San Joaquin Delta College board of trustees will begin interviewing candidates for the Lodi trustee post tonight.
After the resignation of Maria Elena Serna, 11 people applied for the open position. Serna resigned on Dec. 8 after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of double billing on her expense accounts. She had represented Lodi on the board for 18 years.
Six of the applicants will be interviewed tonight by the board in an open session starting at 5 p.m. The five remaining candidates will be interviewed on Thursday.
Both sessions begin at 5 p.m. and will take place in the Tillie Lewis Theater, at the college, located at 5151 Pacific Ave. in Stockton.
The following candidates will be interviewed tonight:
David Dias, Galt resident and product support representative for Papé Material Handling. Dias is the former manager of the Delta College farm and said he'd like to help the school recover its "fractured reputation." (Application)
Thomas Goad, Lodi resident and financial consultant. Goad has served on the Lodi Public Library Board of Trustees for nine years and wants to ensure Delta College provides a quality education for the community. (Application)
Nicole Goehring, Lodi resident and government affairs director for the Golden Gate Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors. Goehring worked as the district director for former U.S. Congressman Richard Pombo and performed George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" with the Lodi Community Band in conjunction with the college's fine arts division. (Application)
Taj Khan, Lodi resident and retired electrical engineer. A member of the Lodi Memorial Hospital board of directors, Khan is also a past member of the Lodi Boys and Girls Club board of directors. (Application)
Margie Lawson, Lodi resident and retired teacher. The former Lodi Unified School District teacher holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of the Pacific. (Application)
Stephen Mackey, Lodi resident and attorney. Mackey says the college needs to build bridges to the community "under the auspices of responsibility, openness, communication and trust." (Application)
The following candidates will be interviewed on Thursday:
Christopher Maricle, Lodi resident and governance consultant for the California School Boards Association. Maricle has worked in education for more than 20 years and currently advises school boards on leadership and governance. (Application)
Adolfo Melara, Lodi resident and director of elementary education for the Stockton Unified School District. Melara supervises 24 of the 42 elementary schools in Stockton Unified and hopes to take Delta College "to the next level of excellence." (Application)
Gregory Ramirez, Lodi resident and business agent for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union. Ramirez worked for the city of Lodi for 12 years and is a fifth generation San Joaquin County resident. (Application)
Steven Reeves, Woodbridge resident and an insurance agent/broker. Reeves says his business skills and community involvement make him an ideal candidate. (Application)
Rudolph Willey, Lodi resident and real estate broker. Willey teaches several real estate classes at Delta College and states one of his personal goals is to "help build a vibrant institution for the future." (Application)