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Brad Monroe Brad Monroe, Board President

Brad Monroe, who was elected in 2018, is the 2021 Board President. He 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.

Linda Cartwright

Linda Cartwright, Board Vice President

Elected in 2018, Linda Cartwright is the 2021 Board Vice President. She has been a public school teacher for over 30 years, serving as 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, Board Clerk

Debbie Justeson, who was elected to the Governing Board in 2010, is the 2021 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.

Julie Schorr

Julie Schorr

Julie Schorr, who was elected in 2020, has been a public school teacher for 28 years. She is a department chair at Granite Hills High School and teaches world languages and English as a Second Language. Schorr was selected for the American Association of Teachers of French outstanding teacher award in 2018 and was named Teacher of the Year in 2017. She wrote the self-study that allowed Granite Hills Hill School to become an International Baccalaureate school, the only such school in East County. She is committed to ensuring an equitable teaching and learning environment for all faculty, staff, and students; promoting diversity, equity, cultural awarenss and inclusion at the colleges; and ensuring that community college education remains affordable and accessible for all students. 

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.

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Benjamin Blevins, Grossmont College Student Trustee

Benjamin Blevins, a political science major, was elected student trustee in 2020. The San Diego native and Point Loma High School graduate began attending Grossmont College in fall 2019 and promptly joined student government as the Director of Student Legislation. He went to sit on the board of directors for the Student Senate for California Community Colleges and currently sits on the Student Trustee Advisory Committee for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). Benjamin also is an intern for  Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. His top issues are diversity, equity, economic injustice, and environmental justice. From Grossmont College, he aspires to transfer to Columbia University.

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Kristie Macogay, Cuyamaca College Student Trustee 

Kristie Eleison Macogay is a Music Education major at Cuyamaca College. She previously served as Associated Student Government President and was the student representative on numerous campus committees, including the Cuyamaca College Council, Facilities Committee, Student Services Leadership Advisory Team, and Student Conduct & Grievance Committee. Kristie participates in the Student Senate of California Community Colleges as a delegate in Region X and represents Cuyamaca College. Kristie’s goals include improving communication and engagement between students, staff, and faculty. She plans to transfer to San Diego State University, with the career goal of becoming a music teacher.

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