Board Member Bios

Fitzgerald
Jenny Fitzgerald
President
Term: November 2018 to November 2022
Term ending in 2022
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As a product of the California public school system, I am honored to serve on our school board. In my role as trustee, I am focused on the welfare and academic needs of our students, leadership that ensures transparency and community involvement in board decisions, and support for our teachers and staff. I am a strong advocate for ensuring the interests of ALL students are represented.  I also believe it is imperative to advocate at the state and national level on matters impacting our school community.

I put myself through college, receiving my B.A. from UC Berkeley and my J.D. from Santa Clara University.  As an attorney, my job is to find solutions and forge consensus between opposing viewpoints on complex problems.  I also have extensive experience with legislation and advocacy. I combine my experience as an involved parent of two children in district schools with my professional skills to achieve positive change on the board, and to advocate and help deliver on the promising futures we all want for our children.


Gorback
Bill Gorback
Vice President
Term: November 2018 to November 2022
Term ending in 2022
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Bill Gorback was born and raised outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State University. Moving to California, he taught elementary, middle, and high school for twenty years, including twelve years at Moorpark High. He has a Masters Degree in Psychology/Counseling and was a school counselor for eighteen years, serving students and their families from elementary through high school. Bill and his wife have four children, who attended CVUSD schools, and seven grandchildren.


Karen Sylvester Karen Sylvester
Clerk
Term: November 2020 to November 2024
Term ending in 2024
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Karen Sylvester has been a resident of the Conejo Valley for over 20 years and has been an active volunteer supporting local public schools and the community.

For the past 18 years, Karen has served in various leadership positions for parent organizations in the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD).  These include President of the Westlake High School PTSA, President of the Westlake Hills Elementary School PFA, and Executive Vice President of the Colina Middle School PTSA.  She has also been a member of the District Advisory Council (DAC) for 9 years and was on the School Site Councils for Westlake Hills Elementary School and Westlake High School.

Karen is currently an appointed Commissioner on the Thousand Oaks Council on Aging which advises the City Council on the needs and concerns of senior adults. She was previously a member of the CVUSD Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee which was created to oversee compliance and accountability with the Measure I school facilities bond.

Karen is a retired business and management consultant.  Her 15-year professional career included Vice President/Project Manager at CAST Management Consultants where she specialized in marketing and corporate strategy as well as operational restructuring and reengineering improvements. Prior to CAST, Karen worked at Bankers Trust Company where she was Vice President of the Retirement Services Division and an Assistant Vice President in the Bank’s internal Management Consulting Group. She was an Associate Consultant at Price Waterhouse.  At Chase Econometrics, Karen worked as an Economic Research Analyst and Account Relationship Manager.

Karen graduated with an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Economics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is married and has three children.  All three are graduates of the CVUSD.


Cindy Goldberg
Cindy Goldberg
Member
Term: November 2018 to November 2022
Term ending in 2022
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Cindy Goldberg is honored to have been elected to the CVUSD Board of Education in 2018. Cindy’s primary focus is the educational, and social/emotional needs of all students; supporting unique programs that provide a variety of opportunities for all students that also reduce barriers to success.

Cindy spent many years as a director of development in the entertainment industry before focusing her energy on the educational space, managing the Development Department of a private university. In 2007, Cindy joined the Conejo Schools Foundation as their Executive Director, working with the independent 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization in its mission to support local public schools.

Cindy is a UCLA graduate and an active member of the Thousand Oaks community. Prior to her election, Cindy served on the School Site Council for her children’s elementary, middle, and high schools. She also was a member of numerous District Committees including: Budget Committee, Career Tech Ed Committee, the Executive Board of DAC, GATE DAC, as well as the inaugural EARThS PTA Executive Board. Cindy has been a longstanding member of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Education and Workforce Development Committee, the TOArts Advisory Committee, and her temple’s Education Committee. Cindy and her husband are the proud parents of three CVUSD graduates.



Lauren Gill
Lauren Gill
Member
Term: November 2020 to November 2024
Term ending in 2024
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A Boston native, I am proud to call Newbury Park my home since 2011. I earned degrees in English and American Literature and in Religious Studies from Brown University. I’ve worked in technology, started and run a successful business, and spent the majority of my career in educational publishing. Most recently,  I worked on academic and career skills acquisition for college students, helping students transition into college, stay on track while in school, and make a successful start to their careers.

My service as a trustee arises from a sense of gratitude for my own public school experience in upstate New York and for my children’s superb education here in the CVUSD at Banyan Elementary, Sequoia Middle, and Newbury Park High School. As the child of educators and the parent of a typical learner and an IEP student, I understand that inclusion benefits all. I am honored to work collaboratively with my fellow Board members, district leadership, teachers, staff, students, families, and engaged community members in continuing efforts to honor the promise of each individual student and to make our great district stronger and more equitable.