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State Administrator

Dr. Thelma Melendez
Thelma Melendez 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.
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.

Board of Education


D’Artagnan Scorza, Ph.D.
Board President, Trustee Area 5

Term Expires: 2020

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Voting Areas: Payne, Oak Street, Inglewood Continuation, Hudnall and Inglewood High School



Dr. D’Artagnan Scorza's work is grounded in efforts to create communities where all people can thrive.  His expansive research, education, grassroots organizing, and policy experience has made a significant impact in high need communities throughout California.  While at UCLA, he helped pass policies that established veteran’s service centers and prioritized $160 million for student services across UC campuses.  He also improved sustainability in Inglewood schools, having served as chair of the Measure GG campaign, where he helped to secure $90 million to support school construction efforts.  He is published in multiple academic journals and is a lecturer in the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA.

In his role as the Founder and Executive Director of the Social Justice Learning Institute, Dr. Scorza empowers individuals to become leaders who rise up, create change and help their communities flourish.  His current service on the Inglewood Unified School District Board of Education and the UCLA Alumni Association Board further illustrates his desire to scale up solutions that improve educational outcomes for all students.

Dr. Scorza is a US Navy Iraq War Veteran. He received a B.S. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Business Management from National University, as well as a B.A. in the Study of Religion and Ph.D. in Education from UCLA. He is a UC Regent Emeritus, was a 2010 Education Pioneers Fellow, and was a 2013 Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) Fellow.  


Dionne Young Faulk, J.D.
Board Vice President, Trustee Area 1

Term Expires:  2022


Voting Areas: Warren Lane, Woodworth/Monroe and Kelso


Dionne Young Faulk is the Seat 1 representative on the Inglewood Unified School District school board in California. Faulk won a first term in the at-large general election on April 4, 2017. Faulk's work experience includes serving as the supervisor of enforcement investigations and administrative operations and as a supervising special investigator for the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau of Real Estate. She earned a bachelor's degree in economics from California State University at Dominguez Hills and a juris doctor from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law. She and her husband have two children. 


Carliss McGhee, Ph.D.
Board Member, Trustee Area  2

Term Expires:  2022


Voting Areas: Centinela, La Tijera and Parent School


Dr. Richardson-McGhee was elected in April 2013 to serve Seat 2. She won a new term in the at-large general election on April 4, 2017. She has spent her adult life working with parents and children, beginning her career as a Head Start preschool teacher. An author of four children’s books, Dr. McGhee has served as a multi-cultural literacy coach and as a behavior specialist, advising and educating parents with special needs children. She has served as a motivational speaker for parents, teachers, and students and remains active in several school systems as a community organizer and educator. She has developed innovative programs for parents focused on reading and travel; established mock court programs as a deterrent to gang violence; and started English and Spanish as a Second Language classes in the community. Dr. McGhee spent ten years as a director of the United Negro College Fund, which provides scholarships for students to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She is the married mother of two adult sons and the founder of the Khocolate Keepsakes Children’s Literacy Museum. Dr. McGhee holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, a master’s degree in psychology, and a doctorate degree in pre-perinatal psychology.


Alice B. Grigsby, M.PA.
Board Member, Trustee Area 3

Provisional Appointment Expires:  2020


Voting Areas: Morningside High School, Worthington and Bennett-Kew  


Mrs. Alice B. Grigsby has been a resident of Inglewood for more than 40 years. Retired from El Camino College, in her last assignment, she served as the Director of Library and Learning Resources with responsibilities including the Library, Learning Center, Open Computer Labs, programming for the college’s Cable Channel and Distance Education among other areas. She is a graduate of Southern University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Southern California. Mrs. Grigsby termed out after completing twelve years as an elected member of the Inglewood Unified School District Board from 1996 to 2009.  She has been appointed to complete the unexpired term in Seat #3 where she previously served. Mrs. Grigsby was a member of the Board of the Southern California Regional Occupational Center (SoCalRoc) for almost twenty years, retiring in December 2018. She is active in many service organizations including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and volunteers at LAX as a Volunteer Information Professional (VIP). Mrs. Grigsby’s blended family includes one stepson, three grandchildren, and two great-grandsons.


Margaret Evans, M.A.
Board Member, Trustee Area 4

Term Expires:  2020


Voting Areas: Highland, City Honors and Crozier Middle School


Margaret Evans was elected in June 2015 to serve Seat 4. A longtime Inglewood resident, she has more than 30 years of education experience, including 13 years as an administrator, and has worked as a senior advisor and teacher. Mrs. Evans received a four-year scholarship to Lane College in Jackson, Tenn., graduating with a B.S. Degree in Business Education. Shortly afterward, she moved to Los Angeles and began working at CBS Radio scheduling commercials. After a year, she was promoted to personnel assistant at CBS TV where she remained for two years coordinating benefits for all employees. She answered the call to education in January 1974 when an opening for a long-term substitute became available at a friend’s school within LAUSD. She received a contract in 1977 and taught at Canoga Park High, Maclay Middle School, Marshall High, and finally Palisades Charter High, where she completed her career as an administrator. 

She retired in June 2008 but continued giving the SAT on Saturdays for five years after retirement. She returned to Palisades Charter High in December 2008 and worked for one semester until June 2009 as interim administrator and senior advisor. Mrs. Evans has also served as an interim principal during her retirement. She is married and has two adult children and six grandchildren, three in college, one in high school, and two in elementary school. Mrs. Evans is a member of True Vine Baptist Church in Inglewood and a Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inglewood Alumnae Chapter. 



Mrs. Nora Roque, Executive Director of Human Resources
Ms. Christine M.I. Dacanay, Interim Chief Business Official
Dr. James (Jim) Morris, Interim Chief Academic Officer

Extended Administration Council

Ms. Herlinda Bazan, Executive Director of Facilities and Operations
Ms. Janice Carter, Executive Director - Special Education in Compliance
Mr. William Carter, Chief of School Police
Ms. Joanna Clifton, Acting Director - Child Development/Latchkey
Ms. Christine M.I. Dacanay, Director - Fiscal Services
Ms. Tiffany Egan, Director - Benefits and Risk Management
Ms. Lourdes Hale, Executive Director - State and Federal Programs
Ms. Ugema Hosea-James, Executive Director of Elementary Education
Ms. Rosa Orosemane, Director - Food Services
Dr.  Rene Rosas, Director - K-12 English Learner Services and Professional Development
Dr.  Reginald Sirls, Executive Director - Secondary Support Services
Ms. Katrina Taylor, Director of Student Support Services
Ms. Terri Wheeler, Executive Director - Information Technology