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Board Members


2016 Board of Trustees

Claudine Jones, President

Elisa Williamson, Vice President

Ray Pearson, Clerk

Veronica Williams, Member
Kathy Rallings, Member


(Pictured L to R: Ray Pearson, Veronica Williams, Supt. Lovely,
Kathy Rallings, Claudine Jones, 
Elisa Williamson)

Board Bios

Claudine Jones, President - Email

Mrs. Claudine Jones has lived in Carlsbad for over a decade with her husband and two young children. She received her BS from Michigan State University. She also completed her CASBO certification from University of Southern California. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees in September 2013, and her current term runs through November 2018. Before moving to Carlsbad, Mrs. Jones was a corporate merchandiser for Gap, Inc., and a web producer in the Yahoo Shopping division. Although she continues to work in the financial field, she is a full-time volunteer, supporting her children’s education.  Mrs. Jones serves on the Carlsbad Unified Council PTA Board, Valley Middle School PTA Board, the Carlsbad Educational Foundation Grant Writing Collaborative, and takes annual trips to Sacramento to advocate on behalf of public schools.  She is also a board member of the League of Women Voters of North County San Diego. She enjoys spending time with children in the classrooms, tutoring, coaching students and teachers on technology, and monitoring students on campus.  In her spare time, she trains for half-marathons, reads, and bakes. 

Elisa Williamson, Vice President - Email

Mrs. Elisa Williamson, a 23-year Carlsbad resident, has served on the Board of Trustees since April 2000. Her two children both graduated from CUSD; one teaches middle school and the other attends college. While serving on the Board, she spearheaded the development of a Governance Handbook and the District Vision Statement. She received "Masters in Governance" certification through the California School Boards Association. Ms. Williamson earned a Master's Degree in Business Education from Brigham Young University and worked for several years as a communications specialist and part-time teacher. She is currently the Director of Marketing for a financial advisor.

Ray Pearson, Clerk - Email

Mr. Ray Pearson was elected to the Carlsbad Unified School District Board of Trustees in 2014. Born and raised in Southern California, Ray attended California public schools and received a B.S. from California State University, Los Angeles. Ray is married and has three adult children, with his youngest graduating from Carlsbad High School. He has a 30+ year business career working for companies in the science, technology, engineering, and math industries. Ray has over 40 years of community involvement with the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, Rotary Club, North Coastal Prevention Coalition, City of Carlsbad Senior Commission, Mitchell Thorp Foundation, CHS Baccalaureate Committee, Proposition P Oversight Committee, Parent Association Board, and CHS School Site Council.  He acts as a judge for the CHS Speech and Debate tournaments, and recruits community members to serve as speech and debate judges. Ray is committed to ensuring a bright future for all children and our community. His goal is to direct more dollars in the classroom without placing more of a burden on Carlsbad taxpayers. In his spare time he surfs, swims, plays tennis and enjoys traveling with his wife. 

Kathy Rallings, Member - Email

Kathy Rallings was elected to the Carlsbad Unified School District Board of Trustees in 2014.  She grew up in Huntington Beach, California and is a product of the California public school system.  She received a B.A. in Speech Communications from California State University, Long Beach and an M.A. in Negotiations and Conflict Management from California State University, Dominguez Hills.  She has an adult son who is attending the University of Washington and pursuing a baseball career, and a son who attends elementary school in the district.  She is currently a Health Benefits Specialist, assisting public school districts throughout California to become more knowledgeable purchasers of health care.  Her vision for Carlsbad schools is to create an environment of engagement with parents, teachers and community members to support our students and to prepare them for the future.  In her spare time Kathy enjoys spending time with family, playing tennis, water and snow skiing, and watching her older son play baseball.

Veronica Williams, Member - Email

Veronica Williams was elected to the Carlsbad Unified School District Board of Trustees in 2010. Born in San Diego, Veronica and her husband have lived in Carlsbad since 2000 and have two young boys. She received her degree in Mathematics with an emphasis in Computer Science. She is a small business owner developing online solutions for private and public entities. In the fall of 2012, she received her certification in the California School Boards Association Masters in Governance program. Ms. William's two sons attend a CUSD elementary school. Her priorities for CUSD are: To develop and prepare our students for the 21st century workplace, improve student achievement, outcomes, and graduation rate, and teach students to become lifelong learners in a safe and healthy environment. Besides Ms. William's passion for education and technology, she is an avid sportsman – trail runner, adventure racer, soccer player and flying trapeze artist.

Roshan Ahmed – 2015-16 Student Rep to the Board


Roshan Ahmed, a senior at Carlsbad High School, is eager to be the communication liaison between students and Board members this year. Roshan’s class schedule includes English 4AP, Statistics AP, Economics AP, Advanced Public Speaking, Water Polo PE, and the Intern Academy. Roshan is a member of both the Swim and Water Polo teams, as well as Speech & Debate. Over the summer he completed a Genetics course at UCSD. In his “free” time, Roshan enjoys swimming and surfing.