Pendergast Governing Board


Martin Quezada

Susan Serin, President

Susan has been a member of the Pendergast Governing Board for 30 years.  During her tenure on the Board, she has served several times in every office including President.  She most recently received a Certificate of Boardsmanship Award from the Arizona School Board’s Association.  Last year she received an award for Outstanding Board Member from the AZ Hispanic School Administrators Association.  Ms. Serin has worked for Farmers Insurance Company for 25 years.  During that time Ms. Serin has held many positions including trainer and underwriter in the Workers’ Compensation Department.  Ms. Serin presently works in Commercial Operations as a Home Office Business Analyst, working on the technical aspect of the commercial system, including writing specifications for programming to resolve and update system and compliance issues.  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.

Susan Serin

Hilda Ortega-Rosales, Vice-President

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.

Hilda Ortega-Rosales

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.

Rubén B. Gutiérrez

Senator Martin Quezada, Member

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.

Hilda Ortega-Rosales

Jete White, Member

Growing up, Jete 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 Valley to teach in South Phoenix. This is his 10th year in education. Jete taught junior high for 5 years and was an instructional coach for 3 years in Title I schools in the greater Phoenix area. Currently he is in his second year teaching Algebra I to high school students 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, and holds a principal certificate.

Residents in the district since 2013, Jete is married to Mary, who runs the largest homeless shelter in Arizona. They have a 4 year old daughter who will begin kindergarten in the 2019-2020 school year and a daughter who will turn 1 in April 2019.

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