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Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, Ph.D. 
State Administrator

Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, Ph.D., was appointed State Administrator of the Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD) in July 2017. As the State Administrator, she oversees the educational program, operations, and the financial recovery of the school district. Dr. Meléndez brings a wealth of experience from her career in education, from a bilingual first-grade teacher in Montebello Unified School District to the Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education in the Obama Administration.

Prior to her position in Inglewood, Dr. Meléndez served as the Chief Executive Officer in the Office of Educational Services for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). As the Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Meléndez was responsible for the administrative oversight of multiple educational and business services for the over 1,000 schools of LAUSD, including Food Services, Procurement, School Operations, Student Health and Human Services, Transportation, Office of Environmental Health and Safety, as well as “Beyond the Bell.”

As the principal advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, she helped to develop the Blueprint for Reform and led the office as it administered billions of dollars in grant funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Immediately before joining LAUSD, she was Senior Education Advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Dr. Meléndez has also served as superintendent of two California school districts, Santa Ana Unified, and Pomona Unified Schools. The American Association of School Administrators named her the California Superintendent of the Year in 2009.

She earned a BA cum laude from UCLA, a Ph.D. from USC’s Rossier School of Education, and received an Honorary Doctorate from Pepperdine University. Dr. Meléndez’s recognitions include an Alumni Merit Award from the USC Alumni Association (2012), the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation’s 2011 National Hispanic Woman, American Association of School Administrators, California State Superintendent of the Year (2009) and Hispanic Business Magazine’s 2010 Woman of the Year.


Cabinet Members

Dr. Carmen Beck
Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Beck is a dedicated, dynamic teacher and educator. Prior to becoming the CAO in Inglewood, she was the Director of Curriculum/Instruction and Academic Enrichment for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. She served in this role for three years. Previous to this, she served seven years as a Middle School Principal and three years as an Assistant Principal in San Bernardino Unified. Before becoming an Administrator, she taught in Lake Arrowhead for eleven years. During her tenure as a teacher, she was a Bilingual Mentor, an ELIP Coordinator, and a BTSA Mentor.

Dr. Beck’s motto is simple: all decisions within the organization should be based upon how it benefits students. She adds that student’s needs should be our true north! Having spent much of her career focused on curriculum development, she learned that curriculum is a tool and instruction is the heart of education. Dr. Beck wants every teacher to feel equipped and supported to “beat” their best! Dr. Beck believes that if we just “be” our best, then we are truly not going beyond our expectations. Dr. Beck believes that it is her job to support teachers in every way and find opportunities to enhance innovative instructional methods to use in the 21st-century classroom of today.

In order to do this, Dr. Beck wholeheartedly believes that we have to reallocate our resources to wrap services around students needs instead of replicating cookie cutter programs which don’t meet all students because they are unique as we all are. Dr. Beck repeats the notion of teamwork which she feels makes the dream work!


Nora Roque
Executive Director – Human Resources

Nora Roque is the Executive Director of Human Resources for the Inglewood Unified School District where she directs all human resources functions for the school district. She has been an area resident for over 50 years and has been a proud member of the IUSD family for three years. Previously, she served as Director of Classified Personnel for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and Human Resources Coordinator for the Beverly Hills Unified School District. With over 13 years of HR leadership experience, seven years has been in merit system school districts.

Mrs. Roque holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management with an emphasis on Organizational Development, and is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy. She is committed to developing and coaching others and presents pieces of training at local and statewide conferences in human resources management and organization development.


Eugenio Villa

Chief Business Official


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Administrative Cabinet 

Linda Anderson
Director of Child Development / Latchkey
Michael Baird
Director of Special Education
Janice Carter 
Executive Director of Special Education
William Carter
Chief of School Police 
Christine Dacanay
Director of Fiscal Services
Tiffany Egan

Director of Benefits and Risk Management 

Ugema Hosea-James
Executive Director – Elementary Education
Lourdes Hale
Executive Director of State and Federal Programs
Rosa Orosemane
Director of Food Services
Rene Rosas
Director of Instructional Support, Professional Development, Interventions and English Learners
Reginald Sirls
Executive Director – Secondary Support Services
Terri Wheeler
Executive Director of Information Technology