Board of Directors

Karin Dominguez


Karin Dominguez is a retired educator for Santa Maria-Bonita School District and has been in the field of early childhood education for over thirty years. Ms. Dominguez has experience which includes After School Teacher, Infant, Montessori, Special Education, Preschool Teacher, and Preschool administrator. She is very involved in organizations which promote the well-being of children and families in our community including as a CommUnify Board member, California Association for the Education of Young Children Public Policy past board member, Santa Barbara Child Care Planning Council past chair and member, and past president of Pacific Coast Association for the Education of Young Children (PCAEYC).

Through Ms. Dominguez’s School Readiness Project, early education teachers in the Santa Maria community have worked collaboratively to improve the transition to elementary school for thousands of students in preschool and kindergarten. The project began in 2002 with just three schools and now boasts the proud participation of all sixteen schools in the district. The School Readiness Project partners with the Head Start program enabling them to reach thousands of young children who will enter Santa Maria-Bonita School District. The transition strategies have proven so successful they have been replicated by other school districts. As Project Lead for THRIVE Santa Maria, Ms. Dominguez worked collaboratively with many agencies to improve the lives of children and their families.

​Karin Dominguez received her Associates degree from Allan Hancock College and her Bachelors degree from Chapman College. She likes to read, travel, and enjoy time with her family.  Ms. Dominguez and husband Frank “Kiki” Dominguez have three daughters, Miranda, Trish, and Deidre, and six grandchildren.