THE MOSAIC MISSION
MOSAIC women will propel the movement of creating diversity and responding to the needs of our communities.
MOSAIC women are:
Multicultural advocates who are inclusive and deliberate about creating diversity
Optimistic leaders who see the world through the lens of positivity and inclusivity
Supportive mentors to one another and others in our communities
Aspiring innovators overcoming barriers to reach our full potential
Inspiring disciples promoting goodwill
Called by God to serve all humanity
MOSAIC CORE VALUES
MOSAIC’s Core Values include; Faith, Scholars, Service and Cultural Diversity.
Dr. Judy White
Dr. Judy D. White is the founder and President of MOSAIC and the retired 12th Riverside County Superintendent of Schools.
Dr. White was born in Los Angeles California. She graduated with honors from Cajon High School in San Bernardino and earned an academic scholarship to Occidental College where she obtained a degree in Sociology. Dr. White received a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Counseling from California State University San Bernardino and a teaching credential from UC Irvine. She later attended UC Riverside for her administrative credential and Azusa Pacific University for her doctorate in Educational Leadership.
Dr. Talisa Sullivan
Vice President/Co-Founder and Director of Programs
Dr. Sullivan has been an educator for over 20 years serving students, teachers, staff, parents, and the community across four large counties: Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange. She specializes in serving marginalized populations who have experienced intergenerational inequities and marginalization and has built a rapport as an equity leader for county offices, comprehensive and alternative schools, and programs throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Teaching Credential from Cal State Dominguez Hills, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Cal State San Bernardino, and a PhD. in Education with an emphasis on Urban Leadership from Claremont Graduate University.
Director Student Scholarships
Vinh Tran is currently an elementary school principal in Santa Rosa, CA and has been in the education field for 16 years Her desire and commitment is to continually serve as an educator to facilitate and support changes on a global level. She believes in the importance of education being a pathway to bring a community to be better than yesterday. She was inspired to join MOSAIC as this group serves to bring people together through building relationships, lifting each other up, and creating life long partnerships in order to collectively work together to create a more equitable society.
Adriana Garcia-Kingston M. Ed.
Director of Student Clubs
Adriana is General Manager at Think Together and oversees the Riverside County Region and has worked for Think Together since 2006. She has over 20 years of education experience, both as a classroom teacher and leader within Think Together. In 2013, Adriana received the Region IX Award for Partners in Education from the Association of California School Administrators. Adriana graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Relations, holds a multiple-subject teaching credential from Chapman University and earned a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration from Chapman University. Adriana currently serves as a Board Member for MOSAIC a non-profit organization focused on bringing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to communities through educational programs motivated to bringing people together by highlighting their similarities as human beings.
Dr. Lissette Magaña:
Director of Educator Recognition
Dr. Lissette Magana earned an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership.
She currently serves as Director I, CTE in the School of Education at the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) . She has been an educator and school administrator for over 20 years serving students, parents, and communities in the Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties.
Her research interests include the impact of high school reform on the academic performance of Latino and African American students in California and the impact of career academies on the overall achievement of minority students.
Leah Belote was born and raised in Southern California. Being the first in her family to attend college, she has a master’s degree in American History and a Masters degree in Teaching.
As a public school teacher Leah has taught history and AVID at the middle school level for 17 years. Throughout the course of her teaching career Leah has acted as advisor for the Junior Black Achievers club and her school site’s (African American Parent Advisory Committee) AAPAC representative. Additionally she has held positions such as 100 mile club facilitator, girls basketball coach, History Department Chair, and grade level lead.
Her passion for education is displayed through her commitment to all students, continuing to mentor students as they advance to high school and college.
Karena Rosalyn Zermeno
Karena Zermeno, is the Sr. Business Development Officer for Altura Credit Union. She is also the founder and committee member of the Student of the Month Program in Banning/Beaumont, and Hemet/San Jacinto.
Karena Zermeno was born in Bakersfield, California on September 4, 1978. She graduated from Adison High School in June 1996 and attended Cerritos College in California while she began here banking career in the Los Angeles area.