Seven community members were recently appointed by Compton Community College District Special Trustee, Thomas Henry, to serve on the Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee. Committe members will each serve a two-year term, and do not receive any compensation of benefits for his/her service.
As outlined in the Education Code Section 15278, the role of the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee is to "inform the public concerning the District’s expenditure of revenues received from the sale of bonds authorized by the voters."
The Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee members (2011-2012) are:
Martha Brown (Chair, Community Representative), a board member and treasurer of the National Black Music Caucus (NASPAAM), is a retired music specialist who worked for the Los Angeles and Long Beach Unified School Districts. Brown served as a supervisor of student teachers in music education at California State University, Long Beach. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from the Chicago Musical College division at Roosevelt University; a Master’s of Music degree from Western Michigan University; a Master’s of Music Therapy degree from the University of Kansas; and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California.
Larry Edmonds (Senior Citizens Organization Representative), a member of the Salvation Army Compton Corps advisory board, is retired after more than 40 years of employment with the Los Angeles County. His most recent role was serving as a Senior Disaster Specialist Manager. Edmonds attended Harbor College, as well as the former Compton College where he studied Business Administration. Edmonds is the newest member appointed to the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.
L.C. Green, Jr. (Taxpayer Representative) is the founder of LC Green & Associates, Inc., a tax planning and financial management company. He has 27 years of experience in tax accounting and financial management. Certified by the California State Department of Insurance and the Tax Preparers Program, Green teaches continuing education for insurance and tax professionals. In addition, he was an instructor at three colleges in Los Angeles County, teaching accounting, bookkeeping, taxation, and financial management courses.
Carlos Ornelas (Student Representative) graduated from Lynwood High School in 1997 and enrolled at El Camino College Compton Center in 2011. Currently he serves as vice president of the Associated Student Body at ECC Compton Center. Carlos plans to apply for transfer to the following University of California schools: Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, or Los Angeles to continue his studies in English.
Arturo Ramos (Community Representative) is a Neighborhood Preservation Officer for the City of Lynwood. He is a member of the Lynwood Unified School District’s Parent Organizing Network and treasurer for Lynwood Save Our Students. He has also served as an officer for several advisory committees and advocacy groups supporting the Lynwood Unified School District. Ramos earned a degree in computer engineering from California State University, Long Beach.
Irene Shandell (Community Representative) is retired from the Internal Revenue Service where she supervised revenue officers. Her responsibilities involved administering, supervising, and performing work related to collecting delinquent taxes, surveying for unreported taxes, and securing delinquent returns. She received a bachelor’s degree in general education from California State University, Dominguez Hills, with a minor in public administration.
Anthony Yanes, Community-at-Large Representative, is a long-time resident of Paramount who is the director of the After School Unlimited Learning Center in the city of Paramount. Prior to his current position, he worked for nine years as a financial analyst for a consulting firm. Yanes earned a master’s degree in both business administration and education.
Paul Simpson, Foundation Representative, is the founder CEO of SageTel International, LLC, responsible for business development, strategic planning, and project management. He currently serves as the president of the Foundation for the Compton Community College District. He has also served on Marin Academy’s Board of Trustees for the past five years. Simpson earned a bachelor’s degree in business management economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a certificate in advanced project management from Stanford University.