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Board and Staff

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Lori D. Williams
Kaiser Permanente
Lori D. Williams is an Executive Director at Kaiser Permanente, leading its Health Plan Regulatory and Public Exchange Operations. In this role she is responsible for ongoing management of the Affordable Care Act implementation across all regions, ensuring all relevant federal commercial and Medicaid insurance regulations are successfully implemented at KP and making sure it can continue to participate in the public Exchanges. Ms. Williams holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Human Factors Engineering from California State University, Northridge and completed the Harvard School of Business Executive Leadership Program.
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Natalia Flores
THINK Together
Natalia Flores is General Manager at THINK Together, the largest provider of extended learning time programs in California serving over 100,000 students at more than 400 locations in 40 school districts. Mr. Flores oversees two of its five regions, the Bay Area and the OCLA (Orange County and Los Angeles), its new Auxiliary Programs department, which provides customized educational programing to school districts, and its High School Expanded Learning Programs, which focus on embedding a culture of College and Career readiness in all of its programs. Ms Flores is daughter to immigrant parents from Jalisco, Mexico, an alumna of Lynwood Unified School District, and a Lynwood resident. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master’s degree in Education from Cal State University, Long Beach.
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Lalo Trujillo
Mission Trail Advisors, LLC
Lalo Trujillo is the founder and principal of Mission Trail Advisors, LLC, which specializes in advising school districts and municipal entities on financing for facilities improvement programs. He has over 25 years of experience in the commercial banking and municipal bond industry and has held leadership positions at the municipal bond departments of major commercial banks, investment banks, and in the financial advisory industry. Mr. Trujillo has served as Director of Finance for a city and a governmental agency in southern California. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
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Theresa Price
National College Resources Foundation
Theresa Price is founder and president of the National College Resources Foundation and The College Expo, which connect students to colleges, universities, and post-secondary certification programs, as well as scholarships and college preparatory programs and resources. Ms. Price began her career in radio and television working for KGFJ-AM, KACE-FM, KCBS-TV, and Cox Broadcasting before founding her own marketing firm, Jabez 3 Enterprises, serving entertainment and recording companies, as well as local businesses. She attended California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism.
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Mario Cardenas
Plaza Mexico
Mario Cardenas served as General Director of Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, a 48‐acre lifestyle and retail shopping center that combines the finest traditional Mexican marketplace with the American outdoor shopping experience. As a regional hub of Mexican‐American culture, Plaza Mexico hosts large festivals and celebrations of Mexican holidays, as well as high profile media events and concerts featuring nationally recognized entertainers, celebrities and political leaders. Mr. Cardenas is a graduate of Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa and actively involved in the cultural and civic leadership of the community. He has experience serving on many different boards and is the former President of Council of Mexican Federations (COFEM).
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Gudiel Crosthwaite, Ph.D.
Lynwood Unified School District
Dr. Gudiel Crosthwaite is Superintendent of the Lynwood Unified School District, and joined the district in 2010 as Director of Elementary Reform. He began his career in education in 1994 as an eighth-grade teacher and later served as a high school English and English Language Development teacher before becoming an administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Dr. Crosthwaite earned an undergraduate degree from University of California, Los Angeles. He holds two master’s degrees; one from California State University, Los Angeles in Educational Administration and another from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He earned his Ph.D in Education from Claremont Graduate University.
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Yesenia Fernandez, Ph.D.
Cal State Dominguez Hills
Dr. Yesenia Fernandez  is currently Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Cal State Dominguez Hills. Previously she was a district administrator in Lynwood. In addition, she spent fifteen years at Bell Gardens High School as an English teacher, administrator, and student advocate. She was a first generation college student who earned a Bachelors in English and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Cal State Los Angeles and a Ph.D. in Education at Claremont Graduate University. She now studies how systemic racism in the public school system perpetuates segregation and precludes students of color ​from higher education and its intersection with school leadership.
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Mark Flores
City of Lynwood
Mark Flores is Director of Recreation and Community Services for the City of Lynwood. Mr. Flores has over 25 years of experience managing and developing municipal recreation and community programs, facilities, and large-scale public events. He received his bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University.
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David Henriquez
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
David A. Henriquez is Deputy Manager of Flight Electronics for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena. He interest in space began in childhood pretending a tree in his backyard was a rocket ship he could use to explore the solar system. Today, Mr. Henriquez is responsible for managing development of the command, data handling, and motion control electronics used on JPL robotic missions, supervising a team of 120 employees. He has over 20 years of experience working on planetary missions from the Cassini Mission to Saturn to the Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity rover missions to Mars. Mr. Henriquez holds a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California.
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Shawna Petit-Dinkins
Lynwood Unified School District
Dr. Shawna Petit-Dinkins is Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for the Lynwood Unified School District. She has over 25 years of experience in education and has worked for Los Angeles Unified and Chino Valley Unified school districts as a teacher, instructional coach, secondary literacy expert, program administrator, principal, director of special education, and director of program improvement. Dr. Dinkins dedicated her professional career to serving students and families and advocating on their behalf. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles a Doctorate of Education in Urban Leadership from the University of Southern California.
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Darrell Stewart
Intel Corporation
Darrell Stewart is Business Development Manager for Intel Corporation in its State, Local and Education group.  He joined Intel in 2000 as part of its Reseller Channel Organization working with school districts to leverage E-Rate funding strategies.  Prior to Intel, Mr. Stewart worked for Anixter, Lucent Technologies and Brite Voice Systems.  He serves on the board of the California Emerging Technology Fund, Loyola High School, and Classroom of the Future.  Mr. Stewart is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Dennis Wang
Golden Star Technology
Dennis Wang has over 15 years’ experience in strategy consulting and corporate development in the technology industry. Dennis Wang serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Golden Star Technology (GST) executing business operations and exploring new solutions and markets. Dennis’ experience encompasses building company culture to the development of sales and engineering to a wide range of industry clients on a national and global level.Prior to joining GST, Dennis worked as a financial due diligence analyst for M&A deals at KPMG and a Senior Strategic Consultant at Galt & Company, a NYC-based boutique consulting firm.Dennis serves as a Board of Regents for Georgetown University as well as the member of the Georgetown Finance Board. He is Secretary for the AJ Scholarship Foundation which grants over 50+ scholarships to community college students each year. He is a member of the Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Partner Advisory Council, member of the Hewlett-Packard Inc. Public Sector Advisory Council and member of the Lenovo Advisory Board.Dennis currently resides in downtown Los Angeles and received his Bachelor of Science in Finance and International Business from Georgetown University and an Executive MBA from the University of Southern California.
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Carolyn R. Williams
Southern California Consulting Associates
Carolyn Williams is a Professional Life Coach and Principal at Southern California Consulting Associates working with nonprofit leaders, corporate managers, and others seeking to achieve their full potential and address key life transitions. She consults on matters of corporate philanthropy, board leadership, and community investment. From 1999 to 2015, Ms. Williams worked for Southern California Gas Company in corporate philanthropy, operations, and management development where she created and led innovative, community-based initiatives in education, philanthropy and community involvement and trained hundreds of managers and executives. Ms. Williams is a certified life coach and nonprofit board consultant, and holds a B.A. in Psychology from Louisiana Tech University, an M.P.A. from U.S.C., and completed her Ph.D. coursework in Applied Behavioral Science also at U.S.C.

Board and Staff

Superintendent’s Council

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Randy Barth
Randy Barth is the founder and CEO of THINK Together, the largest provider of extended learning time programs in California serving over 100,000 students at more than 400 locations in 40 school districts.  Prior to founding THINK Together in 1997, Mr. Barth began his career as an investment advisor with E.F. Hutton, Drexel Burnham, Smith Barney and later served as CEO of National Management, a $40 million privately held regional transportation company. He has served as chair of the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce and a member of the board of the California Afterschool Network. Mr. Barth holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from UCLA and has attended the School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.
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Les Callahan
Les Callahan established Callahan Risk & Insurance Services, Inc., in 2004, as a specialty retail insurance brokerage with emphasis on the placement of professional and management liability for insurance, legal and financial service organizations. Les holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Over the years he has been involved in his community through the coaching of youth sports and is currently active in domestic and international business networking and affinity groups.
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Carl Cohn
Dr. Carl Cohn is professor emeritus at Claremont Graduate University. In a distinguished career in education,  he has served as the former executive director of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, a former member of the California State Board of Education, and past superintendent of the San Diego Unified and Long Beach Unified school districts.
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Mark Kudler
Mark Kudler is the President of Bulletin Displays, LLC outdoor advertising in Los Angeles. He is the third generation in his family to be in the sign business. Mr. Kudler is President of two real estate holding companies, Kudco Diversified, Inc. and Kudco Diversified, LLC. He is past President for the California State Outdoor Advertising Association and founded its Public Service Announcement (PSA) Committee. He serves on the boards of Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum and Compton Chamber of Commerce, and Executive Board of the Anti-Defamation League Orange County/Long Beach Region.
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María G. Rendón
Dr. María G. Rendón is a professor at UC Irvine.  She’s a sociologist who examines the integration process of Latino immigrants and their children in the United States. She is the author of "Stagnant Dreamers: How the Inner City Shapes the Integration of Second-Generation Latinos" (Russell Sage Foundation 2019), a longitudinal study that follows a group of Latino young men as they transition to adulthood. Dr. Rendón received her Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy at Harvard University.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science from UC Berkeley. Dr. Rendon is a graduate of Lynwood High School (Class of '96).
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Benjamin A. Vega
Mr. Benjamin A. Vega is a corporate lawyer with over 20 years of experience in complex business transaction and litigation. Prior to joining Manhattan West, Mr. Vega served as General Counsel for the Meruelo Group, as Senior Counsel for Sony Pictures Entertainment, and as Associate General Counsel for Ascent Media Group. Mr. Vega began his legal career as a Mergers and Acquisitions lawyer in the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Mr. Vega grew up in La Puente, California and is the son of Mexican immigrants.  He was the first person in his family to graduate from high school. He graduated from Harvard College in 1995 and from Harvard Law School in 1999.