BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. José González
José L. González has been an educator for 23 years. He is the current Superintendent of the Planada Elementary School District, a position he has served since November 2010. Aside from serving the Planada Learning Community as Superintendent and Executive Director of CALSA, José is the Past President of CALSA, served on the SEAC Board of Directors, ACSA Region IX President Elect and most recently received a gubernatorial re-appointment to serve on the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Some José’s previous awards include ACSA Region IX Superintendent of the Year and CALSA Superintendent of the Year.
José is the son of Mexican and Portuguese immigrants. Growing up, he saw the challenges his mother and father faced due to a lack of formal education. As a result, José feels a deep commitment to ensuring that all children, regardless of their personal struggles or circumstances, receive the quality education that will give them opportunities in life. He is married to María González who is a 1st Grade Teacher in Livingston. They have two beautiful daughters, Alexí 19 who attends the University of La Verne and Alía 14, a Freshman at Livingston High School.
Ivan Chaidez serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for Oak Grove School District in San Jose, CA. Oak Grove SD serves 10,000 students and 19 schools. He supports instructional leadership at schools and families in all aspects of teaching and learning and student outcomes.
As a veteran educator and practitioner for nineteen years, his roles have spanned from high school Spanish teacher, high school principal to district office administrator. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Chicana/o Studies from the University of California, Davis; and a Masters of Science in Educational Administration from National University. Ivan is currently in a Doctoral program at Brandman University.
Ivan is a fervent advocate for disenfranchised students. Having grown up in Salinas, CA, his passion and moral imperative for immigrant families, in particular the Latinx student population is a common thread for his work in and out of schools. He is the current President of the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA), a non-profit organization that supports Latinx students across the state of California and the school and district leaders who serve our students. Ivan was a protégé and served as a mentor in the CALSA mentoring program as well as completed the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) in Cohort 3 Superintendents Leadership Academy.
Dr. Daisy Morales is the Director of Leadership for the Alameda County Office of Education, serving new administrators seeking their Clear Administrative Credential. Dr. Morales believes in serving people, building trust, and fostering collaboration to shift the climate and culture of organizations in order to implement strategies that have transformative results. She is a strong believer in building capacity, coaching others, and encouraging people to build off their strengths to develop and grow their leadership potential.
Dr. Morales received her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish with a minor in business administration from San Jose State University. Prior to entering education, she was a controller and CFO of a non-profit organization where she developed her expertise in systems management, as well as fiscal processes. When returning to education, Dr. Morales earned a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction, as well as her Multi-Subject BCLAD Credential from San Jose State University. 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, Vice-Principal, Principal, and Director of English Language Learner Services and Migrant Education. She recently earned her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University with a focus on engaging our human resources in change processes in order to have educational reform implementation that is transformational. Dr. Morales is an active member of California Association of Latino Superintendent and Administrators (CALSA) and is the current Vice-President. She has participated in the CALSA mentorship program as both a protégé and mentor. Dr. Morales is also active in the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS), where is she currently a member of Cohort VIII of their Superintendent Leadership Academy. She resides in San Jose with her two grown children, where she enjoys cooking and hosting family/friend gatherings.
My calling and purpose is to inspire, mentor, and coach others to become the best version of themselves by reflecting on their practices, embracing change, and continuing to grow in order increase educator effectiveness and achieve success for every student.
Dr. Victor M. Torres
Dr. Victor M. Torres is the Executive Director of Human Resources for the Santa Paula Unified School District, a K-12 district in Ventura County, California. During his educational career he has served students in multiple facets having served as a Director of HR, Principal, Assistant Principal, Intervention Coordinator, Dean of Students and a classroom teacher. In addition, Dr. Torres served 3 years on the Board of Directors for the California School Board Association (CSBA), 8 years as a School Board Member and previous served as the CALSA Regional Representative for the Los Angeles region.
Prior to entering the educational field, Dr. Torres, worked within the corporate sector as a finance executive and operations manager for NBC Universal and AT&T. In addition to his private sector experience, he is a retired Oakland Police Officer and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He holds a Doctorate degree (Ed.D.) and a Masters in Educational Leadership (M.Ed.) from California State University Northridge, a Masters in Business (MBA) in finance from Golden Gate University and a Bachelors of Science degree in Business administration.
Dr. Jacqueline Perez
Dr. Jacqueline Perez is a passionate leader, focused on the systemic and district-wide improvement process to ensure access and equity for all students. Jacqueline is the Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Support in Riverside Unified School District in Riverside, CA. As a veteran educator for the last twenty years, her roles have spanned from high school teacher, high school Principal and experienced district office administrator.
Currently, she serves as the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) President, supporting and representing the more than seven hundred members on issues impacting Latino students across the state.
She earned a Bachelor’s and Masters in Education from UC Santa Barbara, a Masters in Educational Administration from CSU Los Angeles and doctorate from the University of Southern California (USC).
Director of Mentoring
Dr. Juan Manuel Santos
Dr. Juan Manuel Santos is an educational leader who has served diverse students in both suburban and inner city communities. Having experience in different capacities across elementary, middle school, high school, and university settings, Dr. Santos has received high honors in his various roles, including: Conejo Valley Unified School District’s (CVUSD) Teacher of the Year and CALSA Administrator of the Year. Holding a Bachelor of Arts in History/Political Science, a minor in Ethnic Studies, a Masters in Teaching, a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Pupil Services Credential in Counseling, Dr. Santos emphasizes the need to extend our capacity to learn for the betterment of professional and personal growth. A protégé in CALSA Cohort 6, and then serving as a mentor in CALSA Cohort 9 and 11, Dr. Santos sees the value of mentoring, especially through the CALSA Mentoring Program. Currently an Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Lawndale Elementary School District, he has served in different district and site level positions for over 20 years. A current member of PDK (Phi Delta Kappa), ACSA (Association of California School Administrators) and ACSD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), it’s Dr. Santos’ drive for training and mentoring aspiring leaders/superintendents that shapes his actions, memberships, and his desire to assist others to “Be Your Best”.
Dr. Robert A. Martinez
Dr. Robert A. Martinez has served the Fairfield-Suisun Communities for the last thirty-one years and is the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for FSUSD. Dr. Martinez has continually focused on improving and expanding educational opportunities for all students. He strives to advance understanding of resiliency research for both his classified and certificated employees. He seeks to support all District personnel with advancing their personal and professional skills, knowledge, and expertise in working with children as unique individuals with unlimited capacities. He is a Board Member of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and is a candidate for 2017, ACSA Vice President. He was named the 2012, California ACSA Personnel/Human Resources Administrator of the Year. Dr. Martinez holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Education, both from the University of California, Davis. He earned his Educational Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and Management with a concentration in Human Resources, from Drexel University.
Dr. Edgar Lampkin
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.
Martín Macías is the Superintendent at Golden Plains Unified School District in Fresno County. He has served as a board member with the Association of Two-Way & Dual Language Education (ATDLE) to support dual language immersion initiatives and sits in the planning committee with the California Department of Education(CDE) Accountability Leadership Institute. Over the course of the last few years, he was a CDE state appointed committee member with the English Learner Roadmap Policy and the English Learner Performance Indicator (ELPI).
Martín was a migrant student and as a college student, participated in the California Mini-Corps Program where he found his calling to become a secondary teacher. After teaching for eleven years, he became an administrator in the K-12 system while also teaching as an adjunct instructor for several institutions. Martín served as program specialist and director for English learner support in two different county offices of education while also consulting with districts in other states. Martín is a results driven professional with integrity to bring stakeholders together to align best practices to meet the needs of each and every student.
Martín has a strong work ethic of leading by example by providing the right supports along the way to continue to build on a shared systems of support while building capacity. He received his BA and MA from CSU, Chico and later received his Administrative Credential from Chapman University.
CENTRAL COAST AREA
Zandra Jo Galvan
Mrs. Zandra Jo Galvan has been serving as Superintendent of the Greenfield Union School District since August 10, 2017. Zandra has worked in public education for the past 26 years. Prior to joining GUSD, she served as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for the Gonzales Unified School District where she coordinated all educational programs, the LCAP development process and budget, and managed all state and federal programs.
Superintendent Galvan began her career as an elementary classroom teacher for the Greenfield Union School District where she also attended kindergarten through graduation. Returning to serve as Superintendent allowed her childhood dreams to come true. She has always been passionate about returning to and serving her community since she was a child and has been able to implement some exciting programs while leading as Superintendent. Over the last 24 months, she has implemented a GUSD District Strategic Plan with an LCAP-aligned vision, mission, core values, and board of trustee priorities; implemented the Professional Learning Community system of collaboration around essential standards mapping, identified learning targets through teacher clarity, local common assessments, and effective methods of frequent, on-going data analysis; implemented 21st century classroom furniture and innovative LEGO learning lab spaces at all elementary sites for students to build, innovate, create and prepare for their successful postsecondary college and career futures.
Superintendent Galvan earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies and Teaching Credential from the California State University of Fresno, her Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from CSU Monterey Bay, and her Master of Arts Degree and Administrative Credential in Educational Leadership from San Jose State University. She has also successfully completed the ACSA Superintendent Academy.
Superintendent Galvan is passionate about preparing students to be social-emotionally and academically prepared for college and career and ensures that every GUSD member knows they are an ELITE team member dedicated to the arduous task of saving students from the cycle of poverty. She proudly is committed to ALL Means ALL: Fulfilling the Greenfield Guarantee for ALL students in the Greenfield Union School District.
Dr. Rebeca Andrade
Dr. Rebeca Andrade is an education leader serving as Director of Early Education and Extended Learning Programs at Glendale USD. In this capacity she oversees and manages programs and staff in preschool to grade 8 at 27 school sites. Prior leadership experience in education includes 11 years as an elementary school principal and six years as public school teacher.
Dr. Andrade's academic research focuses on STEM practices, policies, and implementation in preschool to grade 8. She has presented at statewide instructional practices conferences on project-based instructional practices that integrate STEAM and social-emotional learning (“Best Practices for Engaging Children and Youth in Computer Science and Engineering,” and “STEAM and SEL Practices and Implementation in K12 through Expanded Learning Settings.”). She also presents on the intersection of successful leadership skills, mindfulness, and self care (“Self Care and Mindfulness for Women Leaders” and “Strengthen Your Leadership through Mindfulness and Self Care”). This latter social emotional exploration has led her to become a certified yoga and mindfulness teacher (200RYT) through Yoga Alliance. She has deepened this exploration by becoming certified in Trauma-informed yoga practices, participating in silent meditation retreats, and receiving additional yoga certification in Yin Yoga, a slower-paced style that targets the connective tissue among muscles and the fascia throughout the body.
Volunteer services include being an administrator of the Latinx Scholars group. In this capacity she serves as moderator of conversations of the 10,000+ global scholars in this group. She currently volunteers as a yoga and mindfulness instructor at the local cancer support center for survivors or people undergoing cancer treatment, at a center holding unaccompanied migrant minors, and offers monthly free yoga classes to the community in a partnership with her city.
Dr. Andrade is honored to represent the Los Angeles County region in providing information, amplifying the success stories in our various settings, and bringing opportunities for members to connect in meaningful ways to improve the education of the Latinx students we serve. She encourages members to follow CALSA Region 5 on twitter @calsaregion5 to stay connected and as an opportunity share their leadership stories with each other.
SAN DIEGO / INLAND EMPIRE
Dr. Rachel Monárrez
Rachel Monárrez, PhD believes in the possibility of every child, and this approach guides her daily interactions as the Assistant Superintendent of Continuous Improvement for San Bernardino City Unified School District. Entering her twenty-fifth 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, inclusion, access, 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”.