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GOVERNING BOARD

GOVERNING BOARD

BOARD MEMBER BIOGRAPHY
Bill Garrett

Bill Garrett

Serving on the Governing Board since 2004 and elected in 2006, Bill Garrett is the 2018 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.

 

Linda Cartwright

Elected in 2018, Linda Cartwright has been a public school teacher for over 30 years. During this time, Trustee Cartwright has been a mentor teacher, Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment coach, elected teacher association president and received the California Teachers Association WHO Award. As a career teacher, Trustee Cartwright knows what it takes to support educators and help our students thrive. She has been an East County resident for 29 years and her son attended East County public schools. Trustee Cartwright's major areas of focus include: ensuring community colleges are affordable; increasing college transfer and career training for local jobs; providing needed re-training and continuing education for our veterans; and guaranteeing our tax dollars are spent wisely, with transparency and accountability.

 

Debbie Justeson

Debbie Justeson

Debbie Justeson, who was elected to the Governing Board in 2010, and is the 2018 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.

 

Brad Monroe

Brad Monroe, who was elected in 2018, has 43 years of experience as a community college educator. He was founding chair of the Ornamental Horticulture program at Cuyamaca College for 32 years, after serving as founding chair of the Southwestern College Ornamental Horticulture program. Following his retirement in 2012, Trustee Monroe was involved in fundraising and program development for Ornamental Horticulture. He developed the annual Spring Garden Festival, and helped bring the Water Conservation Garden to the college. He was named Horticulturist of the Year by the San Diego Horticulture Society in 2013 and the Irrigation Association’s Person of the Year in 2008.

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.

Edwin Hernandez Armenta

Edwin Hernandez Armenta, Grossmont College Student Trustee

Edwin Hernandez Armenta is a first-generation college student who came to Grossmont College in 2017 after graduating from Helix Charter High School. He has been a member of the Black Student Union, Dreamers Movement and the EOPS Club. His leadership with the Associated Students of Grossmont College and the Inter-Club Council led to his running for student trustee to support his fellow students. Hernandez Armenta, who is seeking a career with the United Nations, plans to transfer to a university after he graduates from Grossmont College.

Kyrie Macogay

Kyrie Macogay, Cuyamaca College Student Trustee

Kyrie Macogay has been a biology major at Cuyamaca College since 2015 and hopes to transfer to UC San Diego, also to concentrate on biology. Her professional goals are to work in the veterinary field and possibly focus on animal research. Her interest in student government led to her becoming a senator with the Associated Student Government of Cuyamaca College in 2016. The 2015 graduate of Monte Vista High School has a twin sister who also attends Cuyamaca College.

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