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Board Members

Lori Carlson, Board President (Resides in Area 2)
Lori Carlson

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Lori  Carlson was raised in Northern California by her parents, a farmer and a high school teacher, who taught her the value of serving your community and the importance of high-quality public education. She graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Human Development and from Fuller Theological Seminary with an M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy. She is married to Steve, a pastor at Turlock Covenant Church, and together they have four daughters who have all attended or are currently attending schools in TUSD. She is a Realtor at Aspire Home Real Estate, a spiritual director, a Science Olympiad coach Turlock Junior High School, a Character Coach in TUSD, president of the board of Turlock Youth Performing Arts, a volunteer at her church and in her community with Love Turlock, Turlock Gospel Mission and others. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve the community of Turlock as a TUSD trustee, working alongside a great team of leaders to advance the strategic plan of the district and ensure high-quality education for all students in TUSD.

Term 2018-2022

 

Frank M. Lima, Clerk (Resides in Area 5)
Frank Lima

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Frank Lima was born and raised in Turlock as a child of immigrant parents. He is married and a father of three children.  Each of his three children attends a different school in our district.  Frank has practiced law in Turlock for twenty years.  As a product of Turlock public schools, he feels personally indebted to our public education system, having obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree with honors in applied economics from U.C. Davis and a Juris Doctor degree from U.C.L.A.  Frank worked and paid his way through college.  He studied in foreign countries.  Frank also realized the good fortune and privileges we have with our public schools.  No matter how good or bad we judge our public schools, we have the opportunity and obligation to make our schools better.  We must hold ourselves and our schools to the highest of standards.  We cannot make excuses for our failures, and although we should enjoy and recognize our successes, we must always strive to make our schools better.  

Term 2015-2020

 

Ken Malech, Member (Resides in Area 3)
Ken Malech

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Ken Malech was raised in Salinas, California and moved to Turlock approximately 30 years ago. Ken has four wonderful children: Kalina, Krysta, Craig, and Connor.  Ken and his lovely wife, Carleen, have enjoyed living in the City of Turlock and the education their children have received from the T.U.S.D. educational system.
 

Ken has earned his Master’s Degree in Education from California State University, Stanislaus.  Ken is credentialed in the State of California and is currently teaching for Modesto City Schools at Fairview Elementary School.  During his 20 year career in education, Ken has taught all grades in the elementary level other than 1st grade.  He believes his overall educational experience in the last 20 years will be invaluable to the School Board. Ken has also enjoyed coaching baseball and softball in various leagues for the last 12 years.  He and his family currently attend Monte Vista Chapel on a regular basis.
 

He cares very deeply about the overall educational welfare of the students of Turlock.  Ken considers it a privilege and honor to serve on the T.U.S.D. School Board. He looks forward to the experience of continually striving to make T.U.S.D. a better place for all that are involved.

Term 2015-2020

 

Anthony Silva, Member (Resides in Area 7)
Anthony Silva

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Anthony Silva was born in Los Banos and raised on a dairy. He is married, has three children (Lisa, David and Denise), three step-children, six grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren. His wife Cheryl served as Director of Religious Education for twenty-one years. They are very involved with Sacred Heart Parish.


Anthony attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Agricultural Business Management, teaching credential in Agricultural Education and a Masters degree in Education. Anthony began his teaching career in 1970 at San Benito High School, Hollister. He then went to Strathmore High School and on to Turlock High School in 1972. At Turlock High School Anthony taught agriculture science, government, economics and natural resource classes. He served as the FFA Advisor for twenty-four years. Anthony served as an officer for California Agriculture Teachers Association at the local and state level, serving as state president from 1987 to 1988. Anthony continues to supervise and mentor new teachers as they complete their student teaching assignments.


Anthony believes we need to provide a positive climate for students to learn and for teachers to teach; an environment where students desire to learn and teachers are eager to motivate students to learn. He believes in a strong career education model for learning. In high school he studied vocational agriculture and was very active in the FFA. He is a product of that methodology. Teamwork at all levels in our district is important. Turlock has great schools.

Term 2015-2020

 

Jeffrey Cortinas, Member (Resides in Area 6)
JEFFREY CORTINAS

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Term 2018-2022

 

Mary Jackson, Member (Resides in Area 4)
Mary Jackson

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Mary Jackson was born and raised on a farm in west Turlock. She attended Chatom Elementary and Turlock High. She received a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism/Political Science from the University of Missouri and did graduate work at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand as a Rotary Foundation Scholar. Mary was also an American Field Service exchange student in Athens, Greece. 

She has three daughters who attend Turlock schools and is active in their classroom and with the PTA at several school sites. Her family attends All Saints Catholic Church. 

Mary worked previously as a TV and radio reporter for twelve years; in Missouri, Oregon, Illinois/Indiana, and in our region of California, including a stint covering the Governor, and state Legislature. She has taught for eight years mostly at the high school and community college level. 

Mary believes in public service and giving back to our community. She is a former member of the Turlock City Council and the Turlock City Arts Commission and was a founding board member for the Turlock Certified Farmers Market. She has volunteered with the Carnegie Arts Center, the United Samaritans Foundation, Turlock Shines, and as a board member of the Salvation Army. Currently, Mary and her family serve dinner once a month at the We Care Homeless Shelter and she is a Girl Scout leader with Troop #4012.

She believes every student can succeed and would like to work with the board, staff, and teachers to increase reading literacy and encourage more students to attend and graduate from community college. Mary looks forward to hearing from the people she serves, about any ideas they have to improve our school district community.

Term 2018-2022

Barney Gordon, Member (Resides in Area 1)
Barney Gordon

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Barney Gordon is a native Californian and is happy to call Turlock home. Returning to California after spending over 10 years in the U. S. Navy, he and his family found Turlock to be a fabulous community with great educational opportunities.  Barney has always been a proponent of education as an equalizer and a solution to many issues facing our community and our nation.  As an instructor at the Navy's premier nuclear training facility in Charleston, S.C., he experienced firsthand how people from all walks of life could succeed after being given the opportunity.  Continuing in education, he worked for Modesto City Schools as a Technology Manager, taught computer maintenance at Modesto Junior College, and served as the Client Services Director for the Office of Information Technology at CSU, Stanislaus.  He currently works at Mountain View Los Altos High School District.
 

Barney is married and has two daughters. His children have attended several schools within Turlock Unified School District and he and his wife are very active volunteers in the District and the community. Barney has served as the founding president of Turlock Education Foundation, the founding president of Walnut PTA, the president of Turlock Council PTA, the chairman of the TUSD Budget Advisory Committee, the chairman of the Turlock Parks, Recreation and Services Commission, and other community boards and committees.

Term 2015-2020