• Harvey Kuffner
    Term: 2013-2017

    Harvey Kuffner of Carmel represents Trustee Area One, which consists mainly of New Monterey, Pacific Grove, Del Monte Forest, Carmel-by the-Sea, Carmel Valley, and Big Sur. Mr. Kuffner was first appointed to the Monterey County Board of Education in 1996 to fill a vacant position. Mr. Kuffner has brought a range of experience and community involvement to the County Board of Education. Along with his military service, he has served as Vice President and partner in a computer company, and also held managerial positions with the Internal Revenue Service for 19 years. Mr. Kuffner received a BA in Industrial Relations from San Jose State University and an MBA in Management from Fresno State University.

    Mr. Kuffner has served as a Commissioner of the Community Action Partnership, and on the 1992 and 1995 Monterey County Civil Grand Juries. He currently serves on the Monterey County Children’s Council and Community Human Services Board.

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  • John McPherson
    President - Term: 2011 - 2015

    John McPherson represents Trustee Area 2, which encompasses South Salinas to the City of Monterey, taking in all or major parts of five different school districts. Mr. McPherson was elected to the Board of Education in November 2011. A 20-year Monterey County resident, he currently works for NewStar Fresh Foods as Director of Customer Service. Previously he held positions in marketing, information services and operations for Household Credit Services.

    Mr. McPherson is a longtime volunteer for the United Way of Monterey County. He was awarded their Loaned Executive of the Year Award in 2004. He also served on the Yes on K committee and the Salinas Blue Ribbon Budget Committee from 2009-10. He demonstrates his passion of young people through coaching of youth basketball and volunteering with the Buena Vista 4H Club.

    Also an author, Mr. McPherson has written a book on parenting titled Ten Simple Rules for Being a Better Parent.

    A graduate of the University of Southern California in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Mr. McPherson resides with his wife Christina and two children in Las Palmas.

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  • Judy Pennycook
    Board Member - Term: 2013-2017

    Judy Pennycook represents the North Monterey County area of Trustee Area Three. Mrs. Pennycook was first elected to the Monterey County Board of Education in 2003. She brings a wide range of experience to the Board of Education in both education and legal. Mrs. Pennycook graduated from the University of California Irvine with a BA in Social Science, and obtained her Preliminary Teacher Credential from the California State University Northridge and Directorship of Early Childhood Certification from the University of California Los Angeles. Mrs. Pennycook also attended the Monterey College of Law and graduated from the California School Boards Association Masters in Boardsmanship Certification course.

    Mrs. Pennycook has served as a member of numerous community groups including the 101 Bypass Executive Committee, AYSO Youth Soccer Executive Board, Reading is Fundamental Board of Directors and Restorative Justice Commission. In addition, she also served on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors and on the North Monterey County Unified School District Board of Trustees.

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  • Francisco Javier Estrada
    Board Member - Term: 2011 - 2015

    Francisco Javier Estrada is the Trustee for Area 4, which encompasses the southeastern and southwestern parts of the city of Salinas. After serving 32 years in the classroom, Mr. Estrada is now a retired school teacher. He taught high school and middle school in the Los Angeles area before moving to Salinas in 1982. He worked in the Alisal Union School District and taught at various levels, as well as participated in numerous educational committees.

    He has a passion for public education, including serving on multiple committees, the Bilingual Education Committee, English Learners Master Plan Committee, District English Learners Advisory Committee and School site Council. He was also a summer school facilitator for migrant education and has been a guest writer for the Salinas Californian – writing articles on public education.

    A native of Los Angeles, Francisco earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in a double/option major History/Mexican-American Studies from California State University Northridge in 1978. In 1994, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Counselor Education from San Jose State University. He holds two Life Bilingual/Bicultural Spanish Credentials; one in Social Science, and one in Liberal Arts. Mr. Estrada lives in Salinas with his wife Aida and three children.

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  • Ronald J. Panziera
    Board Member - Term: 2011 - 2015

    Ronald J. Panziera of Soledad represents Trustee Area Five, the southern section of the Salinas Valley, on the Monterey County Board of Education. He was first appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board in 2006.

    Mr. Panziera is a life-long resident of Monterey County. He is a partner in Boggiatto Produce and the Joe Panziera Farm. He also serves on the Soledad Cemetery District Board.  

    Mr. Panziera is a 1968 graduate of Gonzales High School and attended Hartnell College before entering the United States Navy. Among Mr. Panziera’s other community involvements, he also is a member of the Soledad American Legion Post 32 after serving as Commander for the six years.


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  • Mary Claypool
    Vice President - Term: 2013-2017

    Mary Claypool, a prominent Seaside business leader, was appointed to fill the provisional vacancy in Board Trustee Area 6 at a special meeting of the Monterey County Board of Education on November 7, 2012. Trustee Area 6 is comprised mainly of the cities of Marina, Seaside and Sand City.

    “Education is critical to the health of our nation, state and county. My wish is to ensure all students are offered equal access to an excellent education, and to keep the community informed and engaged. I am passionate about improving the quality and access of education to all students,” states Claypool.

    Claypool has served on various parent-teacher associations, worked directly in classrooms, and currently serves as a member of the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Bond Oversight Committee. Claypool has 42 years of experience working as a budget/management analyst for local government, including the City of Seaside and County of Monterey, and is well versed in developing and monitoring public agency budgets. She holds bachelor and master degrees from La Salle University.


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  • Sergio Alejo
    Board Member - Term: 2013 - 2017

    Sergio Alejo, Jr. represents Trustee Area Seven, which comprises East Salinas. He was first elected to the Monterey County Board of Education in 2013.

    He was born and raised in Salinas. He attended Freemont Elementary, El Sausal Middle School, Everett Alvarez High School and will be attending Hartnell Community College in the spring of 2014. Alejo has worked as an event Coordinator/Promoter for the past six years and currently serves as a Board Member for Caminos del Arte, a local arts non-profit organization.  Alejo is 32 years old, and is the father of two teenage girls and most recently of a baby boy. 

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