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Bonnie Castrey
Bonnie Castrey, Vice President

Ms. Castrey is an internationally recognized Dispute Resolver who has a Juris Doctor degree from Western State University as well as her BS and PHN in nursing from California State University Long Beach. Dr. Castrey maintains a private dispute resolution practice. She has mediated, arbitrated and chaired fact-finding matters in over 2,000 thousand cases since 1975 in the public, federal and private sectors. As a Presidential Appointee from 1995 -2000, she was a Member of the Federal Service Impasses Panel and when reappointed, she Chaired the Panel from 2000 to 2002. She has received many honors and recognition awards, including a Life Time Service Award from LERA for her service to both her community and her professions. She is a strong advocate for Public Education, which she believes is one of the essential pillars of our democracy. Bonnie strongly advocates all cocurricular programs as they help students build confidence, leadership skills and interest in life long education. Bonnie serves on many statewide committees and coalitions to support our schools, including the visual and performing arts. Among her leadership roles, Bonnie was the International President of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution, President of the Orange County School Boards Association, the Founding President of the Orange County Industrial Relations Research Association, and Chair of the Federal Service Impasses Panel. Currently she serves as President Elect of the National Labor Employment Relations Association, and for 2014-2015 she is currently the “McKelvey Neutral –in-Residence” at the Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. As a Member of the Delegate Assembly of CSBA since 1986, she has served on many committees including conference planning, legislation and was Chair of the 2013 Nominating Committee.

Dr. Duane Dishno
Dr. Duane Dishno, Member

Duane Dishno is a retired educator and administrator. He has lived in the community for more than 40 years and has served as Superintendent of elementary, unified, and high school districts. He is married with two children, and his wife taught for many years in the Westminster School District. Dr. Dishno is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for his professional and community service. He served on the Huntington Beach Centennial Celebration Committee, the Pier Plaza Grand Opening Committee and the Infrastructure Advisory Committee, as well as the City School District’s Bond Oversight Committee and the Board of Directors of several local organizations.

Susan Henry
Susan Henry, Alternate Clerk

Susan Henry is a Registered Nurse, community volunteer, and has a BFA in three-dimensional art from Cal State University Long Beach. She is a recognized artist and member of the jurored organization California Fibers which has showcased fiber art nationally since 1978. Mrs. Henry has lived in the district for over 35 years, is married and has three children, all of whom attended Fountain Valley High School. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her educational and volunteer service, including the Lifetime Honorary Service Award from PTA. Her leadership roles have included President of the Orange County School Boards Association and Co-Chair of the Measure C Bond Campaign. Mrs. Henry currently serves on the OCSBA Board of Directors, is the Huntington Beach Union High School's Board representative to the Coastline Regional Occupation Program and serves on many district and county committees. As a Member of the Delegate Assembly to the California School Boards Association since 2006, she has served on many statewide committees including Linked Learning/CTE and the Golden Bell Awards, and is currently the elected Director of Region 15 (representing Orange County) to the Board of Directors of the CSBA. Mrs. Henry was elected in 2000.

Kathleen Iverson
Kathleen Iverson, Clerk

Ms Iverson was reelected to the Huntington Beach Union High School District Board of Trustees for a second term in November 2014. Kathleen (Kathy) is a lifelong resident of Westminster. She, her husband, Steve, and her children all graduated from Westminster High School where she taught for over 30 years. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton, earning a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in chemistry and teaching credential. In 1989 she was selected as the Huntington Beach Union High School District and Orange County Teacher of the Year. She retired from the Huntington Beach Union High School District in June 2008. Kathy served six years on the Westminster School District Board of Trustees in the 1990s. She was the Huntington Beach Union High School District Science curriculum facilitator, a science department coordinator and the coordinator of the Huntington Beach Union High School District math and science magnet (MERITS) housed at Westminster High School.

Dr. Michael Simons
Dr. Michael Simons, President

Dr. Michael Simons is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine in private practice in the community. He has been a resident of Huntington Beach for over 40 years and his four children all graduated from Huntington Beach High School.

Dr. Simons has represented the community on the City of Huntington Beach Infrastructure Advisory Committee and Community Services Commission. He was also a Gubernatorial Appointee to the Board of Podiatric Medicine. Dr. Simons has also served on the Boards of Directors of multiple local philanthropic and religious organizations.

Dr. Simons was initially appointed to the Huntington Beach Union High School District Board of Trustees in 1991. He has been elected to consecutive terms in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.

Currently he is involved in setting policy on a state level as a member of the Delegate Assembly of the California School Boards Association.