SAN MARCOS – Three new trustees were sworn into the Palomar Community College District Governing Board during a special organizational meeting Tuesday, Dec. 13.
Judy Patacsil, Ed.D., of Area 1, Michelle Rains of Area 4 and Jacqueline Kaiser of Area 5 were elected in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election and were sworn in at the meeting, during which the board also elected new officers and set its regular meeting date and time for the coming year.
Christian Garcia was elected president of the board, Roberto Rodriguez was elected vice president and Patacsil was elected the board secretary.
"I am grateful for the privilege of working with our three new trustees, as we continue our focus on student success and pursue our short- and long-term goals and objectives together," Star Rivera-Lacey, Ed.D., superintendent and president of Palomar College, said.
As its second order of business, after electing its officers, the board set its regular meetings for the second Tuesday of every month at 4 p.m.
Patacsil now represents the PCCD's Area 1, which includes most of the district south of Highway 78 and west of Interstate 15. She has 30 years of experience as a higher education professional, with both counseling and classroom experience at several institutions in the region, including San Diego State University and San Diego Miramar College, where she currently works.
Rains is representing Area 4, the Trustee Area that reaches from I-15 east to near the Salton Sea. She briefly attended Palomar College and currently owns Cheers of Ramona, a restaurant in the community where she resides. Rains also serves on the Ramona Community Planning Group.
Kaiser represents Area 5, which includes Fallbrook, Bonsall, east Oceanside and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. She is a MetLife regional director who manages retirement plans for not-for-profit governmental entities, including educational institutions and community colleges. She also serves on the Fallbrook Community Planning Group.
Submitted by Palomar College.