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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.​ 


Board Member Melissa Ragole's head shot photo​​​​ 

​Melissa Ragole, Clerk

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


​​Dr. Eric Ditwiler 

Dr. Eric Ditwiler, Member

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


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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.

Joseph Navarro 

Joseph Navarro, Member

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



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