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Meet The Board of Education

Glenn Creiman

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Glenn Creiman, Board of Education Member
Glenn Creiman, President

(Term expires December 2020)
School Board Office: (909) 971-8200 Ext. 5101

Email: creiman@bonita.k12.ca.us

It is a great privilege and honor that the communities La Verne and San Dimas have shown their trust in me to serve as a Governing Board Member for the Bonita Unified School District for 17 years.  My family and I have lived in San Dimas since 1987, and both my children are proud graduates of Bonita Unified.
 
I retired from the Los Angeles Fire Department in 2016 after 35 years serving the communities of downtown Los Angeles, East Los Angeles, and South Central Los Angeles primarily.
 
My involvement with Bonita Unified began when my son entered kindergarten. Before being elected to the Board of Education, I served as a classroom parent volunteer, school site council member, and school site chairperson. I also became the first male Bonita PTA Council president in BUSD history - a position I held for three terms.
 
One principle that has guided me from the very beginning, and I still rely on when making every decision, "Is this the best possible choice for our children?" I believe every decision our District makes must be made with this premise in mind and to account for the interests of our other stakeholders, such as employees, parents, and the citizens of our communities.
 
Bonita Unified is a great district with wonderful students, outstanding staff, and involved parents. Together, we can make it even better.
Chuck Coyne

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Chuck Coyne, Vice President

(Term expires December 2022)
School Board Office: (909) 971-8200 Ext. 5101
 
 
Chuck was elected to the Bonita Unified School District Board of Governors on November 8, 2005. He graduated from nearby Montclair High School in 1970, and attended Chaffey College, and Citrus College, enroute to earning his Bachelor's Degree in Communications from California State University, Fullerton in 1976.  He has worked in the publishing industry for over 30 years, and owns a magazine publishing company based in San Dimas.

Chuck and his wife Janette have lived in the district since 1992, and their daughter graduated from San Dimas High School.  Chuck's activism and involvement with the school district began when his daughter was attending Gladstone Elementary School.

Serving as a member, and then as chairman of the School Site Council, he helped the group provide guidance and support to the school, working with school staff and management to implement innovative programs.  He was also active in the Gladstone PTA as Vice President-Ways and Means, and was selected as the Bonita District PTA Parliamentarian.
Derek Bahmanou

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Derek Bahmanou, Clerk
 
(Term expires December 2022)
School Board Office: (909) 971-8200 Ext. 5101
 
 
Derek and his wife, Chaniga, moved to San Dimas in 2011. They have two children, Abigail Marie and William Amnuay, who attend Ekstrand Elementary. The Bahmanous attend One&All Church, a local church with great preaching and inspiring worship music. Derek loves being a parent, a husband, and he considers himself very fortunate to live in such a wonderful community. In 2018, Derek was installed as a Governing Board Member.

Derek’s educational career began at Mt. SAC. In his time at Mt. SAC, Derek played water polo and was on the speech and debate team. Derek received a BA in religion from Vanguard University in 2002, and a MA in Education from National University in 2010. Before becoming a teacher, Derek worked in a variety of jobs, including a mover at Mayflower, Youth Director at WCCC, an AOD supervisor at the Trinity El Monte campus, a general manager at a Subway restaurant, and a substitute teacher. Derek's top priority is seeing Bonita USD provide students with a rigorous and well-rounded education in an encouraging environment. This includes expanding the trade education pathways.
 
As an 8th-grade science teacher in Baldwin Park, Derek has been involved in various activities on campus such as AVID coordinator, leadership, school site council, teacher and principal hiring committees, and various other committees as assigned. He has also been a nonvoting union representative on a health benefits committee.
 
In addition to serving on the Bonita USD's Board of Education, Derek is a member of the San Dimas Masonic Lodge and represents Bonita USD on the La Verne-San Dimas Educational Foundation.
 
He considers himself extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to give back to the communities that have given so much to him and his family.
 
In his down time, Derek enjoys hiking, watching documentaries, and spending time with family and friends. Derek and his family enjoy travel, Disneyland, Angels baseball, theater, movies, comedy, and dining at many amazing local restaurants.
Diane Koach

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Diane Koach, Member
 
(Term expires December 2020)
School Board Office: (909) 971-8200 Ext. 5101
 
Email: koach@bonita.k12.ca.us
 
Diane Koach was elected to the Bonita Unified School Board on November 6, 2007. She and her husband, Vince, have three daughters who attended and are graduates of San Dimas High School. The Koach family has lived in San Dimas since the early 1990’s and own a small business located in San Dimas.

Diane has been an active volunteer in the district and community for many years. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the La Verne/San Dimas Educational Foundation and the San Dimas Festival of the Arts.  She is also a member of the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce.
 
Diane feels that we need to give all of the children in our schools the tools necessary for success at every step of their educational experience. She will continue to work hard for our students, listening to parents and community members, and ensuring that we effectively work together as a team.  Her hopes are not just for good schools, but for great schools. Our children deserve the best!
Krista Chakmak

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Krista Chakmak, Member
 
(Term expires December 2020)
School Board Office: (909) 971-8200 Ext. 5101
 
 
The Bonita Unified School District Board of Education on May 6 appointed Krista Chakmak – a parent, school volunteer, Save the Heartbeat Foundation volunteer and member of the City of La Verne Youth and Family Action Committee – as its newest member.
 
Chakmak, who will serve the seven months remaining in the term of retired member Matthew Lyons, was chosen unanimously from among three candidates interviewed by the board.
 
“Bonita Unified serves the students and parents of two exceptional communities, and I am honored to have this opportunity to serve alongside its current leadership as we continue to focus on preparing all students to live their purpose, especially during these extraordinary times,” Chakmak said. “We will continue to succeed through our core values of equity, mastery and a focus on results.”
 
Chakmak began her school journey at Bonita Unified’s Allen Avenue Elementary in San Dimas and graduated from Bonita High School. Her children attend Roynon Elementary in La Verne.
Student Board of Education Representatives

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2019-2020 Student Board Representatives
The Governing Board believes that engaging the student body and seeking its input and feedback regarding the district's educational programs and activities are vital to achieving the district's mission of educating district students. To enhance communication between the Board and the student body and to encourage student involvement, the Board includes one student Board representative selected by the district's high school students at Board of Education meetings, October through May.

Student representatives serving the 2019-20 school year:
  • Chloe Chin - Bonita High School
  • Bernadine See - San Dimas High School
  • Justine Plowman - Chaparral High School
Contact Us

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