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By Valerie E. Martinez


Rio Hondo College Trustee Madeline Shapiro was elected president of the Rio Hondo College Board of Trustees for the 2013 term. She follows Trustee Norma Edith Garcia who held the position in 2012. During the board’s annual meeting Dec. 12, the board also Elected Trustee Vicky Santana for a second term as vice president, and Gary Mendez as clerk.

“Our board plays an active and vital role in setting policy and direction for the ongoing work of the college, especially promoting and advancing student success,” says Interim Superintendent/President Teresa Dreyfuss. “Trustee Shapiro, with her considerable experience in education, will lead us through the tough issues the College continues to face in these difficult economic times. Indeed, our entire board of trustees is deeply committed to the communities they serve. Their collective deep roots in education advocacy have and will continue to benefit our students.”

Shapiro, first elected to the Board of Trustees in 2009, represents Trustee Area 5, which encompasses East Whittier. She grew up in Pico Rivera attending public schools and Rio Hondo College before earning a business administration degree from CSU Long Beach.

After a career in accounting, Shapiro changed professions to teaching.  She started as a parent volunteer and became an instructional aide and substitute teacher while earning a teaching credential from CSU Fullerton. Shapiro has taught in the East Whittier City School District for more than 20 years.

Shapiro is the California Teachers Association/Association for Better Citizenship committee member for her district and the CTA State Council member for her local association.  She also serves as an elected delegate for the state Democratic Party in the 56th Assembly District.

“My goal as president is to work closely and collaboratively with all the Trustees to continue advancing the mission and goals of Rio Hondo College,” says Shapiro.

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