Cleveland "CJ" Johnson was elected to his first term in 2010.
Mr. Johnson has lived in Moreno Valley for more than 35 years. He and his late 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.
Susan Smith, serving since 2016, and now in her second 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.
Brandy Clark is a newly elected board member who was officially sworn in on December 14, 2021. She has lived in Moreno Valley for over 25 years and is a proud wife and mother of two children. She has played an active role in the community, in school programs and is an accredited financial professional.
Brandy has been working at UCR for the past 15 years as a financial administrator. Throughout her career, she has provided guidance and valuable insights regarding financial compliance, research and administrative grants to several faculty via scholarly articles, books, journals and movies.
Brandy is eager to serve on the Moreno Valley Unified school board because she is dedicated to ensuring Moreno Valley students continue to receive the best educational opportunities. Her top priorities are the safety of our students, teachers, and staff as schools reopen. In addition, she is committed to our teachers and staff, so they have the resources needed to provide all students a high-quality and equitable education.
Ruth Self-Williams is a retired educator with 38 years of experience, who served as an elementary and middle school teacher, reading specialist, assistant principal, elementary and middle school principal and county office administrator. She has been a member of the Moreno Valley community for 32 years and is the mother of three children and two grandchildren.
Since her retirement, she has mentored and coached administrators through the Riverside County Office of Education and supervised student teachers and interns through the University of Massachusetts Global, formally known as Brandman University.
Executive Assistant to the Board of Education