BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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
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).
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.
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.
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
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
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).
Dr. Victor Torres
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).
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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”.