Board Members

The PUSD Board agreements about unity of purpose, roles, responsibilities, norms and protocols that enable the governance team to continue to perform its responsibilities in a way that best serves all students are reflected in this Board Governance Handbook.

The overarching goal is to set and adhere to standards and practices that model the eight characteristics of an effective School Board:


  • Effective school Boards commit to a vision of high expectations for student achievement and quality instruction and define clear goals toward that vision.
  • Effective school Boards have strong shared beliefs and values about what is possible for students and their ability to learn, and of the system and its ability to teach all children at high levels.
  • Effective school Boards are accountability driven, spending less time on operational issues and more time focused on policies to improve student achievement.
  • Effective school Boards have a collaborative relationship with staff and the community and establish a strong communications structure to inform and engage both internal and external stakeholders in setting and achieving district goals.
  • Effective Boards are data savvy; they embrace and monitor data, even when the information is negative, and use it to drive continuous improvement.
  • Effective school Boards align and sustain resources, such as professional development, to meet district goals.
  • Effective school Boards lead as a united team with the Superintendent, each from their respective roles, with strong collaboration and mutual trust.
  • Effective school Boards take part in team development and training, sometimes with their Superintendents, to build shared knowledge, values and commitments for their improvement effort.
Board President
Martin Mares
Trustee Area 5
Mr. Martin Mares is married to Sulema Quintanilla Mares. She is an educator in the Fresno Unified School District. They have three children. Their son Andres Mares and daughter Jacqueline Mares both study at Fresno State University.  Their daughter Izabela is a 10th grader at Sanger High School. His grandparents first came to Parlier in 1910 as farm workers. He spent most of his early years in Parlier working in the fields with his six sisters, brother, and parents. 
As a Parlier High School graduate of 1977, he pursued his academic studies at Fresno City College earned his AA Degree in Liberal Studies with honors. He continued his education at Fresno State University earning a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Business Administration and a MA in School Administration and Supervision. He has also been recognized as a Danforth Scholar, Channel 30 Educator of the Week, Association of Mexican American Educators Administrator of the Year, Hispanic Scholarship Fund Administrator of the Year Nominee, Parlier Unified School Administrator of the Year, City of Parlier recognition, and featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles. He has worked as a school educator for 30 years.
As a new board member, he has high expectations for all students, parents, and educators. He looks forward to working with district administrators and fellow board members to implement cutting edge programs, adding more courses in Advanced Placement, Career and Technical Education, and Dual Enrollment to help our students apply to selective universities throughout the United States. He is determined to work with the board to build more facilities like the future Parlier High School Multiple Purpose building (cafeteria) and purchase new land for future growth.  "It is imperative that we prepare students to be able to work together as a team in a new technological world that will require them to have strong networking soft skills."
He enjoys playing and watching sports, reading, traveling, and coaching future world leaders. 
Board Vice President
Elena Gonzales
Trustee Area 4

Mrs. Elena Gonzales was born in Sanger, Califiornia to parents Salomon and Maria Escutia. She is the daughter of farm working parents that taught her the values and morals to always work hard and put 100 percent in what you want and believe in. She is a Parlier High School alumni, Class of 1990. She is married with three children. Mrs. Gonzales is an accomplished revenue cycle specialist with over 30 years of experience in revenue cycle management and is an independent consultant.

Mrs. Gonzales and her family volunteer their time running the Parlier Youth Football and Cheer Program, The Parlier Youth Cal Ripken, Parlier Round Up Committee and Parlier Community Center New Year celebration.

Mrs. Gonzales and her family always help where needed and will continue to volunteer their time for the kids in our community.  

Nathaniel Cid
Board Clerk
Nathaniel Cid
Trustee Area 1
Bio coming soon!
Board Member
Eric Molina
Trustee Area 2
Mr. Eric Molina was born in Fresno, California and has lived in Parlier for the last 47 years. He graduated from Parlier High School and attended Fresno Community College. He then attended the CDCR Academy in 1998. He has worked 22 years working for the California Department of Corrections: 7 years as an Officer, 13 years as a Sergeant, and 2 years as a Lieutenant. He is happily married to Victoria and proud father to four girls: Ariel, 26, Alexiz, 21, Naiyah, 10, and Mialah, 5. Ariel is finishing her degree in Criminology at Fresno State and Alexiz is completing her degree in Business. The two younger ones are currently students at Parlier Unified.  He is also a proud grandfather to Ammera, 3. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and going to sporting events.
Mr. Molina has volunteered as a coach for Pop Warner, t-ball, and softball, and helped with PTC for the last 26 years. He has served 12 years on the School Site Council as President and also volunteered for the REACH program. He has completed three years on the Parlier Unified School Board: one year as Clerk, one year as Vice President, and one year as President. His term expires 2022.
Mary Sanchez
Board Member
 Mary Sanchez
Trustee Area 3
Bio coming soon!