Board Members


Jane Bell
Jane Bell Jane Bell Email Address
(At-Large) - Civic Leader andCommunity Volunteer
(361) 887-5767

Elected November 2012, 2016; term expires November 2020

Janie D. Bell  is a community volunteer, who served as the director of the American Diabetes Association for 13 years.  She received her Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and has been a Corpus Christi resident for 39 years. She was elected to the CCISD Board of Trustees in November 2012 as an At-Large representative.  She recognizes the importance of public schools and the education of our children in order to build a stronger community.

Mrs. Bell is a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi and has served as chair and/or board member for the Corpus Christi Education Foundation, Catholic Charities, Charity League, Junior League of Corpus Christi, Mayor’s Fitness Council, the Coastal Bend Diabetes Initiative, and John Paul II High School. She is currently serving on the Corpus Christi Symphony Board and has co-chaired "Pops In the Park" for the past 7 years.  She also serves as a Nueces County Coastal Park Board Commissioner. She has been active in several PTAs and Booster Clubs over the past 25 years. 
She is honored to serve her community as School Board Trustee.   Mrs. Bell and her husband, Philip, have four children, who are all CCISD graduates.

Vice President

S. Jaime Arredondo
S. Jaime Arredondo S. Jaime Arredondo Email Address
(District 2)

S. Jaime Arredondo is a retired educator and lifelong advocate of public education.  His 37-year career has included service as a teacher, principal, State Migrant Director in the State of Montana and staff consultant at the Texas Education Agency.  Mr. Arredondo was a School Leadership Director in Corpus Christi Independent School District for 22 years before retiring in 2006.

Mr. Arredondo brings to the school board his extensive experience with the District, including administrative and instructional leadership, school and central office management, evaluation of campus operations, board relations and community relations.

In addition to his education career, Mr. Arredondo has served on various civic and community organizations, as well as professional associations.  He has also been active in Little League and Booster Clubs.  Currently, he is an advisory board member for H.E.L.P, and a board member for the South Texas Barber College.

Mr. Arredondo was a doctoral fellow in the Cooperative Superintendent’s Program at the University of Texas at Austin.  He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from UT Pan American.

Mr. Arredondo is married to Lupita R. Arredondo, a retired educator.  They have six adult children who are graduates of CCISD and he has eight grandchildren attending CCISD schools.


Catherine Susser
Catherine Susser Catherine Susser Email Address
District 4 - Community Volunteer
(361) 232-1465
3861 Ocean Dr., 78411 ,

Elected November 2014; reelected November 2018
Catherine Susser is a community volunteer, wife and mother who is a strong supporter of Texas public schools. Mrs. Susser holds a BBA in Business and a master’s in public accounting from The University of Texas at Austin. She was elected to the CCISD Board of Trustees in November 2014 as the District 4 Representative, re-elected in 2018, and is currently serving as the President of the Board. She is passionate about the importance of a strong public school system to accommodate our growing community. She believes there is an obligation to the citizens and taxpayers to educate the young people so they are able to enter the workforce and become independent, contributing members of our society.


In addition to serving as a CCISD Trustee, Mrs. Susser serves as the Chair for the Texas Commission on Women and is on the board of the Coastal Bend Blood Center. She has volunteered in CCISD schools in numerous capacities, including PTA President, and has served as a reading volunteer at several campuses. In addition, she was a Destination Imagination coach for three years and is a past president of the Corpus Christi Charity League.


Mrs. Susser and her husband, Sam, have three children: a daughter and son who attend The University of Texas at Austin, and a son who attends W.B. Ray High School.


Assistant Secretary

Alice Upshaw Hawkins
Alice Upshaw Hawkins Alice Upshaw Hawkins Email Address
(361) 947-1958

Elected November 2016; term expires November 2020

Alice Upshaw Hawkins was born in Robstown, Texas and educated in Corpus Christi.  She received a Masters’ degree in Composition and Rhetoric from Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi and a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Texas A & I University Kingsville.  She taught in several local school districts including Victoria ISD, West Oso ISD, Corpus Christi ISD, and Flour Bluff ISD before retiring in 2011.   Additionally, Ms. Upshaw Hawkins has taught Freshman Composition at Del Mar College since 2003. Although teaching has been her primary passion and career, she worked in the oil and gas industry at Champlin Refinery (now Citgo) and in telecommunications for Southwestern Bell Telephone (now AT & T). 


Marty Bell
Marty Bell Marty Bell Email Address
(361) 815-2355

Elected November 2016; term expires November 2020

Marty Bell, is a product of CCISD, having attended Schanen Elementary School, Tom Browne Junior High School and Carroll High School. After 34 years in the classroom and the gym, the last 18 at his Alma Mater, he retired from teaching and coaching in May 2016. He believes that education determines our vocation and always stresses to students, “Come to school every day, on time, with your supplies and ready to do your best.” He promotes parent involvement in their children’s education, especially the importance reading to their children at a very early age to help them become successful learners. 

Coach Bell graduated from Texas A&M University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education, and he earned a Master of Science in Educational Technology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2004.  

As a CCISD educator, Coach Bell served as the vice-chairman of the CCISD District Advisory Team and co-chairman of CCISD’s Consultation Committee. He also served on various committees at the campus level which include Carroll High School Library Committee and the Campus Advisory Team. Coach Bell currently works part-time at St. John Paul II High School as the Boys Head Basketball Coach. 

Coach Bell started serving his community at an early age as an Eagle Scout and continued to give his time and talents to church and various community organizations.  


John Longoria
John Longoria John Longoria Email Address
(District 1)
(361) 695-7403

Elected November 2006; reelected November 2010, 2014, 2018


John Longoria was elected to the school board in November 2006 to represent District 1, and was reelected in 2010, 2014 and 2018.  Mr. Longoria helped lead efforts to pass bond programs in 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016 and 2018. The bonds led to the construction of eight new elementary schools, three middle schools, and the first new, comprehensive high school campuses in Corpus Christi in a generation (Veterans Memorial High School and a replacement campus for Mary Carroll High School).

Mr. Longoria is an enthusiastic supporter of academics, athletics, teachers and parent involvement. He financially supports many student clubs and assists individual students. He encourages parents to put their children to bed early, get them to school on time, and assist them with their homework for 30 minutes every day.

A member of several PTA groups and a former PTA president, Mr. Longoria is also a member of several CCISD athletic booster organizations. He enjoys serving as a judge at spelling bees and science fairs.  Mr. Longoria often brings his camera to CCISD athletics events and shares his photos with students and parents at no charge.  He spearheaded the Corpus Christi Education Foundation’s first 5K run, which attracted 1,300 participants and raised $65,000 for CCISD teacher grants, placing it among the largest 5K events in South Texas. 

 Mr. Longoria was a Corpus Christi City Councilman from 1995-2003. He is Chairman of the City of Corpus Christi Parks Foundation/PALS and also serves as  Chairman of the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority’s RCAT committee.  He has served as a board member for the Corpus Christi Housing Authority, the Del Mar College Foundation, and the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority.

Mr. Longoria earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in College Station and a Master of Business Administration degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. He and his wife Sonia have three children, all of whom attend CCISD schools.


Tony Diaz
Dr. Tony Diaz Tony Diaz Email Address
(District 3) - Retired Educator
6041 Oso Parkway, 78414
(361) 992-6407
(361) 960-1055

Elected November 2014; reelected November 2018

Dr. Tony C. Diaz has dedicated his life to education. For over 35 years, Dr. Diaz spent his time teaching students in the classroom, leading schools as principal or assistant principal, and taking on various administrator positions in CCISD. Since retiring from the District in 1995, Dr. Diaz remained active filling administrator positions at various campuses across the District. Dr. Diaz is deeply entrenched in the community and has served in various state, local, and civic organizations. Today, he continues to be a member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators Association and the Texas Elementary Principals & Supervisors Association. Most often you will not see Dr. Diaz without his wife, Bessie. The pair has been side-by-side in support of education for over 40 years.