Peralta Colleges Board Elects New Officers

Meredith Brown

The Peralta Community College District’s Board of Trustees, at its annual organizational meeting held on Dec. 11, elected new officers for 2013. Newly elected Trustee Meredith Brown, and three reelected Trustees, Nicky González Yuen, Cy Gulassa and Bill Withrow, were also sworn-in to serve for the next four years. Cy Gulassa, representing Area 6, was elected president of the nine-member board, and Abel Guillén, who represents Area 7, was elected vice president. Dr. José M. Ortiz, Chancellor of the District, was elected Board Secretary. Student Trustees serving on the board are Sharon Clegg and Brian Cervantes. A graduate of UC Berkeley with a M.A. in English, Cy Gulassa has taught at Frostburg State University in Maryland and the Philadelphia College of Art, as well as teaching English at De Anza College for 30 years. He served as president of the Foothill-De Anza District Faculty Association for 15 years and founded the Bay Faculty Association. He lectures on community college reform and governance issues and has published over 150 articles. Abel Guillén is vice president of Caldwell Flores Winters Inc., where he has advised on the issuance of $2 billion in general obligation bonds for schools and colleges throughout California. In 2000, Guillén was a policy analyst for the Gore/Lieberman campaign. He has also been a research associate for the Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund in Washington, D.C. Meredith Brown has over 20 years of experience in complex litigation and representing public agencies. From 1989 to 1994, she practiced construction and business litigation on behalf of nationally recognized public and private clients with an Oakland law firm. In 2000, Brown established her own law firm, where she has continued to represent public and private clients She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and her Juris Doctor Degree from Boston University School of Law in 1988.
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