New Roles in the Santa Clarita Valley

by | Mar 19, 2020 | New Roles

Mike Kuhlman
William S. Hart Union
High School District

After serving the educational community for over two decades, Mike entered into the role of superintendent for the William S. Hart Union High School District on March 2nd. Mike, who is replacing the previous superintendent Vicki Engbrecht, has amassed an impressive resume for himself, having worked as a teacher, assistant principal, and deputy superintendent for the school district. During his tenure at the district, Mike has played a role in the continued development of student support and positive changes within the district, and in the years to come, he looks forward to maintaining the trend of growth and success amongst both students and educators alike.

Michele Jenkins
Santa Clarita Community College
District Board of Trustees

Michele Jenkins was named President of the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees, alongside other officers newly elected to serve in 2020. Michele herself was a COC student back in 1969 when the college had newly opened, and for decades, she has actively served as a member of the Board. Jenkins’ record of supporting and participating in the development of the college is a key marker of her dedication to community colleges all around, and it is her goal to increase funding for colleges in order to increase student opportunities for success. Jenkins will work alongside the other members of the Board, as well as Dr. Diann Van Hook, the Chancellor of COC.

Gary Martin
Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency

Gary Martin was announced as the new president of the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency. The decision came after Gary’s time as a member of the Board of Directors and his tenure as Board Vice President last year. Gary has shared his dedication to tackling critical concerns regarding water locally, and he calls upon his experience on the Castaic Lake Board of Directors and the Mojave Water Agency, where he worked for nearly twenty years. In the third year of its operation, the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency looks forward to its newest leadership change, and in the coming year, Martin and other members of the agency will remain dedicated to keeping Santa Clarita water healthy and safe for all of its residents.

Jonathan Ahmadi
Vice President
Santa Clarita Veteran Collaborative

Following the reassignment of responsibilities within the Santa Clarita Veteran Collaborative, SCV resident and Board member Jonathan Martin was elected to the position of vice president in late February. Jonathan was elected by the Board of Directors to serve as Vice President to continue his mission of providing support for veterans across the Santa Clarita community. As a part of his responsibilities, Jonathan will take part in the day-to-day operations that oversee the Collaborative’s veteran outreach efforts, and he will continue to strive to make a difference in the lives of veterans right here at home. Jonathan will take on his new role alongside interim president Albert Rodriguez, another veteran member of the Collaborative.

Sharlene Duzick
JCI Santa Clarita

After years of service to the community through various committees, Boards, and organizations, Sharlene was announced as the 23rd president of the Santa Clarita chapter of Junior Chamber International. Sharlene’s background of service, fundraising and volunteering helped usher her into this new position of leadership within JCI, and she hopes to continue the organization’s legacy of outreach and positive change within the community. Sharlene helped support JCI’s Executive team last year, and among other organizations, she is an active member of NextSCV, the WiSH Education Foundation, and the College of the Canyons Alumni Committee. Alongside the announcement of Sharlene’s presidency was the release of the 2020 JCI Board members, who will continuously work to forward JCI’s involvement in the community.

Dr. Sam Horn
The Master’s University

On February 8th, The Master’s University announced the unanimous appointment of its new president, Dr. Sam Horn. After the university’s previous president stepped down from his position into that of Chancellor Emeritus, Dr. Horn was voted in as the new president, having served extensively in academic administration as well as religious studies. Dr. Horn received his undergraduate degree from Bob Jones University and currently holds a PhD from the university as well, which played a significant part in his achievement of this new role. Looking ahead, The Master’s University will continue to flourish under the guidance of Dr. Horn.