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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
Jennifer Owen
Director, Region 1
Fort Bragg USD

Sherry Crawford
Sherry Crawford
Director, Region 2
Siskiyou COE

Cindi Clinton
Cindi Clinton
Director, Region 3
Novato USD

Paige Stauss
Paige Stauss
Director, Region 4
Roseville Joint Union HSD

Jill Wynns
Jill Wynns
Director, Region 5
San Francisco County & USD

Ellen Driscoll
Ellen Driscoll
Director, Region 6
Rescue Union ESD

Anne White
Anne White
Director, Region 7
Livermore Valley Joint USD

Matthew Balzarini
Matthew Balzarini
Director, Region 8
Lammersville Joint USD

Tami Gunther
Tami Gunther
Director, Region 9
Atascadero USD

Susan Markarian
Susan Markarian
Director, Region 10
Pacific Union ESD

Suzanne Kitchens
Suzanne Kitchens
Director, Region 11
Pleasant Valley SD

William Farris
William Farris
Director, Region 12
Sierra Sands USD

Susan Henry
Susan Henry
Director, Region 15
Huntington Beach Union HSD

Wilson So
Wilson So
Director, Region 16
Apple Valley USD

Carol Skiljan
Carol Skiljan
Director, Region 17
Encinitas Union ESD

Jerry Bowman
Jerry Bowman
Director Region 18
Menifee Union ESD

Albert Gonzalez
Albert Gonzalez
Director, Region 20
Santa Clara USD

Victor Torres
Victor Torres
Director, Region 22
Castaic Union SD

Robert Cruz
Robert Cruz
Director, Region 23
Charter Oak USD

Donald LaPlante
Donald LaPlante
Director, Region 24
Downey USD

Darryl Adams
Darryl Adams
Director-at-Large, African American
Norwalk-La Mirada USD
Frank Pugh
Frank Pugh
NSBA Pacific Region Director
Santa Rosa City Schools
Shelly Yarbrough
Shelly Yarbrough
Director-at-Large, American Indian
Val Verde USD
Robert Gin
Robert Gin
Director-at-Large, API
Alhambra USD
Mike Walsh
Mike Walsh
Director-at-Large, County
Butte COE
Kathryn Ramirez
Kathryn Ramirez
Director-at-Large, Hispanic
Salinas Union HSD
Lillian Tafoya
Lillian Tafoya
NSBA Director
Bakersfield City ESD