Desert Sands's Board Members

Board Members

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(Trustee Boundary Redistricting approved January 18, 2022)

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Ana M. Conover
ANA M. CONOVER - President

Trustee Area 5

Ana M. Conover is currently an elementary school teacher. She has been teaching since January of 2000. She started her educational journey in the Desert Sands Unified School District at Jefferson Middle School. She graduated from Indio High School in 1985. After graduation, she proudly served in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1989. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland and received her Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in Elementary Education from Chapman University in 2001. Ms. Conover has taught K-6 classes, Adult ESL and Citizenship classes. 

First elected in November 2018. Current term expires in December 2022.

Board Member

Trustee Area 1

Term expires in December 2024.

Board Member

Trustee Area 2

Subject to forthcoming special election.

Term expires in December 2022.

Tricia Pearce
TRICIA PEARCE - Board Member

Trustee Area 3

Tricia Pearce is a retired elementary school teacher from Desert Sands Unified School District. She taught in DSUSD for 25 years at Van Buren, Jackson, Adams, and most recently at Earhart Elementary. Prior to that, she taught 5 years in Redlands Unified School District and Oakdale Joint Unified School District. She was the DSUSD Elementary Math Field Day District Coordinator for the past 10 years, and helped to organize the event for 20 elementary schools and 800 students. She served on school site councils, District Math Leadership, TRAC teams and leadership teams during her teaching time here in DSUSD. Before teaching, she was an administrative assistant for 10 years for a large almond farming family, Naraghi Farms, in central California, and then a medical staff secretary for Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, California. She moved to the desert in 1990 with her two sons, where they attended DSUSD schools. Tricia was active as a cub master for the La Quinta Cub Scout Pack, and later helped when her sons were in Boy Scouts. Currently, she is raising her 15 year old grandson. Tricia earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from California State College Stanislaus in Turlock, California. Later, she received her multiple subjects teaching credential from Chapman University, and began teaching in 1990. In 2016, Tricia earned her Masters in Technology in Education from Grand Canyon University. She also has a GATE certificate and a Mathematics Supplemental Certificate from Riverside County.

First elected in November 2020. Current term expires in December 2024.

Linda Porras
LINDA PORRAS - Board Member

Trustee Area 4

First elected in November 2016. Current term expires in December 2024.


MIA BURR - Student Board Member, La Quinta High School

ZOE GAMBOA- Student Board Member, Amistad High School

Olivia Key
OLIVIA KEY - Student Board Member, Summit High School

ASHLY DAYAN LOPEZ - Student Board Member, Horizon School

LIAH RENTERIA - Student Board Member, Shadow Hills High School

VICTORIA SUNG - Student Board Member, Indio High School

- Student Board Member, Palm Desert High School

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