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California Board of
Directors

Meet the Board

SkillsUSA California's board of directors, composed of experienced individuals from various sectors, is dedicated to our mission. Elected by fellow board members, they guide our organization, ensuring its stability and providing support to our members, playing a pivotal role in shaping the future for both SkillsUSA California and the students we serve.

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Dedicated to the Mission

SkillsUSA California has been experiencing exponential growth, from 4,000 to over 45,000 members within the last decade! We serve students in many skilled trades at middle school, high school, and college postsecondary levels. We are proud to have a team of highly qualified business and industry professionals passionate about the next generation of California's workforce serving on our Board of Directors. 

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Orgnaization Representatives

State Director

Clay Mitchell

Staff

SkillsUSA California/CDE

State Assistant Director

Loretta Cabuyadao

Staff

SkillsUSA California

State Advisor

Tara Neilson

Staff

California Department of Education

Alumni & Friends

OPEN

Staff

SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association

 

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Industry Representatives

Engineering & Architecture

John Peros

Chair

Autodesk

Education Administration

Don Black

Board Secretary

Western Electrical Contractors Association

Manufacturing & Product Development 

Kathy Looman

Past Chair

Gene Haas Foundation​

Automotive and Transportation

Maylan Newton

Member

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Building Trades and Construction

Desiree Ashmun

Member
Swinerton

Electrical Construction 

Leslie Schlaegel

Member
Royal Electric

Automotive Technolgy & Education

Tracy Kilby

Member
WyoTech

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Education Representatives

Member-at-Large/Education

David Earhart

Vice-Chair
Slawson Southeast Occupational Center

Member-at-Large/Education

Erin Hodson

Board Treasurer
Kern High Regional Occupational Center

State Advisor of the Year

Monica Perez

Member

Coachella Valley High School

State Officer Representative

Cooper Kias

Reedley College

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