Board Members

 

Dr. Adrianne Hakes, President                   ahakes@cox.net

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 on the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education Trustee Review Committee. She is a member of the American Association of University Women, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista branch, the Oceanside Pacific Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, and serves on the Oceanside City Library Board.  

 

 

 

 

Emily Ortiz Wichmann, Vice President        emilyow1@cox.net

Since 1994, Emily Ortiz Wichmann has served three 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 the OUSD.

 

 

 

Lillian Adams, Clerk                  jamlva@aol.com

Lillian Adams, a retired teacher and high school counselor, was elected to the Board of Education of the Oceanside Unified School District in 1998. Since that time, she has served three terms as board president. Mrs. Adams received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Virginia Union University, and then earned her first master’s degree (M.S.) at Temple University in Pennsylvania. She then completed a second M.A. in counseling at Chapman University. A community activist who has resided in the City of Oceanside for 41 years, Mrs. Adams was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King Civic Award by the city in 1997. She remains active in her church, the North County African American Women’s Association, the Interfaith Coastal Service Center and other community organizations. Mrs. Adams and her husband Charles have three children and two grandchildren. All three of her children attended and graduated from OUSD schools. 

 

 

 

 

Mike Blessing, Member                     mikeblessing@cox.net

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.

 

 

 

 

Janet Bledsoe Lacy, Member                      janetblacy@cox.net

An Oceanside resident since 1966, Janet Bledsoe Lacy has served as a Trustee of the Oceanside Unified School District Board of Education since 1993. Along with her board duties, Mrs. Lacy continues as a practicing partner in Oceanside’s oldest and largest law firm, Greenman, Lacy, Klein, O’Harra and Heffron. Her community involvement includes participation in the Women’s Resource Center, NAACP, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce and Rotary. She also continues to serve as the Resource Director for the city’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund, receiving the group’s Civic Award in 2008. Throughout her many years of dedicated service to the school district and the Oceanside community, Mrs. Lacy has earned numerous awards and recognition. Her legal work for the period of 1978 to 1995 earned her Superior Court Judge Pro Tem Service Recognition. From the NAACP, she received the President’s Award in 2002 and the group’s Business Award in 1998. Mrs. Lacy was named the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year in 2001, and honored as the Soroptomist International Woman of Distinction in 2000. She and her husband Steve, a retired environmental consultant, have two children. Both attended OUSD schools from kindergarten through high school and now work as attorneys practicing family law

Dr. Adrianne Hakes

Dr. Adrianne Hakes

Emily Ortiz Wichmann

Emily Ortiz Wichmann

Lillian Adams

Lillian Adams

Mike Blessing

Mike Blessing

Janet Lacy

Janet Lacy