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Doctor Deena Kaplanis competes for a Livermore school board seat

'I am passionate about helping our youth be at their best academically, mentally, physically, emotionally and socially'
Deena Kaplanis is one of nine candidates running for Livermore school board.

As a candidate for Livermore school board, local chiropractor Deena Kaplanis is pledging to advocate for parents, preserve high academic standards in the classroom, ensure school safety and support teachers and staff, according to her campaign website.

"I am running for the LVJUSD School Board because as the mother of young school-aged children in the district, I truly care about what is taking place in our educational institutions," Kaplanis said in a statement to Livermore Vine. "I serve the community as a private practicing Doctor of Chiropractic and I am passionate about helping our youth be at their best academically, mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially," she added.

With safety as one of her top priorities, Kaplanis aims to be a voice for students and their parents.

"Each student and their parents should know that I am here for them, I hear them, and I will do everything I can to ensure their safety and rights are my priority always," she said on her campaign website.

Kaplanis is one of a total of nine candidates competing for three open positions on the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Board of Education.

The three incumbents whose terms are expiring this year are President Craig Bueno, Clerk Emily Prusso and Trustee Anne White -- all of whom are seeking re-election.

The other five challengers in the race are associate professor Steven Drouin, student and community organizer Hayden Sidun, development director Kristina Mazaika, retired legal businessman John Kupski and community member and mother Alex Izarraraz.

Kaplanis is a Southern California native who graduated as a two-sport scholar athlete from Whittier College with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a minor in psychology. Upon graduating, she was hired by her alma mater as an assistant volleyball coach. She continued furthering her education, graduating from Southern California University of Health Sciences with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.

While the early years of her life were spent in Southern California, Kaplanis said she has planted "deep roots in Livermore."

"Both my husband and I have established businesses here. My children, my nieces and nephews attend schools in the district and play on various sports teams in our city. I love the small town of Livermore. I love the community here that’s made up of lots of families, small businesses, wineries, ranches, breweries, and of course, our national laboratories," she said on her campaign website.

Although this campaign marks her first run for public office, Kaplanis cites her community involvement with youth and business knowledge as qualities that make her a fit for the role of school board trustee.

"I understand what it takes to be a leader, a team player, and most importantly, I know how to operate large budgets," Kaplanis said in a statement. "I also volunteer as a team parent on my children’s sports teams and as a helper in our church children’s ministry. My highest priority is education along with representing the community well by making sure every decision is made with laser focus on student achievement for our children and their families," she added.

To learn more about Kaplanis and her campaign, visit


Cierra Bailey

About the Author: Cierra Bailey

Cierra started as an editorial intern with the Pleasanton Weekly in 2014. After pursuing opportunities in digital and broadcast media and attending graduate school at Syracuse University, she’s back as the editor of the Vine.
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