Endorsements

Elected Officials

  • Cottie Petrie-Norris, California State Assemblywoman, District 74

  • Bob Whalen, Laguna Beach Mayor; past LBUSD School Board Member

  • Ann Christoph, former mayor and Laguna Beach City Council Member

  • Sue Kempf, Laguna Beach City Council Member

  • Ketta Brown, Laguna Beach School Board Member 2006-2018

  • Peggy Wolff, Laguna Beach School Board Member 2016-2020

  • James Kelly, Laguna Beach School Board Member 2018 - current

  • Carol Normandin, Laguna Beach School Board Member 2014 - current

  • Candi Kern, Cypress School Board Member 2012-current

  • Betsy Jenkins, Laguna Beach School Board Member 2002 - 2014

Organizations

  • Women for American Values and Ethics (WAVE)

  • Democratic Party of Orange County

EDUCATORS

  • Dr. Richard Arum, Dean UC Irvine School of Education

  • Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin, LBUSD alumna and parent; career educator, author, & Fulbright Specialist of the U.S. Department of State

  • Dr. Ronald Chilcote, Laguna Beach School Board Member and UC Riverside Professor Emeritus

  • Jennifer Mani, parent of three children in LBUSD, M.Ed. and former teacher, San Francisco Unified School District

  • Patti Rabun, Laguna Beach Unified elementary teacher (ret.)

  • Noelle Gamber, LBUSD parent and Irvine Unified School District teacher

  • Katy Miller, LBUSD alumna and parent; Capistrano Unified School District teacher

  • Penny Dressler, Laguna Beach Unified School District teacher

  • Katie Dwight, Laguna Beach Unified School District teacher

  • Maria Hoffman, Laguna Beach Unified School District teacher (ret.)

  • Richard Selin, Laguna Beach Unified School District teacher

  • Susan Anderson, Laguna Beach Unified School District teacher (ret.)

Community Members

  • Ken Sadler, Laguna Beach Planning Council Member

  • Ann Sadler, Administrative Assistant Thurston Middle School

  • Tom & Ginger Osborne, Laguna Beach Citizens Climate Lobby

  • Kate Clark, Laguna Beach Sustainability Committee

  • Elaine & Craig Brashier, parents of two LBUSD graduates

  • Maddy Kristensen, LBHS alumna

  • Larry Nokes, lawyer

  • Holly Bennet and Richard Ramsey, parents of two children in LBUSD

  • Rod & Crystal Jerabek, parents in LBUSD

  • Brian & Cynthia Kramer, parents of three children in LBUSD

  • Scott & Rebecca Thompson, parents of four children in LBUSD

  • Karly & Tom Simpson, parent of three children in LBUSD

  • Shaheen Sheik-Sadhal, parent of two children in LBUSD

  • Christiane Engel, parent of two children in LBUSD

  • John & Sue Sinclair, Laguna Beach residents

  • Dr. Gary Jenkins, former School Power Endowment Foundation President, 2012 Laguna Beach Citizens of the Year

*ALL titles for identification purposes only

"Kelly would be a great addition to our school board. Having served for 10 years myself, I know firsthand that you have to look at issues from a broad perspective and listen to a wide range of views to make the best choices. Looking at her record, I believe that Kelly will be this kind of leader. She has the experience and commitment to do a great job."

-Bob Whalen, Mayor of Laguna Beach


"I enthusiastically endorse you for the school board. Your garden program shows how skill and enthusiasm can come together to produce good outcomes for our kids."

-Ann Christoph, former Mayor and City Council Member of Laguna Beach


"Kelly Osborne has the experience and vision to provide exceptional leadership for our children's schools. Her commitment to data-driven efforts to promote student success and her focus on inclusion, civic education and environmental sustainability is the right kind of leadership our community needs to move forward in these challenging times."

-Dr. Richard Arum, Dean UC Irvine School of Education


"I have watched Kelly serve as a tireless advocate for students over the years. Having two education doctorates and a long career in education, I am highly aware of the complexity of school systems and have found Kelly to have the considerable expertise, passion, experience, and character our board needs for our district to thrive. She stays current on issues facing our youth, listens to feedback from all sides and roles, and works hard for what is best for our students, staff, and community."

- Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin, LBUSD alumna and parent; career educator, author, & Fulbright Specialist of the U.S. Department of State


“I am pleased to support Kelly for Laguna Beach School Board. She is uniquely qualified as she is a credentialed teacher, PTA President and former investment banker. Her record of collaboration in the school district, her broad experience and temperament makes her a great choice for the Laguna Beach School Board.”

-Sue Kempf, City Council Member of Laguna Beach


"Kelly has started her run for school board the same way I did, by serving as President of school and council PTA’s. Working at the PTA level, especially as President, gives a candidate an exhaustive knowledge of the complexities of district management and is excellent preparation for a board position. I had 12 years of successful service on the school board and wish the same for her."

-Betsy Jenkins, Laguna Beach Unified Board Member 2002-2014


"I am pleased to support Kelly Osborne for Laguna Beach Unified School Board. Kelly’s depth of experience working with many, if not all, stakeholder groups within the District makes her uniquely qualified to serve our community. Though her leadership positions in PTA at all levels, her SchoolPower involvement and her volunteerism, Kelly has proven her dedication to improving the District for all families and staff. Her finance background complements her other skills, including being a credentialed teacher, giving her a distinct perspective. Kelly's honesty and integrity will serve each of us in the District well."

-Ketta Brown, past Laguna Beach Unified Board Member 2006- 2018


"I've had the privilege of working with Kelly on many school initiatives over the last 4 years. In her capacity as TOW PTA President, PTA Council President, a School Power Trustee, and a Certified Teacher who built and runs the Outdoor Garden Classroom at TOW, she time and time again proves to be exceptional in her commitment, discipline, level-headedness, skill, and integrity. She has the unique qualifier of having actually taught our children, knowing them and their needs in a connected and granular way. Her perspective will be invaluable as a Board member. For all these reasons, I whole-heartedly endorse Kelly Osborne for School Board."

-Shaheen Sheik-Sadhal, parent


"I wholeheartedly support Kelly for LBUSD School Board as I have seen her dedication in the classroom, as PTA President, and as a TOW Garden Instructor. She recognizes the factors facing our schools, students, and families today are complex and connected. She will evaluate and review all information presented with students' interests in the forefront of her decision process. Kelly is a problem solver and I am confident she will focus on solutions rather than politics. This is what Laguna School Board needs the most right now."

-Karly Simpson, parent


"I strongly endorse Kelly for the School Board. I have witnessed the kindness and care she has for ALL children, watching her teach at TOW. As a former teacher myself, I have seen an extremely skilled teacher with an innate ability to engage the children and that special spark needed to effectively teach anyone. This spark is greatly needed on the School Board, as is actual experience in the classroom, mixed with the care of a parent. That is what you will get if you vote for Kelly, a parent with commonsense AND a background in education."

-Jen Mani, parent and former teacher, San Francisco Unified School District


"Our family gladly supports Kelly Osborne for school board. Our family has had the great honor to volunteer along side Kelly at the school garden as well as Back to school Bonanza. She is an amazing person who cares deeply for her community. Everything she does, she does her best. Her knowledge is deep and she is very generous to share it with people around her. I am sure she will be an amazing asset for the Laguna Beach School Board."

-The Ghane Family


"I am so excited to endorse Kelly Osborne for LBUSD School Board. I have known Kelly for years on a personal level and volunteering together at Top of the World Elementary School Garden, as well as Thurston Middle School Garden. I have had the pleasure of watching Kelly work passionately and tirelessly over the years creating an outdoor educational classroom for our students, working side-by-side with our teachers to create a curriculum of science and math while our students’ plant, grow, protect, and harvest from our gardens. Observing her over the years work with garden volunteer teams, asking questions, taking on problems and thinking through to the root of a challenge and always coming up with a solution is exactly why I am supporting Kelly for LBUSD School Board. Her dedication and compassion to our students, schools and community is immeasurable. Kelly knows education, policy, teamwork and facing issues head on to find unbiased solutions. I also cannot say enough about her character – Kelly is one of the most level-headed and objective people I know. LBUSD School Board needs new, but experienced blood to help create a great educational experience for all students and parents. Choose Kelly for School Board and invest in the future of tomorrow!"

-Cynthia Kramer, parent of 3 Laguna Beach Unified students

Women for American Values and Ethics

"Women for American Values and Ethics (WAVE) is honored to endorse you as a candidate for Laguna Beach Unified School Board. We appreciate your leadership to support progressive issues in Orange County and willingness to run for this important race. Our membership, endorsement committee and Advisory Council wholeheartedly endorse your candidacy."