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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


   
Cindi Clinton

Director, Region 3
Novato USD

 
 
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


 
Susan Henry

Director, Region 15
Huntington Beach Union HSD

   
Wilson So

Director, Region 16
Apple 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

   
Bennett Kayser

Director, Region 21
Los Angeles USD

   
Victor Torres

Director, Region 22
Castaic Union SD

 
 
Robert Cruz

Director, Region 23
Charter Oak USD

 
Donald LaPlante

Director, Region 24
Downey USD

   
Darryl Adams

Director-at-Large, African American
Norwalk-La Mirada USD

   
Frank Pugh

NSBA Pacific Region Director
Santa Rosa City Schools

 
 
Shelly Yarbrough

Director-at-Large, American Indian
Val Verde USD

 
Robert Gin

Director-at-Large, API
Alhambra USD

   
Mike Walsh

Director-at-Large, County
Butte COE

   
Kathryn Ramirez

Director-at-Large, Hispanic
Salinas Union HSD

 
 
Lillian Tafoya

NSBA Director
Bakersfield City ESD