community Involvement

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My first foray into community service in Pasadena began around a dozen years ago, when I started coaching my son Anthony’s Little League baseball teams.  Over the years, my involvement in youth sports expanded, and I joined the board at Pasadena Central Little League, where I served as Vice-President from 2013-2015.  Thereafter I served as Vice-President of Pasadena American Little League (PALL) from 2016-2019, and I continue to coach and serve on the board there.  In 2016 I received the PALL Service Award for my dedication and commitment to that organization, which has grown to serve more than 500 local children.

In 2010 I became involved in the Cub Scouts (Pack 37) at Don Benito.  I served first as a Den Leader, then as the Cubmaster from 2011-2013.  In 2017, when we were looking to get Ethan into Cub Scouts, we returned to Pack 37 where I have served as the Cubmaster since 2018.

My record of service to children of the district also includes my work with the Pasadena Elks, which I joined along with some good friends in 2018.  I took on the role as Chairperson of the Dictionary Committee, reigniting a program at the Pasadena lodge which distributes dictionaries to 3rd grade students.  Our first “test-run” of the program was at Altadena Arts Magnet, where we distributed dictionaries to all of the 3rd grade students.  We were working to expand that program to all of the PUSD schools this year when the pandemic brought things to a halt.  I look forward to resuming that program once Lodge activities resume.   

It has been a privilege to be a part of these organizations, and to have made so many connections with other local families.  My family has gotten far more from being involved than we could have ever imagined.  The friendships we have made will last a lifetime, and we cherish the many incredible experiences we have had as a result.   

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It was in 2017, when Anthony started high school at Marshall, that I became increasingly active in matters involving the school.  During my son’s freshman year, I joined the Athletic Boosters, and helped where I could with Booster events which included fundraising to help our athletic teams with their needs.  The following year, I became the Boosters' President, and we began reviewing the landscape for new ways to improve athletics at Marshall.  I and a number of other committed parents decided it was time to swing for the fences, and to seek district assistance and funding for a new track and field at Marshall (to replace the more than 80-year old track that remains there to this day).  We chose the track and field because they are used by nearly all of Marshall’s approximately 2,000 students.  We wanted to make a big impact.

It was in connection with those efforts that I and other parent leaders appeared before the PUSD Board of Education on a number of occasions to ask that the Board consider a new track and field.  This was a huge learning experience for me and for the other parents involved, as we learned more and more about the district’s finances, enrollment challenges, and a broad spectrum of other issues.  My interest was piqued and I have continued to follow Board matters closely ever since.

Most recently, I was heavily involved as an advocate for Marshall during last year’s divisive consolidation debate.  While I do not intend to relitigate that debate as part of my campaign, I do believe it is important to learn from those conversations as we move forward to face the many challenges ahead.  I hope we can work together to improve the experience of all of the students and families across the District, and to encourage new families, who may have shied away from PUSD in the past, to take a fresh look at all of the wonderful opportunities that the district has to offer.  

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

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Wayne and I have been friends since the 7th grade and played youth baseball together. He has been a brother to me through the highs and lows of life. I was honored to be the best man in his wedding as well as having him stand as my best man in my wedding. Wayne has always been responsible and set the highest standards, especially when it comes to academics. As an educator, I know he would be a great asset to have on the school board.

John Jacobs,

High School Teacher and Coach

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