By Nick Sestanovich
When the Governing Board of the Benicia Unified School District meets on Dec. 15, a new face will be seated among the trustees. Social worker Celeste Monnette will be sworn in Thursday to succeed outgoing Trustee Andre Stewart.
Monnette filed paperwork to run in the 2016 election for a two-year term. However, since a minimum of three candidates were eligible to run and only three candidates applied— the other two being incumbents Gary Wing and Stacy Holguin—, the board opted not to hold an election that year. All three will be sworn in at Thursday’s meeting.
A psychiatric social worker who has lived in Benicia for six years, Monnette received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Humboldt and her master’s in social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently employed as a psychiatric social worker with Kaiser Permanente Medical Group where she works to provide crisis services for those seeking mental health treatment. She also has worked as a psychotherapist in private practice.