• Nancy Smith - President

    NANCY SMITH
    SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT
    NKSMITH@PALMDALESD.ORG
    ELECTED FOR FIRST FOUR YEAR TERM: 11/2013
    TERM EXPIRES: 11/2018

    Trustee Nancy Smith was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and moved to Palmdale in 1983 with her husband and three children.

    Mrs. Smith received her Bachelor of Arts in Education and teaching credential from Wayne State College, Wayne, Nebraska in 1969. She taught in Nebraska, Kansas, and California in junior high, high school, adult school, Antelope Valley College (adjunct) and California State 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 to 1993) and Superintendent of the Palmdale School District (1994 to 2003).


     Sharon Vega - Board Clerk

    SHARON VEGA
    SCHOOL BOARD CLERK
    SAVEGA@PALMDALESD.ORG
    ELECTED FOR FIRST FOUR YEAR TERM: 11/2015
    TERM EXPIRES: 11/2020

    Trustee Sharon Vega came to the Palmdale School District from corporate America and became a substitute teacher. A year later, she had her teaching credential and started teaching at Chaparral Elementary School. While at Chaparral, she taught every grade, except 2nd and 6th, and spent a couple of years as an Arts CRT. When Shadow Hills Middle School opened, Sharon became the Home Economics teacher. Sharon left Shadow Hills to work as the teacher's union president and after she finished her term as president, moved to Tumbleweed Elementary School. Sharon stayed at Tumbleweed for one year, transferring to Cactus Middle School as a Home Economics teacher.

    Sharon was very active in the teacher's union, holding several state and local positions: PETA-Site Representative, Treasurer, Vice President, President, Interim Secretary, and Social Chair. At the state level-State Council Delegate, Representative Assembly Delegate. For the High Desert-Service Center Council, Treasurer, Chair, and Vice Chair.


    Dennis Trujillo - Board Member

    DENNIS TRUJILLO
    SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER
    DMTRUJILLO@PALMDALESD.ORG
    ELECTED BY THE BOARD: 5/2014
    ELECTED FOR FIRST FOUR YEAR TERM: 11/2015
    TERM EXPIRES: 11/2020

    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 Palmdale School District, and his wife Cindy, is a teacher at Dos Caminos Dual Immersion School. 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. Mr. Trujillo has a background in Business and Finance.


    Joyce Ricks - Board Member

    JOYCE RICKS
    SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER
    JRICKS@PALMDALESD.ORG
    ELECTED FOR FIRST FOUR YEAR TERM: 11/2013
    TERM EXPIRES: 11/2018

    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 to 2009. It was during this period she returned to school to pursue a Bachelor's Degree. She graduated from Pacific Oaks College with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development 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 of the Antelope Valley, she is a member of the Antelope Valley Democratic Club and elected to the Los Angeles County Central Committee in 2012.


    Ralph Velador - Board Member

    RALPH VELADOR
    SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER
    RVELADOR@PALMDALESD.ORG
    ELECTED FOR FIRST FOUR YEAR TERM: 2/2017
    TERM EXPIRES: 11/2018

    Trustee Ralph Velador is a Southern California native, having moved to Palmdale in 2001. Ralph is a proud Army Veteran, who serves the American Legion Post 348, as Second Vice - Commander. Ralph also served as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Palmdale for 4 1/2 years, where he served as Chair for 3 terms.

    In his professional career, Ralph has been a member for 24 years and serves as Director of Organizing for LIUNA's Pacific Southwest Regional Organizing Coalition. In this capacity, he has the privilege of assisting workers and contractors meet their needs in the construction industry.

    Ralph has been married to his wife Marcy for 18 years, and they have four children and one grandson.