Who We Are
The Association of California School Administrators is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the United States, serving more than 17,000 California educators.
ACSA's top priority is advocating for public school students in kindergarten through grade 12, as well as adult learners. Our mission is to be the driving force of education in California and beyond.
Structured through more than two dozen job-alike and issue-oriented councils and committees, a board of directors, as well as a leadership assembly, ACSA focuses on school leadership and education policy issues at the state and federal levels.
Since its founding in 1971, ACSA has played a significant role in steering the course for improvements and progress in public education and school administration. ACSA has been a leader in maximizing education funding and ensuring local spending flexibility, as well as developing rigorous academic standards, 21st century learning and improving efforts to close the achievement gap.
- Nominate your colleagues for Administrator of the Year—2017 forms available now
- Download the nomination form for 2017/18 ACSA Vice President and Vice President for Legislative Action
- Learn more about serving on a state-level governing boards, advisory bodies and other groups, such as the State Board of Education and Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
ACSA Board of Directors, 2016-2017
Ralph Gomez Porras
Superintendent, Pacific Grove USD, R-10
Interim Superintendent, Lakeside Joint SD, R-8
Assistant Supt, Ed. Services, Orcutt UESD, R-13
Vice President for Legislative Action
Superintendent, Azusa USD, R-15
Superintendent, Shasta COE, R-1
- Elsbeth Pieper Prigmore
Principal, Alternative Education, Shasta UHSD, R-1
- Darrien Johnson
HR Director, Rescue UESD, R-2
- Jonathon Brunson
Director of Personnel Services, Davis JUSD, R-3
- Robert Martinez
Asst. Supt., HR, Fairfield-Suisun USD, R-4
- Andrew Ishibashi
Principal, San Francisco USD, Lowell High School, R-5
- Rob Stockberger
Superintendent, John Swett USD, R-6
- Denise Wickham
Asst. Supt., Personnel, Ceres USD, R-7
- Eric Andrew
Superintendent, Campbell USD, R-8
- Ana Boyenga
Asst. Supt., Ed. Services, Atwater ESD, R-9
- Randy Bangs
Associate Supt., HR, Salinas UHSD, R-10
- Craig Wheaton
Deputy Supt., Tulare COE, R-11
- Ron Williams
Superintendent, Victor Valley UHSD, R-12
- Craig W. Helmstedter
Superintendent, Ocean View SD, R-13
- Katherine Castleberry
Principal, Lincoln Elementary School, Torrance USD, R-14
- Sue Kaiser
Asst. Supt., Ed Services, Monrovia USD, R-15
- Angel Barrett
Principal, Stagg Street Elementary, LAUSD, R-16
- Mary O'Neill Grace
Asst. Supt., Ed Services, Anaheim City SD, R-17
- Jon LeDoux
Superintendent, El Centro ESD, R-18
- Mauricio Arellano
Asst. Supt., HR, Palm Springs USD, R-19
- Naj Alikhan, Senior Director, Communications
- Michael Kelly, Communications Specialist
- Stephen Long, Design and Organizational Brand Coordinator
- Tracy Olmedo, Communications Associate
- Cary Rodda, Assistant EdCal Editor
- London Roberts, EdCal/Leadership Editor
- Emily Senecal, Communications Coordinator
- Darcy Totten, Communications Content Specialist
- Barry Groves, Senior Director, Educational Services
- Margaret Arthofer, Educational Services Executive
- Alicia Ausara, Educational Services Executive
- Gicel Viveros, Educational Services Assistant
- Danelle Bowron, Educational Services Coordinator
- Michael Dawson, Senior Administrative Clerk
- Mary Gomes, Educational Services Executive
- Marianne Magalona, Administrative Assistant
- Annaly Medrano, Educational Services Assistant
- Rhonda Morgan, Educational Services Associate II
- Sue Periera, Assistant to Committees and Councils
- Gladys Phillips-Evans, Educational Services Consultant
- Joan Ruzic, Senior Administrative Clerk
- Jan Pieplow, Credential Program Technician
- Charisse Gonzales, Administrative Assistant
- Christina Cruz, Educational Services Assistant
- Dave Williams, Chief Financial Officer
- Rosalina Abello, Administrative Assistant
- Becky Hall, Accounting Manager
- Bernadette Kunz, Accounts Receivable
- Max McGrath, Accounts Payable
- Alvin Maharaj, Junior Accountant
- Kristen Ofrasio, Building Supervisor
- Jeff Sheibels, Accounting Clerk
- Steven Singh, Accounting/Fixed Asset Manager
- June Tapia, Senior Accounts Payable
- Adonai Mack, Senior Director, Political Affairs and Strategy
- Edgar Zazueta, Senior Director of Policy and Governmental Relations
- Laura Preston, Legislative Advocate
- Martha Alvarez, Legislative Advocate
- Iván Carrillo, Legislative Advocate
- Cathy McBride, Legislative Advocate
- Sarah Monte, Policy Analyst
- Liza Morris, Legislative Associate
- Christy Sinclair, Legislative Assistant
- Jason Henderson, Legislative Intern
- Margarita Cuizon, Senior Director, Member Services and Support
- Nicole Anderson, Diversity and Equal Access Executive
- Carlota Cabrera, Member Relations Supervisor
- Joanne Godfrey, Office Manager and Legal Team Support
- Stephanie Llamas, Member Relations Specialist, Serving members from P-Z
- Cynthia Peralta-Melendez, Member Relations Specialist, Serving members from H-O
- Janis Rawlins, Membership Exhibits Coordinator
- Simon Wong, Member Services Specialist, Serving members from A-G
Member Assistance and Legal Support Team
Membership Recruitment Team
- Debbie Burke, Member Recruiter, Region 18
- Lillie Campbell, Membership Recruiter, Region 3
- Michael Dennis, Membership Recruiter, Region 14
- Penny Fraumeni, Membership Recruiter, Region 15
- Sherman Garnett, Membership Recruiter, Region 12
- Ann Kilty, Membership Recruiter, Region 10
- Pat Lasarte, Membership Recruiter, Region 19
- Bob Lee, Membership Recruiter, Region 7
- Charlene Lemons-Shivers, Membership Recruiter, Region 16
- Korby Olson, Membership Recruiter, Region 4
- Felton Owens, Membership Recruiter, Region 5
- Alice Petrossian, Membership Recruiter, Region 13
- Anne Welsh-Treglia, Membership Recruiter, Region 17
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.
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: Chris Adams, ACSA Educational Services.
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: Alicia Ausara, ACSA Educational Services.
To build the capacity and cultural proficiency of all leaders within ACSA and throughout the state of California to effectively eliminate the achievement, access and opportunity gaps that reflects large numbers of underperforming minority students. Staff Liaison: Nicole Anderson, ACSA Member Services.
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: Liza Morris, ACSA Governmental Relations.
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: Joanne Godfrey, ACSA Member Services.
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: Sal Villasenor, ACSA Governmental Relations/Member Services.
Small School District
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/Margaret Arthofer, ACSA Educational Services.
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: Alicia Ausara, ACSA Educational Services.
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.
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: Suzanne Caffrey, ACSA Executive Department.
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: David Gasser, ACSA Financial Services.
Career Technical Education
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: Naj Alikhan, ACSA Communications Department.
Classified Educational Leaders
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: Lori Allred, ACSA Executive Department.
Educational Options Council
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: Sue Periera, ACSA Educational Services.
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: Margaret Arthofer, ACSA Educational Services.
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: Alicia Ausara, ACSA Educational Services.
Middle Grades Education
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.
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.
Student Services and Special Education
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.
Board Liaison: Sue Periera, ACSA Educational Services.
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: Wesley Smith, ACSA Executive Director.