Phone: (760) 773-2500
Doctorate in Computer Education
Master’s from United States International University; a Bachelor’s in Home Economics
Teaching Credential from San Diego State
Associate’s Degree from Southwestern Jr
Board of Trustees, Desert Community College District Area 5 since 1999. She holds a Doctorate in Computer Education, a Master’s from United States International University; a Bachelor’s in Home Economics and Teaching Credential from San Diego State and an Associate’s Degree from Southwestern Jr.
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.
Mary Jane Sanchez-Fulton
Phone: (760) 773-2500
Edinboro State College: B.S. in Social Science & Special Education
San Francisco State University: M.A in Education of Exceptional Children
Post Graduate Work: San Francisco State University, University of Hawaii, California State University Long Beach
From 1969 to 1990 Mr. O’Neill worked for the San Francisco Unified School District. He was a Special Education Teacher in Special Day Classes and the Learning Handicapped Program from 1969 until 1979. In 1979 he accepted a District Central Office position as a Program Specialist in the Special Education Department. In this position he provided support and supervision services for Special Education Programs district wide. He held that position until 1985 when he was selected to be the Special Education Department Program Administrator. As Program Administrator he supervised Middle and High School Special Education Programs, Career/ Vocational & Transitional Programs, Alternative School Programs, Homebound Instruction, Hospital Programs, Occupational & Physical Therapy and Adaptive Physical Education. He developed cooperative programs with San Francisco State University, the State Department of Rehabilitation and Community Mental Health. He was actively involved in United States Supreme Court cases including Honig v Doe.
In 1990 Mr. O’Neill was hired by the College of the Desert as the Disabled Students Programs & /Services (DSPS) Special Education Generalist/Learning Specialist/Counselor/ High Tech Center Instructor. In this position he administered the California Community College Learning Disability Eligibility Model Psychological/Educational assessment battery to determine eligibility for Leaning Disability Services, and verified students with Acquired Brain Injuries and Developmental Disabilities. He provided academic and disability counseling, determined appropriate accommodations and also taught classes in and supervised the DSPS High Tech Center. In 1999 in addition to the above duties, Mr. O’Neill was chosen to be the Coordinator of Disabled Students Programs & Services. In this position he provided overall supervision for DSPS including staffing, budgets and liaison with various community agencies including the State Department of Rehabilitation and Riverside County Mental Health Department. He was also the College of the Desert Section 504 of the Civil Rights Act Officer.
Throughout his career at College of the Desert he was actively involved in College wide activities. Three times he was elected President of the College of the Desert Faculty Association and also held other positions within that organization. He also served on and or chaired a number of major college committees including both of the College of the Desert Market Basket Studies.
Mr. O’Neill was and still is a member of many state and national organizations and has been a presenter at numerous state, national and international conferences. In 2003 he was the recipient of the College of the Desert Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Hall of Fame Award. He was chosen by the College of the Desert Faculty to be the recipient of the College of the Desert Faculty Member of the Year Award for 2007-08.
In June 2008 Mr. O’ Neill retired, as an Emeriti Professor, after 39 years as an educator in California. In February 2010 he was selected to fill a vacancy on the Board of Trustees of College of the Desert.
Associate of Arts Degree (AA) from Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA.
Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration (BS) from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Minor in Health Sciences Administration.
Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from California State University San Bernardino; Palm Desert Campus.
2001-First Recipient of CSUSB Palm Desert’s Distinguished Alumni Award
Mrs. Wilson was appointed to the College of the Desert Board of Trustees on May 10, 2013; filling the seat vacated by John Marman. The term expires November, 2014.
Since 1999, Mrs. Wilson has been employed as Director of the Community Resources Department at the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG). Her department has oversight of regional air quality programs; and two major CVAG’s committee: the Public Safety Committee and the Homelessness Committee. She also serves as Coordinator with the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). Accomplishments through her Department include creation and administration of Roy’s Desert Resource Center for the homeless; the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in 1000 Palms; the Coachella Valley Regional Workforce Housing Trust; and the Coachella Valley Health Collaborative
Prior to CVAG, Mrs. Wilson served as Chief Legislative Assistant to County Supervisor Roy Wilson. In this capacity, she assisted the Supervisor with carrying out a number of regional projects including the Palm Desert-COD Library; the 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.
Prior to her work with the County, Mrs. Wilson also served as the Executive Director of the Regional Access Project Foundation Projects funded during her tenure 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. Mrs. Wilson also worked with UCLA Hospital with one of the first Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Teams in the State and Torrance Memorial Medical Center working in quality assurance and risk management.
Mrs. Wilson is Hispanic and was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is one of seven children and moved to California with her family when she was 12 years old. She came to the Coachella Valley in 1990 and is 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 and also served as an elected member of the Palm Desert City Council. Mrs. Wilson has one daughter from her previous marriage, Ashley, aged 20 years.
Mrs. Wilson’s charitable community and social affiliations include co-administrator of the Roy and Pat Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund (through the COD Foundation) which provides scholarships to COD students; a Board member of the Friends of the COD Library; a Board member of the Joslyn Center and Treasurer of the Health Assessment Resource Center (HARC) Board; and Advisory Board Member of the Dr. Carreon Foundation.
She is the proud recipient of the 2012 Desert Christian Academy’s “Hero Among Us” Award for her work with the homeless and was also a nominee for the 2012 Riverside County Fourth District Woman of the Year.
Mrs. Wilson enjoys family, friends, reading, exercise, old movies, classical music and a Gershwin tune. She is excited at the opportunity to bring her combined experience in local government and with community based organizations 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. With high regard for her Board Trustee colleagues, and with gratitude for the great work done by her predecessor, John Marman, Mrs. Wilson is eager to work as a team member with the Board of Trustees and with College President Kinnamon and will run for the office in 2014.