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5 fight for 2 Sierra College Board seats

Election 2010
By: Max Puckett, Journal Correspondent
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The Sierra College board of trustees has four of its seven seats open this election. Of the four seats open, two are contested: District 1, consisting of Western Placer Unified School District, and District 5, containing Ackerman Elementary, Auburn Union Elementary, Foresthill Union Elementary, Ophir Elementary, a portion of Loomis Union Elementary, Placer Hills Union Elementary, Northside Elementary, a portion of Black Oak Mine Unified and a small portion of Gold Trail Union Elementary school districts. District 1 race Kelli Gnile Kelli Gnile lives in Loomis with her husband Scott. They have five adult children. Gnile earned an associate’s degree at Shoreline Community College in Seattle, and attended the University of Washington studying business and political science. She has served as an elected board member of the Rocklin Unified School District, the South Placer Municipal Utilities District, the Horizon Charter School, and Pleasant Grove School Site Council. The Placer County Republican Assembly and the Placer County Republican Party endorse her. Top 3 issues “First, the college must balance its budget while continuing to provide high-quality programs. Second, Sierra College must provide a helping hand to unemployed workers to retrain them for new fields. Third, we must partner with high schools to ensure that high school students are adequately prepared for college.” Q: Why are you running? A: “My commitment to education and the belief that the taxpayers need honest representation is my motivation for seeking this elected office.” Howard Rudd Howard Rudd has lived in Lincoln for 16 years. He and his wife Barbara raised two daughters and have one granddaughter. Rudd owns Integral Financial Management based in Roseville. He is a past president of the Sierra College Foundation and has served on that board for 12 years. He is a member of their Truckee campus Bond Oversight Committee. He served as president of the Roseville Chamber of Commerce in 2002 and president of the Placer SPCA in 2003. He currently serves as a board member of the Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Foundation, Finance Committee of Placer Community Foundation and is a member of the Roseville Rotary Club. Rudd attended the University of San Francisco for his undergraduate degree and San Francisco State for his post-graduate management certificate. Bill Martin, outgoing Trustee of District 5, endorses him. Top 3 issues “I agree with tapping the reserves at this time to balance the budget. Reserve does not mean keeping it when your collective judgment says this is an emergency… We also need to continue to work closely with our high school superintendents and support the CSU Early Assessment Program to close the gap between high school achievement and college assessment. This will allow Sierra to reduce our remedial courses.” Second on his agenda is addressing the replacement of Leo Chavez as president when he leaves in June. “The selection process should start in January so that the new president will be in place before Chavez leaves at the end of June 2011.” Third, Rudd sees dealing with the failed bond measure for the Rocklin campus of great importance, focusing on raising more funds from private interests through the Sierra College Foundation, and focusing on more distance learning as the money for buildings is not there. Q: Why are you running? A: “I can help Sierra College through difficult economic times. I care about Sierra College’s future. As a financial planner and through my community service I have demonstrated attributes that mirror those needed in public service: individual talent, experience, knowledge and leadership.” District 5 race Thomas Gardner Thomas Gardner, 30, has lived in Auburn for three years. He received his high school diploma from La Vista Center in Fair Oaks. Top 3 issues “First I want to make Sierra College a safer place to learn. Second, I want to make it a greener campus, recycling more and using less. Third, I want zero-tolerance for discrimination against anyone for anything.” Q: Why are you running? A: “I have fresh ideas and want to make the college better.” Cari Dawson Bartley Cari Dawson Bartley has lived in Auburn for more than 10 years. She graduated from Spokane Falls Community College with an associate’s degree in Visual Media Technology. Her family has lived in the Sierra foothills for three generations. She has been married to her husband Robert for 24 years. Their daughter, Paige, who attended Auburn schools and graduated from Placer High School, is now attending Duke University. Bartley has spent much of her career in small entrepreneurial media businesses. She has spent time as a freelance designer and as co-owner and operator of a newspaper company. She is currently the executive editor of a media content syndicate, serving websites, newspapers, magazines and other media outlets around the globe. She has also been involved in volunteer work for local charities and clubs. Current Auburn city councilman Mike Holmes, as well as the Placer County Republican Assembly endorse Bartley. Top 3 issues “First, I’ll work to balance the college’s budget. We must focus our limited resources on preparing students for transfer to universities, or to excel in 21st century jobs. Second, I’ll ensure that our job training programs consistently prepare our young people for careers that pay a living wage. Third, I’ll expand the college’s scholarship programs to help students most in need.” Q: Why are you running? A: “I want to be an activist for Sierra College. Everyone I know is touched by Sierra College. It’s a great resource. It helps business. It’s a quality-of-life issue.” Gloria E. Plasencia Gloria Plasencia has lived in Foresthill for eight years. She and her husband Jose have four children and nine grandchildren. Plasencia is a retired administrative assistant of the Allied Health Division of Modesto Community College where she worked for 15 years. She is currently an assemblywoman for the California Senior Legislature, a member of the Placer County Older Adults Advisory to the Placer County Board of Supervisors, and a member of Area 4 Agency on Aging, which overseas funding for seven counties planning and implementing services for seniors. Top 3 issues “The students are my main concern. Doing whatever needs to be done especially since I read that three programs were going to be eliminated, thankfully they were not. If we didn’t have students, there would be no point for teachers and administrators.” Q: Why are you running? A: “I am interested in Sierra College and read everything I can about it. All of my children went to community college and I plan on my grandchildren going to Sierra College. I served as a board member of Central Catholic High School in Modesto where I first realized how important a community’s participation is to the success of an educational institution”