The Placer County Board of Education consists of seven members representing four geographic trustee areas throughout Placer County. They are an elected governing board that operates under the authority of the California Constitution, the Legislature, California Education Code and the State Board of Education.
The Board of Education approves the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for the county office and its charters, approves the county office budget and serves as the appellate body for interdistrict transfer, expulsion and charter school appeals.
Area No. 1
Term Expires: 2020Board MemberEmail
Ms. Susan Goto was elected to the Placer County Board of Education in 2012, after serving for 16 years as a trustee for the Roseville City School District Board. Prior to that, she taught in the Roseville City School District for 22 years. She is the widow of George Goto and has a daughter and a son who are products of the Roseville City School District. Likewise, her grandchildren had their K-8 education in Roseville City schools.
Ms. Goto is affiliated with the California School Boards Association (CSBA), California Retired Teachers Association, Placer County Division 67 and Alpha Delta Kappa-International Honorary Sorority for Women Educators. She is a Sierra College Foundation Board Member and also serves on the Placer Buddhist Church Board. She is a former member of the Roseville City Grants Advisory Commission.
The California Reading Association has awarded her “The Policy Maker of the Year Award" for 2019 as an educator who has made a significant contribution to literacy in the educational system and to children throughout the state of California.
Ms. Goto volunteered for the City of Roseville as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner and served on the Transportation and Personnel Boards spanning 28 years.
Currently, Ms. Goto is writing a book detailing her family's experience in a concentration camp in 1942-1945 as ordered by President Franklin Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066. The book will be directed toward students in grades 4-5. Ms. Goto has given numerous presentations on her experience.
Her hobbies include reading, going to the movies, fishing, gardening, traveling and most importantly, she values the time she spends with her family and friends.
Learn more about Ms. Susan Goto in the "Speed Briefings with the Board" video series.
Area No. 1
Term Expires: 2022Vice PresidentEmail
Ms. Suzanne Jones was elected to the Placer County Board of Education in November 2010. She served as the County Board Vice-President in 2013, and then as Board President in 2014. She is one of three Trustees serving Area 1.
Ms. Jones also served on the Placer County Board of Education Board Policy Advisory Committee, the California School Boards Association (CSBA) Legislative Committee and the California County Board of Education (CCBE) Legislative Committee, including serving one year as the committee chair.
Ms. Jones earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from California State University, Sacramento, with a minor in Chemistry. She also received a Juris Doctor from Lincoln Law School of Sacramento and is a member of the California State Bar Association. In addition, she is currently a Commissioner on the Placer County Older Adult Advisory Commission since 2012 and serves as a Mediator with the Appellate Mediation Program, Court of Appeal, 3rd Appellate District. Ms. Jones also served on the Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council from 2011-2016.
Ms. Jones has years of service working for the Department of the Army in the United States., Europe and Saudi Arabia. She also worked for Sacramento City Unified School District’s legal department.
Ms. Jones is dedicated to working with the Placer County Office of Education to ensure the educational programs for special education, alternative education, community schools and juvenile court schools are the best programs offered in the entire state.
Area No. 1
Term Expires: 2022Board MemberEmail
Robert J. Tomasini was elected to the Placer County Board of Education in 2006 and has served as Board President in 2009 and 2015. Prior to retiring in 2000, he spent 41 years in public education. Prior to serving as superintendent of the Roseville Joint Union High School District for 11 years, he was a high school classroom teacher, administrator and assistant superintendent. In 2000, Mr. Tomasini was elected to the Sierra Joint Community College District and served as President of the Board in 2001.
Under Mr. Tomasini’s leadership, the Roseville Joint Union High School District received state and national recognition for transforming its curriculum and assessment processes to provide all students with rigorous and relevant learning opportunities. He was also recognized by a nationally acclaimed business-education organization, Linking Education and Economic Development (LEED), for developing partnerships and for his work to develop a rigorous and relevant school to work curriculum.
He served on the Association of California Schools Administrators’ (ACSA) State Superintendency Committee and on a select committee of superintendents that met directly with the California State Superintendent of Schools and the Governor’s Secretary of Education. He made various educational presentations to the Annual Model Schools Conference, state and regional conferences of ACSA and the California School Boards Association (CSBA), as well as to the Hewlett-Packard Company.
Area No. 2
Term Expires: 2020Board MemberEmail
Ms. Kelli Gnile was elected to the Placer County Board of Education in 2012 and brings more than 25 years of experience in education. She served as Board President in 2018. She was first elected to the Rocklin Unified School District Board in 1992 as new schools were emerging in a rapidly growing district. She went on to serve on the Horizon Charter School Board and the Pleasant Grove School Site Council. She has raised five children and concurrently worked on numerous committees and in the classroom as a volunteer.
For her own education, Ms. Gnile grew up traveling the world and attending a new school just about every year. She attended the University of Washington and studied business and political science. Professionally, she works as a Human Resource Manager with a background in accounting both in a public school environment and for private companies.
Ms. Gnile has volunteered for the Lincoln High School Sober Grad for more than ten years and is active in Bayside events and compassion projects. She serves the Western Placer Lincoln area, where she and her husband have lived since 1996.
Learn more about Ms. Kelli Gnile in the "Speed Briefings with the Board" video series.
Area No. 3
Term Expires: 2020Board MemberEmail
Dr. Patterson was elected to the Placer County Board of Education
in 2012 and brings more than three decades of experience creating, managing and
helping others develop high-performing schools in California and across the
Dr. Patterson currently serves as a founding board member of California
Charter Authorizing Professionals (CCAP), a nonprofit dedicated to the
improvement of charter school oversight. He also serves as an adjunct professor
with the Fortune School of Education.
Dr. Patterson’s previous experience
includes serving as the Director of CARSNet (Charter Authorizers Regional Support Network), Director
of the Charter Schools Office for the Alameda County Office of Education, and Special
Projects Director for Gateway Community Charters in Sacramento as well as the
Superintendent for Athlos Academies, which operates innovative classroom-based
schools in multiple states.
Dr. Patterson is the founder and Executive Director Emeritus of
the Rocklin Academy Family of Schools which include three high-performing Core
Knowledge elementary charter schools and a college preparatory middle-high
school. Prior to opening the Rocklin Academies, Dr. Patterson was the Director
of Governmental Relations for the California Network of Educational Charters,
the predecessor of the California Charter School Association, representing
charter schools before the legislature, the State Board of Education, California
Department of Education and the Governor’s Office. Dr. Patterson also previously
served for ten years at the California Department of Education where he became
the Department’s point person for charter schools. He has also served many years as
an elected school board member in Del Paso Heights and Rocklin.
Dr. Patterson is a recognized professional in traditional and
charter school law and policy, school reform and an acknowledged leader in
state and national political and legislative activities. The California Charter
Schools Association recognized him as the recipient of the “Hart Vision Award
for Charter School Leader of the Year” in 2012 and 1998 for outstanding
leadership and excellence in education.
Dr. Patterson earned a Doctorate in Education and Policy from the
University of Southern California, a Masters in Higher Education Administration
from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
wife Kathleen is a retired Rocklin High School math teacher and their three
adult sons are graduates of Rocklin Unified School District Schools.
Learn more about Dr. Dave Patterson in the "Speed Briefings with the Board" video series.
Area No. 4
Term Expires: 2020Board MemberEmail
Lynn Oliver was appointed to the Placer County Board of Education in August 2007 and has served for 12 years. She previously served as a Board Trustee for the Alta-Dutch Flat School District for 16 years.
Mrs. Oliver graduated from Vassar College. She received her teaching credential and Master of Arts in education from New York University. Mrs. Oliver taught at both the elementary and secondary levels in New York City before moving to California. Mrs. Oliver, currently a real estate broker, lives in Gold Run with her husband, Douglas Oliver. She has three children and two grandchildren.
As a board member, Mrs. Oliver is committed to ensuring a quality education for every child in Placer County. She supports PCOE’s efforts to provide services for each district, sound fiscal governance, staff development, innovative programs and strong vigorous leadership.
Learn more about Ms. Lynn Oliver in the "Speed Briefings with the Board" video series.
Area No. 4
Term Expires: 2022PresidentEmail
E. Ken Tokutomi was elected to the Placer County Board of Education in 2002 and served as board president in 2006 and 2013. He is a fourth generation Placer County resident and has a Bachelor of Science accounting from California State University, Sacramento and a master’s degree in taxation from Golden Gate University. He is the retired senior partner in Tokutomi & Caruthers Certified Public Accountants in Auburn, CA.
With 28 years of experience in local small business, Mr. Tokutomi supports individualized instruction and the development of business education in a “real world” work environment.
He is active in regional political campaigns and educational fundraisers. He is treasurer and past chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, treasurer of Feed the Hungry in Auburn, treasurer and past president of the Placer Japanese American Citizens League, treasurer of Auburn Joss House and Chinese Museum, treasurer of Friends of Vin Sonh Orphanage, treasurer of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, past president of the Forgotten Soldier Program, past member of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) of Placer County, and member and past president of the Auburn Kiwanis Club. Mr. Tokutomi is also a past member of the Placer High School Hall of Fame Committee and served as Chairman of the 442nd Memorial project in Roseville at the Bill Santucci Justice Center. Mr. Tokutomi also organizes and assists in the annual Salvation Army’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
A caring and active community leader, Mr. Tokutomi has been recognized by a number of groups for service in the community, the region and nationally including the following:
2017 Education Award - Auburn Education Community and Auburn Chamber
2016 Outstanding Business of the Year - Auburn Chamber of Commerce
2015 Placer County 4-H All Star for support of the Gold County Fair livestock auction
2014 The Blood and Fire Award for Outstanding Service -The Salvation Army Del Oro Division
2011 Outstanding Placer County School Board Trustee
2011 Extraordinary Asian Pacific American in the U.S., selected by the Pacific Citizen, the National Newspaper for the Japanese American Citizen League
2011 Placer High School Hall of Fame Inductee
2011 Placer County Hero for Outstanding Work in the County – Placer County Board of Supervisors
1997 Vernon McCann Award Outstanding Citizen of the Year - Auburn Journal
1989 Elected member of the Newcastle Sewer District.
HOW MANY BOARD MEMBERS SERVE ON THE COUNTY BOARD?
The County Board consists of seven members whose terms shall be staggered so that as nearly as practicable, one half of the County Board members shall be elected on the date and in the same manner prescribed for election of governing board members of school districts.
HOW LONG IS A BOARD MEMBERS TERM?
The term of office for County Board members elected in regular elections shall be four years, commencing on the second Friday in December subsequent to their election.
Board Docs Site
Policy site for Placer County Board of Education Meeting Minutes
County Wide School Safety Measures Handout
PCOE Training, Schools, Community, Collaboration, Safety Steps
IDA Appeal Handbook
Steps for Interdistrict Transfer Appeals to the County Board
Expulsion Appeal Handbook
Steps for Expulsion Appeals to the County Board
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