Sandra A. Bengel, Board President
Ms. Bengel credits her active volunteerism in her daughters’ classrooms with putting her on the road to the school board seat she has occupied since 1993. She is committed to continuing the tradition of excellence associated with CUSD. “It’s a pleasure serving on the Board of such an outstanding district,” Bengel says of her tenure on CUSD’s governing board. A graduate of Dos Palos High School, Ms. Bengel received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Merchandising from California State University, Fresno. She currently works for Farmers Insurance. Ms. Bengel has been active in the Jr. League of Fresno, California Women for Agriculture, City of Hope and various District committees. Once awarded CUSD’s Volunteer of the Year, she looks forward to continuing her service to the District’s students inthe coming years. Term expires 2018.
Christopher Casado, Board Member
Elected to the Board in 2008, Mr. Christopher Casado is the Director of Marketing for a local produce sales corporation with deep roots in the Clovis community. He has been heavily involved in Clovis Unified schools for years; first as a student, then as a parent of four students and the spouse of a CUSD teacher. In addition to his work in the produce industry and on the CUSD Board, Chris is a certified medic and basic life support instructor for local Emergency Medical Services. A 45-year resident of Clovis Unified, Chris has seen his four children grow up in the district and graduate from either Clovis High (his own alma mater), or Clovis East High. His vested interest in the maintenance of Clovis Unified’s high quality education system lead to his decision to run for the Governing Board, where he hopes to continue to put students first. Term expires 2020.
Steven G. Fogg, M.D., Board Member
Dr. Steven Fogg graduated from Bullard High School in 1980. He has Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from BYU and Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Utah. After specializing in Ophthalmology at St. Louis University, he returned to the Valley to work with his father in 1995. Dr. Fogg and his wife, Stephanie, chose to raise their five children in the Clovis Unified school system and they have benefited from attending CUSD schools. He is a devoted supporter of Clovis athletics and academics and believes in the importance of building the mind, body and spirit of each student. He is a strong defender of Clovis Unified’s values, character and tradition of excellence that attracts families to move into our school district. Dr. Fogg serves on local hospital and medical boards and is an assistant clinical professor at UCSF-Fresno. He serves in the youth program at his church. Dr. Fogg joined CUSD Governing Board in 2016. Term expires 2020.
Brian D. Heryford, Board Vice-President
Serving on the Governing Board since 1996, Brian Heryford has seen his involvement in the school district grow along with his children. Progressing from Parent Club President and Booster at the elementary and intermediate school level, Mr. Heryford ran for election to the school board in 1995. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from the University of Santa Clara and has run his own insurance brokerage firm in Clovis. Mr. Heryford is active in a number of community organizations, including the Old Town Clovis Kiwanis, the Clovis Rodeo Association, and the local Boy Scouts. “Clovis Unified is a great district and I want to keep it that way,” he said in regard to his work with the Governing Board. Term expires 2020.
Ginny L. Hovsepian, Board Member
CUSD enjoys community support that extends generation to generation. Ginny L. Hovsepian, a fourth generation school board member, represents this tradition on the Governing Board. Graduating from Clovis High School, Mrs. Hovsepian obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in research psychology at California State University, Fresno. She has also completed graduate level work at CSUF and University of Nevada. A lifelong resident of Clovis Unified, Mrs. Hovsepian chose to pursue a position on the school board after being active in the District’s parent clubs for a number of years. She has served on the Board since 1991. Term expires 2020.
Elizabeth “Betsy” Sandoval, Board Clerk
A long-time Clovis resident and Clovis High School graduate, Betsy Sandoval maintains a career in the insurance industry as an insurance agent in addition to her School Board duties. Raising three children in Clovis schools, she has seen all three return to work for the District. Three of her grandchildren have graduated from Clovis Unified, while her other three grandchildren still attend CUSD schools. First elected to the School Board in 1981 and serving until 1993, Mrs. Sandoval returned to the Board in 1996, She is also a member of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce, American Legion Auxiliary, Clovis Community Hospital Guild, and the Clovis Rodeo Association. Like many of our school board members, her interest in Clovis Unified began when her children attended elementary school and expanded from Parent Club involvement to her election to the Governing Board. Term expires 2018.
Dr. Jim Van Volkinburg, Board Member
An active parent club member and booster while his three children were in school, Dr. Jim Van Volkinburg’s interest in the Governing Board stemmed from a desire to sustain the high-quality programs his children had benefited from while attending Clovis schools. Serving on the Board since 1993, Dr. Van Volkinburg also maintains a periodontal practice in the Fresno/Clovis area. In addition to his school board activities, Dr. Van Volkinburg is a member of the Fresno-Madera Dental Society, American Dental Association, California Dental Association, California Society of Periodontics and the American Academy of Periodontology. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from California State University, Sacramento; his D.D.S. degree from Creighton University of Omaha, Nebraska, and his periodontic specialty certificate from the University of California at San Francisco’s Medical Center. “We have a really unique school district, from our students, to our employees, to our community,” he says of his experience on the governing board. “It is our job to maintain and improve the high standards the community has come to expect of CUSD.” Term expires 2018.