09/25/03 12:21:14 GOVERNOR DAVIS APPOINTS COMMISSIONERS TO THE CALIFORNIA QUALITY
EDUCATION COMMISSION 09/25/2003
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GOVERNOR DAVIS APPOINTS COMMISSIONERS TO THE CALIFORNIA QUALITY EDUCATION COMMISSION 09/25/2003 SACRAMENTO
Gray Davis today announced the appointments of Marina I. Torres, Alice Petrossian, Virginia Strom-Martin, Richard L. Verches,
Susan Burr, William Hedrick and Dorothy Chu as Commissioners of the California Quality Education Commission.
48, of Calistoga, has been a bilingual third grade teacher/mentor/Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) support
provider and trainer for the Calistoga Joint Unified School District since 1981. From 1999 to 2003, she served as a BTSA support
provider and trainer for the Napa County Office of Education. Ms. Torres is a member of the National Teachers Association
and the California Teachers Association. She earned bachelor of arts degrees from Sonoma State University and the University
of California, Santa Barbara.
Ms. Petrossian, 56, of Glendale, has been the assistant superintendent for the Glendale Unified
School District since 1998. With the Glendale Unified School District since 1977, she previously served as the director of
special projects/intercultural education from 1990 to 1998 and was director of intercultural education from 1987 to 1990.
From 1984 to 1991, she was an assistant professor in the Education Administration Department for California State University,
Los Angeles. In addition, Ms. Petrossian served as a consultant for the California Department of Education, Bilingual/Title
I Programs and President of the California Association of Administrators of State and Federal Education Programs. She is an
active member of the Association of California School Administrators and former president of the California Community Colleges
Board of Governors. She is also a former member of the California Commission for the Establishment of Academic Content and
Performance Standards, where she served as chair of the English Language Arts subcommittee, and a former member of the California
Postsecondary Commission and California State University Trustees. Ms. Petrossian earned a bachelor of arts degree from California
State University, Los Angeles and a master of arts degree from California State University, Hayward.
55, of Duncans Mills, is a former California Assemblymember who served from 1996 to 2002. She introduced the Assembly Bill
that established the Quality Education Commission during the 2001 to 2002 session. She currently serves as a member of the
Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. Ms. Strom-Martin earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California,
Berkeley and a master of arts degree from Sonoma State University.
Mr. Verches, 44, of Whittier, has been chief executive
officer for Profmex/Leap, a financial literacy company, since 2001. From 2001 to 2002, he was partner of Data Trends, LLC,
a research and marketing company. Previously, Mr. Verches worked for the New Economics for Women in 2001, the Latin Business
Association from 2000 to 2001, and ARCO from 1997 to 2000. From 1995 to 1996, he worked for the United Nations High Commissioners
for Human Rights and from 1991 to 1994, he worked for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioners for Refugees. In
2002, Mr. Verches was a senior policy fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Policy and Social
Research. He is a member of the board of directors for the UCLA Alumni Association and the Foundation Board for Cerritos College.
Mr. Verches earned a bachelor of arts degree and juris doctorate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Burr, 50, of Sacramento, has been director of governmental relations for the California County Superintendents Educational
Services Association since 2003. She was appointed by Governor Davis to serve as Undersecretary of Education in January 1999
and as Interim Secretary for Education in March 2000, where she served until July 2000. Ms. Burr has extensive experience
in education and government, having served as assistant superintendent for business services for the Elk Grove Unified School
District and co-director of the Institute for Education Reform at California State University, Sacramento. Ms. Burr also served
as a principle consultant to the Senate Education Committee (1991 to 1994) and the Senate Appropriations Committee (1986 to
1991). She earned a bachelor of science degree and a master of business administration from California State University, Sacramento.
Hedrick, 51, of Corona, has been a Bilingual Teacher for the Rialto Unified School District since 1988. He is also an elected
Board Member of the Corona-Norco Unified School District, a position he has held since 1988. Previously, Mr. Hedrick served
as a teacher for the Orange Unified School District from 1977 to 1988 and was an Adult Education Instructor for the Rancho
Santiago Community College District from 1977 to 1982. He is a member and current President of the Rialto Education Association,
and a member of the National Education Association and the California Teachers Associationās State Council. He also serves
as a member of the California School Boards Association's Delegate Assembly. Mr. Hedrick earned a bachelor of arts degree
and a master of arts degree from California State University, Los Angeles.
Ms. Chu, 54, of Montebello, has been a teacher
for the Montebello Unified School District since 1972. During her tenure, she has taught at the kindergarten, first and second
grade levels both in Spanish and in English. Ms. Chu is a member of the Montebello Teachers Association, where she has served
as president and vice president. In addition, she has served as the California Teachers Association (CTA) Liaison to Assemblymember
Ron Calderon and Senator Martha Escutia. She is also a member of the CTA Southeastern Minority at Large State Council. She
is a recipient of the CTA's WHO Award and the CTA's Equity and Human Rights Award. Ms. Chu has organized, conducted and participated
in numerous National and Statewide Asian Issues conferences and was a presenter of "Working Together to Make Schools Better"
at the NEA Pacific Regional Conference in Seattle. Ms. Chu earned a bachelor of arts degree from California State University,
The California Quality Education Commission was created for the purpose of developing, evaluating, validating,
and refining a quality education model for pre-kindergarten through grade 12. This Commission is charged with providing state
policymakers with adequate tools to enable them to establish reasonable costs for schools, and the best available resources
to enable the vast majority of pupils to meet academic performance standards established by the state. This Commission shall
serve to implement the principles and direction prescribed in the final report of the Joint Committee to Develop a Master
Plan for Education, and shall identify the educational components, educational resources and corresponding costs necessary
to provide the opportunity for a quality education to every pupil. Members do not receive a salary. These positions require