Mrs. Umeck was first appointed to the Board of Trustees in October 1996, completing the term of a board member who vacated office. She is now serving in her fourth term. Offices on the Board have included Clerk in 1999, President in 2000, Clerk in 2002, President in 2003, President in 2008, and President in 2009. She is currently the liaison to the Special Education Local Planning Agency. Mrs. Umeck is also active in the Santa Clarita Valley School Trustees Association. She has the distinction of completing the California School Boards Association Masters in Governance Program.
Mrs. Umeck is the Admissions Director at Providence High School in Burbank. Her three children are Saugus District alumni.
Dr. Powell was appointed to the Board of Trustees in July 2014. Throughout his career he has been dedicated to teaching and research. Working with students of all ages has shown him that education is the foundation for success and an important investment in our children and community.
Prior to serving as a Trustee, he was President and member of site councils at West Creek Academy and Bouquet Canyon Elementary. He has also served on the SUSD Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) and SUSD Alternative Revenue Committee. Dr. Powell is Director and Professor of the Graduate Center for Public Policy and Administration at California State University, Long Beach. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Miami University.
Dr. Powell has taught in graduate and undergraduate political science and public policy programs at California State University, Long Beach, California Lutheran University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Eastern Illinois University, and Cleveland State University. His dissertation examined the impact of property tax limits on local school district tax revenue generation and his research has appeared in a variety of journals, including California Politics and Policy, Justice Professional, State Tax Notes, the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, Publius The Journal of Federalism, and the Journal of Public Affairs Education among others. He remains active in the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration as a site visit chairperson and former accreditation commissioner.
In the classroom, Dr. Powell has received several teaching recognitions including the Enhancing Educational Effectiveness Award (CSULB), Favorite Professor Award (CSULB Alumni Association), and Outstanding Professor Award (Miami University). He has served as an investigator/researcher on funded projects for organizations such as the United States Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, National League of Cities, Bureau of Governmental Research and Service, and Institute for Local Government Assistance and Rural Development.
Dr. Powell lives in Saugus with his wife and four children. Three of his children are graduates of the Saugus Union School District and his youngest currently attends West Creek Academy.
Mr. De La Cerda was elected to the Board of Trustees in November 2005 and was re-elected to his second and third term in 2009 and 2013. Offices held on the Board have included Clerk in 2008 and 2017 and President in 2010 and 2014. He is a graduate of the William S. Hart Union High School District and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Oklahoma State University (where he was an All-American and NCAA Champion athlete). He also possesses a Minority Business Executive Management Degree from University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and the National Hispanic Leadership Institute.
Mr. De La Cerda has served on numerous local boards and committees for many non-profit organizations, including YMCA, Child & Family Center, SCV Senior Center, SCV Youth Project, Michael Hoefflin Foundation, SCV Jaycees, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts, SCV Chamber of Commerce, Valley Industrial Association, and City of Santa Clarita. He is an active member of the LA County Trustees Association, Latino School Board Association and National Association of Latino Elected Officials.
Mr. De La Cerda is a San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley Business Journal 40-under-40 award winner and was selected as one of the 51 most influential people in Santa Clarita Valley by The Signal. He is a former college administrator, adjunct teacher and advisor of the Department of Business at College of the Canyons and COC Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS/CalWORKS). Currently, he works as a Dean of Academic Affairs for the Los Angeles Community College District at East Los Angeles College (ELAC) and serves as a board member on the Statewide Affordability, Food & Housing Access Taskforce. He, also, was appointed in 2015 as the Executive Director of the ELAC Foundation, an education foundation that raises over $1 million a year to support student success and social and economic mobility.
His wife, Andrea, and he live in Valencia. They are parents of twin daughters (Tesoro del Valle Elementary Alumni) and two sons, one currently at West Creek Academy and the other at Valencia High School. They are both proud long-standing members of the PTA. He has been a resident of the Santa Clarita Valley for over 33 years.
Christopher Trunkey, President (Trustee Area 5)Top of Page
Mr. Trunkey was appointed to the Board of Trustees in November 2014 and reelected in 2016. Outside of his service on the Governing Board, Mr. Trunkey has served in a variety of volunteer positions at both West Creek Academy and Bouquet Canyon Elementary including Site Council, PTA Executive Board member, and longtime PTA volunteer. Mr. Trunkey was recognized by the California State PTA with their Honorary Service Award in 2013. He believes in increasing academic achievement and opportunities for all students throughout the district.
Mr. Trunkey completed the California School Board Association’s Master in Governance program in November 2017.
As a finance professional in the entertainment industry for over 25 years, Mr. Trunkey has a strong background and experience in fiscal operations and information technology. He currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Phoenix Pictures, a film production company based in Los Angeles.
In the Santa Clarita community, Mr. Trunkey has served as Treasurer for the Stephen Friedman Multiple Myeloma Fund, board member of William S. Hart Baseball and served on the William S. Hart School District Measure V Citizens Oversight Committee.
Mr. Trunkey is a graduate of Drake University. A long-time resident of Saugus, Mr. Trunkey and his wife, Kelly, have two children that are Saugus Union School District alumni.
Mrs. Olsen was elected to the Governing Board in November 2016. She was previously the President and member of the School Site Council and a PTA leader at Charles Helmers Elementary School. She has served on the William S. Hart School District Advisory Council, as well as the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), the Communications Committee, and the Measure EE Citizens Oversight Committee for the Saugus Union School District.
Mrs. Olsen is a learning industry professional of over 25 years, experienced in change management consulting, curriculum design, development, facilitation, and project management. Prior to joining the Governing Board, she served as a leader for an award winning Learning & Development division of a Big 4 consulting firm and previously led training departments and large-scale initiatives for a Fortune 500 technology firm, and for a multinational financial services corporation.
In the community, Mrs. Olsen has served on the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry Board of Directors and was a "Big Sister" with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles for ten years. She founded and leads an organization that develops women leaders, serves on fundraising committees for the SCV Senior Center and serves meals at the local homeless shelter. Mrs. Olsen has served as a volunteer judge for the SIFMA Foundation's InvestWrite youth essay contest and led financial literacy workshops for high school and college students, dedicated to increasing youth financial literacy.
Mrs. Olsen is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, with distinction as a New England Scholar. She lives in Santa Clarita with her husband Robert and their son who attends school in the Saugus District.