Conejo Valley Unified School District Candidate Forum | All 8 Contenders will share the stage

(Thousand Oaks, CA) – THRIVE Conejo will host a free community forum on Thursday, September 27, featuring all eight candidates running for the Conejo Valley Unified School District Board of Education.  The forum will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Lundring Events Center located on the campus of California Lutheran University.

“We are excited to host this forum, and are looking forward to hearing each candidate’s vision for our district,” said Cindy Liu, co-founder of THRIVE Conejo.

THRIVE Conejo co-founder Lee Ann Holland added: “When we vote for School Board candidates, we are voting on the future of our kids, so it’s essential to learn as much as we can to make an informed decision at the ballot box.”

The candidates – who are vying for three seats on the Board that will appear on the ballot this November 6 – include Patrissha Rose Booker, Amy Chen, Mike Dunn, Jenny Fitzgerald, Cindy Goldberg, Bill Gorback, Angie Simpson and Marlon Delano Williams.

Each of the candidates will be afforded the opportunity to deliver a brief prepared statement prior to taking part in a question-and-answer session.  Community members who would like to advance RSVP and/or submit a question for potential use at the forum can submit them at https://goo.gl/forms/BzWcAafwS05TLeH93 or in person at the forum when doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The forum will be moderated by Dani Anderson, the executive director of the Independent Living Resource Center, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting independent living and full access for individuals with disabilities through advocacy, education and action in our communities.

Anderson – who has been working in the disability advocacy field for over 10 years – is a Governor-appointed member of the State Independent Living Council (SILC) and a previous member of the California Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE).

“On a personal level, I’m really pleased to moderate the THRIVE Conejo forum as I attended Glenwood Elementary, Redwood Middle School and am a Graduate of Thousand Oaks High,” said Anderson.  “District decisions touch every level of one’s educational path, and I want to ensure that each candidate is provided an opportunity to share their thoughts.”

The Lundring Events Center (1-67 W. Olsen Road) is situated inside CLU’s Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center.  Parking is available at and around the Center on a first come, first served basis.


About the moderator… 

Dani Anderson is the executive director of the Independent LivingResource Center (ILRC). The ILRC (www.ilrc-trico.org) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting independent living and full access for individuals with disabilities through advocacy, education and action in their communities. She began working at ILRC in 2013, and in her current position oversees services spread across Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties.

Anderson has been working in the disability advocacy field for over 10 years in the state, federal, and non-profit arenas. She is focused on community education around disability pride and improving communication between individuals with and without disabilities. She is a Governor-appointed member of the State Independent Living Council (SILC), a member of the Ventura Area Agency on Aging Advisory Committee. Previously, Anderson was Chair of the California State Rehabilitation Council (SRC), and a member of the California Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE). Her history working with the California Health Incentives Improvement Project (CHIIP), the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), and California Department of Health Care Services (DHSC) in Sacramento equips Anderson with diverse knowledge. Anderson has a great appreciation for the Independent Living Movement for providing the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to assist their peers to be more independent through shared experience.


About THRIVE Conejo:

THRIVE Conejo is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to advancing inclusive education within the Conejo Valley Unified School District to benefit ALL students of ALL abilities.  Formed in 2017 by two moms of exceptional learners, THRIVE Conejo is comprised of 300+ parents, educators, administrators and community leaders.  To join the conversation, visit Facebook.com/groups/ThriveConejo or on Twitter @ThriveConejo.


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