Friends of LACOE Board of Directors

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  • Debra
    Debra Duardo, M.S.W., Ed.D.
    Board President

    Debra Duardo, M.S.W., Ed.D., Board President

    Dr. Duardo is the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools. Previously executive director of Student Health and Human Services for the Los Angeles Unified School District, she has more than 30 years of professional experience working with at-promise students and their families. Her unique life experience as a high school dropout able to overcome obstacles drives her passion to ensure that all students receive an education in a safe, caring environment and that every student is college-prepared and career ready

  • Patricia
    Patricia Smith

    Patricia Smith, Treasurer

    Patricia Smith is currently Chief Financial Officer at the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). Since 1977, she has served in various capacities in Business Services, most recently as Executive Director of Business and Finance overseeing the operations of the divisions of School Financial Services  and the Controller’s Office.

  • Gloria
    Gloria Rogers
    Board Secretary

    Gloria Rogers, Board Secretary

    Ms. Rogers is currently the Assistant Vice President of Business Development for the California Credit Union where she previously served as a Business Development Officer. She is responsible for the CCU Annual Scholarship and other programs to support the education community.

  • Michael
    Michael Escalante, Ed.D.

    Michael Escalante, Ed.D., Director

    Dr. Escalante previously served as Superintendent of the Glendale Unified School District in Los Angeles County and the Fullerton Joint High School District in North Orange County. He is currently a doctoral level instructor at the University of Southern California Rossier School Of Education, teaching educational leadership and chairing doctoral dissertations.

  • Monte
    Monte E. Perez, Ph.D.

    Monte E. Perez, Ph.D., Director

    A member of the County Board of Education, Monte E. Perez, Ph.D., is president of Los Angeles Mission College. He was assistant director of Admissions at Stanford University and later director of Educational Opportunity Program and Student Support Services at California State University, Los Angeles. He serves on the Governing Board for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.