SAUGUS UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD
CHRIS TRUNKEY for SUSD Trustee Area 5
Chris Trunkey has served as a Governing Board Member of the Saugus Union School District since 2014 and is currently the Board President. As a parent of two graduates of the district, Chris served in many volunteer roles, including Site Council, PTA Executive Board member, and longtime PTA volunteer. Chris was honored by the CA State PTA with an Honorary Service Award in 2013.
Chris has served our community as Treasurer for the Stephen Friedman Multiple Myeloma Fund, as a board member of William S. Hart Baseball, and served on the William S. Hart School District Measure V Citizens Oversight Committee.
As a finance professional in the entertainment industry for over 25 years, Chris has a strong background in fiscal operations and information technology. He is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for a film production company.
LAURA ARROWSMITH for SUSD Trustee Area 2
Laura Arrowsmith has lived in the Santa Clarita Valley since 1977. She and her family moved from Canyon Country to Saugus in 2000 and both of her sons received an excellent education from kindergarten to 6th grade at Mountainview Elementary School and in Hart District schools.
Laura attended local schools including Leona Cox Elementary School, Sierra Vista Junior High School, and Canyon High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in history, a teaching credential, and a masters degree in history at CSUN. She has taught in Hart District schools since 1990. Since 2001, she has been a leader in professional development including serving as her school site's instructional coach. In this role, Laura worked with teachers to build their skills, thereby increasing overall teaching capacity within the school.
As a parent, Laura volunteered in her son's class during summer school, shared the Cub Scouting experience with both boys, and was the team adviser for the Hart District robotics team, Project 691, for four years. Most recently, she served as the secretary for the new Santa Clarita Valley chapter of the League of Women Voters.
DAVE BARLAVI for SUSD Trustee Area 1
My wife and I have two wonderful children and an amazing 4 year old grandson, all of whom are almost 100% educated in the SCV. I've coached over 100 local kids in basketball, flag football and soccer through the city league and AYSO since 2005. Every team I coach, I take the kids on a day long field trip to my alma mater, UCLA (BA in Physics/Women's Studies), so they learn the importance of college early. I have also been a Big Brother with Big Brother Big Sister for over 10 years. My Little Brother is an adult now and lives in Oxnard, CA, but we are still brothers.
I am a tax, trust and estate planning attorney here in the SCV. I've had my home and law office here in Valencia since 2004. I employ 3 local residents, 2 of whom I hired from the College of the Canyons paralegal program. I also hired a local student who graduated from Tulane Law and recently passed her CA Bar.
WILLIAM S. HART UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD
DONNA ROBERT for HART Trustee Area 2
Donna has a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Studies from USC, a Master of Arts in Education Administration from CSULA, and a Master of Business Administration from USC. She has three teaching credentials - Multiple Subject K-12, Mathematics, and Business- in the state of California and continuously strives to improve her own skills and assess her impact on children.
Donna’s Midwest values keep her grounded in decent moral character. She loves children of all walks and ages, likes to be helpful, and often volunteers her skills whenever possible. Her current and prior community involvement activities include Hart District Advisory Council member, AYSO board member (treasurer, fundraiser, and sponsorship coordinator), soccer coach, referee, and referee council member, church lecturer, volunteer math tutor at the SCV Community Center, Girl Scout Troop leader, and volunteer at the Newhall senior center, among other things.
She is a stickler for timeliness, organization, and team work. These are the same traits she strives to instill in her students as she holds them accountable for their choices in the classroom.
KELLY TRUNKEY for HART Trustee Area 5
Kelly Trunkey is a successful businesswoman as an accomplished artist, freelance designer and art instructor. From the time her children were small, Kelly has been an engaged parent in our local schools as a PTA leader and programs chair, bringing arts enrichment to the schools when funding for the arts was significantly reduced.
Kelly lives in Santa Clarita with her husband, Chris (Governing Board President of the Saugus Union School District), and their son who attends Saugus High School. Their daughter, a Saugus High School graduate, is a sophomore at the University of Hawaii.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising Design and minor in Media Arts.