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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

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.


District LogoChristine Dacanay
Interim Chief Business Official


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Chief Academic Officer
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Administrative Cabinet 

Janice Carter 
Executive Director of Special Education
William Carter
Chief of School Police 
Joanna Clifton
Interim Director of Child Development 
Christine Dacanay
Interim Chief Business Official / 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