About MOSAIC Legacy

Join us as we build a legacy one generation at a time!

MOSAIC-Legacy was established in 2018 by Dr. Judy White, retired Riverside County Superintendent of Schools. MOSAIC is an organization consisting of multicultural and diverse women who are committed to excellence; personally, professionally, socially, and spiritually.

Our sisterhood spans across the following four counties: Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Our vision to unite in making a difference in our communities will live on through our children and grandchildren. We will intentionally model inclusivity.

Meet the MOSAIC Board of Directors


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’s Core Values include; Faith, Scholars, Service and Cultural Diversity.

Our faith is unwavering. We keep God at the center of our work and trust in His perfect timing. James 2:14-17 says, “What good is it, my brothers and sisters if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

We are committed to providing scholarships to support students who honor diversity and create unity among their peers of different cultures, ethnicities, races, and backgrounds. Luke 6:28 says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

We value the voice and perspective of people from diverse cultures, ethnicities, races, and backgrounds. We celebrate our differences, promote empathy, and express compassion for others. We embody diversity and unite as one in all our endeavors. Leviticus 19:34 says, “You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”

We are highly collaborative servant leaders who put others first. We lead by example, cultivate trust in a nurturing environment where we empower women and encourage them to use their voices. Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

Meet Our Wonderful
MOSAIC – Legacy Staff


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. Judy White has worked as a classified educator, teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, deputy superintendent in San Bernardino City Unified School District, and Superintendent of Moreno Valley Unified School District. The community calls her a “history maker and stereotype breaker” because of the numerous recognitions and accomplishments she has earned. To name a few, Moreno Valley 2014 Citizen of the Year, Riverside Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity 2016 Community Member of the Year, Labor Management 2015 Collaborator, and NAACP 2015 Educator of the Year. She is the current Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 19 Superintendent of the Year and California Association of African-American Superintendents and

Administrators (CAAASA) 2017 Superintendent of the Year.
In her role former role as Superintendent, Dr. White worked with the county’s 23 school districts and the staff at the Riverside County Office of Education, to ensure high-quality education that invests in all students while developing and sustaining strong collaborative relationships with students, teachers, parents, and the community for student success.

Dr. White is the proud wife of 39 years to Mr. Anthony Wayne White. She is the mother of four children, grandmother of nine, and a member of Living Way Christian Fellowship. She describes herself as a servant leader and has added value to every position that she has ever held by increasing graduation rates, empowering students through internships, and facilitating a citywide adopt-a-school process.

To get involved, receive prayer, or get more information on MOSAIC activities, contact Dr. Judy D. White at drjudywhite@mosaic-legacy.com.

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.

In addition to serving as an administrator in K-12 public education, Dr. Sullivan has served as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education for the Teacher Education Program as well as the Doctoral in Education Leadership Program at local Universities. She also serves as a Strategic Partner for Novak Education, and the Founder, CEO, and Lead Consultant for Transformational Leadership Consulting “TLC” Services. She has delivered Keynote speeches at conferences, local universities, and school districts as well as served as a breakout session speaker at several major conferences. She also served as a contributor to the Book Equity by Design. Dr. Sullivan is the creator of an integrated Framework called Quantum Ten (Q10) and is the developer of the Q10 International Educational Conference.

Learn more about the Q10 at https://q10equityineducation.com/.

Vinh Tran

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


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

Board Member

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.

After interning for a large banking institution she decided she had a passion for finance, service, and assisting different nonprofit organizations in the area. Her experience in banking includes commercial banking, personal banking, mortgage and all aspects of management. In September of 2006 Ms. Zermeno obtained her Real Estate license and continued to provide quality service in fiancé to her clients.

In 2004 Ms. Zermeno relocated from the Los Angeles area to Riverside County to be closer to family and became the Regional Manager for a large credit union, managing three counties which included Riverside, San Diego and Orange County. Within the first 9 months Ms. Zermeno was able to coach and advance her team to Chairman Circle which was a prestige’s recognition from the board members and CEO. Ms. Zermeno in July, 2012 took the position of Business Development Officer for Altura Credit Union which much of her job duties includes service to the community.

Ms. Zermeno has been recognized through Riverside County for her efforts and service for serving on the advisory council for The Salvation Army ARC from 2013-2017, Hemet/San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce Board from 2014-2020, Habitat for Humanity Board from 2015-present and she is mostly recognized for being the founder and committee member of The Student of the Month Program in Riverside County which recognizes high school students that have overcome extreme life challenges all while maintaining their focus on education. The Student of the Month Program serves 6 school districts in which over 20 students are recognized on a monthly basis and every year in May celebrating all students with a beautiful dinner and giving out over $36000.00 in scholarships last year. This program has successfully been growing for over 8 years.

Ms. Zermeno has been awarded by her outstanding service in 2015 by the American Business Women of America as the business professional of the Year, Moreno Valley Unified School District Education Board, City of Moreno Valley Leadership, Assembly Melissa Melendrez “Power to the People”. In 2016 Ms. Zermeno was recognized by San Jacinto Unified School District Foundation as Volunteer of the Year, Altura Credit Union with the Service Excellence award, and was a finalist for Senator Mike Morrell’s Woman of Distinction award. In 2017-18 Ms. Zermeno was recognized by San Jacinto Unified School District and was a nominee for the third year in a row as Woman of the Year for Hemet/San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Zermeno has been a Strategic, multidisciplinary community supporter and humble servant with a passion for our youth, coaching and public relations. She has over 25 years in banking experience which included Wells Fargo, Washington Mutual, First Financial Credit Union & City National Bank. Although her skill set is vast, her greatest expertise revolves in the worlds of creating and maintaining relationships. Ms. Zermeno’s combined knowledge and experience in these areas makes her a great asset and wishes to deliver the best to our community, her employer and their audiences as well as help empower our youth.


For general questions please use the form down below or to get involved, receive prayer, or get more information on MOSAIC activities, contact Dr. Judy D. White at drjudywhite@mosaic-legacy.com.

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