Pendergast Governing Board
Our Vision: Empowering Excellence and Success
Our Beliefs: Pendergast sets high expectations! We provide diverse educational experiences for all students to have the knowledge, skills and opportunities that prepare them for the future.
Our Mission: The Pendergast Elementary School District provides a quality education for all students so they can compete globally in their future endeavors and aspirations.
Jose Arenas, President
Mr. Arenas joined the Phoenix Union High School District in July, 2009 as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. He was Principal of Trevor Brown High School for two years, 20017-2009. 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, Arenas earned his Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University. A resident of Avondale, he served as a governing board member for the Tolleson Union High School District from 2006-2010.
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, Member
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 Boardsmansip 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, 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.
Ruben B. Gutiérrez, Member
Mr. Gutiérrez currently serves as the Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning for the Riverside Elementary School District in Phoenix, Arizona. During his 20 year tenure thus far as an educator, Mr. Gutiérrez has worked vigorously with the multicultural and economically diverse communities in Arizona to provide a first-rate education for all students of every age. His resume includes working as a College Academic Advisor, High School Teacher, Adjunct Professor, Principal, District Director, State Director and currently Associate Superintendent. His expertise is in the areas of Public Education, Governance, Innovative Instructional and Educational Models, Education Finance, School Facility Management and Systemic Collaborative Reform Initiatives. In addition, Mr. Gutiérrez has dedicated much of his free time to providing professional leadership to educational organizations throughout the State of Arizona including many Arizona school districts, Safe and Drug Free Schools Programs, 21st Century Community Learning Center Programs, as well as, state and national initiatives that help support public education. Mr. Gutiérrez was recognized nationally by the United States Department of Education as the Parents Right to Know Catalyst by Secretary of Education Dr. Rod Paige and locally by the Arizona and National English Acquisition Services for speakers of all languages, and most recently was granted the Excellent Stellar Implementation of 21st CCLC Grant Initiative Programs recognition. Mr. Gutiérrez is passionate about bringing communities together through the collaborative efforts of parents, teachers and community members that is in direct support of student academic achievement. His ultimate goal as an educator, servant leader, and school board member is to provide all teachers and learners with the tools and resources necessary for academic excellence, for it is these two elements that make the ultimate difference in a student’s life for years to come.