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Karen Bradford, President

Trustee Area 3 - karen_bradford@jusd.k12.ca.us

Karen Bradford is an award-winning writer, public-relations planner and photographer whose work has ranged from an archaeology and paleontology museum to cyberspace forensics. She was the public relations manager for The Press-Enterprise and a campus communications officer at the University of California, Riverside. Her degrees are a bachelor of arts in photojournalism and a master of arts in public relations. 

Ms. Bradford was appointed to and chaired the Riverside County Commission for Women, officially advising the county's board of supervisors on matters of county women and their families; chaired several nonprofit boards; currently serves as a board director for Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center, and was honored on the Riverside County YWCA's centennial as a Woman of Achievement. She coordinated local and international grants and scholarships through her membership in Rotary International and contributed as a volunteer photojournalist on Rotary medical missions in India, Peru, and Venezuela. Karen has traveled extensively through the world, often alone, and has found kindness in every culture. 

Her goals for JUSD are that each student graduates, is encouraged to seek vocational or higher education, and is prepared for adulthood.​ 


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​Melissa Ragole, Clerk

Trustee Area 5 - melissa_ragole@jusd.k12.ca.us​

Melissa Ragole was born in Okinawa, Japan. She has four siblings, including a twin sister. Her father’s military career brought the family to live in many places, though Mrs. Ragole spent most of her childhood in the Highland and Redlands area until her father’s retirement. She attended high school in Riverside and has lived in the Inland Empire for much of her life. She is passionate about her career in the beverage industry and has received certifications from the Court Master of Sommeliers to excel within her field.

Mrs. Ragole has two adult children who both attended Jurupa Schools. She believes being an involved parent contributes to student success, and during her daughter’s time at Patriot High School, Mrs. Ragole was involved in School Site Council and acted as Booster President for the high school band. She has also volunteered for many years for the Jurupa Valley Adopt a Family organization, having served on the Board of Directors.​

A natural advocate, Mrs. Ragole views herself as a liaison between the District and the Jurupa Community. Creating a positive environment is very important to her, and she strives to make herself approachable as a Board Member.


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Dr. Eric Ditwiler, Member

Trustee Area 2​ - eric_ditwiler@jusd.k12.ca.us 

Dr. Eric Ditwiler attended public schools in Moscow, Idaho and relocated to Southern California to attend college in Claremont. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in philosophy, and a doctorate in education. 

He has worked in higher education his entire adult life and is currently the Director of Assessment, Institutional Research, and Reporting for Southern California University of Health ​Sciences. As a result, he knows how to figure out what is working and what is not in the provision of education, and how to fully utilize instructional technology to engage students and enable learning. He has seen what truly excellent education takes and knows that it cannot be obtained without the enthusiasm of a committed faculty. 

He lives with his wife and two stepsons, who both attend Jurupa Unified schools. To keep the kids from playing too many video games, he encourages family bike rides and household projects. An Australian Cattle Dog named Max keeps everyone in the family busy and entertained.


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Robert Garcia, Member

Trustee Area 1 - robert_garcia@jusd.k12.ca.us (714) 745-9995

Robert Garcia was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas.  After graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving from 1988-1995.  In 1991, he served in Operation Desert Storm.

Robert and his wife Carolyn have three children, Nicolas, Amanda, and Desmond, all top honor graduates of the Jurupa Unified School District: Pedley Elementary School, Jurupa Middle School, and Patriot High School.

Public service is important to Robert, and his work with various school-district and civic groups in Jurupa includes:

  • School Site/Advisory Council/GATE/PTA:  School/District Governance/Parent Involvement
  • DADS:  Grassroots effort to promote fathers' involvement
  • Jurupa District Lions Club:  Student Support/Scholarships and Sight Preservation Programs
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars:  Military Veteran support programs
  • Jurupa Unified School District Board of Education:  President/Member
  • Jurupa Valley Chamber of Commerce:  Board Member

Robert's motto is "Parent Involvement is the key to student success," and his top priority is graduation rate improvement in three steps:

  • Communication:  Stakeholder communication - transparency
  • Education:  Focus on STEM/Arts and Humanities
  • Parent Involvement:  Involve parents early and build a lasting foundation
Robert holds an Electrical Engineering Degree and Certificate in Management for Technical Professionals.  He works as a Quality Assurance Manager at a manufacturing and engineering firm.

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Joseph Navarro, Member

Trustee Area 4​ - joseph_navarro@jusd.k12.ca.us 

Joseph Navarro, who goes by Joe, was born and raised in Southern California. He attended Riverside public schools before receiving a degree in History from Cal State San Bernardino. He and his brother operate a business that provides point of sale systems, cash registers, and digital menus to restaurants and retailers across the United States. 

Joe’s experience with school boards began in the 6th grade while he was attending Magnolia Elementary and wrote a speech to the RUSD Board asking that there be more 2% milk in schools. The speech worked, but Joe’s true motivation to run for School Board came after he moved to Jurupa Valley. Knowing his daughter would one day attend Jurupa schools, he realized he wanted to put his time and effort into the district. His fiance, as well as many of her friends and relatives, also teach for JUSD. These ties provided further insight and encouragement. 

Joe is heavily invested in the advancement of CTE and technology. While he has many hobbies and interests, his primary focus is his newborn daughter, Jaxyn.​


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