SAPSF Board of Directors

Rob Richardson, President
County Procurement Officer, County of Orange
SAUSD School Board Member emeritu

Janelle McLoughlin, Chief Financial Officer
President, J. Crain Corporation, Marketing & Sales California Corporation

Jimmy Bruhl, Coordinator, Special Projects, SAUSD
Arturo Jimenez, Director, Human Resources, SAUSD
Eddie Leon, President, Chapter 41, California State Employees Association  CSEA 
Robyn McNair, Curriculum Specialist Visual and Performing Arts, SAUSD
Teresa Mercado-Cota, Assistant Dean, Santa Ana College
Barbara Pearson President, Santa Ana Educators Association
Carolina Tercero, Retired School Administrator
Audrey Yamagata-Noji, College Administrator, SAUSD School Board Member emeritus
Alex Ito, Retired Director of Instructional Technology, SAUSD
Gerry Oxx, Retired Counselor Santa Ana Unified
Lucinda Pueblos, Retired Assistant Superintendent, School Performance and Culture K-12, SAUSD

Rob Richardson

Rob Richardson

President, Board Member

Rob has a broad range of public policy experience, working with all levels of government. His experience includes eight years as a City Councilman in Santa Ana, five years as President of the Santa Ana Board of Education, and a variety of roles in county government. In February 2003, Richardson was elected to the Board of Education following a recall election, and receiving 65% of the votes cast. He was re-elected in 2004 and 2008 to full four year terms.

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He has also served in a variety of community service roles and has served on the City of Santa Ana Planning Commission and Historic Commission. Additionally, Richardson remains an active member of the Santa Ana Kiwanis Club, the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club, and chaired the Santa Ana High School Centennial Committee. Richardson graduated from UCLA in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Cum Laude, in political science and history.

Richardson is a product of the Santa Ana Unified School District, having graduated from Santa Ana High School. Since June 2013, Richardson has served as County Procurement Officer for the County of Orange. Rob and his wife Bellavadey live in the Park Santiago Neighborhood.

Janelle McLoughlin

Janelle McLoughlin

CFO, Board Member

Janelle McLoughlin joined the Foundation representing the business, financial and operational point of view. As a business owner for 30 years, combined with 15 years of large corporation experiences, the bottom line is her second nature.

McLoughlin is an active community leader with experience in establishing, organizing 501(c) 3 non-profits and holding non profit board positions of President and Treasurer in Santa Ana organizations.

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Janelle was the first in her family to attend college and was a student that had to work to pay tuition. Earning an A.A. and B.A. in Marketing in three years from Marymount University of Virginia, she graduated with Cum Laude honors. McLoughlin attended George Washington University for graduate studies in Business.

A twenty-year resident of Santa Ana Janelle was the first to receive the City of Santa Ana “Hero Award.” This year she is celebrating a 37 year anniversary with her husband Mark.

Teresa Mercado-Cota

Teresa Mercado-Cota

Board Member

Teresa Mercado-Cota joined the Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation Board in 2012 as Scholarship Committee Chair. Teresa began working with Rancho Santiago College District  in 1989 Presently, she is Assistant Dean at Santa Ana College. She has served as a Student Service Specialist, High School and Community Outreach Specialist, Coordinator of Community Relations, Director of the PEW Civic Leadership Program, Director of Community Relations, and Director of Community Relations and External Affairs for the District.

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Mercado-Cota has served on several boards, including Chapman University Advisory Council, KinderCaminata, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Orange County, Santa Ana Community Leadership Institute and is the immediate past president for the National Hispanic Business Women Association.

Mercado-Cota graduated from Dana Hills High School at seventeen and went to work to help support her family. She graduated in 1978 with an A.A. in Liberal Arts and then worked with the California Postsecondary Education Commission while a student at CSU, Sacramento.  Teresa went on to earn dual B.A degrees in Communications and Sociology. In 1998 she graduated with her M.S. in Education/Counseling at CSU, Long Beach.  She is married to her best friend, Dr. Victor Cota. Together they have three sons and two Daughters-in-law.

Eddie Leon

Eddie Leon

Board Member

Eddie Leon is known for his outstanding communication  skills, positive attitude and great smile!  These attributes are invaluable in his current leadership positions as president of SAUSD’s classified employees’ union and as a delegate to the Orange County Labor Federation. He also acts as a key participant in SAUSD’s Management and Operations Committee and represents CSEA on the District Negotiations Team.

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A loyal SAUSD employee since 1999, Eddie has served successfully at every level of school site custodial duties, culminating in his current position as Plant Custodian for the District Office.  Honored for his excellent service, Eddie was named as the District’s “All Around Employee” in 2012.  Mr. Eddie Leon brings a high level of experience and enthusiasm to his new role as a Board Member of the Santa Ana Public School Foundation.

Jimmy Bruhl

Jimmy Bruhl

Board Member

Jimmy Bruhl began his role in the Santa Ana Unified School District as an instructional assistant at Franklin Elementary School, soon after graduating from Santa Ana Valley High School. His passion for working with students inspired him to pursue his career in education. In the last 15 years, Jimmy held the positions of classroom teacher, administrative coordinator of student activities, outreach consultant, school administrator, and is currently an administrative coordinator of Extended Learning Programs.

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Jimmy earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State Fullerton and two Masters Degrees in Education and Public School Administration from Azusa Pacific University. Throughout his college years, he became active in the community and assisted multiple non-profit agencies with public service and outreach.

Jimmy has also volunteered his time by coordinating community resource fairs and mural painting for schools of the Santa Ana Unified School District. One notable mural can be seen on Carr Intermediate auditorium, facing the corner of Edinger and Center Street. Currently, Jimmy has taken on a new project that provides real time asset building and bonding time for SAUSD fathers and their children. The project known as “Dads University,” has been well received by fathers and local partners.

Audrey Yamagata-Noji PhD

Audrey Yamagata-Noji PhD

Founder, Board Member

Audrey Yamagata-Noji is an inaugural member of the Board of Directors of the Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation. She served as an elected member of the Board of Education for the Santa Ana Unified School District for 25 years, stepping down recently in December of 2014.

Audrey has a doctorate in education from Claremont Graduate University. She serves as the Vice President, Student Services at Mt. San Antonio College.

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In 2014, Audrey was presented the Dr. John W. Rice Diversity Award in California Community Colleges by Dr. Rice’s daughter, former Secretary of State, Dr. Condoleeza Rice.

Audrey also serves on the Board of Directors for the Kevin Armstrong, M.D. Memorial Sports Foundation, Asian and Pacific Americans in Higher Education and the National Asian Pacific Islander Council.

Audrey and her husband Gene have lived in Santa Ana for 34 years and have one son, Randall.

Carolina Tercero

Carolina Tercero

Board Member

Carolina Tercero has a wide range of experience in education for over 35 years as a district administrator, director, principal, Title I Resource Coordinator, Mentor Teacher and classroom teacher. Now retired, she directs her own consulting business and is a skilled evaluator of grants for several districts in Orange County, Los Angeles County and Riverside County.

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Ms. Tercero is an effective facilitator for strategic and long range planning and is a trained Principal Coach.

Ms. Tercero earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Weber State University, Utah and has a Master’s Degree from USIU (United States International University, San Diego). She received her Administrative Credential from UCI (University of California, Irvine). She has served as president of AAUW, American Association of University Women, Mission Viejo-Saddleback Branch for 2 years, President of Future Leaders of America, Orange County, Conference Chair for Principal Conference, Orange County Department of Education, and recently selected as First5LA Grant Reviewer for Community Opportunities Fund. She is an active and current member of ACSA (Association of California School Administrators). Carolina enjoys spending time with family and two grandchildren.

Barbara Pearson

Barbara Pearson

Board Member

Barbara Pearson is a product of SAUSD, attending John Adams, Carr and Valley High School. She has been a teacher in SAUSD for 27 years, serving as a teacher leader both at her site and at the District level. Ms. Pearson was selected as a Curriculum and Learning Academic Specialist where she helped roll out the newly adopted Common Core State Standards to SAUSD teachers.

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Ms. Pearson earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University, Long beach and has a Master’s Degree from California State University, Fullerton. She has taught second language learners for her entire career in both California and Texas. Ms. Pearson is currently serving as President of the Santa Ana Educators’ Association where she represents the 2,700 teachers and advocates for the 49,000 students in Santa Ana Uunified School District.

Alex Ito

Alex Ito

Board Member

Alexandra Ito has worked in education at Santa Ana Unified School District since 1984. She has worked in district level leadership positions in instructional technology for the last twelve years. She has served as the district’s director of instructional technology, as well as assistant director. Prior to her role as an administrator, she supported the district’s instructional program as a district curriculum specialist

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in education technology and as a program specialist for Saddleback High School. Prior to her work in technology, she was a classroom teacher at Saddleback High School. She was recognized as the district’s high school teacher of the year, recognized by the CLHS (California League of High School) for excellence in staff development, by OCCUE (Orange County Computer Using Educators) for technology leadership, and received an award for innovation in education from OCDE (Orange County Department of Education).

Ms. Ito retired from the district in 2017. She received her B.A. from UCI, her M.A. from Pepperdine, her teaching and administrative credentials from UCI, and her Chief Technology Officer certification from the California Education Technology Professional Association.   

Robyn MacNair

Robyn MacNair

Board Member

Robyn MacNair worked as a design consultant before becoming a teacher. She became an elementary Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) specialist teaching dance, theatre, visual art and music for 7 years. She taught secondary visual art for 12 years before becoming the SAUSD VAPA specialist. Her responsibilities include professional development, grant writing, programming, community relations, advocacy, instructional leader,

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community relations, coordinating arts programs and events, and developing the conservatory at Santa Ana High School. Robyn has also worked with the city of Santa Ana on the Arts and Culture Master Planning committee to connect the youth of Santa Ana with the city. Through her work with the city, she has built many partnerships with local artists and arts organizations to bring resources and support to the students of SAUSD.   She is president-elect of The California Art Education Association, a professional organization for visual artists and a delegate for the National Art Education Association. She is also involved with the professional arts orgs for dance, theatre, and music. She is a teacher leader in The California Arts Project, a Subject Matter Project from the department of education responsible for professional learning in the arts from Pre-K to post-secondary.

Arturo Jimenez

Arturo Jimenez

Board Member

Art Jimenez works in the Santa Ana Unified School District where he has held the positions of classroom Teacher, School Administrator, Director of Constituency Services and is currently the Director of Human Resources. Art, however, is most proud of being a product of the Santa Ana Unified School District. Born and raised in Santa Ana, Art attended James Madison Elementary School,

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MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate, and graduated from Saddleback High School. Art states, “I am incredibly fortunate that I had great teachers and other role models who truly cared about my education and wanted me to be successful. I want to give back and have a positive impact on others just as so many wonderful people had a positive impact on me”.

Lucinda N. Pueblos

Lucinda N. Pueblos

Board Member

Lucinda N. Pueblos recently retired from the Santa Ana Unified School District after serving in education for thirty-eight years.   Her experience spans the all of the educational landscape, serving as a classroom teacher to school principal, leading five Santa Ana Unified School District’s secondary schools.   

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In 2016, she was selected to the serve as the Assistant Superintendent K12 School Performance and Culture as a member of the Superintendent’s cabinet.  Her responsibilities included oversight of Pupil Support Services, Research and Development, Categorical Programs and School Climate.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, a Single Subject Credential with an emphasis in Bilingual Education, from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Masters Degree, with an Administrative Services Credential in Educational Leadership from the California State University, Dominguez Hills.  

Gerry Oxx

Gerry Oxx

Board Member

Gerry Oxx has worked in education for the past forty years.  He started his tenure in public education with the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada where he was a Special Education Resource Teacher and Special Education Coordinator for grades 4- 12.   Upon moving to California in 1989, he found positions as a Counselor in the Santa Ana Unified School District including Spurgeon Intermediate,

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Teen Parent, Phoenix House, Independent Study, Santa Ana High School and Godinez Fundamental High School.  During his tenure at Santa Ana High School, he began a program called the Fly In Program for underrepresented students seeking a Higher Education experience outside the southern California area.  He implemented this program with the first four year graduating class at Godinez when he transferred in 2010.  This program allowed students in the fall of their senior year to explore college campuses, primarily in the Midwest and East Coast, which embrace the need to diversify their colleges with students from all social avenues as well as enrich a college culture for first generation underrepresented students to flourish.  For the past twelve years, he has honed his skills in this area by connecting with hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the United States that are financially solvent enough to secure opportunities for both documented and undocumented students alike.  He has been acknowledged for his efforts through presentations at the National Convention for CollegeBoard in Houston, Tx; Preparate: Educating Latinos for the Future of America in Orlando, Florida, and the National Conference of National Association of College Admission Counseling in Denver, Co.   

Emeritus Members

Bruce Hamlin

Bruce Hamlin

Previous Board Member

Kristen Crellin

Kristen Crellin

Previous Board Member

Carol Bryan

Carol Bryan

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Frances Crear Byfield, Ed.D.

Frances Crear Byfield, Ed.D.

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Eligia Nicolai

Eligia Nicolai

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Susan Mercer

Susan Mercer

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