Trustee Nancy Smith was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Palmdale in 1983 with her husband and 3 children.Mrs. Smith received her Bachelor of Arts in Education and teaching credential from Wayne State College, Wayne, NE in 1969. She taught in Nebraska, Kansas and California in junior high, high school, adult school, Antelope Valley College (adjunct) and California State University Bakersfield. Mrs. Smith then moved to the business side of the education community. She served as Director of Child Nutrition and Warehousing for Antelope Valley Union High School District, CFO and Interim CEO at Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency, Assistant Superintendent for Business (1990 - 1993) and Superintendent of the Palmdale School District (1994 - 2003).Trustee Joyce Ricks is the first African American woman who will sit on the Palmdale School District Board of Trustees.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, moved to the Los Angeles area in 1978. She is the mother of three children and has four grandchildren. She has been a resident of the Antelope Valley for the past 17 years. Worked as a Head Start Preschool teacher with the Palmdale School district from 2001 until 2009. It was during this period she returned to school to pursue a Bachelors Degree. She graduated from Pacific Oaks college with a Bachelors in Human Devleopment and a Specialization in Early Childhood.Ms. Ricks discovered her love for counseling and then went on to pursue her Master's degree at Pacific Oaks. She graduated with a Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Specialization in African American Studies. Currently she practices as a Registered Marriage and Family Intern # 60517, as she is working towards a full license with the Board of Behavioral Science.Ms. Ricks has been an active resident within the Antelope Valley, she is a member of the Antelope Valley Democratic Club and elected to the Los Angeles County Central Committee in 2012.Trustee Dennis Trujillo was born in Southern California and moved with his wife and children to the Antelope Valley in 1986. Mr. Trujillo has roots in the Palmdale School District; all of his children were students of the District, and his wife Cindy is a teacher at Desert Rose. Mr. Trujillo has worked as an electrician for the Palmdale Water District for the last 13 years, before that he worked for a contractor at Edwards Air Force Base for 14 years, and has a background in Business and Finance.