Rob Richardson, President
- County of Orange, County Procurement Officer
- Board of Trustees for SAUSD, Emeritus
- Councilman, City of Santa Ana, Emeritus
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.
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, Chief Financial Officer
- President, J. Crain Corporation
- City of Santa Ana Environmental Transportation Commission, Chair
- City of Santa Ana, Neighborhood Hero, Legacy Award Recipient
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.
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.
Lucinda Pueblos, Board Secretary, Scholarship Committee Chair
- Assistant Superintendent, SAUSD School Performance and Culture K-12, SAUSD, Retired
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.
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.
Alex Ito, Board Secretary, Communication Committee Chair
- Director of Instructional Technology, SAUSD, Retired
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
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.
Principal, Santiago Elementary School, SAUSD
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.
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.
Principal Librarian, Young Adult and Volunteer Services, City of Santa Ana
Cheryl Eberly has had over 16+ years of professional experience in implementing innovative, high impact community responsive youth programming in Santa Ana via successful collaboration with a vast network of community agencies and organizations.
She began serving the City of Santa Ana via the Santa Ana Public Library for over 17 years since 2001, when she was hired to oversee the Santa Ana History Room collection and programming.
Through these many years she has taken on progressively higher levels of responsibility, starting with the creation and development of the Library’s Innovative TeenSpace program, which is now in 4 satellite locations in the City of Santa Ana. Much of work has focused on engaging youth and emerging adults via a targeted mentorship approach to civic engagement and youth workforce development via the various mentorship based programs at the library like the Teen Community Historians, Youth Health Ambassadors, and Seeds to Trees Digital Media Technology Institute Program at Santa Ana Public Library. She now serves as the Youth Services Supervisor for the City of Santa Ana, tasked with coordinating and implementing citywide collaboration based high impact youth programs.
She is responsible for the creation and oversight of Award winning high impact youth development programming:
- 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for TeenSpace: Circle of Mentoring Program which provides a wide array of college/career, life skills, STEM and arts programming and meaningful volunteer opportunities for 700+ youth annually
- Youth internship programs that have provided 500+ Santa Ana youth with paid internships/externships and valuable work experience
- Youth Civic Engagement Internship Program that engages 10K+ youth and community members annually in civic and service events and initiative
She has designed, secured, implemented and managed grants valued at over $3 million in grant funding that have provided jobs, and educational/learning opportunities for 700+ of our communities most at risk youth. These grants have come from multiple federal, state and local funding sources including a grant from Google to provide computer science and computational thinking learning opportunities and internships for youth.
She has successfully facilitated and coordinated strategic community partnerships and collaborations:
- Coordinated a Resilient Youth, Resilient Community Youth Services Provider Summit on 4/8/2016 for 90+ of the city’s key stakeholders in youth development and education
- Been a Santa Ana Partnership for Higher Education Coordinating member since 2010
- Community Partner for Orange County Foster Youth Outcomes (FYO) and Eliminating Disproportionality and Disparity (ERDD) Committees since 2007
- Launched collaborations with Google and Microsoft for STEM based youth programming
Chapter President’s Representative, California State Employees Association Chapter 41
Erika Pereyra is a SAUSD success story, having attended Monroe Elementary, MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate and Saddleback High School. After attending Santa Ana College, Erika returned to serve our District as a classified employee, working as a Bilingual Instructional Assistant and Library Media Technician.
In keeping with the family tradition, Erika’s children have attended Jefferson, Villa Fundamental and Segerstrom High School. As a single parent, she is especially proud of their chosen careers of speech therapy and mechanical engineering.
Outside of work, Erika was active in PTA and School Site Council and served as a Classroom Team Mother.
Additionally, Erika was and continues to be an outstanding leader in the California School Employees Association, CSEA.
Her positions include Treasurer, Negotiation Team, School Calendar Committee, Political Action Chair, Reclassification Committee Member and Social/Event Coordinator.
Visual and Performing Arts Specialist, SAUSD
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,
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.
Assistant Dean, Public Affairs Governmental Relations, Santa Ana College
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
School Counselor Century High School
Beau Menchaca has worked in the Santa Ana Unified School District for over 26 years. He is currently a counselor and has been a counselor at Century High School for over 20 years and for five of those years was a coordinator/counselor of the Higher Education Center. He has been a teacher for the Career Technical Education program and an adjunct faculty member of Santa Ana College.
Beau was site co-director of Santa Ana College’s Graduate Success Program as well as lead for Century High School’s Extended Summer Learning Program. His passion for counseling is well known and he is always thinking ahead about the next project to help students to succeed or to recognize students for their academic achievements. Century High School’s student population is 99% Hispanic and Century is a Title I school. He encourages all students to explore higher education opportunities.. Beau is a problem solver and he is willing to put in whatever extra time or effort is required for a successful outcome.
Ph.D., Director of Training, Induction, and Professional Support, SAUSD, Superintendent’s Representative
Marisol Rexach, Ph.D. has dedicated over 32 years to public education. Of those, 18 have been in service of our SAUSD community. As a bilingual educator, she is proud we recognize bi-literacy as a goal for our students. This traces back to her earlier days as a bilingual teacher in her home state of Massachusetts.
Upon moving to California, she enjoyed teaching upper elementary students for over 10 years. Her last years in the classroom were in a kindergarten setting until 2003, when she transitioned from the classroom to the district office as a Program Specialist for the Teacher Induction Program. In this role she guided our more veteran teachers to effectively mentor new teachers as they completed the second-tier of the credentialing process.
Currently her role as the Director of Training, Induction, and Professional Support engages her and her team in providing professional learning opportunities for all SAUSD certificated employees. Her work is rewarding, as she is in the position to welcome new teachers and administrators into the profession while also building the capacity of our more veteran staff who wish to take on the role of peer mentor.
Marisol obtained her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She later completed her Master’s degree at California State University, Fullerton. She is also a graduate of Chapman University, where she completed her doctoral studies and dissertation.
Teacher and Alumni, SAUSD
Vivian Hanson has been teaching in Santa Ana Unified School District among outstanding educators and appreciative students and families for over 23 years now. She has taught grades 2-5 and 7-8 and served as a Teacher Effectiveness Coach (TEC) for grades K-8. She knows the level of dedication teachers and community members involved in SAUSD demonstrate because she has been immersed in it since 7th grade.
Besides teaching in this fine district, she was fortunate enough to attend McFadden Intermediate and Saddleback High School. Thanks to the help of her wonderful teachers she was able to win a full scholarship to the university of her choice. Her scholarship was awarded by the estate of educator Hazel Cubbon Greenleaf who was a resident of Santa Ana. She feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to pay it forward to the SAUSD community each day. In addition to teaching, she serves as a volunteer with a variety of city and county groups including the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society and Girls Scouts of Orange County.
It is Vivian’s constant goal to collaborate with fellow educators and community members to continue improving student achievement and develop opportunities for growth and success. She is ever grateful to be working alongside caring and dedicated change makers to develop learners who are ready to contribute positively to our ever changing world.
Retired Teacher, Curriculum Specialist and Instructional Coach, SAUSD
Marta Moyer has been passionate about education for 43 years. Since 1981, she has served the SAUSD community in a variety of roles and grade levels. As an elementary teacher, she supported her sites through different leadership roles. As a Mentor-Demonstration Teacher, she was a resource to administrators and teachers by providing ideas for both classroom management and instructional strategies in a classroom setting.
Additionally, at her school sites, she was a teacher-leader serving on both the Instructional Leadership Team and School Site Council. She was the site GATE Coordinator and was responsible for monitoring the program and referrals and administering the GATE test. In this role, she spearheaded and organized her site’s Science Fair and parent night, Spelling Bee, and Parent Literacy Night. Additionally, during this time, she was a Trainer of Trainers for Thinking Maps and Write From the Beginning.
Her last six years in the district have been dedicated to continuing her work as an instructional mentor. Ms. Moyer became a Certificated Learning and Achievement Specialist, supporting teachers and administrators as they sought to better understand and apply the then-new Common Core State Standards. In this role, Ms. Moyer co-authored several of the Units of Study and Modules that were used by all K-5 teachers district-wide. She was responsible for the professional development of both teachers and administrators on these various modules and Units of Study during that time. At the close of this transitional effort, Ms. Moyer then moved to the District Office as a curriculum specialist for History-Social Science. In this role, she continued to write inquiry-based curriculum which used history to teach a wide variety of literacy standards and provide training for teachers. She also became involved in National History Day and worked hard to build awareness in SAUSD for this academic competition through principals’ meetings and teacher trainings. She wrote curriculum to support 4th and 5th-grade teachers’ efforts in this rigorous undertaking. She was very proud when in her last year as a curriculum specialist, two teams of students finished in the top six for Orange County and one team went to the State Finals. She finished her career as a Teacher Effectiveness Coach (TEC) supporting the administrators and teachers at three school sites. In this role, she continued to provide professional development based upon site needs. She provided demonstration lessons, co-teaching opportunities, and collaboration time for over 75 teachers at her sites.
Ms. Moyer graduated with honors and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Michigan State University. She received a Master’s of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Laverne where she also graduated with honors. Ms. Moyer retired from SAUSD in June 2018.
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.
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.