About the Board
Members of the Board of Education are residents and taxpayers in our community. The only legal requirement for an individual seeking to become a Board member is that he or she be registered to vote within the boundaries of the Murrieta Valley Unified School District.
The Board of Education is a policy-making body and they have the authority, acting as a unit, to contract for goods, employ personnel, establish a budget, and determine the educational programs of the District.
The Board employs the Superintendent of Schools who is the Chief Executive Officer of the District. The Superintendent is also the Secretary to the Board of Education and prepares Board agendas as well as maintains its records and files.
The Board meets on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the District Support Center at 41870 McAlby Court, unless otherwise posted. Special Board of Education meetings may also be scheduled to address issues as they arise.
The Board agenda and the minutes from the previous meeting are posted at each school site and the Support Center 72 hours prior to the meeting. Agendas for Special Board meetings are posted at least 24 hours prior to the Board meeting. Agendas are also sent to local newspapers for publication.
Presenting Your Board of Education and Superintendent:Paul Diffley
Board PresidentTook Office: December, 2003Term Expires: 2020Paul Diffley earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from California State University at Los Angeles. A retired teacher, Mr. Diffley taught for 34 years. He currently owns a private tour group company and works as a graphic designer. In addition to his church participation, Mr. Diffley has served on Murrieta Council PTA, the Budget Committee, GATE committee, and the Third High School committee. Mr. Diffley and his wife Pamela have a grown daughter who graduated from Murrieta Valley High School.Ken DicksonClerk
Took Office: December, 1997
Term Expires: 2020Mr. Dickson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kansas. He later received a Juris Doctor degree from the Duke University School of Law. Mr. Dickson works as a self-employed attorney emphasizing environmental law and government contracts. He has also served as a Judge Advocate in the USAF Reserve in the grade of Lieutenant Colonel. Mr. Dickson also works with church committees and nonprofit groups. Mr. Dickson and his wife, Susan, have two grown children who are graduates of Murrieta Valley High SchoolRobin Crist
Took Office: December, 2005
Term Expires: 2018Mrs. Crist was elected Board President on December 10, 2015. Robin Crist has been a volunteer in Murrieta schools since 1993. She has served as President of the Murrieta High Schools' Scholarship Foundation for four terms. Previously Mrs. Crist served on numerous PTA Boards and from 1994 to 1997 she was president of the Murrieta Council PTA. Mrs. Crist helped lead the district's successful efforts to pass school bond measures in 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2014. Mrs. Crist is self-employed as the owner of an equipment rental company. Mrs. Crist and her husband have three grown children who are graduates of Murrieta Valley High School.Linda Lunn
Took Office: August, 2017
Term Expires: 2018Linda Lunn began serving as a volunteer in Murrieta schools in 2009. Mrs. Lunn served as Murrieta Valley Council PTSA Parliamentarian and President from 2013 to 2017. Prior to that, she served on Lisa J. Mails PTA as president. Mrs. Lunn has been on the District's LCAP Advisory Committee, Elementary Report Card Committee and Measure BB Oversight Committee. Mrs. Lunn worked as the Director of Community Outreach for the Table Mountain Animal Center in Colorado. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University. Mrs. Lunn and her husband Jim have two children who currently attend Dorothy McElhinney Middle School.Kris Thomasian
Took Office: December, 2001
Term Expires: 2018Kris Thomasian has volunteerd in Murrieta schools since 1991. Mrs. Thomasian earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from California State University, Long Beach. After working as a behavior management specialist for over 25 years, she now works for The Center for Autism Research, Evaluation and Service as a Behavior Supervisor. Mrs. Thomasian has served on school site PTAs, Murrieta Council PTA, 23rd District PTA, and the District's School Bond Advisory Committee. Mrs. Thomasian and her husband Gary have two grown daughters, one a graduate of Murrieta Valley and one a graduate of Vista Murrieta High School.
District SuperintendentPatrick Kelley began his career as a middle school teacher in Ramona Unified School District. Kelley came to Murrieta Valley Unified School District in 1991 and he taught Language Arts and Social Studies at Shivela Middle School. From there Kelley served as Coordinator of Child Welfare and Attendance and he went on to serve as Assistant Principal and Principal at Rail Ranch Elementary. He opened Buchanan Elementary School as Principal in 2001. In 2003 Kelley was appointed Director of Human Resources and he was promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in 2005. Kelley served briefly as Deputy Superintendent before being appointed Superintendent in October, 2012. Read Kelley's bio here.