Jete White

Jete White, President

Jete is a native of Arizona and attended public schools in the Chandler, Flagstaff, and Tempe Union High School districts. After graduating from Northern Arizona University, Jete was accepted as a Teach for America corps member and moved back to the Valley to teach in South Phoenix. Jete began his career in 2009 as a middle school teacher. He has also served as an instructional coach supporting middle school teachers and teams in the greater Phoenix area. He currently teaches math in the Phoenix Union High School District.

Jete has a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and a Master’s in Administration and Supervision. In addition to math, he is also certified to teach social studies, English, American government, Career and Technical Education, and holds a principal certificate.

A resident of the district since 2013, Jete is married to Mary, who runs the largest single adult homeless shelter in Arizona. They have two daughters who are part of the classes of 2032 and 2036.

Jete is serving to ensure all students in Pendergast receive an excellent and equitable education.

Senator Martin Quezada

Senator Martin Quezada, Vice-President

Martín is an elected Governing Board Member in the Pendergast Elementary School District. Pendergast serves over 10,000 students in 12 schools in West Phoenix, Glendale and Avondale. Martín is a native of Phoenix and is a product of Arizona public education. He believes in the impact of a great education on individual lives because of the significant role it has played in his own life. Martín holds a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice from Arizona State University’s College of Public Programs and a Juris Doctorate from ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and began his career as a Research Analyst for the Arizona House of Representatives’ Democratic Caucus. As he witnessed the critical role of policymakers in state governance, Martín decided to pursue a larger role in government and law. After obtaining his law degree, Martín served a judicial clerkship for Judge Patricia Orozco on the Arizona Court of Appeals before opening his own law office.  Martín is an attorney committed to social justice in Arizona. He currently uses his legal background and expertise in his role as the Democratic Whip in the Arizona State Senate, representing Legislative District #29 in Maryvale and Glendale. Martin was elected to the Senate in the 2014 General Election after serving two terms in the Arizona State House of Representatives.

Susan Serin

Susan Serin, Member

Susan Serin has been a member of the Pendergast Governing Board for thirty-five years. During her tenure on the Board, she has served several times in every office including President. Ms. Serin’s most recent award was a Certificate of Boardsmanship Award from the Arizona School Boards Association. Susan has also received an award for Outstanding Board Member from the Arizona Hispanic School Administrators Association. Ms. Serin worked for Farmers Insurance Company for 30 years. During that time, Ms. Serin held many positions including trainer and underwriter in the Workers’ Compensation Department. Ms. Serin retired from her position in Commercial Operations as a Home Office Business Analyst in 2020. Over the years, Ms. Serin has received many commendations and awards both for work in the community and for her work with Farmers Insurance Company. Ms. Serin, a single parent, successfully raised four sons, all of whom attended Desert Horizon Elementary School, as did two grandchildren and one niece. Ms. Serin has found that retirement is allowing her to attend many more student related activities. Ms. Serin is amazed and delighted at the talents and commitment of the students and staff in the Pendergast Elementary School District.

Hilda Ortega-Rosales

Hilda Ortega-Rosales, Member

Ms. Ortega-Rosales is employed as the Grants & Federal Programs Coordinator for the Tolleson Union High School District. She has over 30 years of experience in corporate and public sector leadership experience. She has served on the Pendergast Elementary Governing Board for over 15 years and has been elected President several times during her tenure. Her community service includes Co-Chair of the Cesar Chavez Leadership Institute Annual Reception Committee for two years, Chicanos Por La Causa Board of Directors for 14 years; five years as the chair, Glendale Parks and Recreation Commission and Glendale Planning Commission. Ms. Ortega-Rosales has received numerous professional and community awards/honors for outstanding performance and community volunteerism: Great Citizens Award - American Express, President’s Club - US West, Outstanding Young Women’s Service Award, recipient of the prestigious Profiles of Success - Distinguished Leadership Award and the Volene Stockham Humanitarian Award for the City of Glendale. Ms. Ortega-Rosales believes that success is measured by how much you give back to others.  In the words of Cesar Chavez, “Si Se Puede” (It can be done). It can be done if you set goals, work hard and focus.

Jose Arenas

Jose Arenas, Member

Mr. Arenas joined the Cartwright School District in 2018 as the Human Resources Director. Over the years, he has served in multiple leadership roles at the campus level, as well as, the district level. Mr. Arenas was principal of Trevor G. Browne High School for two years, 2007-2009. He was an assistant principal at Cesar Chavez High School from 2000-2006 and served as the District’s Director of Language Acquisition for one year. Prior to moving to the Phoenix Union High School District, Mr. Arenas was a Teacher for six years, Assistant Principal for three years and Principal for five years in the Isaac Elementary School District. A graduate of North High School, Arenas earned his Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and his Master’s in Educational Leadership from ASU. A resident of Avondale, he served as a governing board member for TUHSD from 2006-2010.