Pendergast Governing Board


Martin Quezada

Senator Martin Quezada, 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, Vice-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.

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.

Rubén B. Gutiérrez

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.

Hilda Ortega-Rosales

Alan Gaugert, Member

Alan believes in the value of education. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Education, he earned a Masters Degree in Counseling from Vanderbilt University.   During his 21 years in the United States Air Force (USAF) Alan served in various locations around the globe. The cultures experienced left a lasting impression. His career offered many leadership positions placing him in command and responsibility for divisions with up to a $30 million budget.  His flying experience included the F-111 and F-16 fighter aircraft achieving over 4000 hours of flying time with 2000 hours as an instructor. A highlight was serving as an instructor pilot in the elite USAF “Fighter Weapons School” or Top Gun.

After retirement, Alan began a career of community service and teaching.  He has been an adjunct faculty professor in the Maricopa County Community College system since 1993. He taught for 8 years as a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Instructor in the Peoria School District, bringing a failing program back to a successful and effective unit.  Alan has served on his local home owners association for 20 years joining when the association was $30,000 in debt and directed actions to achieve its current status with funds in reserve. He has served as the Villa De Paz Block Watch (BW) Captain for 8 years and performs community cleanups as a City of Phoenix Blight Buster.  The city of Phoenix has recognized his organizational skills and point to his BW leadership as an example to the other communities. His performance with the Phoenix Neighborhood Patrol (PNP) Police program led to his selection as one of six citywide coordinators. As a coordinator Alan worked with community BW groups to implement the City of Phoenix’s “Coffee-With-A-Cop” program – the opportunity for citizens to meet their patrol officers and leadership for discussion and resolution of local challenges.  His efforts have contributed to statistics that indicate the Villa de Paz community is one of the safest in the Maryvale and Estrella Mountain Precinct.

As a community leader Alan worked with the City of Phoenix, Maricopa County, SRP, Roosevelt Irrigation District and the Villa de Paz village to bring a $4 million dollar revitalization project along 107th avenue.  This project will result in the burial of irrigation canals near a heavily use public park, improved roadways and safer pedestrian movement between two elementary schools.

His desire to help students is evidenced by his Chairmanship of the Glendale Community College Veteran’s Spirit of National Service Scholarship committee.  Each year Alan leads a team that reviews and selects veterans for scholarship awards that help students attain their educational vision.

He has served the Villa de Paz community for the past 10 years as a community leader, Phoenix Neighborhood Patrol activist providing crime prevention action and with the Phoenix Blight Buster program removing hundreds of graffiti locations and assisting in community cleanups.

As the Chairman of Operation Enduring Gratitude (OEG), Alan is proud of the accomplishments of this 501 (c3) organization which installs wheelchair ramps and rebuilds homes for disabled veterans.

Alan has lived in the community for three decades and his daughters are successful graduates of the Pendergast and Tolleson school districts.

Education has always been a focus of Alan’s life and he looks forward to helping Pendergast Elementary School District continue to improve.  Alan’s goal is an environment where staff and students are successful and respected, wages are competitive and everyone is empowered to be a part of high achieving, effective educational system!