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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.

Directors

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



Vacant

Region 3


Paige Stauss

Director, Region 4
Roseville Joint Union HSD

 
 

Jill Wynns
Director, Region 5
San Francisco County & USD

 

Darrel Woo
Director, Region 6
Sacramento City USD


Anne White

Director, Region 7
Livermore Valley Joint USD



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


 
Carol Skiljan

Director, Region 17
Encinitas Union ESD



Jerry Bowman

Director Region 18
Menifee Union ESD

 
Albert Gonzalez

Director, Region 20
Santa Clara USD

 


George McKenna
Director, Region 21
Los Angeles USD



Victor Torres

Director, Region 22
Castaic Union SD



Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez

Director, Region 23
Azusa 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 Secretary-Treasurer
Santa Rosa City Schools

 
Lilian Tafoya

NSBA Director
Bakersfield City ESD

 

Emma Turner
NSBA Director
La Mesa-Spring Valley SD

 

Joaquin Rivera
CCBE President
Alameda COE