Meet the Candidates – Glendale Community College Board of Trustees

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Tony Tartaglia


Occupation: Glendale Community College Trustee

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Trustee. During my tenure, we instituted the first, real, fiscal reserve policy at GCC…5%; started televising the board meetings, and helped create the Verdugo Power Academy…which has graduated several classes, has a hiring record of high-paying jobs for our students, and brought in needed revenue to the college. However, one of our best accomplishments during this period is the hiring of Dr. David Viar as our superintendent/president. But there is much more to be done. We need to finish the new lab/college services building, continue the implementation of our student success initiatives, and manage a significant change to GCC’s governing structure by considering the establishment of districts instead of at-large elections. As I have said in the past, I am not an educator…I leave that to the fantastic administrators, faculty, and classified staff we have at GCC.

As your Trustee, I am here to bring new resources to the College, maintain a level of excellence for our students, provide accountability, and make common sense decisions. I would be honored to serve as your Trustee for an additional term. I am asking for your vote of confidence on April 7 2015.



Dr. Vahe Peroomian


Occupation: Glendale Community College Trustee / Educator

I have lived in Glendale for 36 years and have brought my passion for educating students and attention to detail to my 10 years of service to the GCC board. I earned a Ph.D. in physics from UCLA and am currently a professor of physics at USC. I have been in education for 30 years. During the last 10 years, I have been instrumental in guiding the task force for the new Garfield campus building, ensuring that all new campus buildings meet the LEED green building standards, launched the Verdugo Power Academy, a hallmark of the emphasis on community-oriented vocational education at the College, ensured that the college has a 5% fiscal reserve, overseen the succession of the superintendent/president of the college, helped lead the college through the recent economic downturn, and championed the growth of distance education at GCC.

I am an advocate of partnerships with the community and currently serve as the president of the board of directors of Glendale Youth Alliance, a vital non-profit organization serving Glendale’s low-income youth. I am honored to have served as a GCC trustee for the last 10 years, and ask for your vote for an additional term on April 7.



Susan Arnall


Occupation: Attorney, business owner, mother

I am the mother of seven children, five of them GUSD students. My husband and I have lived in Glendale for over 20 years. I graduated with honors from UCLA and from Pepperdine Law School. As a lawyer, I have represented police officers, homeowners and businesses. While raising my family, I created and run a small business supporting the entertainment industry.

My family has a proud tradition as educators. Both my mother and grandmother were school teachers in Southern California. Over the past 10 years, through a summer youth program I created, I have taught sixth through 12th graders classic Shakespeare literature and acting. I worked two years as a volunteer religion teacher at my local church. I am an elected PTA board member at Franklin Elementary School.

With five children in Glendale public schools, I am dedicated to ensuring a financially stable and vibrant GCC. If elected, I will use my skills as a mother, small business woman, and attorney to help provide students the best opportunities and value in education.

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