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State ACSA Committees and Councils



In addition to our Region 17 Board of Directors, ACSA 17 has representatives from our region serving on State ACSA Committees and Councils.


Committee/Council work serves two purposes within ACSA: expertise and networking. The two functions involve responding to issues in two ways. Committees/councils respond to and develop activities and resources related to board-adopted issues and ACSA’s mission and vision, and they also act on issues specific to and identified by the committee/council itself.


Council membership is comprised of an elected President and a member from each Region, all of whom hold positions related to a specific job-a-like and are made of members from each region aligned with a job-a-like category. Councils develop Bylaws and operating rules which are approved by the board of directors.


Committees are comprised of an appointed Chair and members that may or may not represent every region. Formation of a committee is based on a common interest or goal, rather than a job-a-like.


Committees and Councils meet throughout the year both virtually and in person.  Here is a link to the 2023-24 Committee and Council Meeting Dates.


If you have any questions, concerns, or input here are our Region 17 Representatives.


The 2024-2025 ACSA Region 17  State Committee Chairs and Councils meeting dates & contact information will be updated soon!

Updated November 21, 2023



Equity Committee  

REBECCA PIANTA, PPS Coordinator, College and Career Readiness

Santa Ana Unified School District

1601 East Chestnut Ave.

Santa Ana, CA 92701

[email protected]


Human Resources 

CATHIE ABDEL, Asst. Supt Personnel

Fountain Valley School District

10055 Slater Ave.

Fountain Valley, 92708

Phone: (714) 843-3231

[email protected]


Leadership Development Committee



Legislative Policy Committee

JASON ROSS, Assistant Principal

Huntington Beach Union High School District

Huntington Beach Adult School

17231 Gothard Street

Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Phone: (714) 842-4227 x 4404

[email protected]                                 


Member Services Committee

DAVID APPLING, Asst. Supt., Human Resources

Magnolia School District

2705 W. Orange Avenue

Anaheim, CA 92804

Phone: (714) 761-5533 x 1015

[email protected]


Retirement Committee 

GREG RANKIN (Region Chair)

26351 Santa Rosa Avenue

Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Phone: (949) 322-2356

[email protected]       


BOB SILVA (State Committee Representative)

4281 Margarita

Irvine, CA 92604

Phone: (949) 981-2353 

[email protected]                     






Adult Education Council  

JOSE LARA, Coordinator, Alternative Ed.

Trident Education Center

1800 W. Ball Rd.


Phone: (714) 999-3738

[email protected]

Business Services Council  

TIM MCLELLAN, Asst. Supt., Business Services

Cypress School District

9470 Moody Street

Cypress, CA 90630

Phone: (714) 220-6941

[email protected]   


Career Technical Education Council   

CASEY RIGGS, Coordinator, Curriculum & Assessment 

North Orange County ROP

385 N. Muller Street

Anaheim, CA 92801

Phone: (714) 502-5800

[email protected]                             


Classified Educational Leaders Council   

VICTORIA WEBBER, Executive Assistant.

Laguna Beach Unified School District

550 Blumont St.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Phone: (949) 497-7700

[email protected]     


Co-Administration Committee Co-Chairs

ESTHER CHO, Assistant Principal

Anaheim Union High School District

Oxford Academy

5172 Orange Ave.

Cypress, CA 90630

Phone: (714) 220-3055

[email protected] 


State ACSA Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability Council 

TANDY TAYLOR, Director, Instructional Services

Cypress School District

9470 Moody St. 

Cypress, CA 90630

Phone: (714) 220-6920

[email protected] 


Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability Council 

YVETTE CANTU, Chief Academic Officer 

Buena Park School District

6885 Orangethorpe Ave.

Buena Park, CA 90620

Phone: (714) 736-4243

[email protected]


Early Education Council


Capistrano USD

George White Elementary

25422 Chapparosa park Dr.

Laguna Niguel 92677

Phone: (949) 249-3875

[email protected]


Educational Options Council (Region Chair)

JOSE LARA, Coordinator, Alternative Ed.

Trident Education Center

1800 W. Ball Rd.


Phone: (714) 999-3738

[email protected]


Elementary Education Council  


Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Melinda Heights Elem

21001 Rancho Trabuco, 

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Phone: (949) 888-7311

[email protected]



Middle Grades Education Council 


Newport-Mesa USD

Ensign Intermediate School

2000 Cliff Dr.

Newport Beach 92660

Phone: (949) 515-6910

[email protected]


Secondary Education Council


Huntington Beach Union High School District

Marina High School

15871 Springdale

Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Phone: (714) 893-6571

[email protected]


Student Services & Special Education Council    

LESLIE HANSEN, Director of Pupil Services

Anaheim Elementary School District

1001 S. East Street

Anaheim, CA 92805

Phone: (714) 264-8484

[email protected]


Educational Options Council (State President)

ELSIE BRISEÑO SIMONOVSKI, Director, Student and Community Services

Buena Park School District

6885 Orangethorpe

Buena Park, CA 90620

Phone: (714) 522-8412

[email protected]        


Superintendency Council (Region Representative)

FRANK DONAVAN, Supt Magnolia School District

2705 W. Orange Ave.

Anaheim 92804 

Phone: 714. 761.5533

[email protected]















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