maria.Fuentes@sjeccd.eduTrustee area map 4
BIO - Trustee HoWendy Ho, MPA, is a community advocate and civic leader with over 10 years of experience working on behalf of students and underserved communities at the local, state, and federal level.
Ms. Wendy Ho, Board PresidentTrustee since December 2012Email:
Wendy.Ho@sjeccd.eduTrustee area map 5
BIO - Trustee LeaseTrustee Dr. Jeffrey Lease was born and raised in San José. Dr. Lease has close personal ties with SJECCD, faculty, staff, and their families, where he has provided chiropractic care for more than 10 years. He worked as a campus administrator for 4 years at Evergreen Valley College and his mother Lois retired after serving 33 years. His passion is to ensure that every child in the community has the same educational opportunities he did growing up in San José. Dr. Lease earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2000 from Palmer College Chiropractic West.
Dr. Jeffrey LeaseTrustee since December of 2010Email:
Jeffrey.Lease@sjeccd.eduTrustee area map 6
BIO - Trustee CruzTrustee Mayra E. Cruz was born in Puerto Rico and has been an active resident of the San José community since 1979. Mayra holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico and an M.A. in Education from San José State University. Mayra currently serves as the treasurer for the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and faculty in Child Development and Education at De Anza College. She organizes efforts to create access to community college for undeserved communities and links educational systems to community based efforts. Mayra has been serving as a Trustee for San José- Evergreen Community College District since 2009. "As a trustee, I am committed to effective leadership and to advancing the district values of equity, opportunity and social justice. In my role, and along with my fellow trustees, my focus is on effective governance through policy directions that meet the needs of our students and our community," says Ms. Cruz.
Ms. Mayra CruzTrustee since March of 2009Email:
Mayra.Cruz@sjeccd.eduTrustee area map 7
Eduard Kaba, EVC Student Trustee Email: email@example.comNhi Le, SJCC Student Trustee
REDISTRICTING OF TRUSTEE AREAS
The redistricting of Trustee Areas boundaries was conducted in 2011 and 2012. Below is the January 2012 Board-adopted redistricting map.
Final Board - Adopted Detail Map
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The process of self-evaluation for community college Boards of Trustees requires that only Board members evaluate themselves. However, in an unprecedented move, the SJECCD Board of Trustees undertook a self-evaluation process that included both internal and external participants in order to provide the public with a more comprehensive and honest review. Click on “Board of Trustees Self Evaluation” to view the full report.
2016 Board of Trustees Self-Evaluation Summative Report