Meet The Board
The Twin Rivers Unified School District is governed by an elected Board of Trustees that represents seven geographic areas, based on the elected member's address of residence. On June 5, 2012, voters approved Measure G. As a result, in future elections, board members will be selected solely by voters in the neighborhoods where they live, instead of at large.
The Board of Trustees is elected by the community to provide leadership and citizen oversight of the district. The Board shall ensure that the district is responsive to the values, beliefs, and priorities of the community.
The Board shall work with the Superintendent to fulfill its major responsibilities, which include:
- All students will graduate college, career and civic-minded ready.
- All students will have a safe, clean and secure environment that is free of bullying and that creates opportunities for learning.
- Student engagement is critical to student success.
- Partnerships with all stakeholders are vital to student success.
- TRUSD will be fiscally sound and maximize resources for student success.
- TRUSD will honor diversity and create equity across the district.
- TRUSD will identify, recruit, retain and develop the best employees.
If you need to contact a Board Member, you may email them, or call Sharon Hally, Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees, at (916) 566-1745.
Michelle Rivas - President
Area Two (West Foothill Farms and North Highlands)
A product of our local schools, Michelle Rivas attended Frontier Elementary and graduated from Foothill High School. Trustee Rivas has been involved in public education for over 15 years, as a parent volunteer as well as an elected member of our local school boards. She served on the Rio Linda Union School District Board of Trustees from 2005-2008 and the Twin Rivers Unified School District Board of Trustees from 2008-2012. She received the Masters in Governance Award from the California School Boards Association in 2012. Trustee Rivas also serves on the Sacramento County Public Health Advisory Board, North Highlands/Foothill Farms Community Planning Advisory Council and the Sunrise Recreation and Park District Advisory Board. She is also involved in Neighborhood Watch. In addition to her community work, she has over 20 years of government relations experience and currently works as a director with a statewide healthcare foundation.
Linda Fowler, J.D. - Vice President
Area Seven (Arden Fair, Woodlake and Old North Sacramento)
Linda Fowler is the Investigative Auditor for the Division of Civil Rights in the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General. She formerly owned a mid-size commercial printing and graphics company. Trustee Fowler was elected in 1971 to the Board of Trustees of the former North Sacramento Elementary School District and served until she was elected to the Twin Rivers Board. Trustee Fowler majored in Business Administration and also has a Law Degree. In addition to raising her own children, Trustee Fowler has opened her home to several homeless children and never received any financial assistance for them.
Michael Baker - Board Clerk
Area One (East Foothill Farms)
Michael Baker has lived in the Twin Rivers School District area for more than 35 years and is a graduate of Foothill High School. Trustee Baker works as the General Manager for an emergency medical authority here in Sacramento County. He continues to work with the youth in Foothill Farms and is an active basketball and football coach at Foothill High School. Trustee Baker has two children attending school in the district.
Area Four (Elverta and Rio Linda)
Bob Bastian graduated from Grant Union High School and worked in maintenance for the Rio Linda School District while attending Sacramento State College. After obtaining his teaching credential, he taught at Lincoln High School before coming back to teach in Rio Linda. Trustee Bastian retired from Rio Linda in 1994. As an active school and community volunteer, he has served on the Rio Linda Elverta Chamber of Commerce and the Westside PTA, as well as president of the Rio Linda Education Association (RLEA). Trustee Bastian served on the Rio Linda Union School District Board of Trustees for ten years before he was elected to the TRUSD Board in 2007.
Area Five (North Natomas and Robla)
Basim Elkarra and his wife live in Regency Park with their four children. Trustee Elkarra has served on numerous committees in the greater Sacramento area and is currently on the School Site Council at Regency Park Elementary. For more than a decade, Trustee Elkarra has worked as a nonprofit executive and consultant. He founded a youth leadership program at the California State Capitol that has graduated over 500 high school students. Trustee Elkarra also organizes an annual college and career fair out of California State University, Sacramento. He consulted for the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) and has trained law enforcement agencies throughout the Sacramento Valley. In 2015, the Sacramento City Council appointed Trustee Elkarra to the Community Police Commission. He holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. Trustee Elkarra is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum and the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program.
Area Three (Del Paso Heights, McClellan Park, North Highlands)
Ramona Landeros has lived in the Del Paso Heights community for over 35 years ─ first with her children and now with her grandchildren, who are currently attending Twin Rivers schools. As a farm worker’s child, Trustee Landeros attended over 10 different schools prior to studying at California State University, Sacramento and the University of California, Davis. Most recently, Trustee Landeros worked as a legal advocate for students with disabilities, that included developing individualized education programs (IEPs) and meeting with parents, teachers, counselors, administrators and school psychologists. Trustee Landeros worked closely with Castori Elementary to organize reading and art programs through First Five and she has mentored many high school students. Trustee Landeros represented the Del Paso Heights area on the Coalition for Regional Equity (CORE), which studied the effects of poverty in the community. Trustee Landeros is co-founder of the Multi-Cultural Center, CSUS; and she has managed a local cultural festival for 10 years.
Area Six (Dos Rios, Gardenland, Northgate and South Natomas)
Rebecca Sandoval is a lifelong resident of Sacramento and was raised in the Gardenland and Northgate communities. Trustee Sandoval and her daughter both attended Twin Rivers schools, and she currently has two grandchildren enrolled in the district. Trustee Sandoval retired from the State of California with 32 years of expertise and oversight in analytical, personnel, management, budgetary, and contract development. She has served with the Western Service Workers Association, League of United Latin American Citizens, Moral Values Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters Program of the Greater Sacramento Area, and the Puente Project at Sacramento City College.