Joel Peterson, Board President

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Joel Peterson, Board President

Moved to Paso Robles in 2002 and was elected to the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District in 2012.  Moving to Paso Robles was, in essence, returning to his roots.  Peterson’s grandparents had moved to the area in the 1940s, and having grown up with a father whose career moved the family every two years – from Atlanta to Baltimore, Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, and Washington – the summers spent in California with his grandparents made Paso Robles the only real hometown he knew.  “I’m home now,” he says.  Virginia Peterson, his grandmother, has an elementary school named after her for her years of dedication and service in Paso Robles’ schools.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in media arts from the University of Arizona, Peterson moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where from 1995 through 2003, he worked with such companies as MTV, Miramax, and Crusader Entertainment.  During this time, Peterson racked up an impressive list of credits including:  production supervisor for The Game of Their Lives, starring Gerard Butler, and unit production manager for Purpose, starring Mia Farrow.

In 2001, between film productions, Peterson took a break to get his hands dirty working harvest in the cellar at Justin Winery.  The experience was eye-opening and inspired him to set his sights on transitioning into a career in wine.  In 2003, he returned to the Central Coast to work harvest at L’Aventure Winery, and later that year he left Los Angeles to move to Paso Robles.  It was his desire for a more community- and nature-centered environment in which to raise his young family that brought him back to Paso Robles.  He served as director of communications for Hope Family Wines from 2005 to 2013.  He currently is the marketing strategist for Solterra Strategies, a Paso Robles-based marketing and public relations firm.
 
Peterson is very active in the community and served five years on the City of Paso Robles Planning Commission.  Additionally, he is active with the Downtown Main Street Association and Plymouth Congregational Church.  In his free time, Peterson enjoys running, swimming, and traveling with his wife, Dagny, and two daughters, Kalista and Amelia, with visits to Mexico, Italy, France, and South Africa.  Peterson has also traveled to Poland twice as president of Paso Robles’ annual Paderewski Festival, honoring virtuoso pianist, composer, and politician, Ignacy Jan Paderewski.
 
Joel’s goal as serving on the school board is to enhance the experience and education of all public school children in Paso Robles.  Peterson states, “Paso Robles has wonderful teachers, staff, and administrators, and we need to work together to make our school shine.”
 Stephanie Ulibarri, Board Clerk

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Stephanie Ulibarri, Board Clerk

Stephanie Ulibarri is proud to serve the community as a Trustee of the PRJUSD School Board.  She believes students, families, teachers, and community members deserve a district that functions from the board room to the classroom.

Stephanie is a public school teacher and has lived in her adopted hometown of Paso Robles for over ten years.  She has been in the classroom since 2005 with her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and she holds a M.S. in Educational Leadership & Administration from Cal Poly.  On a daily basis, she works with her administration, fellow teachers, students, and parents to uphold the tradition of a quality public education. 

Stephanie and her husband Zach (PRHS class of ’01) are parents to two future Bearcats (Ellie & Elijah).  They are proud to be members of and raise their family in the community of Paso Robles.

 Christopher Arend

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Christopher Arend

Chris was born in San Diego in 1951 and grew up in Novato, California where he graduated high school in 1969. After three semesters in junior college, he enlisted in the US Army and was trained as an interpreter for German in the military police.  He reached the rank of sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1974. Chris returned to California where he completed his associate arts degree in foreign languages at College of Marin before being admitted to the undergraduate political science program at UC Berkeley.   Chris broke of his undergraduate work at UC Berkeley after being accepted to study law at the Johannes-Gutenberg Universität in Mainz, Germany. Chris graduated German law school and passed the German first state bar exam in 1979 and then returned to California to study law at UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall, where he received a J.D. degree and passed the California Bar Exam in 1981.

Chris returned to Germany for the two year clerkship program required for the German legal profession. He passed the German second state bar exam and is one of approximately six born and raised Americans who have ever been admitted to the German bar. After a brief stint in New York City, Chris returned to Germany where he practiced law for 20 years in a leading international law firm in a large range of international matters, including litigation, commercial and corporate law, finance and international commercial arbitration. Chris retired from the practice of law and returned to California to settle on the Central Coast in 2005. He has lived in Heritage Ranch since 2006 with his wife and son, who is now a sophomore at Paso Robles High School. Chris now works as a translator of German legal documents into English.

 Chris Bausch

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Chris Bausch

Elected to serve the public's best interest in November 2012 and re-elected in 2016 to serve through 2020.

To best serve my constituents especially students, parents, teachers and the community, I completed the California School Boards Association's Masters In Governance program with courses in Effective Governance, Setting Direction, Policy Review, Judicial Review, Student Learning, Student Achievement, School Finance, Human Resources, Collective Bargaining, Community Relations, Advocacy and Governance Integration.

I believe that the School Board should:

Ensure that all students will benefit from a rigorous academic, technical/occupational, athletic, artistic, social, and philosophical preparation.

Provide sustainable financial stability by aligning District revenues with our goals and utilizing all available resources to their highest potential and best use.

Increase ADA funding by attracting more students through improved Student Achievement, College & Career Readiness, Magnet Schools, VAPA/Visual and Performing Arts, K-12 Dual Immersion, Dual Enrollment with Cuesta College, Career Technical Education, competitive Athletics and Pre-School opportunities.

Develop a functioning citizen based LCAP/Local Control Accountability Plan that provides the vision, resources, advocacy, leadership and accountability in a transparent, respectful and collaborative manner to achieve Student success through working with the citizens of Paso Robles to help students, their parents, and their teachers to increase Student Achievement in order to prepare students for college and/or career.

Be highly appreciative of the hard work, time, dedication and devotion of all District Employees.

Collaborate with all who believe that in the process of our recovery, Paso Robles Joint Unified School District will continue to increase Student Achievement, inspire additional success and be recognized as the premier school district in SLO County.

I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on how to improve our schools. Please contact me. 

 Lance Gannon

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Lance Gannon

Lance Gannon was elected to the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees in November of 2018. He’s a member of a fifth-generation family of the local community. He graduated from Paso Robles high school in 1979. His mother and oldest uncle graduated from Paso Robles high in the early 1950’s.

Lance started his career in 1979 working as a contractor for Mobil Oil Corp. With hard work and determination, he was hired as a company employee in December of 1981. The company went through several changes during his tenure. In 1997, Mobil Oil Corp of California and Shell Oil (Royal Dutch Petroleum) of California became Aera Energy LLC. Shortly after Aera Energy LLC was formed, Mobil Oil Corp and Exxon merged to create ExxonMobil. These two global companies (now ExxonMobil & Shell Oil,) became the parent companies of Aera Energy LLC.  For twenty-six years he worked in operations holding several different positions. Operation of a 250,000 BPD water treating facility, 50,000 BPD Oil treating plant and a 1500 psi, 180,000 BPD High-Pressure water distribution pump facility. The last nine years were spent in warehousing, logistics and material management. Overseeing two company warehouses managing lease materials, company owned material inventories, new project materials, equipment repairs, transportation logistics as well as site logistics leader in the local ICS (incident command system). Also working closely with inhouse and parent company material/safety audits. He retired in late 2016 after 35 years of service. He is currently semi-retired working part time for a local company.

Lance brings a CTE (career technical education, AKA Vocational training education), blue-collar common-sense perspective to the current board. As his kids progressed through their elementary and middle school years at Winifred Pifer and Daniel Lewis, he worked as a class and site volunteer, helping in the classroom, site events and yard / lunch duty. This experience gave him a real perspective into the outstanding day to day workings between teachers, staff and students.

 Lance will be vigilant to the needs of every student to allow a positive experience in educational growth, vocational options (CTE) , academic career choices and extra-curricular programs. And lastly, to ensure each student is prepared to face life’s challenges with eagerness and confidence as young adults.

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 Tim Gearhart

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Tim Gearhart

Tim Gearhart has served as a classroom teacher for thirty-six years, fourteen at the K-5 level and twenty-two at the 6-8 and 9-12 levels, including Adult Education.  He is an active South Coast Writing Project Fellow at the University of California, where he received two teaching credential certificates.  He also received a Master of Humanities and Education from Azusa Pacific University.  He was selected by the president of the California Federation of Teachers to represent California teachers at NCATE reviews of California State University, Bakersfield and Stanford University’s educational programs.  Also, Tim was a program advisor/reviewer for Holt, Rinehart, Winston’s recent California adoption of their 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Social Studies texts.  He also taught in Cal Poly’s School of Education for three years as a lecturer and University Supervisor, and is presently working with the Cayucos School District.

Tim and his family have lived in Paso Robles for 26 wonderful years, and their children, Daniel, Katie and Megan, have all graduated from Paso Robles schools.  The family has been very active in the town’s 4-H program, FFA, and local church activities as well as neighborhood support groups.  He served as a Paso Robles School Board Trustee from 2008-2012 and again in 2014-2018.

Tim believes that the future of our nation resides in our students, and that we parents, teachers, community members and school board trustees have a profound responsibility to prepare them for a reality filled with promise and hope.  He also is convinced that the educational profession is a calling, and must be approached with respect, dignity, dedications and accountability.  It is the responsibility of our school board and administration to insure that our teachers have what they need to deliver a superior education to our children of Paso Robles

 Joan Summers

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Joan Summers

First of all, thank you to the members in this community for the honor of being elected a Trustee in the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District.  I have lived in Paso Robles for over 30 years with my husband, Charlie, and our three daughters.  My daughters, who attended Paso Robles schools, benefited from their exceptional teachers, staff, and previous boards.

I retired as a middle school secretary after working 26 years in the Paso Robles school district.  I will use the experience and knowledge that I gained working with school budgets, union contracts, staff, parents, students, and members of the community.

I am proud to have the opportunity to work with Paso Robles Joint Unified School District to provide an exceptional education for our students and to establish Paso Robles as a desirable place to live and work that we can all be proud of.