Executive Director Dr.David Vedugo is a proven and dynamic California educational leader who has served diverse communities in a variety of teaching, administrative and leadership posts for over 40 years. A dedicated and nationally recognized educational leader, Dr. Verdugo continues to train and mentor aspiring administrators and superintendents since retiring in 2013. Dr. Verdugo is a distinguished member, representative, guest speaker or professional resource for a number of state and national organizations, including the Association of California School Administrators (“ACSA”), California School Boards Association (“CSBA”), American Association of School Administrators (“AASA”) and Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (“ALAS”).
Dr. Jacqueline Perez received a BA, Biological Sciences (1997) and a M.Ed., Education (1999) from UC Santa Barbara. She moved from the Santa Barbara area and taught biology at Montebello High School in Los Angeles County. Although she enjoyed teaching science to all students, especially at-risk and English Learners, she knew that she wanted to serve a broader purpose and impact school-wide change. Jacqueline then earned a M.A. in Educational Leadership from CSU Los Angeles in 2001. She left the classroom, and became a Teacher Support Specialist, supporting new teachers and delivering staff development. Eager for a new challenge, she left Montebello USD to be a Strategy Coach for Action Learning Systems (ALS). These experiences all reinforced her background in instructional reform and research-based teaching strategies. She later earned her doctorate from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2005.
Jacqueline’s administrative experiences include serving as an Assistant Principal, Instruction at Workman High School in La Puente, CA, Assistant Principal, Curriculum at Westminster High School in Westminster, CA and Curriculum Coordinator, Temple City USD. She was the principal at Chino Hills High School in Chino Hills, CA and currently lives in the Sacramento area serving as the Associate Superintendent, Human Resources/Labor Relations in Twin Rivers Unified School District.
Ivan Chaidez currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Education Services for Oak Grove School District in San Jose, CA. Ivan earned his BA with double majors in Spanish and Chicana/o Studies from the University of California, Davis; and an MS in Educational Administration from Sacramento State University. He formerly served as the Region 1 Bay Area Representative on the CALSA Board of Directors. As a member of CALSA, Ivan has volunteered on several committees such as the Scholarship Committee, presenting at various Summer Institutes and mentorship workshops. Ivan was a protégé in Cohort 4 and then served as a mentor in Cohort 7. He participated and graduated from ALAS, the national organization, in Cohort 3 Superintendents Leadership Academy. Prior to Novato; Ivan served for 5 years as the Executive Director of Achievement & Innovation for the Napa Valley Unified School District. Ivan’s successful tenure as Principal at Dixon High School includes achieving the highest college bound rate in the county and the prestigious California Distinguished School Award.
Daisy Morales is serving as principal of Gardner Academy for the last three year, where the climate and culture have been transformed, allowing for a collaborative team to be formed that is impacting teaching and learning. She received her BA in Spanish and Business Administration from San Jose State. For ten years prior to entering the educational field, she was a controller and CFO of a non-profit organization. When returning to education, Ms. Morales earned a MA in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction, as well as her Multi-Subject BCLAD Credential. Ms. Rojas is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership. As a teacher, she has taught a second/third combo class, fifth grade, seventh grade history, and various levels of high school Spanish. As an administrator, she has served in various capacities including Curriculum and Accreditation Director, English Language Development Coordinator, and Vice-Principal, Principal, and Director of English Language Learner Services. Ms. Rojas is an active member of California Association of Latino Superintendent and Administrators (CALSA) and has been both a protégé and mentor in the mentorship program. She is a strong believer in building capacity and mentoring others. She currently resides in San Jose with her two grown children, where she enjoys cooking and hosting family/friend gatherings.
Martha L. Martinez currently serves as Salinas City School District Superintendent and prior to holding this position was the Director, District/School Support Services, for Santa Clara County Office of Education, providing leadership to districts in sustainable systemic change resulting in improved student achievement. Martha is the Region 8 Lead of Regional System of District and School Support, providing technical assistance and professional development on systemic reform that address the tenets of ESEA. Martha has over 30 years in education; the last 16 years in K-12 administration serving as principal, EL Administrator, and Director, Categorical and Special Projects. Her lifelong belief is that leaders must create educational equity to ensure societal equality. She works daily to reform public education to ensure that all learners have a chance at an equitable education.
Martha received a M.A in Organizational Leadership from University of San Francisco and B.A. in Child Development from San Jose State University. She believes strongly in community service as key to furthering the education of all students. As a CALSA Cohort 7 and 8 Mentor Martha works with dynamic Latina administrators and enjoys going to the mentee’s site to provide “real-time” coaching. She currently serves as Santa Clara County Office of Education Administration Association ACSA charter past-president, a position she also held twice in Gilroy Unified. She has served as President of Gilroy Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Founding Member of the Latino Family Fund, Past President of Gilroy’s Gang Task Force, President of Latina Coalition, San Jose State University Advisory Board and Board of Directors for Saint Louise Regional
Region 1 – Bay Area
Region 2 – Sacramento/Sierras
Dr. Edgar Lampkin has built a successful 34 year career in education starting as an aide, bilingual teacher, principal, district and county director; currently Superintendent of Williams Unified School District. He obtained B.A. in Liberal Studies w/Bilingual Empahsis, an M.A. in Educational Administration and an Ed. D. in International Multicultural Education.
In addition, Dr. Lampkin has extensive national and international consulting experience that focuses on education for social justice, brain-compatible instructional pedagogy and administrative leadership. His independent consultation has taken him from the United States to Mexico, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asian countries. His mission is “Making A Difference” as an educator and striving for “Personal Best” as he impacts the communities he works in. He is known as a “CHANGE” agent and “ADVOCATE” for English Learners and Social Justice.
Region 3 – Central Valley
Maria Lorenza, better known as Lori, was born in Nuevo Leon Mexico moved to Sanger, California prior to entering Kindergarten. Upon her graduation from Sanger High School, Lori attended California State University Fresno to attain both her Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees. Lori attributes her success in life and her career to her parents who dedicated their life to providing for her and her siblings. Lori first and utmost love is her family who she adores. Lori is married to Leonel Gonzalez, and has three children Daniel, Gabriel and Elise.
Lori Gonzalez currently serves as Associate Superintendent of Fowler Unified School District where providing guidance in the areas of curriculum and instruction, English Language Development, professional development, state and federal programs, LCFF/LCAP, and parent involvement are current areas of focus under her direction. Lori also served as Vice Principal, Principal, and Director of Educational Services all within the Fowler Unified School District. Her career began in 1992 as a Kindergarten teacher followed by the positions of third grade teacher, Reading Specialist, and Program Manager within the Selma Unified School District.
Lori is currently a member of the Central Valley California Association of Latino Superintendent and Administrators (CALSA), where she serves as a Member-At-Large. In addition, Lori serves as the Educational Lead for the Fresno Talk Read Sing initiative, which strives to build literacy capacity among our impoverished communities by building capacity in the education, media, business and community, and health sectors.
Region 4 – Central Coast Area
Ed Cora is currently the Superintendent of Santa Paula Unified School District. He has thirty-one years of educational experience, twenty as an administrator.
After graduating with a degree in Elementary Education from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, he began his teaching career in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (1984). After three years teaching, he moved to California and joined the Orcutt Union School District, where he continued teaching and later coordination the district’s Outreach Program.
In 1995, after earning a Master’s degree and an administrative credential, he began his administrative career with the Santa Maria-Bonita School District. He was hired as an assistant principal (2 years), promoted to elementary principal (7 years), subsequently becoming a junior high school principal (7 years).
Region 5 – Los Angeles
Dr. Victor Torres serves as a Director for the California School Boards Association and a School Board member for the Castaic Union School District in Los Angeles County.
Dr. Torres currently works as Director of Human Resources for Palmdale School District. Torres is a retired police officer from the City of Oakland, CA. and served in the United States Marine Corps. Torres hold a Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) from California State University Northridge, a Masters in Business (MBA) in finance from Golden Gate University and a Masters in Educational Leadership (M.Ed.) from California State University Northridge. Torres is currently a member of California Association of Latino Superintendent and Administrators (CALSA), California Latino School Board Association (CLSBA) and Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO), and California School Board Association (CSBA).
Region 6 – San Diego/Inland Empire
Dr. Rachel Monárrez believes in the possibility of every child, and this approach guides her daily interactions as the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services for San Bernardino City Unified School District. Entering her twenty-fourth year of education, Dr. Monárrez spent almost two decades educating students in Pomona Unified School District as a classroom teacher, professional developer and instructional leader. The overwhelming majority of her students were English Learners and she found great joy and fulfillment supporting her students’ academic achievement. In 2004, Dr. Monárrez earned the title of National Board Certification Teacher, English as a New Language. With a vast knowledge base for academic excellence, professional development and collaborative practices, Dr. Monárrez served as principal of two schools, the Director of English Learner Programs and Special Education and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services before joining San Bernardino City Unified School District. Dr. Monárrez works endlessly to foster a culture of equity, academic excellence and high expectations for all learners. Working collaboratively with all stakeholders, she supports an environment of innovation and high expectations. Her favorite quote is: excellence can be attained if you care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical and expect more than others this is possible unknown author. Dr. Monárrez received a BA, History (1993), from UC Irvine, an MA in Education (1995) and PhD (2010) from Claremont Graduate University with an emphasis in Urban Education. She is the mother to Natalee, a news associate for CNBC and married to Jesus Monárrez, educator in Pomona Unified School District.
Sal Holguín, Jr. is a partner in the Cerritos office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. He represents public and private employers in labor and employment law matters which include collective bargaining, investigations, employee discipline, and defending employers against discrimination claims and contract grievances. In addition, Mr. Holguín provides advice and counsel to public school districts on general school law matters. In 2006, Mr. Holguín was named a “Southern California Rising Star” by Law & Politics and Los Angeles Magazine, based on a poll of selected Southern California lawyers. This recognition honors exceptional Southern California attorneys who are under the age of 40. Mr. Holguín received dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Political Science and Spanish from Stanford University and his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Los Angeles.
He served as recruitment chair of La Raza Students Association and was an associate editor of the Chicano and Latino Law Review while in law school. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Mexican American Bar Association, Stanford Alumni Association, the California Latino School Board Members Association, and the South Bay Latino Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Holguín gives presentations on a variety of employment and school law issues. He is able to adapt his presentations to both English- and Spanish-speaking audiences. His fluency in Spanish greatly facilitates school-related investigations involving Spanish-speaking students and parents. He is a contributor to the firm’s school law publications.
Mr. Loya has represented school districts for over 25 years including litigation through the Supreme Court, labor negotiations, business and educational equity issues. Mr. Loya began his career serving Latino clients at Centro Legal de la Raza. He has lectured at various University of California schools and numerous educational organizations. Mr. Loya has successfully represented schools and colleges in precedent setting cases including the only precedential case where a teacher was fired for incompetency. Mr. Loya has been recognized in Bay Area Lawyer as a Top Litigator and Law and Politics Magazine and a Northern California “Super Lawyer”.