Board of Education: Meet our Board Members

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

Dr. Joe Muga

Region 3

Dr. Muga is a clinical psychologist with a doctoral degree from Oklahoma State University. He also earned a master’s degree in public administration from San Diego State University. He is a former college and graduate school instructor. Dr. Muga has worked in the criminal justice system for more than 20 years as a clinical psychologist with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation,  and as a deputy commissioner with the Board of Parole Hearings. His wife, Terri Price, is an EUSD teacher, and their daughter attended EUSD schools.

Dr. Gary M. Altenburg

Vice President
Region 5

Dr. Altenburg is an endodontist in private practice in Murrieta. He earned his dental degree at Northwestern University. He completed a general practice residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital in La Jolla, and his endodontic residency at Temple University.  He is a native of Southern California and was raised in Vista. Gary and his wife, Debbie, have three children attending school in Escondido.

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.

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.

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.