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Board Members

Mike Blessing, President                  


Mike Blessing was first elected to the OUSD Board of Education in November 2008. He brings to the board more than 33 years of experience in public service to the City of Oceanside and the North County. During the past three decades, he served the city and Oceanside community in a variety of positions. Mike worked as a staff planner for 10 years and as a planning director for 15 years. For a period of eight years, he held the post of Deputy City Manager in Oceanside. Mike was born and raised in Los Angeles. A graduate of Venice High, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from San Francisco State and his master’s degree in City Planning from San Diego State. His wife, Sandi Blessing, previously served on the Oceanside School Board from 1992-1996. The Blessings have two grown sons, Joey and Ben, both of whom attended and graduated from Oceanside schools – Ivey Ranch Elementary, MLK Middle School, and El Camino High School. Mike is committed to public process and ensuring that our kids receive the best all-around education possible.


Dr. Adrianne Hakes, Vice President 


A career educator, Adrianne Hakes moved to Oceanside in 1975 from the San Fernando Valley with her husband and their five children, Michael, Carolyn, Beth, Gary and David. All five graduated from El Camino High School; three of her 10 grandchildren also graduated from Oceanside schools. Adrianne earned a Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology, a Master’s in Child Growth and Development, an Educational Specialist degree and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. She started teaching for Los Angeles Unified in its Children Centers Division. After moving to Oceanside, she taught at El Camino High until her youngest graduated, before moving into administration. She retired as a superintendent of a Regional Occupational Program (ROP) which was a joint powers partnership with four school districts. An OUSD school board member since 2000, she has worked to improve academic standards for all students. She is a strong supporter of music and art programs, and recently has become active in fighting childhood obesity. Dr. Hakes represents the district at the Legislative Action Network (LAN) meetings, and is a delegate for Region 17 for the California School Board Association (CSBA).  She serves on the Oceanside Library Board, is an active member of the American Association of University Women, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista Branch, and is a member of the grants committee for the Oceanside Charitable Foundation. 


Robert "Camo" Gleisberg, Clerk of the Board 


As a proud 40-year Oceanside resident, maintaining strong ties to our local military and education communities has always been a high priority for Camo.  In addition to his military career, his wife, Mary (retired), served 35 years as a principal and teacher with the Oceanside Unified School District. Born and raised in Seward, Nebraska, he attended University of Nebraska in Lincoln where completed his bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1967, with an emphasis in Personnel and Industrial Relations.

Shortly thereafter, he began my military career; he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as an Amphibian Tractor Platoon Commander.  Next he became a Navy Certified S.C.U.B.A. Diver/USMC Water Survival Instructor.  He also acquired a Naval Aviator designation, flying UH-1 "Huey" Marine helicopters.

Throughout his military career, he held numerous senior financial management positions.  These opportunities led to his selection to attend, and subsequently graduate, from the Department of Defense Professional Military Comptroller School.  Sequential tours soon followed as the Assistant Chief of Staff, Comptroller, Third Marine Aircraft Wing, First Marine Division, I Marine Amphibious Force, and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.  In January 1989, after 23-plus years of service, he proudly retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Marine Corps.


Ann Corwin, Member


Ann’s commitment to Oceanside Unified students began in 1973 at Ditmar Elementary School, and continued at South Oceanside Elementary and Martin Luther King Middle School until her retirement in 2006. A graduate of San Diego State University at the age of 21, she spent her first three years teaching in El Centro, her hometown, in the same school as her mother, a teacher for 24 years.

Her master teaching skills were developed in the classroom, as a head teacher, and as a reading resource teacher.  An A.V.I.D.  (a program which targets underserved students of our community and prepares them for college) teacher and Coordinator, she lead King Middle School AVID program to becoming a National Demonstration School. She became a National trainer for AVID International. Ann has mentored beginning teachers, served on many district committees, and has evaluated school programs throughout San Diego County.

After retiring from OUSD, she accepted a position at nearby St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Vista where she spent six additional years teaching. She is active in her faith. Both she and her husband, Ted, enjoy being with their five grandchildren. Two of the grandchildren currently attend Christa McAuliffe Elementary School. Both her daughter and daughter-in-law are teachers making them fourth generation teachers in Ann’s family. Her son is a National account sales analyst for the golf industry, and her son-in-law is a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy, currently serving on the recently commissioned U.S.S. America.

Emily Ortiz Wichmann, Member   


Since 1994, Emily Ortiz Wichmann has served five terms on the Oceanside Unified School District’s Board of Education. During her service to the district, she has held all three board offices at least twice. A resident of the Oceanside community for five generations, Emily has long been a passionate supporter of families and children in the North County. She was the first person of color elected to the OUSD Board of Education. In 1998, Emily was awarded the Latina of the Year for Leadership by the North County Latinas’ Association. A consistent supporter of a “back to basics” foundation approach to education, she was instrumental in leading the district back to being recognized as a quality academic-and-student-centered institution. Emily strongly supports the district’s large military population and finding ways to make the district and what it provides to military students and families more accommodating. She takes a strong interest in the educational needs of children with autism. She and her husband of 40+ years, John, a retired veterinarian, have two grown daughters and three grand-children who have attended, or are attending, schools in OUSD.