Melissa Rodriguez is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelors in Sociology. Melissa’s areas of interest include: behavioral sociology, education, and racial and ethnic relations. During her time at SF State, Melissa served as Vice President of Sigma Pi Alpha, an organization which represents and supports minority groups in academia. Melissa is fluent in Spanish and conversational French. After SF State, Melissa tutored private school students in Spanish, and hopes to further develop her skills for a career in education.
Thomas Aurelio Davis has over thirty years of experience in education. After receiving his B.S. degree in Biology at the University of San Diego in 1974, he taught secondary school Biology, Bilingual Science and Spanish courses in both private and public school systems in the San Diego area for fifteen years. In 1988, Tom co-wrote and managed an Eisenhower Grant from the Department of Education to help restructure the science curriculum in the Sweetwater Union High School district’s ten middle schools. That experience led to his moving into the K-12 instructional software and service business.
As a superintendent with over 30 years of experience in education, Roberto Salinas has seen the transformative effects of technology in both the classroom and at the district level. He as been a part of CALSA for over 20 years.
Dr. Rich Malfatti has virtually held every administrative position from assistant principal to superintendent in his 49-year career. Most recently he was Interim Superintendent at Coast USD in Cambria. He has worked in medium sized school districts and in small rural school districts. He has been an Adjunct Professor teaching graduate level courses at Pepperdine University, CSU Northridge and Concordia University since 2003.
Dr. Malfatti earned a bachelor’s degree in English at the University of San Francisco and a master’s degree in Educational Administration from CSU San Francisco. He received a doctoral degree from UC Santa Barbara in Educational Policy. A San Francisco native, he moved to southern California in 1970 after teaching high school English for five years to pursue his administrative career.
Dr, Malfatti is active in ACSA and CALSA. He was President of ACSA Region 13 on two separate occasions in his career and has served on the ACSA State Board of Directors from 1989 – 1992 as well various state committees. He was Chairperson of the ACSA Small School District Committee. He has been a CALSA member since 2005 and has been a mentor to four CALSA protégés. He served as Interim Executive Director of CALSA from August, 2012 to April, 2013 His hobbies include golf, softball, working out, reading and spending time with his grandchildren.