GOVERNING BOARD

GOVERNING BOARD

Bill Garrett

Bill Garrett

Serving on the Governing Board since 2004 and elected in 2006, Bill Garrett is the 2017 Board President. The former El Cajon city manager and president of the Cuyamaca College Foundation has also served as a member of the college district's Citizens Bond Oversight Committee. Trustee Garrett's major areas of focus include reducing the cost of textbooks, ensuring the proper use of bond monies, and continued development of financial aid resources for the district's students.

Edwin Ramon Hiel

Edwin Ramon Hiel

Elected to the Governing Board in 2010, and is the 2017 Board Vice President.  Mr. Hiel's experience with community colleges began as a Grossmont College student. He was an adjunct counselor and instructor at Cuyamaca College from 1999 to 2002, a counselor for international students at Grossmont College from 2000 to 2004, and is now a counselor/associate professor at San Diego City College. Trustee Hiel values student access and success, as well as diversity and cultural competency in all the activities of the District. He lived many years in Latin America while working in international agricultural development. His wife and son are from Ecuador.

Debbie Justeson

Debbie Justeson

Debbie Justeson, who was elected to the Governing Board in 2010, and is the 2017 Board Clerk. She has been in the field of education for 25 years, has been a part-time math instructor at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges for 11 years, and received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2003 and 2007. She has presented at several math conferences nationwide and as an adjunct faculty member, has been actively involved in campus committees and teachers' associations. She also teaches for the Department of Teacher Education at San Diego State University.

Greg Barr

Greg Barr

First elected in 2006, Trustee Barr is firmly committed to supporting educators and students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. Mr. Barr, a former teacher, leader, mentor, and twice elected teacher association president, received the California Teachers Association WHO Award. As a member of three accreditation teams, he participated in evaluating continuation high schools. After 30 years as a high school history teacher and four years coordinating the training of teachers and staff in computer applications, Greg Barr retired and continues to work as a substitute teacher in addition to his Board duties.

Elena Adams

Elena Adams

Elected in 2016, Elena Adams has been an educator for 35 years at the San Diego Community College District (1980-present) and Grossmont Adult School (1983-1998). She received the Unsung Hero Award two times from the San Diego Community College District, and in her work as a PTA president and secretary, she was awarded the state of California PTA Service Award. Trustee Adams has been an East County resident for 39 years, and her children attended East County public schools, including Grossmont College. She is committed to student success in college transfer and career technical training programs, which assist students in becoming economically self-sufficient.

Sebastian Caparelli

Sebastian Caparelli, Grossmont College Student Trustee

Sebastian Caparelli, an English major at Grossmont College, came to the campus in 2014 after a career as a wildland firefighter. He is a member of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa and is a writer for the Grossmont College Summit. He plans to transfer to Columbia University in 2017 and ultimately become a novelist and English teacher overseas.

Evan Esparza

Evan Esparza, Cuyamaca College Student Trustee

Evan Esparza is a political science major at Cuyamaca College. As a student trustee, he wants to encourage more student engagement at the colleges. The 2014 graduate of Steele Canyon High School served as an Associated Student Government of Cuyamaca College member, and was selected for the Associated Student Government Emerging Leaders Program. He wants to transfer to a four-year university and envisions a future in politics.

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