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Committee Chairs and Council Presidents

Adult Education Council

Natalie Hamilton, Coordinator Alt Ed
Irvine Unified School District
5050 Barranca Parkway
Irvine, CA 92604
Phone: (949) 936-7406
nataliehamilton@iusd.org

Term Expires 2020

Business Services Council

Tim McLellan, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Business Services
Cypress School District
9470 Moody Street
Cypress, CA 90630
Phone: (714) 220-6941
TMcLellan@cypsd.k12.ca.us

Term Expires 2020

Career Technical Education Council  

Terri Giamarino, Superintendent
North Orange County ROP
385 N. Muller Street
Anaheim, CA 92801
Phone: (714) 502-5800
tgiamarino@nocrop.us

Term Expires 2021

Classified Educational Leaders Council   

Nancy Clark, Executive Secretary II, Ed. Svcs.
Orange Unified School District
1401 North Handy Street
Orange, CA 92867
Phone: (714) 628-4466
nancyc@orangeusd.org

Term Expires 2021

Co-Administration Committee Co-Chairs

Troy Fresch, Assistant Principal
Tustin Unified School District
Pioneer Middle School
2700 Pioneer Road
Tustin, CA 92782
Phone: (714) 730-7534
tfresch@tustin.k12.ca.us


Esther Cho, Ed. D., Assistant Principal
Anaheim Union High School District
Oxford Academy
5172 Orange Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630
Phone: (714) 220-3055
cho_es@auhsd.us 

Terms Expire 2020

Curriculum, Instruction & Accountability Council (Region)

Tandy Taylor, Director, Instructional Services
Cypress School District
9470 Moody St.
Cypress, CA 90630
Phone: (714) 220-6920
ttaylor@cypsd.org

Term Expires 2020

Educational Options Council (Region Chair)

Meg Ervais, Principal
Capistrano Unified School District
Serra Continuation School
31422 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Phone: (949) 489-7216
mervais@capousd.org

Term Expires 2020

Educational Options Council (State President)

Elsie Briseño Simonovski, Ph.D., Principal
Orange Unified School District
Richland Continuation High School
615 N. Lemon Street
Orange, CA 92867
Phone: (714) 997-6252
esimonovski@orangeusd.org

Term Expires 2020

Elementary Education Council 

Kathy Davis, Principal
Fountain Valley School District
Tamura Elementary School
17340 Santa Suzanne
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Phone: (714) 375-6226
davisk@fvsd.us

Term Expires 2020

Equity Committee 

Mary Gracem Ed.D., Asst. Superintendent Ed Services
Anaheim Elementary School District
1001 S. East Street
Anaheim, CA 92805
Phone: (714) 517-7517
mgrace@anaheimelementary.org

Term Expires 2020

Human Resources Council

Leisa Winston, Assistant Superintendent of HR
Laguna Beach Unified School District
550 Blumont Street
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: (949) 497-7700 x 5219
lwinston@lbusd.org
                                 
Term Expires 2021

Legislative Policy Committee

Jason Ross, Assistant Principal
Huntington Beach Union High School District
Edison High School
21400 Magnolia
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Phone (714) 962-1356 x 4403
jross@hbuhsd.edu

Term Expires 2021

Member Services Committee

David Appling, Executive Director, Human Resources
Magnolia School District
2705 W. Orange Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92804
Work: (714) 761-5533 x 1015
dappling@magnoliasd.org

Term Expires 2020

Middle Grades Education Council Co-Chairs 

Jerry Vlasic, Principal
Irvine Unified School District
Vista Verde School (K-8)
6 Federation Way
Irvine, CA 92603
(949) 936-6350
JerryVlasic@iusd.org

Term Expires 2020

Retirement Committee

Greg Rankin (Region Chair)
26351 Santa Rosa Avenue
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Phone: (949) 643-0602
gregrankin68@gmail.com

Term Expires 2020

Bob Silva (State Committee Representative)
4281 Margarita
Irvine, CA 92604
Phone: (949) 552-4050
jobobsilva@sbcglobal.net

Term Expires 2020

Secondary Education Council     

Jennifer Graves, Principal
Huntington Beach Union High School District
Edison High School
21400 Magnolia
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Phone: (714) 962-1356
jgraves@hbuhsd.edu

Term Expires 2021

Student Services & Special Education Council    

Leslie Coghlan, Director of Pupil Services
Anaheim Elementary School District
1001 S. East Street
Anaheim, CA 92805
Phone: (714) 517-7526
lcoghlan@anaheimelementary.org

Term Expires 2021

Superintendency Council (Region Chair)

Gregg Haulk, Superintendent
Huntington Beach City School District
8750 Dorsett Drive
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Phone: (714) 964-8888 x 2010
ghaulk@hbcsd.us
                            
Term Expires 2020

Superintendency Council (Region Representative)

Frank Donavan, Ed.D., Superintendent
Magnolia School District
2705 West Orange Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92804
Phone: (714) 761-5533
fdonavan@magnoliasd.org

Term Expires 2021

State Special Education Council President

Jean Martin, Ph.D., Director
North Orange County SELPA
1021 W. Bastanchury, Ste. 161
Fullerton, CA 92833
Phone: (714) 641-5400
jemartin@ocde.us

Term Expires 2022

State ACSA Member Recruiter  

Anne Welsh-Treglia, Ed.D.
Bassett Unified School District
18581 Amalia Lane
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: (714) 306-2245
awtreglia@acsa.org

 

Leadership Training: 2018-19 Leadership Manual

ACSA's effectiveness in shaping education policy at both the state and federal level lies in its grassroots strength. To that end, ACSA is structured with issue-focused committees and job-alike councils made up of education leaders. Following are descriptions of each of ACSA's committees and councils, as well as their purpose within the organization and contact information if you would like to learn more.

Issue-focused Committees

ACSA/CAPEA

Purpose: To identify and study issues in the areas of higher education, administrator preparation and licensing, professional development providers, and legislation for the purpose of building collaboration and informing policy. To work collaboratively to identify issues and concerns of higher education and K-12 public education, professional preparation and development, and partnerships among school districts, institutions of higher education, and professional development providers. To influence and contribute to the education research agenda. To identify issues and make recommendations regarding increasing diversity and membership in the ranks of education administrators and professors of educational administration.

Staff Liaison: Tracy Robinson, ACSA Educational Services
Support Staff: Kimberly Rhoden, ACSA Educational Services
Subject Matter Expert: Tracy Robinson, ACSA Educational Services

Co-Administration

Purpose: To assist co-administrators (vice-principals, assistant principals, deans, coordinators, etc.) in their role as instructional leaders within their schools and communities. To promote networking and increase communication among co-administrators. To provide access to professional development and mentoring experiences. To increase awareness of the co-administrator's role and the importance of that role.

Staff Liaison: Tracy Robinson, ACSA Educational Services
Support Staff: Rhonda Morgan, ACSA Educational Services
Subject Matter Expert: State GR Advocacy Team

Equity

Purpose: To build the capacity in equity leadership and cultural proficiency of all educators within the organization and throughout the state of California to effectively eliminate all equity gaps.

  • Identify and research issues related to equity and diversity
  • Develop strong recruitment and retention policies and practices to grow membership
  • Recommend policies, practices, and resources which lead to quality instructional/educational programs and services
  • Assist in the development of programs, resources, and materials to help leaders effectively respond to equity issues
  • Establish partnerships and communication links
  • Assist the board in implementing aspects of the association strategic plan

Staff Liaison: Dr. Marguerite WiIliams, Senior Director, Equity and Diversity
Support Staff: Janis Rawlins, ACSA Member Services
Subject Matter Expert: Margarita Cuizon, ACSA Member Services
Subject Matter Expert: Adonai Mack, ACSA Federal Governmental Relations

Legislative Policy

Purpose: To identify and study areas of needed legislation impacting ACSA members and public education. To solicit sponsorship requests from ACSA members and sponsor bills improving conditions in California schools. To study proposed legislation and, based upon ACSA's Legislative Platform and additional input from the Board of Directors, establish ACSA's position on state and federal legislation. To assist in the establishment of the ACSA Legislative Platform.

Staff Liaison: Edgar Zazueta, ACSA State Governmental Relations
Support Staff: Christy Sinclair, ACSA State Governmental Relations
Subject Matter Expert: State GR Advocacy Team

Member Services

Purpose: To recruit, retain and recognize members. To identify trends and issues with membership categories that may require changes or adjustments. To support and help grow ACSA's Partner4Purpose program in order to further meet the needs of members. To monitor and ensure that region and charter bylaws align with state ACSA bylaws and that region and charters are in compliance with these regulations.

Staff Liaison: Margarita Cuizon, ACSA Member Services
Support Staff: Joanne Godfrey, ACSA Member Services
Subject Matter Expert: Margarita Cuizon, ACSA Member Services

Retirement

Purpose: To provide leadership, direction, clarification, and understanding of the California State Teachers' and California Public Employees' Retirement Systems to all ACSA members. To actively work with other members of the retirement coalition to protect and enhance the benefits of the CalSTRS and CalPERS. To investigate and to promote legislation that positively impacts or affects members of both systems. To encourage the continued participation, involvement, and service of retired ACSA members in the cause of improving the benefits of the CalSTRS and CalPERS.

Staff Liaison: Alice Petrossian
Staff Liaison: Margarita Cuizon, ACSA Member Services
Support Staff: Janis Rawlins, ACSA Member Services
Subject Matter Expert: Iván Carillo, ACSA State Governmental Relations

Small School District

Purpose: To advocate small school district issues within ACSA. To provide the Legislative Policy Committee information on legislation that would impact small school districts in conformance with ACSA's legislative platform and positions. To provide training and information to support small school district administrators. To facilitate networking between CSBA's Small School District Council and the Small School Districts Association Executive Committee.

Staff Liaison: Rich Malfatti
Support Staff: Rhonda Morgan, ACSA Educational Services
Subject Matter Expert: Margaret Arthofer, ACSA Educational Services

Urban Education

Purpose: To identify and study issues relating to urban education. To emphasize the need to improve educational opportunity for children in urban school districts. To identify and articulate the unique concerns of administrators in urban school districts. To recommend solutions and/or courses of action to deal with problems and needs of urban schools.

Staff Liaison: Adonai Mack, ACSA Federal Governmental Relations
Support Staff: Jason Henderson, ACSA Federal Governmental Relations
Subject Matter Expert: ACSA Equity Executive

Job-alike Councils

Adult Education

Purpose: To identify and study issues relating to adult education. To recommend legislative positions to ACSA and advocate for legislation that advances public adult education statewide. To actively enhance and promote adult education's role with professional organizations, government officials, state agencies, school districts, business, industry, and the community at large. To plan and coordinate professional growth opportunities for administrators of adult education programs.

Staff Liaison: Iván Carrillo, ACSA State Governmental Relations
Support Staff: Christy Sinclair, ACSA State Governmental Relations
Subject Matter Expert: Iván Carrillo, ACSA State Governmental Relations

Business Services

Purpose: To identify and study issues relating to administrators who work in the area of business services. To promote membership in ACSA by school business officials by enhancing the position and skills of business officials through workshops and conferences. To maintain liaison with other ACSA committees, affiliated organizations, the state Department of Education, and other educational agencies. To serve as a quick response team.

Staff Liaison:Martha Alvarez, ACSA State Governmental Relations
Support Staff: Kristy Tinsley, ACSA State Governmental Relations
Subject Matter Expert: Senior Director, ACSA Financial Services

Career Technical Education

Purpose: To support CTE administrators and promote high quality CTE programs that prepare Pre-K through adult students for successful transition to careers and post-secondary education through: legislation, advocacy, professional development, communication, and collaboration.

Staff Liaison: Tony Baldwin, ACSA Information Technology Department
Staff Liaison: Naj Alikhan, ACSA Communications
Support Staff: Tracy Olmedo, ACSA Communications
Support Staff: Chris Booth, ACSA Information Technology Department
Subject Matter Expert: Iván Carrillo, ACSA State Governmental Relations

Classified Leaders

Purpose: To build and maintain a vibrant and purposeful network of classified leaders, who share a mutual commitment to excellence and are valued as members of their leadership team. To develop and enhance professional growth opportunities for classified educational leaders, promote ACSA membership, and encourage participation in all levels of ACSA.

Staff Liaison: Tatia Davenport, ACSA Marketing Department
Support Staff: Lori Allred, ACSA Executive Department
Subject Matter Expert: Laura Preston, ACSA State Governmental Relations

Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability Leaders

To identify and study issues and make recommendations on practices, policies, and positions to ACSA's leadership and staff and to state agencies related to curriculum, instruction, assessment, and accountability. To identify and disseminate best practices for administrators who work in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and accountability, to ensure student centered instruction and services, which prepare all students to compete in an international society. To plan, develop, and coordinate professional learning programs, electronic media, and publications related to council business. To maintain liaison with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), including nominating WASC commissioners. To review all non-ACSA requests to conduct research using ACSA records. To review all non-ACSA requests to conduct research using ACSA records. To maintain liaison with state agencies and other organizations which impact curriculum, instruction, accountability, interventions, assessment and evaluation. To assist in ACSA membership recruitment.

Staff Liaison: Margaret Arthofer, ACSA Educational Services
Support Staff: Jeannette Carpenter, ACSA Educational Services
Subject Matter Expert: State GR Advocacy Team

Educational Options

Purpose: To explore, promote, support, and influence solutions to financial, program, accountability, and legislative issues facing alternative education in the state agencies which impact curriculum, instruction, accountability, interventions, assessment, and evaluation. To assist in ACSA membership recruitment.

Staff Liaison: Iván Carrillo, ACSA State Governmental Relations
Support Staff: Christy Sinclair, ACSA State Governmental Relations
Subject Matter Expert: Iván Carrillo, ACSA State Governmental Relations

 

Elementary Education

Purpose: To identify and study issues related to elementary and preschool administrators. To recommend best practices and policies and to serve as advocates for high quality programs for all elementary and preschool children. To serve as a forum in which elementary and preschool administrators may resolve issues related to their professional efforts. To serve as a representative of elementary and preschool administrators in meeting the goals and priorities of ACSA. To provide representation and leadership from ACSA to NAESP. To assist in the recruitment of elementary and pre-school administrators as ACSA members. To plan and coordinate professional growth opportunities for elementary and preschool administrators.

Staff Liaison: Mary Gomes, ACSA Educational Services
Support Staff: Marianne Magalona, ACSA Educational Services
Subject Matter Expert: State GR Advocacy Team
Subject Matter Expert: Adonai Mack, ACSA Federal Governmental Relations

Human Resources

Purpose: To identify and study issues relating to professionals responsible for personnel, employer/employee relations and other human resources programs. To provide leadership, direction, clarification, and understanding in such areas as personnel practices, employer-employee relationships, fair and equal employment practices, contract management, negotiations, retirement, legislation, credentials, management team concept, individual rights, and staff-related issues. To plan, provide, and encourage in-service training for administrators in this area, and to maintain liaison between ACSA and the American Association of School Personnel Administrators. To assist in the recruitment of personnel, employer/employee relations and other human resources administrators as ACSA members. To promote the training and recruitment of individuals of diverse backgrounds as human resources administrators. To promote the highest standard of ethical conduct, assist local school administrators, and to assure due process to all members of ACSA.

Staff Liaison: Laura Preston, ACSA State Governmental Relations
Staff Liaison: Leslie McMenamy, ACSA HR Manager
Support Staff: Kristy Tinsley, ACSA Educational Services
Subject Matter Expert: Margaret Arthofer, ACSA Educational Services
Subject Matter Expert: Laura Preston, ACSA State Governmental Relations

Middle Grades Education

Purpose: To identify and study issues relating to middle grades administrators and to recommend practices and policies that will lead to high quality programs for young adolescents. To strengthen a network for communication among middle grade administrators. To plan, provide, and encourage professional development programs for middle grades administrators. To assist in the recruitment of middle grades administrators as ACSA members. To encourage interaction and support between ACSA, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the California Department of Education, and other organizations and agencies promoting the interests of middle grades education.

Staff Liaison: Mary Gomes, ACSA Educational Services
Support Staff: Marianne Magalona, ACSA Educational Services
Subject Matter Expert: State GR Advocacy Team
Subject Matter Expert: Adonai Mack, ACSA Federal Governmental Relations

Secondary Education

Purpose: To identify and study issues and make recommendations to the ACSA Board of Directors related to secondary education. To recommend practices and policies that will lead to high quality programs for secondary students. To recruit secondary administrators as members and to maintain a liaison between ACSA, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), and other state agencies relating to secondary education. To plan and coordinate professional development programs for secondary administrators.

Staff Liaison: Mary Gomes, ACSA Educational Services
Support Staff: Marianne Magalona, ACSA Educational Services
Subject Matter Expert: ACSA State GR Advocacy Team
Subject Matter Expert: Adonai Mack, ACSA Federal Governmental Relations

Student Services and Special Education

Purpose: To support administrators in the areas of special education, student services, and coordinated youth services by:

  • Advocating best practices, policies, and legislation to ensure high quality student programs.
  • Improving collaboration and communication between general education, student services, special education, and other support agencies and organizations.
  • Facilitating the development and understanding of current trends and financial issues related to their impact on student programs and services.
  • Planning and coordinating timely and meaningful professional development offerings for new and experienced school administrators.
  • Assisting in ACSA membership recruitment.
Staff Liaison: Margaret Arthofer, ACSA Educational Services
Support Staff: Jeannette Carpenter, ACSA Educational Services
Subject Matter Expert: Cathy McBride, ACSA State Governmental Relations
Subject Matter Expert: Danelle Bowron, ACSA Educational Services

Superintendency

Purpose: To identify and study issues related to the role and responsibilities of superintendents and proactively advocate for solutions. To strengthen a network for communication among superintendents. To be proactive in representing the viewpoints and vision of superintendents on critical education issues with a view toward influencing policy and practice at the local, state, and national levels. To plan strategies and practices that will influence the quality of education for all California students. To voice the critical need for stable, sound finance for educating California's children. To represent superintendents in ACSA's relations with the governor's office, Legislature, and state Superintendent of Public Instruction. To plan and coordinate professional development activities for superintendents and activities to enhance professional development of administrators and all school district positions. To encourage the active participation of superintendents and all other management team members in ACSA. To maintain a liaison relationship with AASA and other state organizations and agencies.

Staff Liaison: Wes Smith, ACSA Executive Director
Support Staff: Suzanne Caffrey, ACSA Executive Associate
Subject Matter Expert: Edgar Zazueta, ACSA State Governmental Relations