Yuba Community College District Board of Trustees
President, Dennise Burbank – Area 2
Ms. Dennise Burbank represents Trustee Area 2 which includes a portion of Yuba County (Marysville Joint Unified School District). Yuba College is in her trustee area. Ms. Burbank was elected to the YCCD Board of Trustees in 2020. Her current term expires in 2024.
Ms. Burbank has lived in the Yuba-Sutter area for 30 years. She attended Gridley High School and earned an accounting certificate from Yuba College.
Ms. Burbank is a local business owner. She currently serves as an elected director for the Olivehurst Public Utility District. She is the president and founder of SoYouCan, a local non-profit organization.
Ms. Burbank is the mother of two and grandmother of four.
Vice President, Juan Delgado – Area 4
Mr. Delgado represents Trustee Area 4 which includes a portion of Sutter County (Yuba City Unified School District). Yuba College is in his trustee area. Mr. Delgado was elected to the YCCD Board of Trustees in 2020. His current term expires in 2024.
Mr. Delgado has lived in the Yuba-Sutter community for almost 47 years. He grew up in Chico and is a graduate of Chico Senior High School and received his Associate of Arts Degree from Butte College. Mr. Delgado has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from California State University of Chico.
Mr. Delgado has worked and volunteered in the Yuba-Sutter area in various capacities, as a Family Counselor, Yuba-Sutter Veterans Stand Down organizer, radio announcer, school counselor, and English as a Second Language teacher. Mr. Delgado is a team player, he is passionate about working with diverse populations, and has the ability to prioritize work and delegate duties.
After close to forty years as an Educator and serving the people of California Mr. Delgado retired from the California Department of Education. He worked in the Adult Education and the Specialized Secondary programs.
Board Clerk, Richard Teagarden – Area 1
Mr. Richard Teagarden represents Trustee Area 1 which includes a portion of Yuba County (Wheatland, Plumas, and Camptonville Elementary School Districts, Marysville Joint Unified School District, and Wheatland Union High School District), portions of Sutter County (Browns, Pleasant Grove Joint Union, Marcum-Illinois Union, and Winship Elementary School District, Yuba City Unified School District, and East Nicolaus Joint Union and Sutter Union High School District) a portion of Butte County (Marysville Joint Unified School District), and a portion of Placer County (Pleasant Grove Joint Union Elementary School District).
Mr. Teagarden was first elected to the YCCD Board of Trustees in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018. His current term expires in 2022.
Mr. Teagarden retired in 2010 as the Superintendent of Yuba County Office of Education where he had served since 1994. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Teagarden was a principal and teacher in the Marysville Joint Unified School District. He is a graduate of Marysville High School and Yuba College; his under graduate degree and his Master’s Degree in Public School Administration is from North Texas State University.
Susan Alves – Area 6
Ms. Susan Alves represents Trustee Area 6, which includes a portion of Yolo County (Woodland Unified School District) and a portion of Colusa County (Colusa, Pierce Joint, and Esparto Unified School District). Ms. Alves was re-elected to the Yuba Community College District Board of Trustees in 2020. Her current term expires in December 2024.
Ms. Alves has lived in Zamora for 27 years, and in the Yolo County community for the past 34 years. She attended Woodland Community College, transferred to Chico State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Sciences. Ms. Alves also attended Sacramento State University where she earned a Multiple Subject Teacher Credential, and an Administrative Services Credential.
Prior to her retirement from public education in 2018, Ms. Alves served in the Woodland Joint Unified School district for 22 years, 13 years as a teacher, and 9 years as an elementary school principal. From 2011-2013, Ms. Alves served in the United States Peace Corps, as an Environmental Education volunteer, in Paraguay, South America. Presently, Ms. Alves and her husband Mark live and work on their small organic farm. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Ms. Alves is honored to serve as a collaborative member of the Yuba Community College Board of Trustees, and is committed to ensuring achievement for all students. Trustee Alves welcomes feedback, comments and suggestions.
David Wheeler – Area 3
Mr. David Wheeler represents Trustee Area 3, which includes a portion of Sutter County (Nuestro, Franklin, Brittan, Meridian, and Winship Elementary School District and Live Oak and Yuba City Unified School District). Mr. Wheeler was first elected to the Board in 2010, re-elected in 2014 and 2018. His current term expires in 2022.
Mr. Wheeler has called Yuba City his home since 1960. He is a graduate of Yuba City High School, and has an A.A. degree from Yuba College, and a B.A. and M.A. from San Francisco State University in Theatre Arts. From 1970 to 1976 he worked as a stage director and actor at a number of Bay Area theatre companies including the San Francisco Opera, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Walnut Creek Civic Arts Theatre.
From 1976 until his retirement in 2010 he was Professor of Theatre Arts & Film Studies at Yuba College. During his tenure at the college David directed over 125 major productions, and received numerous awards including the first Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Award for Excellence in Theatre Education. During this period he taught at the Drama Studio, London and is a Member of the British Stage Combat Society. Mr. Wheeler has participated with the family business, the Wheeler Auto Center since 1972.
Douglas Harris – Area 7
Mr. Harris represents Trustee Area 7 consisting of Lake County (Konocti and Middletown Unified School Districts), Colusa County (Maxwell, Princeton, and Williams Unified School Districts), Glen County (Stony Creek Joint Unified School District) and a portion of Sutter County. He has lived in the Yuba Community College District of Lake County for 48 years. During that time he has raised children, worked, recreated, and volunteered extensively in Lake County.
Mr. Harris graduated from River Falls High School in River Falls, Wisconsin and earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has a Master’s of Social Work from San Francisco State University. Much of his professional career has been in advocacy for low income people, seniors, and those with disabilities. His experience also includes district administrator of a foster family agency, director of the Lake/Mendocino Counties Area Agency on Aging, and psychiatric social worker in a partial hospitalization program.
For twenty-two years Mr. Harris taught Human Services and Sociology at the Lake Campus of Woodland Community College. He is committed to access to quality higher education, career and technical education, and life-long learning in remote areas of the Yuba Community College District and welcomes your concerns and suggestions.
Jesse Ortiz – Area 5
Dr. Jesse Ortiz represents Trustee Area 5 which encompasses the southern half of the City of Woodland and the Woodland Joint Unified School District. Woodland Community College (WCC) is in his trustee area. Dr. Ortiz was elected to the YCCD Board of Trustees in 2018. His current term expires in 2022.
After close to thirty-seven years in public education, PK to graduate level, Dr. Ortiz retired as the Yolo County Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Ortiz also served for ten years as a Trustee on the Woodland School Board where twice he was given the Golden Apple Award by the Yolo County School Boards Association for his student-centered leadership as a school trustee. He is the only trustee to ever receive the award twice.
Dr. Ortiz was born and raised in Woodland and is proud to be a Woodland High School graduate. He believes that employees are the most valued resource in any organization and is a strong advocate for public education and promoting educational equity for all students in particular those from low-income backgrounds.
Dr. Ortiz has an Associate Degree from Yuba College, Bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University and a Master’s degree from Sacramento State University. His educational leadership doctorate degree is from Brigham Young University.