The REAL Journey Academies (RJA) Board of Directors consists of five (5) board members and features a diverse group of professionals with expertise in secondary and higher education, international relations, and public administration/finance. Many of the members have served on the board for over six years and are long-time residents of San Bernardino County. Below are brief biographies for each board member.
Diana Z. Rodriguez – President
Ms. Rodriguez has served in numerous leadership and teaching positions in higher education over the past 28 years. She is currently President of San Bernardino Valley College. Previously, she served as Vice President of Student Services for Las Positas College and Assistant Superintendent for Palo Verde College. Ms. Rodriguez received a BA in Marketing from California State University, San Bernardino, an MBA in Marketing from California State University, San Bernardino, and an MA in Education/Counseling from California State University, San Bernardino.
Javier Hernandez – Vice President
Mr. Hernandez has been an educator, administrator, and college outreach specialist for the past 36 years. He has held such academic positions as Director for Immediate Outreach for the University of California, Riverside, and Early Academic Outreach Coordinator for the University of California, San Diego. Mr. Hernandez has presented on topics of college readiness, minority student outreach, and student intervention/remediation at numerous conferences and workshops throughout his career including the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and the UC Board of Regents. He has a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside, and an MA in Educational Counseling from the University of San Diego.
Jack D. Rubensaal – Secretary
Mr. Rubensaal has served as a university professor and expert in international relations over the past 41 years. He is currently a Professor of Political Science and Asian American Studies and serves as Vice Chair of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Division for West Los Angeles College (part of the Los Angeles Community College District). Mr. Rubensaal has held leadership positions in many academic organizations, including the California State Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (1997–2002), Chapter President for the American Federation of Teachers (2000–2004), and Board of Directors for the California Center for Public Policy (1987–1992). He has a BA in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University, an MA in Political Science/Asian Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and an M.Phil in Politics/International Relations from the London School of Economics.
Dr. Audrey L. Mathews – Treasurer
Dr. Mathews has been a university professor in business and public administration for the past 29 years. Most recently, she was Professor Emeriti in Business Administration and Public Administration at California State University, San Bernardino. She has served as contributor and editor for numerous publications and books on public administration, among them, The Sum of the Differences: Diversity and Public Organization (1998) and the International Encyclopedia of Public Policy and Administration (1997). Dr. Mathews has held several appointed positions in government including Planning Commissioner to the County of San Bernardino (2004–2021) and Legislative Committee Chair for the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board (2009–2016). Her professional honors include Presidential Merit Award for Service to the Profession from the American Society of Public Administration (2000, 2006), and National Pioneer/Trailblazer Award from the National Conference of Minority Public Administrators (1998). She received a BS in Business Administration from West Coast University, an MPA in Public Administration from the California State University, Northridge, and a Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Reyes L. Quezada – Board Member
Dr. Quezada has been a professor in education and counseling for the past 24 years. At this time, he is a professor in the School of Leadership and Educational Sciences at the University of San Diego. He began his career in education as an elementary school teacher in bilingual education at Brawley Elementary School. He is a recognized expert in counseling, bilingual education, and diversity, and has spoken at numerous conferences, including the International Council for Education of Teaching (ICET), International Education Conference, and the American Association of University Administrators. Dr. Quezada has written books on education, including Teaching and Supporting Migrant Children in Our Schools: A Culturally Proficient Approach (2016) and Family, School, Community Engagement and Partnerships: An Imperative for K-12 and Colleges of Education in the Development 21st Century Educators (2015). He has also published extensively in academic journals, among them, Multicultural Education, Teaching Education and Catholic Education: A Journal of Theory and Practice. He has received numerous academic and professional service awards including Latino of the Year Leadership Award (Special Recognition) from San Bernardino County (2006) and Global Impact Award (Nominee) from the University of San Diego (2015). He has a BA in Liberal Studies from San Jose State University, an MA in Counselor Education from the University of San Diego, and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Northern Arizona University.