2022 – 2023 Board of Directors

  • Lee Thomas – President 

  • Laila Jenkins-Perez – Vice President

  • Francisco Alvarado – Treasurer

  • Dana Sudduth

  • Enomwoyi Booker

  • Jonathan Mayer

  • Dr. Latoya Williams

  • Martel Price

  • Ofelia Asencios Mendoza

  • Rachel Quinn

  • Roma Groves-Waters

UAOS Executive Leadership

Executive Staff


Executive Director



Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director


Board of Directors

Lee Thomas

1st Term 2019 – 2022

Laila Jenkins-Perez

Vice President
1st Term 2018 – 2021
2nd Term 2021 – 2023

Anisa Rasheed

1st Term 2016 – 2019
2nd Term 2019 – 2022

Francisco Alvarado

1st Term 2021 – 2023

Roma Groves-Waters

1st Term 2019 – 2022

Enomwoyi Booker

1st Term 2017 – 2020
2nd Term 2021 – 2023

Ofelia Asencios Mendoza

1st Term 2021 – 2023

Martel Price

1st Term 2021 – 2023

Rachel Quinn

1st Term 2021 – 2023

Dr. Latoya Williams

1st Term 2021 – 2023

Jonathan Mayer

1st Term 2021 – 2023

Jorge Wahner

1st Term 2021 – 2023

About our Executive Director

Moyra was born in Santiago, Chile. She immigrated to Seattle in 1964 where she lived for 20 years. She earned a B.A. in Latin American Studies with a minor in Multi-Cultural Education and a teaching credential from the University of Washington. She also holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from California State University, East Bay. She has lived in Oakland since 1984. 

Moyra Contreras is a life-long educator. She began teaching in preschools while still in college. She then taught in Seattle Public Schools before moving to Oakland in 1984 where she taught at Stonehurst, Jefferson and Melrose Elementary. She served as a Mentor Teacher, Migrant Education Head Teacher, Bay Area Writing Project Consultant, Executive Principal, served on the founding Advisory Board of the national magazine, Teaching Tolerance, now known as Learning For Justice and on the Board of the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative (BASRC). She worked in OUSD for 37 years; 26 of those years as a principal and member of the United Administrators of Oakland Schools (UAOS). She became principal of Melrose Elementary School in 1993, then founded Melrose Leadership Academy in 2001 where she continued to serve until 2019. Moyra is a tireless advocate for quality public education for all. Her three children attended and graduated from Oakland Public Schools.

Moyra has served as the Executive Director of United Administrators of Oakland schools since July of 2021.