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NVUSD Welcomes New Board of Education Members at Special Board Meeting
Posted 12/15/20


December 15, 2020 -- Napa Valley Unified School District today announced three new members to the NVUSD Board of Education after bidding a fond farewell to former trustees José Hurtado, Icela Martin and Joe Schunk at last week’s public board meeting on December 12, 2020. NVUSD’s new trustees are Lisa Chu, Jason Dooley and Eve Ryser.

“I wish to profoundly thank Trustees Martin, Schunk, and Hurtado for their service, expertise and dedication to our district and our students. I’m grateful to have worked side-by-side with them over the last several years,” said Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti. “I look forward to working with Trustees Chu, Dooley and Ryser and am confident they will be valuable partners in moving our district forward.”

The oaths of office were administered by Dr. Barbara Nemko, Superintendent, Napa County Office of Education, and included an oath for current trustee David. T. Gracia who begins a new four year term and who moved from Area 2 to Area 5, representing the shift the district made earlier this year in moving to a district-based system of electing trustees.

The Napa Valley Unified School District Board of Education members by area are as follows:

Area 1: Robin Jankiewicz
Area 2: Lisa Chu 
Area 3: Cindy Watter 
Area 4: Eve Ryser 
Area 5: David T. Gracia
Area 6: Elba Gonzalez-Mares 
Area 7: Jason Dooley

Redistricting Background
NVUSD hosted several public hearings throughout Spring of 2020 to collect community feedback on a redistricting initiative aimed at evolving the district from an at-large system of electing its governing Board members to a district-based system of electing trustees. The new system, effective this month, means that candidates must reside in the trustee area that they desire to represent, and will be voted upon only by the voters who reside in that trustee area. Voting took place during the November 2020 election. More history on the redistricting process can be found on


NVUSD Board Meetings
The new board members will be attending NVUSD’s next public board meeting scheduled for January 14, 2021 in person in the boardroom. At this time, only NVUSD Board and Administrative staff are meeting in person due to COVID-19, however, all board meetings are accessible to the public online. See more information at