Commission President Dave S. Nemer
David S. Nemer is a retired Math teacher who was elected to the CUSD Board of Education in 2013. He worked for Claremont Unified School District in various capacities for over 30 years, teaching at San Antonio High School, Claremont Community Day School, and Claremont High School. Dave also served as Administrative Designee, and in leadership roles on several site and district committees. Dave was an active member of Claremont Faculty Association, as a site rep for 18 years and on the CFA Executive Board for 10 years.
As a member of the CUSD School Board, Dave has served as President, Vice President, and Clerk, liaison to Claremont Educational Foundation and Claremont After-School Programs, and Commissioner of the Baldy View Regional Occupation Program. Dave has participated in all California School Board Association Annual Conferences since 2013 and in five Legislative Action Days in Sacramento.
In addition to his work with CUSD, Dave has been a member of the League of Woman Voters for many years in various leadership positions. He was also a founding member of EdNet. For five years in the 1980s he worked as a registered stockbroker. Dave has actively participated in local political commentary for over 30 years via multiple modes of communication.
Dave was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has degrees in Psychology from Northwestern University and Claremont Graduate School. Dave and his wife Ann have two adult children who attended CUSD schools and graduated from CHS in the 1990s.
Commission Vice President Joe Schaffer
Joe was first elected to Chino Valley USD Board of Education in 2018, after being a long-time parent volunteer at the school site level as well as several district committees. Joe and his wife Sandy moved to Chino Hills in 2003. Their daughter Peyton attends school in the district.
Joe medically retired from the Orange Police Department at the rank of Corporal. He also worked as a corporate officer for his family’s manufacturing business before retiring in 2017. Joe is active in community service and volunteers his time at various local charities. Joe currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Ignite Volleyball Club and Foundation in Chino, is a past Board Member for the North Orange County Family YMCA, a former high school athletics coach and former Commissioner for the City of Chino Hills Parks and Recreation Commission.
Joe graduated from Troy High School in Fullerton and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton. Joe also graduated from the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy and has taken several advanced courses related to public safety and community leadership. He hopes to utilize his past training and experience, both in the private and public sectors, to help guide the direction of CVUSD.
In his free time, Joe enjoys golfing, camping with his family in their RV, relaxing at the river, going on cruises, and spending time with family and friends.
Commission Member Jack Young
Jack Young grew up in Michigan and attended the University of Michigan - Flint. He began teaching in Del Rio, Texas and received his Master’s Degree from Baylor University. He moved to California in 1989, and worked in the Ontario-Montclair School District as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and district office administrator. His administrative credential is from the University of California - Riverside. In 2016 he was elected to the Upland Unified School District Board of Trustees, and is a member of the Baldy View Regional Occupational Program (ROP) Commission. When he lived in Texas he was a volunteer fireman. He has been a long time HAM radio operator and a volunteer for Helping Out Pets Everyday (H.O.P.E). He currently works at the University of La Verne supervising student teachers, and volunteers at Foothill Family Shelter.
Jack met his wife, Robyn, while traveling in Germany. Jack and Robyn have one daughter, Heather who graduated from Upland High School. In his spare time he likes to read, exercise, listen to music and perform with the Music Masters, a swing band in Upland.
Commission Member Sue Ovitt
Sue Ovitt was first elected to the Chaffey JUHSD Board of Trustees in 2008 and has served in all Board positions during her tenure. Sue completed the CSBA Masters in Governance program to better serve students and the district. Following high school, she graduated from Chaffey College and then transferred to the University of Redlands where she earned a BS Degree in Sociology. The ensuing year, she earned a Lifetime Elementary Teaching Credential.
An active participant in the community, Sue is President of Baldy View ROP, Chair of OPARC, Board member of West End Family Counseling Services and The Leaven – serving at-risk elementary age children in their living communities with afterschool tutoring and mentoring. She is dedicated to CJUHSD by supporting college and career readiness; equipping classrooms with state-of-the-art technology & teaching strategies; fostering effective relationships with parents, businesses, cities & adjacent school districts; and ensuring that all students are safe.
Sue is married to her husband Gary, who taught at Chaffey High School for 35 years. Gary serves on the Chaffey College Governing Board. They have one married daughter, Amanda and one granddaughter. Sue, Gary and Amanda all graduated from Chaffey High School.