Executive Board

Executive Board

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.

Jesús M. Holguín, Vice President, Advocacy

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.


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.

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

Wendy Jonathan, Secretary, Region 18 Director

Wendy Jonathan is a former school teacher with twenty-five years experience as an elementary school teacher; her last eleven with the Desert Sands Unified School District. She retired in June 2012 from Ronald Reagan Elementary School. Mrs. Jonathan has her GATE credential as well as her International Baccalaureate credential. While teaching she served as the GATE Coordinator, Odyssey of the Mind Coach, Science Fair Coordinator, and Math Field Coordinator. She continues to volunteer her time as a judge at the district science fair. Mrs. Jonathan attended the University of Southern California, where she met and married her husband, Sabby Jonathan. Together, they raised their two sons, both of whom received their education through DSUSD. Daniel is an attorney with Kirkland and Ellis in Los Angeles, and Josef is attending USC in a Masters Program. Mrs. Jonathan has a consulting business specializing in education, and also assists her husband with operating his CPA firm. She and her husband are involved in many charitable organizations, including the Family YMCA of the Desert, the Boys & Girls Club, the Living Desert, Desert Sands Educational Foundation, and Youth & Government.

Bruce Dennis, President, California County Boards of Education Association

Bruce Dennis is currently serving as the Vice-President of the California County Boards of Education Association. From 1995-2008, he was elected to serve on the Nuview Union School District Board of Education.

Mr. Dennis has an extensive background in child advocacy and community service. Bruce is in his eighth year on the Board of Directors of the Riverside County School Boards Association, including one term as President. He currently serves on the California School Boards Delegate Assembly representing Riverside and Imperial counties, as well as past appointments to the organization’s Policy Platform and Small School District, Annual Conference committees. He also served six years as a Federal Government Relations Chair for the National School Boards Association as well as being an eight time participant of the NSBA Federal Advocacy Institute. Bruce is a Past President of his Rotary Club and in 2010 was named a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International.

Mr. Dennis is a Postmaster for the United States Postal Service and was awarded the Postal Service’s Benjamin Award for Community Outreach Activities. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton and a Masters in Boardmanship from the California School Boards Association.

He and with his wife of 34 years Robin live in Nuevo and have a daughter, Sarah, a professor at Palomar Community College.

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