Dr. Stefan has taught at Jefferson Middle School in Indio for 19 years and is currently a teacher at Amistad High School. She taught and set up reading programs throughout the Desert Sands Unified School District, wrote curriculum for San Diego City Schools and was a teacher in both the Sweetwater Unified School District and at Coronado Catholic Church, a Coordinator and English Teacher for Interstudy Exchange Program with Japan, and Lifeguard, Swimming Instructor and Swim Team Coach for the City of Chula Vista.
Her personal interests and hobbies include travel, politics, crafts, playing the piano and being a mom to her West Point graduate daughter, now a U.S Army officer. Her charitable, community and social affiliations include: member, California Teacher’s Association on the national, state and local levels, former treasurer and political campaign consultant to Congresswoman Mary Bono and former Assemblyman Jim Battin; member, Negotiation Team, Safe Schools Committee, District Strategic Planning Team; member, CTA Republican Caucus; Vice President, President and Past President and Riverside County Representative of the Leadership Association of Southern California; and presenter at the Leadership Association’s Annual Conference and California Activity Directors Association’s Annual Conference. Dr. Stefan’s volunteer work has included: Job’s Daughters, Girl Scouts, Church, 4-H, and the American Red Cross.
2012 - Desert Christian Academy “Hero” Award Recipient
2012 - Riverside County Fourth District Woman of the Year Nominee
2001 - CSUSB Palm Desert Distinguished Award, First Recipient
Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from California State University San Bernardino; Palm Desert Campus.
Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration (BS) from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Minor in Health Sciences Administration.
Associate of Arts Degree (AA) from Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA.
- Appointed Incumbent to the College of the Desert Board of Trustees on May 10, 2013; filling 4th District vacancy of John Marman. Term expires November, 2014.
- Since 1999, Director of the Community Resources Department at the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG).
n Oversight of regional air quality programs;
n Manage and support three CVAG Committees: 1) Public Safety; 2) Homelessness; 3) Technical Planning Subcommittee;
n Local Coordinator of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG);
n Administrator of Roy’s Desert Resource Center for the homeless in North Palm Springs; 90 bed homeless shelter; (current)
n Manage and launch valleywide Massage Business Ordinance
n Manage and launch valleywide Landscaper online air quality education certificated program
n Manage and launch the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in 1000 Palms;
n Manage and launch the Coachella Valley Regional Workforce Housing Trust;
n Manage and launch the Coachella Valley Health Collaborative
PRIOR TO CVAG –
- 1995 – 1999: Chief Legislative Assistant to Riverside County Supervisor Roy Wilson. Projects: Assisted the Supervisor with carrying out a number of regional projects including the Palm Desert-COD Library; the Eastern Coachella Valley Empowerment Zone; relocation of Martha’s Village to its current site; revamp of County Library system and rehab of mobile home parks in Eastern Coachella Valley.
- 1992 – 1995: Executive Director of the Regional Access Project Foundation. Projects funded included a children’s immunization program; dental care program for children; Curtailing Abuse Related to the Elderly (CARE) Program and creation of the now annual Senior Inspiration Awards event.
- Previous employment:
n UCLA Hospital Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Team;
n Torrance Memorial Medical Center - quality assurance and risk management;
n Daniel Freeman Memorial Medical Center – Hospital Education
n KNBC Senior Health Fair Expo
n Braille Institute, Anaheim; Typing to blind adults and teens and bookkeeper
n McFadden Junior High School, Santa Ana, Teacher’s Aide
n GoodHope Elementary School, Perris, Teacher’s Aide
- Mrs. Wilson is Hispanic;
- Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois; resident of Palm Desert;
- One of seven children; moved to California with her family when she was 12 years old.
- Moved to the Coachella Valley in 1990
- Widow of the late Fourth District County Supervisor Roy Wilson; who served as County Supervisor for almost fourteen years prior to his death in August 2009. Roy was also a long time professor at College of the Desert for almost thirty years who also served as an elected member of the Palm Desert City Council.
- Mrs. Wilson has one daughter from her previous marriage, Ashley, aged 21 years.
- CHARITABLE ASSOCIATIONS: (Current)
n Co-administrator of the Roy and Pat Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund (through the COD Foundation) which provides scholarships to COD students;
n Board member of the Friends of the COD Library;
n Board member of the Joslyn Center
n Board Treasurer of the Health Assessment Resource Center (HARC) Board;
n Advisory Board Member of the Dr. Carreon Foundation.
Statement: Trustee Wilson is excited at the opportunity to bring her combined experience in local government, knowledge of County government, community based organizations and her communities to serving the College of the Desert, all satellite campuses, the students, faculty and community at large; and to work cooperatively with those efforts closely associated with the success of the College including the COD Foundation and the COD Alumni Association. Mrs. Wilson works with her Trustee colleagues and with College President Kinnamon to ensure that people for all backgrounds can benefit from education; that there is access to education for all and student success not only for those in her District (4) but for those in the Coachella Valley. As she represents the public interest she works hard to assure fiscal health and stability of COD. She will run for the office in 2014.