Board of Education: Meet our Board Members

Which Board Member represents you? See a PDF map of the regions.


Joan Gardner

Region 2

Mrs. Gardner has lived in Escondido since 1983 and has served on EUSD’s Board of Education continuously since first being elected in 1998. She is a retired small business owner and the mother of five sons.

Mark Olson Mark Olson portrait

Vice President
Region 3

Mr. Olson grew up in North County and has been a resident of Escondido for more than 15 years. Through his more than 20-year career as a Parks and Recreation Director for multiple public agencies, as a community volunteer, and as a father of four, Mr. Olson has seen the important role public education plays in educating the whole child. He is committed to providing Escondido families the best opportunities for a quality education. He and his wife Joanne are the parents of three sons and one daughter, all of whom have attended Escondido public schools.

Doug Paulson

Region 1

A lifelong resident of Escondido, Mr. Paulson has worked for more than 20 years as a high school math, science, and English teacher in Escondido. A former deputy sheriff, National Park Service ranger, and Peace Corps volunteer, Mr. Paulson spends his time working on social justice issues and improving the lives of families in poverty. He met his wife, Adriana, in Uruguay. They have four children in college, all of them alumni of Escondido public schools.

Georgine Tomasi

Region 4

Georgine has spent the past 40 years working in public education. She taught high school history in New Jersey. Georgine moved to Escondido in 2002. Currently, she works for the California Teachers Association and represents various teacher groups in North County. She spends her spare time working with local organizations to improve the quality of life for Escondido residents.

Frank Huston

ClerkFrank Huston portrait
Region 5

Frank, an officer with the Escondido Police Department, has lived and worked in Escondido for nearly 30 years. Through his work with the Police Department, Frank has developed presentations for local elementary schools that foster positive interactions with law enforcement and promote safety. For the past five years, he has volunteered as a youth basketball coach for the Police Athletic League and City of Escondido Recreation. Four of his children have attended EUSD schools.