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About Leadership, organizational structure, benefits, and business partners and affiliates

Roles and responsibilities

The Board of Directors sets the direction for the association by establishing the vision, mission and strategic directions and ensuring that the association’s activities remain focused on those goals and the issues identified in the Policy Platform.


The Board of Directors consists of:

  • Four officers
  • 21 regional directors
  • Four ethnic directors-at-large
  • One county director-at-large
  • The California County Boards of Education president
  • Any California board member serving on the National School Boards Association Board of Directors

CSBA’s Board of Directors is called upon to provide:

Oversight: The Board of Directors is responsible for oversight of CSBA’s corporate functions, including programs, products, budget, and executive personnel matters

Insight: The Board of Directors often functions as a focus group of representatives to provide insight into the impacts of association activities and state policy on local boards and communities

Foresight: The Board of Directors provides strategic foresight by examining the trends in public education and making decisions that will position CSBA and its members for the future

Directors exercise the following skills and competencies
Derived from the board’s Guiding Principles of Effective Governance:

  • Think and act strategically
  • Maintain focus on results towards the vision, mission and strategic directions
  • Link budget decisions to the vision, mission, and strategic directions
  • Act with transparency and integrity
  • Be comfortable respectfully challenging colleagues’ assumptions
  • Make decisions based on a personal examination of the facts
  • Maintain a constructive partnership with the executive director
  • Continually seek opportunities to learn and grow
Jennifer Owen

Director, Region 1
Fort Bragg USD

Sherry Crawford

Director, Region 2
Siskiyou COE

Tony Ubalde

Director, Region 3
Vallejo City USD

Paige Stauss

Director, Region 4
Roseville Joint Union HSD


Alisa MacAvoy
Director, Region 5
Redwood City ESD


Darrel Woo
Director, Region 6
Sacramento City USD

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Yolanda Peña Mendrek 
Director, Region 7
Liberty Union HSD

Matthew Balzarini

Director, Region 8
Lammersville Joint USD

Tami Gunther

Director, Region 9
Atascadero USD

Susan Markarian

Director, Region 10
Pacific Union ESD

Suzanne Kitchens

Director, Region 11
Pleasant Valley SD

William Farris

Director, Region 12
Sierra Sands USD

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Meg Cutuli

Director, Region 15
Los Alamitos USD

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Karen Gray
Director, Region 16
  Silver Valley USD

Katie Dexter

Director, Region 17
Lemon Grove SD

Wendy Jonathan
Director, Region 18

Desert Sands USD

Albert Gonzalez

Director, Region 20
Santa Clara USD


Kelly Gonez
Director, Region 21
Los Angeles USD

Keith Giles

Director, Region 22
Lancaster ESD

Helen Hall

Director, Region 23
Walnut Valley USD

Donald LaPlante

Director, Region 24
Downey USD

Bettye Lusk

Director-at-Large, African American
Monterey Peninsula USD

Shelly Yarbrough

Director-at-Large, American Indian
Val Verde USD

Robert Gin

Director-at-Large, API
Alhambra USD

Heidi Weiland

Director-at-Large, County
El Dorado COE

Kathryn Ramirez

Director-at-Large, Hispanic
Salinas Union HSD

Frank Pugh

NSBA President-elect 
Santa Rosa City Schools

Micah Ali

NSBA Director
Compton USD


Chris Ungar
NSBA Director
San Luis Coastal USD

Bruce Dennis
CCBE President
Riverside COE