- Karen FreyPresident (Area 4)
Trustee Karen Frey is a lifelong resident of Corcoran and graduated from Corcoran schools. Mrs. Frey and her late husband, lifelong resident Darrell Frey, raised their family in Corcoran with both their children attending the local schools.
This is Mrs. Frey second round of service to Corcoran Unified School District. She was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1985 and served nine years during the time her children were attending CUSD schools. She decided to campaign for a vacated seat on the Board because of her strong interest in the schools and the fact that her grandchildren are now attending schools in the District.
Trustee Frey represents the District on the Kings County School Boards Association and also serves as the Association’s Treasurer this year. She volunteers in the classrooms at CUSD schools and is involved with the Bret Harte parent group. Mrs. Frey sits on the Community and Schools Together (CAST) committee, which is a foundation that assists the District in providing extras for the students and classes, such as field trips and rewards. She has volunteered in many areas of the Corcoran community over the years. Mrs. Frey has served on the Board of her church and is a past ladies captain as well as a current Ladies Board member for the Kings Country Club.
Mrs. Frey believes a student can receive a good education from public schools and that every child deserves the chance to have a good education. She uses those beliefs to assist her in making decisions that will benefit the education of the community’s children.
- Robert AlcornVice-President (Area 5)
Robert Alcorn is a 47-year resident of Corcoran. A 1966 graduate of Corcoran High School, he went on to receive his A.A. from Visalia’s College of the Sequoias in 1968. Mr. Alcorn graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Pharmacy in 1972.
Robert returned to Corcoran in 1972 where he has been a Corcoran Community pharmacist since that time. He began his career at R&M Drugs and then Jerry’s Drugs, which was located in the local hospital. For the past seven years, he has been a pharmacist at Rite Aid in Corcoran.
Also in 1972, Robert married his wife Chris. The couple raised their three children in Corcoran with all of them attending Corcoran schools and graduating from the local high school. Additionally, his grandchildren have attended Corcoran schools. He is an active member of the Harvest Community Baptist Church in Corcoran.
Mr. Alcorn is very appreciative of the education he received in Corcoran schools and the opportunities education has given him. He feels that serving on the Board is a way to give back to the community and the school district.
As a board member, Mr. Alcorn’s guiding principles in making decisions are first, to remember that he is serving for the education of kids and what is best for them; second, to spend the District’s money like it is his own and to be responsible; and third, to study the information and vote for what is right.
- Steve WhiteClerk (Area 1)
Trustee Steve White is a lifelong resident of Corcoran. He is a 1968 graduate of Corcoran High School. Following high school, he attended Grambling University in Louisiana for three years and Fresno State University for a year. He is a longtime employee of Lakeland Dusters and serves as its office manager.
Mr. White’s family consists of two sons and two grandchildren. His community involvement includes nearly 20 years with Corcoran Community Theatre and he assists the Corcoran High School Drama Club with their productions.
He chose to run for a school board position when he heard there was a vacancy on the board in his area (Area 1). Mr. White felt he could contribute to his community by helping assure Corcoran students receive a topnotch education. His motto is “Kids First” and he uses that as a guiding principle in helping to make decisions for the District.
- Mary Gonzales-GomezArea 3
She received her A.A. in Social Science from San Joaquin Delta College and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of the Pacific, both located in Stockton. Upon graduating she worked with Merced County Superintendent of Schools in Migrant Education as a Secondary School Advisor, then moved on to San Joaquin County Mental Health Services, where she worked as a Community Empowerment Specialist. Relocating to her hometown of Corcoran, she accepted a position at Santa Rosa Rancheria as Tribal Administrator for the Táchi Yokut Tribe. She was employed with Corcoran Unified School District as a Crisis Intervention Specialist and Healthy Start Coordinator for 12 years before retiring in June 2009. In her 30 plus years working in the school system, she served as a Migrant Education Classroom and Supportive Services Aid, Title I Coordinator, Bilingual Coordinator, and Secondary School Advisor.
Mrs. Gonzales-Gomez served as Board Trustee for Corcoran District Hospital for 14 years. She is Vice-Chair of the Citizen Advisory Committee at Corcoran State Prison and Corcoran Substance Abuse Treatment Facility, is a member of the Corcoran Family YMCA Chairman’s Round Table, and served two terms as President of the Corcoran Drug, Alcohol, & Tobacco Task Force. She is an active member of the local Kiwanis Club. At the county level, Mrs. Gonzales-Gomez sits on the Kings County Behavioral Health Advisory Board, is President of the Kings County Tobacco Free Coalition, and is President of Kings County Family Preservation and Support Board.
Mrs. Gonzales-Gomez’ experience in working with the schools, parents and community trained her in the importance of building strong relationships between the three. She understands the need to engage parents and community in the solution to helping all students reach their full potential. She believes that a well informed board is an empowered board and understands the importance of diverse leadership working together towards shared and mutual goals.
- Mary WadsworthArea 2
Trustee Mary Wadsworth has been a member of the Corcoran community for 31 years. Educationally, Mrs. Wadsworth has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Entomology from University of California, Davis and a Masters in Business Administration from California State University, Fresno.
She and her husband of 29 years have three children, who have all attended Corcoran schools and graduated from the local high school.
Mrs. Wadsworth believes that everyone should participate in community service and giving back to the communities in which they derive their livelihood. She states that serving on Corcoran’s educational board was an easy choice for her community service because everyone has the capacity to learn and education is vital in helping the community’s youth become critical, free, active and responsible members of society.
Other areas of community involvement for Mrs. Wadsworth include serving as president of the Corcoran Community Foundation, representative on the Measure J Bond Oversight Committee and being a member of Community and Schools Together (CAST). CAST Foundation helps provide the “extras” for Corcoran students, such as field trips, educational projects, etc.
As a Board member, Trustee Wadsworth’s priority is to ensure the District maintains a competent and well-trained staff who strive to make Corcoran Unified a Destination District while ensuring financial stability and providing effective instructional programs and comprehensive opportunities for overall student development in character, citizenship, vocations and student activities.