MVUSD Board of Education
Cleveland "CJ" Johnson was elected to his first term in 2010.
Mr. Johnson has lived in Moreno Valley for more than 34 years. He and his wife, Barbara, have three adult children (two sons and a daughter), all three of whom graduated from Moreno Valley High and completed their college degrees at local universities. Their four grandchildren also attend local schools.
Mr. Johnson began his public service by enlisting in the United States Air Force. He served for some 20 years at locations around the world, including Vietnam, Europe, western Asia, and many places in the United States. After leaving the service, he began a 26-year career as a Logistician for PepsiCo. He became an expert in all facets of distribution, Supply Chain and Sales while empowering people at all levels in an organization to improve productivity, their creativity, and team-building skills.
In addition to his duties as a School Board member, Mr. Johnson also serves as a Board member and Secretary (emeritus), at Vine Life Christian Fellowship Church in Riverside; Past President of Moreno Valley Senior Citizen Commission; and member of the Moreno Valley Task Force.
He has previously served as President, Vice President and Clerk.
Gary E. Baugh, Ed. S.
Gary E. Baugh returned to service on the Board in 2013 when he was appointed to fill a vacancy and then was elected in November 2013 for a one-year term. He previously served as a member of the Board from 1998-2002. His term was marked with successes that included voter approval of a School District Facilities bond measure, and the construction of Vista del Lago High School. He also served as Board President twice, most recently from 2014-2015.
Mr. Baugh began his public service in the United States Air Force. Over the course of a 22-year career, he served as administrative officer, education officer, personnel officer, and commander. He also taught English at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He retired as a Lt. Colonel from March AFB in 1989.
Following his Air Force service, Mr. Baugh worked for the City of Moreno Valley for 13 years as Human Resources Manager, Risk Manager, and Assistant to the City Manager. He was President of the Sweden Stockholm Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for three years. Over his career he has taught at several colleges as an adjunct professor, including here locally at Riverside Community College, University of California Riverside, and California State University San Bernardino.
In addition to his experience as a School Board member, Mr. Baugh has an extensive record of service to the community that includes Presidency of Moreno Valley Stake, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for eight years; Presidency of California Riverside Mission, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for four years; 10 years as a member of the Executive Board for Inland Empire Council of Boy Scouts of America; 18 years as a Visterra Credit Union Board member; Executive Board member, Inland Empire Regional Dance Festival, for one year; and 13 years as a member and seven years as a Board member of the Moreno Valley Optimist Club. In 2009 he was honored by the Chamber of Commerce as Citizen of the Year
Mr. Baugh and his wife, Joan Baugh, a retired Ridge Crest Elementary teacher, have lived in Moreno Valley since 1987. Five of their six children attended MVUSD schools, as did seven of their 17 grandchildren. They have been married for 47 years.
Mr. Baugh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Secondary Education from Brigham Young University; a Master of Arts degree in English from University of Denver; and an Education Specialist degree in Education Administration from Troy State University.
Susan Smith, serving her first term, is a native of California who was born in Los Angeles and grew up there and in South Pasadena. She graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, earning a BA in Liberal Studies and a teaching credential. She earned a Master’s Degree in Education from National University, and served as a teacher for Nuview Union School District for 28 years. Since retiring from full-time teaching, she has taught part-time for Riverside Community College District, at both Riverside City College and Moreno Valley College. She and her husband, Charles, have lived in Moreno Valley since 1983; five of their children attended MVUSD schools, and today, three grandchildren are enrolled.
Jesús M. Holguín
Jesús M. Holguín, a supporter of public education in many ways, has served since 2002.
From 2014-2015 he served as President of the California School Boards Association (CSBA). He is the first Latino president of the Association in 20 years. As president, he also served as the chair of the Superintendents Advisory Council, chair of the newly established Adequacy Committee, chair of the President's Council and chair of the Policy Platform Committee. He represented CSBA at the Education Coalition and was a member of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's Blueprint 2.0 Action Planning Team. Mr. Holguín also serves as a member of the National School Boards Association Nominating Committee. One of his top priorities as CSBA President was to promote the inclusion of Visual and Performing Arts as part of the core curriculum in California schools.
He was a member of CSBA's Delegate Assembly from 2003-2010, and has been a member of the Annual Conference Planning and Policy Platform committees, and served as an on-site validator for the prestigious Golden Bell Awards.
Mr. Holguín joined CSBA's Board of Directors in May 2010, representing Region 18, which includes Imperial and Riverside counties. In this capacity, he chaired the Budget Committee for two years and was a member of the Compensation Review and Legislative committees. He served as the CSBA representative for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Commission for three years. He also served on the Leadership and Diversity Study Workgroup.
He was elected as the Association's Vice President and member of the Executive Committee in 2013, as President-Elect in 2014, and became CSBA President in December 2014. He has chaired the CSBA Legislative Committee, a served as a member of the Superintendents Council Committee, and the Cities, Counties, Schools Partnership Committee.
Mr. Holguín has held the post of treasurer of the California Latino School Boards Association for seven years; president of the Riverside County School Boards Association; president of the Moreno Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for three years; and board member of ACCESS to the Future. For the last 18 years he has been involved in school- and district-level parent groups including PTA, Site Council, Year Round Education, GATE, High School Curriculum, Safety Task Force committees and Booster Clubs. He provided translation services for Spanish-speaking audiences at School Board meetings. He is also a member of the MVUSD Budget Advisory Committee.
Employed by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools since 1985, Mr. Holguín has extensive experience in school finance and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration/accounting and a Certificate in Human Resources Management from California State University, San Bernardino. He took the CSBA Masters in Governance program during his first two years as School Board member.
Mr. Holguín and his wife, Patricia, have lived in Moreno Valley since 1985 and have three daughters.
Evan Morgan is a product of Moreno Valley Unified School District. He moved to Moreno Valley in 1993, and attended Mountain View Middle School and graduated from Valley View High School. In 2002 Evan joined the U.S. Army and, due to his high ASVAB score, enlisted as a Military Intelligence soldier. After he left the military, Evan helped found a charitable electronic recycling company. During this time he attended DeVry University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a concentration on Supply Chain Management. He formed a marketing and consulting firm that he named after his late stepfather, whose nickname was "Wolf." Evan currently owns and operates Wolf Designs Marketing. He is also a substitute teacher. His wife and two children are his motivation to serve the public as Board of Education Trustee for Area 5. Among his priorities are adequate funding for classroom supplies, better pay for teachers and an expansion of school facilities.