Carol Skiljan, Vice Chair
Carol Skiljan was appointed by the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors to the First 5 Commission in December 2005. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Commission. Ms. Skiljan appreciates the opportunity serving as a Commissioner. She offers to expand her advocacy for children and youth to help achieve the Commission’s ultimate goal that all children ages 0 through 5 are healthy, are loved and nurtured, and enter school as active learners.
Carol Skiljan is involved in some facet of pre K-12 issues practically on a daily basis, be it as a volunteer, elected official, educator, advocate or grandparent.
Ms. Skiljan has been an active volunteer and advocate of public education and the needs of children and youth since her oldest daughter was in first grade over 26 years ago. She has been elected to local and county level PTA boards and other parent/education foundation boards, serving in leadership roles in many capacities. She was elected to the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) Board of Trustees in 1992. She has served as Board President, Vice-President, and Clerk numerous times and represents EUSD on the City of Encinitas School Liaison Committee. She is particularly proud of EUSD’s Preschool Learning Center which was recognized in 2004 with a California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Award.
Ms. Skiljan is a graduate of CSBA’s two-year governance training programs: Master in Boardsmanship (1994) and Master in Governance (2000). Since 1994, Carol has served as a Delegate from San Diego Region 17 to CSBA. In 2010, she was appointed Director of Region 17 and represents San Diego County School Board Members on the CSBA Board of Directors. She is a past president of the San Diego County School Boards Association and was recognized as School Board Member of the Year in 2007.
Currently, Ms. Skiljan is the Executive Director and one of the founding members (1997) of the San Diego Chapter of Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program® (YRSPP), a community-based program that addresses youth/young adult suicide through public awareness campaigns, education and training. She is a certified YRSPP® trainer and presenter. In April 2006, she received a San Diego County Public Health Regional Champion Award representing North Coastal San Diego County.
Ms. Skiljan holds an Associate of Arts degree from West Valley College and completed Sociology coursework at San Jose State University and San Diego State University.
Ms. Skiljan and her husband have been married for 39 years and have resided in Encinitas for over 34 years. Their two daughters are the successful recipients of California’s public education system: elementary at Ocean Knoll, then graduating from the San Dieguito Union High School District and receiving degrees from California State University and University of California colleges. They have two toddler-age grandchildren who will be attending Encinitas public schools in a few years.