Governing Board Members

  • The Temecula Valley Unified School District is guided by a Governing Board composed of five publicly elected officials. Effective 2016, Governing Board members are elected using By-Trustee Area Election. Candidates must reside in specific Trustee Areas within the District's boundaries and are elected only by the voters who reside in the same Trustee Areas. In November 2016, Trustee Areas 1 and 5 were up for election. In 2018, voters participated in elections for Trustee Areas 2, 3, and 4. Board members are elected to serve four year terms. Click Map of Approved Trustee Area for a map of the new Trustee Areas. 


  • Board Member for Trustee Area 2
    Sandy Hinkson, President
    Term Expires: December 2022

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    Mrs. Sandy Hinkson was elected to the Temecula Valley Unified School District Governing Board in 2014. She is a retired teacher having taught in Temecula for over 20 years. Sandy is married to Brad Hinkson, retired Temecula Middle School Band Director. Sandy has one son, also a teacher, who resides in Temecula with his family. Born in Michigan, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Oakland University. After relocating to California, she worked in business for the next 15 years. Her experience included Store Manager for Target and small business owner. Mrs. Hinkson went on to receive her Teaching Credential from Cal State Fullerton and a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Grand Canyon University. She moved to Temecula in 1990 where she was an award winning teacher, retiring in 2012. In her spare time, she enjoys family time, traveling, bowling, and swimming. Her priorities for Temecula Valley Unified School District are to: continue to focus on excellence in education, provide rich and varied educational opportunities that prepare students for their future including both college and career readiness, expand elementary Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) and PE programs, and enhance communication.

    Board Member for Trustee Area 1
    Lee Darling, Clerk
    Term Expires: December 2020

    Picture of Board member Lee Darling

    Mr. Lee Darling will be serving his first term on the Temecula Valley Unified School District Governing Board beginning December 2016. Mr. Darling was born in Dunoon, Scotland, United Kingdom while his family was stationed there. Mr. Darling's father served in the United States Marine Corps and his family spent the first 13 years in his childhood moving between Okinawa, Japan, and Southern California before settling in Temecula in 2002. Mr. Darling attended Vail Ranch Middle School and Temecula Valley High School before completing his last three years at Great Oak High School, where Mr. Darling was a part of the school's first graduating class. Mr. Darling studied Planning Policy and Design while at the University of California, Irvine earning a Bachelor's degree in Urban Studies while also competing for the NCAA Division I Track and Field team. Mr. Darling continued his education at UC Irvine, earning his Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Mr. Darling has spent his entire professional career working for a school district. Mr. Darling and his wife, Sierra, have a young daughter who will be entering the District near the end of his first term as a Board member. His vision for Temecula Valley Unified School District is ensuring that all current and future students of our community have the opportunity to succeed in today's ever-changing learning environment post-graduation. Mr. Darling wants to "pay it forward" to help ensure our District continues to provide pathways to success for all students in either college or career ventures. 

    Board Member for Trustee Area 5
    Dr. Kristi Rutz-Robbins
    Term Expires: December 2020

    Picture of Board member Dr. Kristi Rutz-Robbins

    Dr. Kristi Rutz-Robbins is serving her third term as a Board member. She joined the Temecula Valley Unified School District Governing Board in 2008. She and her husband, local pediatrician, Dr. Daniel Robbins moved to Temecula from Michigan in 2001 to raise their three children near her sister's family. She teaches for California State University San Marcos. Her passions are promoting college readiness, parent engagement, expanding the arts, and equal opportunity in our schools.

    Board Member for Trustee Area 3
    Barbara Brosch
    Term Expires: December 2022

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    Barbara Brosch and the Brosch Family have been in the Temecula area for more than 30 years. Barbara and her husband are both graduates of TVHS and have both watched Temecula grow from the small ranching community of Rancho California to what we see today. Professionally, Barbara works as a Sales Executive focusing on Parks and Recreation. Barbara is involved with volunteering in our community as a past board member for the French Valley Baseball & Softball Association and also volunteers extensively in the schools of TVUSD where her two children have attended. Some of her additional volunteer experience includes serving as President of the PTA and is currently serving as President of the Chaparral High School Education Foundation, overseeing the fundraising arm of the high school. 

    Board Member for Trustee Area 4
    Julie Farnbach
    Term Expires: December 2020

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    Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Julie Farnbach moved to Temecula with her husband and their four young children in 2003. She has spent countless hours volunteering in TVUSD classrooms and conference rooms since, helping teachers, tutoring students, running PTA literacy activities, being a “band mom,” serving as a choir accompanist, a member of the GATE advisory committee, and as an appointee to the Superintendent’s Parent Council. Mrs. Farnbach holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and a minor in music theory and composition. She has spent her adult life teaching piano, nutrition, Sunday School and classes on Natural Law and the US Constitution, American History and Government, and Shakespeare. Her children have grown and gone now, but Julie remains passionate about the importance of providing high-quality public education to every family in the community. She is committed to putting students first, giving parents a voice, supporting classroom teachers, building visual and performing arts programs and career/technical education opportunities, and fostering healthy campus cultures while respecting the principles of freedom.