Desert Sands's Board Introductions - 10/25

Board Introductions - 10/25

Board Introductions - 10/25
Posted on 10/26/2022

Board introductions made at the October 25, Board of Education meeting:

Joshua Howitt, Mental Health Therapist
Joshua earned his Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has served as the Men's Program Manager at Coachella Valley Rescue Mission working with the homeless, the mentally ill, and those suffering from addiction. He has also served as a Clinical Therapist in the Youth Hospital Intervention Program with Riverside University Health Systems - Behavioral Health to assist youth in eliminating suicidal and self-harming thoughts and behaviors, preventing psychiatric hospitalization, improving family systems, and developing healthy coping skills to enhance stability and mental health wellness. Joshua enjoys family time, hiking, hunting, fishing, music, playing bass guitar, and jiu-jitsu. This evening he would like to recognize his wife who is a high school Special Education teacher with the PSUSD, as well as his 10 year old son and 6 year old twin boys who attend Desert Sands schools.

Danielle Juarez, Site Manager, Nutrition Services
Danielle has been employed with Desert Sands in the Nutrition Services Department for 24 years. During this time she handled the accounting for all 33 sites, maintained all accounts, served as the security liaison handling any money pickup issues, assisted vendors, and worked closely with the warehouse to ensure all incoming orders had proper approvals. For the last three years, she has periodically served as an interim Site Manager managing and coordinating food service operations at school sites, directing staff with site programs, keeping accurate records of attendance, staff and substitute schedules, hiring substitutes, training new employees, reviewing and approving staff attendance and extra duty, working directly with principals for site-specific needs while ensuring compliance with District, State and Federal requirements regarding public school nutrition.

Also new to our management positions are: 

Dan Borgen, Ed.D., Personnel Services Director - Leadership Development

Linda Farias - Psychologist

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