• Here is a run-down on the candidates running for PUSD Board of Education. Make your vote count!

      By Laura Hackett

      District 2


      (L-R) Mike Crowley , Jennifer Hall Lee, and Wayne Hammack

      In District 2, we have Mike Crowley, Wayne Hammack and Jennifer Hall Lee all running for the seat. Roy Boulghourjian has decided not to run again.

      Mike Crowley is a life-long Pasadena resident and a PUSD parent. He has served on School Site Council as well as chairing the School Beautification Committee. He has served as a Chair on the PTA and is a member of the Don Benito Dads. He is a volunteer for the Tournament of Roses. He has been one of the captains on the four committee’s he has served on. Mike has led fundraising initiatives for important school projects and events, and most recently initiated a district-wide anti-bullying program. Presently, Crowley is delivering food for the PUSD students who live all over the school district.

      Jennifer Hall Lee is an Altadena Town Council member, Chairperson of the Altadena Town Council Education Committee and Chairperson of the Eliot Arts Annual Fund. Lee is a PUSD parent and when her child was promoted from Eliot Arts Magnet Academy to a PUSD high school Lee continued her role as the chairperson for the Eliot Arts Annual Fund. She also co-created the Women’s History Month assembly at Eliot for PUSD middle schools. The Women’s History Month middle school assembly has expanded each year and is now an ACSA (Association of California School Administrators) Region 15 recognized event.

      • Website: lee4pusd.com.
        – Endorsements: Lee is endorsed by UTP, United Teachers of Pasadena, and Los Angeles County Democratic Party, among others: (Click for full list of endorsements).

      Wayne Hammack is a PUSD parent and an attorney by profession. Hammack grew up in Chino, where after graduating from the local public high school he received his degree in Political Science from UC Riverside. He then obtained his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law and began his legal career. Over more than 20 years as an attorney his practice has included the defense of various civil matters ranging from general liability, employment law, commercial litigation, professional liability and insurance coverage claims. Hammack served on the PALL-Pasadena American Little League Board and was a PALL Coach. He also serves as the President of the Marshall Fundamental Athletic Boosters.

      • Website: hammackforpusd.com.
        – Endorsements: Hammack is endorsed by Roy Boulghourjian, outgoing Board Member for District 2 and Teamsters Local 911, among others: (Click for full list of endorsements).

      District 4


      (L-R) Patrick Cahalan and Scott Harden

      For District 4, we have Pat Cahalan, the current Board President running for reelection and Scott Harden is his contender.

      Patrick Cahalan is a PUSD parent and the current Board President. He spent four years working for Loyola High School as Director of Curriculum and Technology in the 1990s. He has worked at Caltech since 2002 and is currently Manager of Technical Operations for the Computational and Mathematical Sciences (CMS) Department. Patrick has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Loyola Marymount University and a Master’s degree from Claremont Graduate University in Information Systems. His two minor programs were in Public Policy and Organizational Science.

      Scott Harden is a PUSD parent, and President of his children’s PTA. He has served the community as a volunteer, neighborhood leader and organizer. In his professional life he is an Innovation strategist. Scott has a B.A. from UCLA and has been working as a business consultant for over 10 years for private sector and nonprofit organizations locally and throughout the country.

      • Website: hardenforpusd.com.
        – Endorsements: Harden is endorsed by Teamsters Local 911 and Jeff Mattesich, Senior Pastor of Lake Avenue Church, among others: (Click for full list of endorsements).

      District 6


      (Top L-R): Crystal Czubernat and Priscilla Hernandez. (Bottom L-R): Milena Albert and Tina Wu Fredericks

      In District 6, the current seat holder, Larry Torres has announced that he will not run again. Crystal Czubernat, Tina Wu Fredericks, Priscilla Hernandez, and Milena Albert will compete for the District 6 seat.

      Milena Albert has a 15-year career as a public administrator for the City of Los Angeles and is an active member of Engineers and Architects Association. She’s a mother of three PUSD students. Milena holds an Associate of Arts degree in Communications from Sacramento City College, a double Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies and Photography from Cal State Sacramento, and a Master of Fine Arts from UCLA: in an Independent Producers Program.

      • Website: milena4pusdkids.com.
        – Endorsements: Albert is endorsed by EAA (Engineers and Architects Association) and IBEW Local 11 (Electrical Construction Industry.) among others: (Click for full list of endorsements).

      Crystal Czubernat, a PUSD parent, has spent nearly twenty years in education, both as a teacher and then as an administrator. She is a mom of two kids who will be PUSD students throughout their primary and secondary education. Czubernat has a Bachelors in Secondary Education, Master’s in Counseling, another Masters in Curriculum and is working towards completing a PhD in Organizational Leadership.

      • Website: crystalforpusd.com.
        – Endorsements: Czubernat is endorsed by Sierra Madre City Mayor; Gene Goss, and Larry Torres, outgoing PUSD Board Member for District 6, among others: (Click for full list of endorsements).

      Tina Wu Fredericks is a PUSD parent. She was a teaching assistant at Willard Elementary and a LEARNS teacher at San Rafael Elementary School. Tina holds a California Single Subject Credential and taught Math at Burbank High School and Freemont Union High School District in Northern California. Tina has held multiple PTA Board positions including Vice President, Treasurer and Legislative Advocate. Tina is a lead engineer at Green Dot, a global FinTech company headquartered in Pasadena. She has a B.A. in Math from U.C. San Diego.

      • Website: tina4pusd.com.
        – Endorsements: Frederick is endorsed by United Teachers of Pasadena and Los Angeles County Democratic Party, among others: (Click for full list of endorsements).

      Priscilla Hernandez is the Vice President of the Hollenbeck Business Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing safe and quality after school programming to inner-city youth. Some of her many responsibilities include organizational oversight, budget, evaluation, fundraising and policy guidance. Ms. Hernandez received her undergraduate degree at the University California at Berkeley and a master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

      Important Dates

      – Oct. 5, 2020: First day for the mailing of  Vote by Mail.
      – Oct. 19: Last day to register to vote.
      – Nov. 3, 2020: Election Day.


      1- Check the PTA Council of PUSD/PEN Board of Education Candidate Forum that took place on Sept. 22, 2020:

      2- Check the LWV Pasadena PUSD Candidate Forum that took place on Sept. 23, 2020:

      > Email us if you have questions or additional information on the candidates running for PUSD Board of Education.


      [This article has been updated to include endorsements and addition of two recorded forums. Sept. 25, 2020, 11:50 pm.]

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