Jim is grateful for the opportunity to serve the students, staff, and communities of Bonita Unified. He has lived in the District with his wife Susie since 1988, and both their children attended and graduated from District schools. Jim holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, is a certified correctional healthcare professional, and the CEO of California Correctional Health Care Services. He has thirty-five years of executive healthcare administration experience ranging from non-profit rehab hospitals to teaching practices, community clinics, and correctional healthcare delivery for inmates inside California state prisons.
First elected to the Board in 2003, he served fourteen years, was president three times, and was proud to champion Measures C and AB, which funded much-needed modernization and new construction district-wide. In 2021, the Board appointed Jim to fill a vacancy, and he was re-elected in 2022 in the newly created Trustee Area 5.
With Jim’s fifteen years of experience, his guide-star will always be his advocacy for students, coupled with his laser focus on ensuring that the District has the needed resources to maintain its commitment to excellence, an eye towards improving how the District communicates with all stakeholders in a changing world, and most importantly, celebrating our shared success.
Although Jim’s passion is Bonita Unified, he served the City of San Dimas as a Commissioner for seven years, was a Board member for the San Dimas Festival of Arts, is a life member of the San Dimas Historical Society, and he currently serves as a Board member for McKinley Family Services headquartered in San Dimas.
As his children grew, Jim was a member of PTA, School Site Council, little league coach, softball coach, Boy Scout leader, choir dad, water polo fan, and chaperone. In the many years Jim worked in Pomona, he served on the Pomona Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Juneteenth Committee, and was a long-time Rotarian.
“I take seriously the oath a Board member makes to the office and believe strongly that public education must always be about what is best for our children, not about individual political agendas or ideology. I look forward to working with the Superintendent and my fellow Board member colleagues as the team of six as we take on the challenges that lie ahead.”
Jim also serves as liaison and advisory Board member, to the La Verne/San Dimas Educational Foundation, which is dedicated to creating a positive change for all students and staff in Bonita Unified School District.
Jim is thankful for the dedication and support of our communities.