Brad Sherwood

Board President

Email: bsherwood@mwusd.org

Brad Sherwood has served our community on the Board of Trustees since 2018.  Brad serves as the Board’s current president and represents the Board on the Mark West Citizens Advisory Council where he serves as the vice-chair.  Growing up, Brad spent countless hours in the office of his mother who worked for the Elk Grove Unified School District in the special education division.  Being the son of a school district employee, he gained an immediate appreciation for education and how its supported by dedicated staff, teachers, parents, and community.  He brings to our Board more than two decades of public policy and government affairs experience, including experience as a former employee of the California School Boards Association in Sacramento.  He is an active community volunteer, including coaching youth sports and serving as a District 4 Block Captain helping to rebuild our community after the 2017 Tubbs Fire.  Brad and his family lost their home in the Tubbs Fire and have since rebuilt their home and moved back where he co-founded the Larkfield Resilience Fund, a non-profit with a mission to leverage funding to rebuild the greater Mark West Area better and more resilient.  Professionally, Brad manages the community and government affairs division at the Sonoma County Water Agency.  He graduated with a master’s degree in political management and public policy from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and bachelor’s degree in government and journalism from CSU, Sacramento. Brad and his wife have two children attending Riebli Elementary School. Outside of the office, Brad and his family enjoy hiking the beautiful trails of our local parks and volunteering within the community.

Brian Burke

Board Clerk

Email: bburke@mwusd.org

A supporter of the Mark West Union School District for over 27 years, Brian Burke was an active participant in classrooms, school events, and field trips while his two children attended John B. Riebli Elementary.  Through his time volunteering, Brian realized how special the Mark West community truly is.  Following a career change which provided more flexibility, Brian became a member of the Board of Trustees in 2018.  As a member of the Board, Brian recognizes the tremendous accomplishments our students achieve daily through the support of their families and our educational community.   When Brian is not assisting patrons at a local tasting room, he can be found doing his best to support the community he values.

Victor McKnight

Trustee

Email: vmcknight@mwusd.org

Vic and his wife Sofia and their kids Ryan, Ross and Alyson moved to Santa Rosa in 2004.  At the time, Aly was just 2 and Ryan and Ross were in second and first grade.  He had the pleasure to see the positive impact that the Mark West District had on their family as they progressed through San Miguel and the Mark West Charter School, setting the foundation for success in their academic career as well as shaping them into the young adults they are now.

Vic has been a Trustee since 2011 and he is proud to be a small part of an incredible district that is committed to educational excellence.  In his day job, Vic is a Vice President at InterWest Insurance Services specializing in providing health insurance to businesses in the North Bay.  He is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of California, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management.

Sara Azat

Trustee

Email: sazat@mwusd.org

Sara Azat is a native of Northern California and has lived in Santa Rosa since 2007. She currently works as a fish biologist for the federal government on conserving estuarine and marine resources. In her spare time, Sara likes to swim, bike, and cook copious amounts of food for her family. Sara also enjoys traveling whenever possible. Both of her children attended Mark West Elementary and Charter Schools. Sara has been a Mark West School District Trustee since 2013.

Priscilla Jaworski-Quintanilla

Trustee

Email: pjaworski@mwusd.org

Trustee Jaworski-Quintanilla is a mother to two elementary aged boys at Mark West School. She’s also a proud alum of both Mark West and San Miguel elementary schools and remembers vividly the ground-breaking event when Riebli was built.

Born to immigrant parents from El Salvador and Nicaragua, Priscilla grew up in Sonoma County and was a graduate of Maria Carrillo’s first graduating class in 1999. In 2003 she graduated Cum Laude from the University of Southern California (USC) with a degree in International Affairs and Theatre. Priscilla works for a local credit union and is committed to the community through a variety of different activities.

In addition to serving on the MWUSD Board of Trustees, Trustee Jaworski-Quintanilla serves on the LBC’s Latino Advisory Council, is an active participant of Leadership Santa Rosa (Class 36) and is a new board member of Career Technical Education Foundation of Sonoma County. Previously, she served on both boards of the Santa Rosa Chambers Young Professional Network and the Young Professional Group of the Hispanic Chamber and was honored in 2014 as one of North Bay Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty young professionals.

Trustee Jaworski-Quintanilla has a extensive background in youth development previously working with organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of Central Sonoma County, Music Together early childhood music development, and serving as the Managing Director of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company (US), a nationally recognized nonprofit organization empowering incarcerated and institutionalized youth through theatre in Southern California.

Mark West Union Board of Trustees – President’s Message

Dear Parents and Students,

The Board of Trustees of the Mark West Union School District welcomes you and your family to our academic community.  Our Board is committed to ensuring our students receive the best educational experience.  We are proud of the work performed by our talented teachers and staff in supporting every student’s educational needs.

Our students continue to excel despite the challenges that our community has experienced, including past wildfires and the current pandemic.  Our Board has remained steadfast in its creative approach to ensuring every student continues to receive the resources needed to succeed at remote learning, such as providing new laptops for students and teachers, counseling support, and an incredible amount of support for our parents, too.  It is our main goal to get our students and staff back on campus when its safe to do so.  We encourage our parents and community to attend (virtually) our monthly board meetings to keep updated on our remote learning programming and pandemic updates.  You may view our agenda and zoom call information at Board Agendas & Minutes – Mark West Unified School District (mwusd.org).

The Board would also like to extend our appreciation to the community for its support of our staff, students, and programs.  Your spirit of generosity and volunteerism continues to be a vital component in what makes the Mark West Union School District such a special place for our families and children.

Again, welcome to the District and please feel free to reach out to any member of our Board to help answer any questions or comments on how we can continue to provide the best academic experience for our students.

Sincerely,

Brad Sherwood
President, Board of Trustees