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Board Members

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Barney W. Gordon, Board President (Resides in Area 1)

Barney Gordon is a native Californian and is happy to call Turlock home. Returning to California after spending over 10 years in the U. S. Navy, he and his family found Turlock to be a fabulous community with great educational opportunities.  Barney has always been a proponent of education as an equalizer and a solution to many issues facing our community and our nation.  As an instructor at the Navy's premier nuclear training facility in Charleston, S.C., he experienced firsthand how people from all walks of life could succeed after being given the opportunity.  Continuing in education, he worked for Modesto City Schools as a Technology Manager and taught computer maintenance at Modesto Junior College. He currently works at CSU Stanislaus as the Client Services Director for the Office of Information Technology.
 

Barney is married and has two daughters. His children have attended several schools within Turlock Unified School District and he and his wife are very active volunteers in the District and the community. Barney has served as the founding president of Turlock Education Foundation, the founding president of Walnut PTA, the president of Turlock Council PTA, the chairman of the TUSD Budget Advisory Committee, the chairman of the Turlock Parks, Recreation and Services Commission, and other community boards and committees.

Term - 2015-2020

 

 

 

Jennifer Carter, Board Clerk (Elected and resides in Area 6)

Jennifer Carter has lived in Turlock for over 30 years.  She is a graduate of Turlock High School and obtained her Bachelors Degree from CSU Stanislaus.  Jennifer's husband, Brian, is a Registered Nurse for a local company.  Their two daughters, Taylor and Morgan, have attended their entire K-12 education at TUSD schools.
 

Jennifer brings 20+ years of management experience to the Board.  She is currently the Director of Administrative Services for Merced Irrigation District, responsible for Human Resources, employee relations, contract negotiations, risk management, and information technology.  Jennifer has been actively involved in youth programs and has served as the Secretary for the Pitman Band Boosters, Central Valley Aquatics board member, PTA member, Girl Scout Troop Leader, and youth athletic coach.

Jennifer believes that we need to continually strive to better our schools, motivate our students, have the best staff and provide more options for our children to ensure they have viable college and career paths post graduation.

Term - 2013-2018

 

 

 

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Bob Weaver (Elected and resides in Area 4)

Bob Weaver is a 4th generation Turlock resident.  His wife, Donna, is a teacher at Great Valley Academy in Modesto.  They have 3 sons, Blake, Ryan and Christian and all are currently attending schools at TUSD.  Bob is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  He is a member of the PTA, a Scout leader, and youth sports coach.  Bob is a Fieldman for an agricultural supply company and a member of CAPCA (California Assoc. of Pest Control Advisors).

Term - 2013-2018

 

 

 

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Lori Carlson (Appointed and resides in Area 2)

Lori Carlson was raised in Northern California by her parents, a farmer and a high school teacher, who taught her the value of serving your community and the importance of high-quality public education. She graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Human Development and from Fuller Theological Seminary with an M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy. She is married to Steve, a pastor at Turlock Covenant Church, and together they have four daughters who have all attended or are currently attending schools in TUSD. She is a Realtor at Aspire Home Real Estate, a spiritual director, a Science Olympiad coach Turlock Junior High School, a Character Coach in TUSD, president of the board of Turlock Youth Performing Arts, a volunteer at her church and in her community with Love Turlock, Turlock Gospel Mission and others. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve the community of Turlock as a TUSD trustee, working alongside a great team of leaders to advance the strategic plan of the district and ensure high-quality education for all students in TUSD.

Term 10/13/2015-2018

 

 

 

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Ken Malech (Resides in Area 3)

Ken Malech was raised in Salinas, California and moved to Turlock approximately 30 years ago. Ken has four wonderful children: Kalina, Krysta, Craig, and Connor.  Ken and his lovely wife, Carleen, have enjoyed living in the City of Turlock and the education their children have received from the T.U.S.D. educational system.
 

Ken has earned his Master’s Degree in Education from California State University, Stanislaus.  Ken is credentialed in the State of California and is currently teaching for Modesto City Schools at Fairview Elementary School.  During his 20 year career in education, Ken has taught all grades in the elementary level other than 1st grade.  He believes his overall educational experience in the last 20 years will be invaluable to the School Board. Ken has also enjoyed coaching baseball and softball in various leagues for the last 12 years.  He and his family currently attend Monte Vista Chapel on a regular basis.
 

He cares very deeply about the overall educational welfare of the students of Turlock.  Ken considers it a privilege and honor to serve on the T.U.S.D. School Board. He looks forward to the experience of continually striving to make T.U.S.D. a better place for all that are involved.

Term - 12/4/2015-2020

 

 

 

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Anthony J. Silva (Resides in Area 7)

Anthony Silva was born in Los Banos and raised on a dairy. He is married, has three children (Lisa, David and Denise), three step-children, six grandchildren and nine step-grandchildren. His wife Cheryl served as Director of Religious Education for twenty-one years. They are very involved with Sacred Heart Parish.


Anthony attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Agricultural Business Management, teaching credential in Agricultural Education and a Masters degree in Education. Anthony began his teaching career in 1970 at San Benito High School, Hollister. He then went to Strathmore High School and on to Turlock High School in 1972. At Turlock High School Anthony taught agriculture science, government, economics and natural resource classes. He served as the FFA Advisor for twenty-four years. Anthony served as an officer for California Agriculture Teachers Association at the local and state level, serving as state president from 1987 to 1988. Anthony continues to supervise and mentor new teachers as they complete their student teaching assignments.


Anthony believes we need to provide a positive climate for students to learn and for teachers to teach; an environment where students desire to learn and teachers are eager to motivate students to learn. He believes in a strong career education model for learning. In high school he studied vocational agriculture and was very active in the FFA. He is a product of that methodology. Teamwork at all levels in our district is important. Turlock has great schools.

Term - 12/4/2015-2020

 

 

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Frank Lima (Resides in Area 5)

Frank Lima was born and raised in Turlock as a child of immigrant parents. He is married and a father of three children.  Each of his three children attends a different school in our district.  Frank has practiced law in Turlock for twenty years.  As a product of Turlock public schools, he feels personally indebted to our public education system, having obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree with honors in applied economics from U.C. Davis and a Juris Doctor degree from U.C.L.A.  Frank worked and paid his way through college.  He studied in foreign countries.  Frank also realized the good fortune and privileges we have with our public schools.  No matter how good or bad we judge our public schools, we have the opportunity and obligation to make our schools better.  We must hold ourselves and our schools to the highest of standards.  We cannot make excuses for our failures, and although we should enjoy and recognize our successes, we must always strive to make our schools better.  

Term - 2015-2020