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West Covina
Unified School District

1717 West Merced Ave.
West Covina, CA 91790-3406

School Board Members

Jessica Shewmaker

Camie Poulos
Steve Cox

Board Member Biographical Information

George Fuller, Clerk

Mr. Fuller has been a resident of West Covina for twenty-five years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics/Sociology from Iowa State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. He earned his teaching credential from California State University in Los Angeles and did graduate work in education at National University. Now retired as a police officer, Mr. Fuller works as a Resource Specialist Program (RSP) Teacher, as part of the Special Education Team, at Ray Wiltsey Middle School, Ontario, California. He has five children, of which two have attended and one is currently enrolled in West Covina High School.

Serving as a member of the West Covina Board of Education since 1997, Mr. Fuller also enjoys camping, rock climbing, running, reading, and bicycling.


Steve Cox, Member

Mr. Cox is a lifelong resident of West Covina. After graduating from South Hills High School in 1970, he earned his bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in accounting from San Diego State University in 1974. Mr. Cox has worked as a Certified Public Accountant for the last 30 years and is a registered investment advisor. He has been happily married for 31 years to Cheri and they have two sons, Bret and Chad, both graduates of West Covina High School.

Serving as a member of the West Covina Board of Education since 1992, Mr. Cox is very proud of the accomplishments of our staff and students over the last 13 years.


Mike Spence, Member

Mike Spence was born and raised in West Covina. He attended Wescove Elementary, Willowood Junior High and graduated from Edgewood High School. He was elected Student Body president his senior year and serve on the High School’s School SITE Council.

Mike Spence is serving his fourth term on West Covina Unified School District Board. He has served a President four times. He is a past President of the East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program where has served as Board member since 1992.

In 1996, the Speaker of the State Assembly appointed Mike to a four-year term on the Library of California Board. He was awarded the Samuel Adams Leadership Award from the Washington; D.C. based Local Government Council in 1997.

Mike graduated from UCLA with a degree in Political Science and served as a district chair of their alumni scholarship program.

An Eagle Scout, Mike is still active as a Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor and is a lay leader in his church. Mike has served on the City of West Covina’s 4th of July Celebration Committee and the 2000 Census Committee. He complete four years as the taxpayer representative on the Mount San Antonio Community College Bond Oversight Committee.

He serves as a board member of the La Puente Valley Meals on Wheels. Mike is also on the Board of Trustees of the Southern California Leadership Network and the Junior Statesmen Foundation.

Mike is also a member of the German American School Association of Southern California, West Covina Beautiful, the West Covina Historical Society, the Hurst Ranch Foundation and is a Life member of the Friends of the West Covina Library.

Mike is happily married to the former Marielena Barros and resides in West Covina with their daughter Reagan and son Nathanael.


Camie Poulos, Vice-President

Camie has been serving on the West Covina Unified School Board since April of 1999, including two terms as Board President in 2002 and 2005. She attended Orangewood, Willowood, and Edgewood High School, graduating in 1976. While at Edgewood Camie became interested in Early Childhood Education and began her community service. Now, she is the advisor for West Covina High School LEOS Service Club.

Camie has also served as Parents Place President, CAC representative, a Lions Cub Member/Leos Advisor, and as Church/Women’s Ministry Coordinator.

Camie has been employed as an accounting clerk for Travis & Brown, CPAs since 1985. Prior to that, she worked in the early childhood field as a Preschool Director.

She currently attends the USC University Affiliated Program and has a LEND Advanced Certificate. She studied Child Development at Pacific Oaks College from 1984-85 and received her AS Degree in Child Development from Mt. San Antonio College in 1980.

A life-long resident of West Covina, Camie enjoys life with her husband, Christopher, who has his law practice here in West Covina and her son, William, who is currently attending a specialized program at Mt. San Antonio College.


Jessica Shewmaker has been a resident in West Covina for 17 years.  She attended Edgewood Middle School and graduated from West Covina High School.  Jessica has shown her leadership abilities from an early age.  While in high school, Jessica served as the ASB Director of Communications and as the Vice President of the PTSA.  After graduation from high school and while in college, Jessica represented students while working with the State Assembly and Senate on education issues.

Jessica maintained contact with the school district working at school fundraising events and Grad Night at the high school.  During this time, she continued to keep in touch with teachers and staff in the school district, developing an even deeper appreciation and understanding of the many sides of the issues affecting education in the district.  Elected November 2005, she has the distinction of being the youngest elected board member in WCUSD’s history.

In her first term on the West Covina School Board, Jessica is one of the two West Covina School Board members on the District/City Advisory Committee. This committee of school board and city council members works to coordinate activities and develop solutions for the community involving the locally elected city council and school boards.

Jessica Shewmaker prides herself in being open and accessible to members of the community, working tirelessly to improve the education of the children in the school district and coming prepared to board meetings in order to handle district business.

Jessica works for a local law firm as a paralegal handling real estate, family law and probate issues.