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GOVERNING BOARD

GOVERNING BOARD

 

BOARD MEMBER BIOGRAPHY
Linda Cartwright

Linda Cartwright, Board President

Elected in 2018, Linda Cartwright is the 2020 Board 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 Vice President

Debbie Justeson, who was elected to the Governing Board in 2010, is the 2020 Board Vice President. 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.

Elena Adams

Elena Adams, Board Clerk

Elected in 2016, Elena Adams is the Board Clerk for 2020. She 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.

Bill Garrett

Bill Garrett

Bill Garrett began serving on the Governing Board in 2004 and was first elected in 2006. He served as board president from 2008 to 2018. 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.

Brad Monroe

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.

Benjamin Blevins

Benjamin Blevins, Grossmont College Student Trustee

Benjamin Blevins is a political science major who started at the college in fall 2019 after graduating from Point Loma High School. He joined student government right away as the director of Student Legislation, then went on to sit as the vice chair for Region X of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, representing more than 150,000 students in San Diego and Imperial counties. In addition to student equity, he identifies environmental measures like the installation of solar panels on the campuses as an issue he wants to support. After college, the native San Diegan aspires to serve in the U.S.  Congress.

Robert McClain

Robert McClain, Cuyamaca College Student Trustee

Robert McClain graduated from Morse High School in 2013 and began his community college studies in spring 2016. The political science and communications major is planning to pursue his bachelor’s in political science at San Diego State University. His goal is to become a political staffer and to work on policies to aid the disadvantaged. During his term as student trustee, his priorities are to improve communications between the board and students and to work toward improving student services with an eye toward increasing student success.

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