The Board of Education is the governing body for the San Juan Unified School District. The five board members are elected at large by the community to four-year terms. Terms are staggered so that two or three seats are up for election every two even-numbered years. Board members earn compensation of $787.50 each month and may subscribe to the district's health insurance plans. The superintendent of the school district serves as the chief executive officer, manages district staff and ensures that board policies are carried out. Members of the public can reach ALL board members directly by e-mailing email@example.com.Paula Villescaz - PresidentTerm Ends 2024Paula Villescaz is an advocate, public servant, and San Juan Unified graduate. She was elected to the San Juan Unified School District Board of Education in 2016. In addition to serving on the Board of Education, she is the director of legislative advocacy for the County Welfare Directors Association of California, a nonprofit association with a mission to promote a human services system that encourages self-sufficiency of families and communities and protects vulnerable children and adults from abuse and neglect. Paula is a proud product of public schools and graduated from Mira Loma's International Baccalaureate Program and earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Paula previously served as the assistant secretary for the California Health and Human Services Agency in the administration of Governor Gavin Newsom, where she coordinated the human services related budget and policy work of the agency, the California Department of Social Services, and the Child Welfare Council. Paula was also a principal consultant to the California Legislature where she advised on policy issues related to children's health, mental health, behavioral health, and substance use disorders and treatment programs. During the summers, Paula volunteers as a coach for the South Sacramento Junior Giants Baseball Program, and a youth counselor at Camp Okizu, which provides peer support and recreational programs to meet the needs of children and families affected by childhood cancer.Michael McKibbin, Ed.D. - Vice President
Term Ends 2022Mike McKibbin was elected to the Board in 2014. He is married to Dr. Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin and his son, Mark, attended Casa Roble High School. He received his baccalaureate degree from Purdue University and earned two masters degrees and a doctorate from Columbia University. He has worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer, a high school teacher, an elementary teacher, and a professor at four universities. He did public policy work in teacher preparation and certification for 27 years. This work included helping develop support and performance assessment systems for teachers and developing and implementing a program that brought second career professionals into California’s classrooms. He is also active in Rotary and Sacramento Valley Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.Zima Creason - Clerk
Term Ends 2022Zima Creason is a parent, advocate, and businesswoman. She serves as the Executive Director of the California EDGE Coalition and she was elected as a San Juan Unified School District Governing Board Member in 2018. At EDGE, she works to address the skilled workforce shortage, create pathways to the middle class, and to advance economic mobility for all Californians. She is committed to stakeholder empowerment and coalition building to establish and sustain thriving communities. Zima has worked in the policy field since 2001 and much of her work has focused on equity as it relates to mental health policy as well as stakeholder outreach and engagement. She is dedicated to supporting students to have the tools and skills they need to access and secure good jobs in adulthood with family supporting wages and benefits. She is also passionate about supporting people to avoid crisis outcomes, mental health, social justice, and for all Americans to have access and opportunity to achieve the American Dream regardless of their zip code, culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, health/mental health status, gender identification and/or who they love.Pam Costa - MemberTerm Ends 2024Pam Costa was elected to the San Juan Unified School District Board of Education in 2012. Pam graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a California teaching credential. She earned a Master's in Educational Leadership and an Administrative Services Credential from California State University, Sacramento. Pam served as a teacher, principal and director of numerous schools and programs in San Juan Unified, including 21 elementary schools, the BSTA/PAR program and the Early Childhood Education programs. Pam has also seen San Juan schools from a parent’s perspective. Her son, Josh, attended San Juan schools from kindergarten through high school and upon graduating from college has worked for the district first as a teacher and later as an administrator. Since being elected to the Board, Pam has completed the California School Board Association’s (CSBA) Masters in Governance Program, was a member of the 2014 CSBA Conference Committee, and was a Golden Bell validator. Pam hopes that her two grandchildren will attend San Juan schools.Saul Hernandez - MemberTerm Ends 2024Saul Hernandez was elected to the Board in 2012. Saul graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in International Relations. Saul and his wife, Gina, have four children. All of them attended Thomas Kelly Elementary, Barrett Middle School and Del Campo High School. Within San Juan Unified, Saul has served on the Citizens Bond Oversight, the Facilities, Transportation and Finance and the 3280 committees. Saul has owned and operated a small business in the Carmichael and Fair Oaks area since 1991.