Executive Board

Executive Board

Jerry Bowman, Region 18 Director

Jerry Bowman - Riverside School Boards Association
– Appointed to the Menifee USD Board in August 2008
– Re-elected to the Menifee USD Board in November 2008
– Served as Clerk of the Menifee USD Board in 2009 and 2014
– Served as Vice-President of the Menifee USD Board in 2010 and 2015
– Served as President of the Menifee USD Board in 2011 and 2012


Bill Newberry, President

bill-newberryBill Newberry sits on the Corona-Norco Unified School District Board of Education. He has served as both the president and vice president of the board. He has been a board member for four years, and was re-elected to an additional four year term in 2014. Bill has been a CSBA Delegate for 4 years, and the president of RCSBA for the past two years.


Ben Johnson, Vice President, Advocacy

Ben Johnson - Riverside County School Boards AssociationSchool Board Trustee Ben Johnson has served the Alvord Board of Education for twenty years. During that time the district has experienced positive advances in academics and facility improvement at all schools in the district.

In addition to his service as an Alvord Trustee, Ben has a legacy serving our community. He is a committed citizen who has already established himself with a distinguished record of volunteer and community service efforts.

Ben has served in a variety of leadership and service roles including the Riverside Community Health Foundation, a graduate of 2013 class of Leadership Riverside, Parkview Hospital Community Advisory Committee, Vice-Chair of both the Human Relations Committee and the City of Riverside Charter Review; a member of the Riverside Blueprint for Diversity, Raincross Group, a member of the Board of directors for the Youth Service Center; Director of Homeless Outreach and President of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Alumni Association.


John Norman, Treasurer

John-Norman– Elected to San Jacinto USD Board in 2000; re-elected in 2004, 2008, 2012.
– Served as President of SJUSD Board 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
– Riverside County School Board Association- Member at Large 9/2007 to 9/2008
– Elected as Treasurer Riverside County School Boards Association, 2010 to present
– California School Board Association Delegate Assembly for Region 18A Elected to Delegate Assembly, 2009 to present
– Elected for 2 year term, 2009, 2011, 2013

Tom Elliott, Vice President

tom-elliotI am currently serving as the president of the Perris Elementary School District. I have been on the board for 8 years. I have served as Board clerk for two years and president for two years. I have served 4 years as a CSBA delegate for region 18. I have served one year as vice president of the Riverside School Board Association. I served 39 years in the field of education, 27 years as a teacher, two years as a middle school principal and ten years as a high school principal. I served six years as a CIF delegate, 5 years in the San Joaquin region and one in the Southern region. I coached cross country, girls basketball, boys basketball, football and track during my coaching career. I was nominated for the Michigan track coach of the year in 1978. I was awarded the Who award by the CTA in 1995. I served twice on WASC accreditation teams.

I am currently serving as a supervisor of student teachers for the University of Phoenix and as a free- lance educational consultant. I have been proud to have been involved with the education of young people for 47 years.

Sandra Tusant, Secretary

Mrs. Tusant is a full time mother of two school aged children. She is an active community volunteer. She has lived in Riverside County most of her life. She was elected to the Romoland School District Board in 2011; and her term will expire in 2016. Mrs. Tusant currently serves as President of the Romoland School District Board.

Jesús M. Holguín

Jesús M. Holguín, a supporter of public education in many ways, has served on the Moreno Valley Unified School District Board of Education since 2002.

From 2014-2015 he served as President of the California School Boards Association (CSBA). As president, he also served as the chair of the Superintendents Advisory Council, chair of the newly established Adequacy Committee, chair of the President’s Council and chair of the Policy Platform Committee. He represented CSBA at the Education Coalition and was a member of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson’s Blueprint 2.0 Action Planning Team. Mr. Holguín also serves as a member of the National School Boards Association Nominating Committee. One of his top priorities as CSBA President was to promote the inclusion of Visual and Performing Arts as part of the core curriculum in California schools.

He was a member of CSBA’s Delegate Assembly from 2003-2010, and has been a member of the Annual Conference Planning and Policy Platform committees, and served as an on-site validator for the prestigious Golden Bell Awards.

Mr. Holguín joined CSBA’s Board of Directors in May 2010, representing Region 18, which includes Imperial and Riverside counties.

Mr. Holguín has held the post of treasurer of the California Latino School Boards Association for seven years; president of the Riverside County School Boards Association; president of the Moreno Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for three years; and board member of ACCESS to the Future. For the last 18 years he has been involved in school- and district-level parent groups including PTA, Site Council, Year Round Education, GATE, High School Curriculum, Safety Task Force committees and Booster Clubs.

Employed by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools since 1985, Mr. Holguín has extensive experience in school finance and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration/accounting and a Certificate in Human Resources Management from California State University, San Bernardino.

Mr. Holguín and his wife, Patricia, have lived in Moreno Valley since 1985 and have three daughters.