Leadership Profiles

LAnderson.jpgLuke Anderson Ed.S., BCBA is the Director of Prevention Supports and Services for the Placer County Office of Education. Within this role, Luke supports school districts and county offices of education in installing data-driven school-wide systems and practices that aim to support the social/emotional, academic, and behavioral well-being of all students. Luke's role also includes facilitating the Differentiated Assistance process. Luke is a statewide SWIS and I-SWIS Facilitator Trainer. Prior to joining the PCOE team, Luke worked as a special education teacher, behavior analyst, school psychologist, and PBIS Trainer for one of the largest school districts in California.  He has also worked as a lecturer in the School Psychology and Special Education programs at CSU, Sacramento where he taught courses on academic and cognitive assessment. In addition to presenting at numerous state and national conferences, Luke has been an invited speaker at the Mind Institute's Summer Institute, the Northern California LD Association Conference, the CSUS School Psychologist Conference, and the PBIS National Leadership Forum.  
Susan Barrett (1).jpgSusan Barrett serves as an Implementer Partner with the U.S. National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). She assists with large-scale implementation of PBIS, partners with researchers to evaluate the impact of PBIS on students, school staff and school communities. and serves on the Association of Positive Behavior Supports Board of Directors. She also co-leads the development of the Interconnected Systems Framework, a mental health and PBIS expansion effort. Susan has been published in the areas of large-scale adoption of PBIS, mental health, cost-benefit analysis, advanced tier system development, and adoption of evidence-based practices in schools.
rhonda beasley.jpgRhonda Beasley, is the Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Coordinator for the Santa Clara County Office of Education. In this role, she provides technical assistance to local districts to support their efforts to align tiered academic and behavior systems. Much of her work is focused on using the MTSS framework to establish and sustain equitable practices in our schools. She has worked in education for the past 15+ years as a classroom teacher, Reading First Coach, Teacher on Special Assignment, K-8 Literacy coach, ELA/ELD Coordinator, DIBELS Mentor, Improvement Science Coach, and RSDSS Coordinator. Rhonda earned her B.A. from Pomona College in Claremont, CA and her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction in Multicultural Contexts from Azusa Pacific University. She is currently a doctoral student in the Organizational Change and Leadership Ed.D. program at the University of Southern California.
Lina Bender.jpgLina Bender is a Coordinator for Learning Support Services at OCDE. She comes with a background as a school psychologist, with a focus on secondary and alternative education settings. Lina currently supports CA MTSS as part of the statewide leadership team along with PBIS, Restorative Practices, and School-based Mental Health practitioners within Orange County.
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Shinay Bowman has served in the field of education for 15+ years as a middle school English and History teacher, Program Facilitator in charge of intervention programs, Program Specialist for the Department of Equity and Targeted Student Achievement responsible for providing cultural proficiency training and support, Academic Coach providing instructional coaching on Common Core for English and History teachers, and a middle school Assistant Principal. She currently serves as a PBIS program manager for San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. In her current role, she manages a team of 9 who provides training, coaching, evaluation and technical assistance to 13 districts and 160+ schools throughout San Bernardino County in order to fulfill the county's mission to transform lives through education for students cradle to career. 


shannon breslin photo 2018.jpgShannon Breslin, PhD, BCBA-D is a member of Stanislaus County Office of Education’s PBIS training team.  She trains and coaches school site teams, as well as develops tools and trainings to enhance MTSS implementation and fidelity.  In addition, she teaches courses in the psychology department at CSU Stanislaus. Before joining the PBIS team, Shannon was a behavior analyst at Stan COE.  Previously, she was a 2nd grade teacher, an autism specialist providing behavioral services in multiple settings, and an executive at a special needs curriculum company.  Shannon received her PhD in psychology from the University of California at Irvine in 1999.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in theater from San Francisco State University, so she enjoys sharing her behavioral knowledge with an audience.
rebecca m.pngDr. Rebecca Celes Mendiola is the Director of the Safe and Healthy Schools department for the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE). Dr. Mendiola currently directs efforts throughout Santa Clara County supporting positive school climate and student health and wellness. She also directs the SCCOE Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Technical Assistance Center building capacity and assisting districts and county offices of education to create systems alignment using the Multi-tiered Systems of Supports framework for behavioral and social support. Dr. Mendiola has been able to guide and assist in scaling up PBIS efforts in over 200 school sites, school districts, and county offices of education throughout Northern California. She has 19 years of experience working with children and families as an Educator, Social Worker, Mental Health Therapist, and Behavior Specialist. Dr. Mendiola is a member of the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction School and Community Safety Advisory Committee. Her experience includes implementation and scaling up of evidence based practices and is currently a member of the steering committee for the California PBIS Coalition. A large part of her current role is to coordinate and collaborate with local and state agency partners the integration of Multi-tier System of Supports (MTSS) for social and emotional wellness.

Cindy Chaffee, Ed.D. is a Consultant III, PBIS, Community Health and Safe Schools Unit, Division of Student Services at LACOE. Cindy was LACOE’s first PBIS Consultant, and now coordinates LACOE’s PBIS team.  Cindy and her team train and provide technical assistance to more than 325 schools in 32 Los Angeles County school districts. As a core member of the California PBIS Coalition, Cindy collaborates with other PBIS leaders and specialists from across California and the U.S. In Dr. Chaffee’s thirty-five plus years as teacher, administrator and regional Autism program coordinator, she has “lived” the PBIS implementation process from Tier one to sustainability. Cindy’s doctorate in Educational Leadership includes expertise in school and systems change. In addition to her educational career Cindy is a veteran, having served in the Vermont National Guard and the US Army Reserves, where she was twice awarded the Army Achievement Medal.  

Cristy Clouse.jpgCristy Clouse is Vice President of Innovations for the California Technical Assistance Center on PBIS.  Cristy has been supporting students and families for the past 34 years as a speech & language specialist, general & special educator, behavior case manager, administrator, program coordinator and PBIS specialist.  For the last eighteen years, she has been facilitating MTSS-Behavior scaling up efforts at regional, district and school site levels across California and the Southwest. Cristy co-facilitates Tier 1 and 2 PBIS Leadership Academies, PTR Master Facilitator trainings, Early Childhood PBIS and High School PBIS Community of Practices.  Additionally, she is a member of the planning committee for both the CA High School and Early Childhood PBIS Symposiums. She is an affiliate of the National Center for PBIS, a professional member of APBS, a SWIS and I-SWIS Facilitator Certification trainer and an active leader for the California PBIS Coalition Training & Coaching unit.
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Ken Fitzgerald is the Director of Safe and Supportive Schools for the Prevention Programs Department at the Stanislaus County Office of Education.  With more than a decade of experience in education and prevention services, Ken provides training and technical assistance to schools to help support students and strengthen school climate.  He directs the PBIS Training and Technical Assistance Center at SCOE and serves as the Regional Co-Lead for the California MTSS scale-up initiative.  Areas of expertise include Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS), school climate, safety and crisis response, and student mental wellness.  Ken is a certified trainer in QPR for Suicide Prevention, Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid. 
Steve Gonzalez.jpgSteve Gonzalez, Ed.D. is the Director of the Special Education Department, Carmel Unified School District, where he is co-leading the districts implementation of MTSS.  He has been a member of the core leadership team with the California PBIS Coalition since the coalitions inception. He has over 20 years of experience as an educational leader with expertise in integrating academic and behavior/mental health systems in schools. In 2009, Steve provided leadership by receiving over 1 million in grant funding to support the innovative implementation of  PBIS in schools across five counties in Central California.  Steve co-authored the First Annual California Evaluation Report on PBIS (2014).  He is an active member of the Association of Positive Behavior Supports and he enjoys creating a better society for his three children.   
Josh Harrower, Ph. D., BCBA-D is the Lawton Love Distinguished Professor of Special Education in the Department of Teacher Education at California State University, Monterey Bay. Dr. Harrower has coordinated a number of state and federal grants providing in-service training and consultative services to schools and districts in the area of functional assessment, behavior intervention and school-wide positive behavior interventions and support. Currently, Dr. Harrower coordinates the Special Education Credential Programs and the university’s certificate program in behavior analysis. Additionally, Dr. Harrower serves as the Principal Investigator and Director of Project STREAM, a grant funded by the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs to provide a professional development scholarship program utilizing technology and mentorship to support candidates pursuing a Moderate to Severe Special Education Credential. In total, Dr. Harrower has been awarded over $5 million in external funding for personnel development and school climate transformation projects. Dr. Harrower received his doctoral degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and holds certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral. His primary areas of scholarly interest include positive behavior interventions and support, autism spectrum disorders, applied behavior analysis, pivotal response treatment, functional assessment and behavior intervention. Dr. Harrower is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions and a member of the Editorial Board of Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disorders. His scholarly work has been published in scientific journals including the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, the Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, Preventing School Failure and Exceptionality.
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Dr. Rob Horner is Professor of Special Education at the University of Oregon. His research has focused on behavior analysis, positive behavior support, instructional strategies for learners with severe disabilities, and systems change. He has worked for the past 15 years with George Sugai in development and implementation of school-wide positive behavior support (SWPBS). Over 21,000 schools are implementing SWPBS nationally. Research, evaluation and technical assistance outcomes from this effort indicate that investing in the development of a positive social culture is associated with improved behavioral and academic gains for students. Dr. Horner has been the editor of the Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, co-editor of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, and associate editor for both the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the American Journal on Mental Retardation.

Barbara Kelley has 25 years of experience as a School Psychologist, Behavior Expert, Therapist, and Educational Consultant for grades pre-k through 12. Mrs. Kelley is currently the California Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports State Coordinator and is an associate of the National Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports Technical Assistance Centers at the University of Oregon and Connecticut (pbis.org) (cber.org). She has been a PBIS consultant, trainer, and coach for over 12 years; facilitating PBIS scaling up efforts at regional, district and school site levels across California. She is an international trainer for the School-wide Information Systems (SWIS) Facilitator Trainings and a national School-wide Information Systems (SWIS) trainer for schools. Her background training includes educational psychology, neuro-psychology, behavioral science, gestalt therapy, organizational systems theory, and professional development strategies for adult learners. Currently, her professional focus is educational reform, the scaling up of evidence-based practices, cultural proficiency and organizational systems change. Areas of expertise include High School implementation of PBIS, secondary and tertiary tier support systems, data for decision-making, and facilitation of District leadership teams.
Michael Lombardo is the Executive Director of Prevention Supports and Services for the Placer County Office of Education.  In this position he works throughout California in leadership in early prevention, student wellness, social-emotional support for students, breaking down barriers to education, collaborative strategy development and family/youth involvement.  Michael is a member of the California Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup.  He has extensive experience in the implementation and scaling up of evidence based practices and currently coordinates the California Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Coalition (CPC).  A large part of his current role is to coordinate and collaborate with local and state agency partners to facilitate the integration of Multi-tier System of Supports (MTSS) for social and emotional wellness.  Michael is currently guiding the development of PBIS in over 250 schools, several alternative education settings and two Juvenile Institutions.

Kami Murphy has been an educator for the past 19 years as a teacher, school counselor, District PBIS Coach, Principal, and is currently working as the PBIS Coordinator for Desert Mountain SELPA. She coordinates trainings, coaching and provides consulting services to districts. She has been an active member of school site PBIS teams, district PBIS teams, regional PBIS implementation and an active member at the state level of PBIS implementation. She has been a conference speaker on numerous topics, such as Early Childhood Transition, PBIS Implementation, Mental Health and PBIS Integration, and Community Collaboration to name a few topics.  Currently, she is a PBIS Assessment Coordinator, School-Wide Information Systems (SWIS) Facilitator, District Capacity Assessment (DCA) Administrator, and Restorative Practices Trainer (International Institute of Restorative Practices.) Her PBIS team provides data, coaching and consulting support to over 30 LEAs.  The PBIS team at Desert Mountain SELPA has a current focus to build up our district’s capacity to implement PBIS effectively using implementation science.

Jami Parsons.jpgJami Parsons, Ed. D. currently works as an Administrator of the Learning Support Services team at the Orange County Department of Education.  She is a member of the Executive team for the CA MTSS initiative. At OCDE, Dr. Parsons leads a dynamic team of Coordinators and Program Specialists who also support CAMTSS and serve Orange County districts in the areas of PBIS, SEL, Restorative Practices, Student Mental Health, Academic Interventions, Special Education, Counseling, McKinney Vento, SARB and Student Services. Dr. Parsons is currently serving as the Co-Chair for the California County Office of Education Leadership for School Counseling (COELSC) committee, is a member of CASCWA, ASCA, ACSA and CASC. She also supports CASC as a member of the CASC Legislative Advocacy task force.   Jami has 24 years of experience in education and has worked as both a School Counselor and as a site Administrator. She has experience at the elementary, middle and high school level. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at several institutions of higher education including CSULB, Chapman and Concordia University in their School Counseling graduate programs. Jami has a Master’s degree in Educational Counseling with a PPS credential, holds a Professional Clear Administrative credential and completed a doctoral degree in K-12 Educational Leadership at the University of Southern California.
Natalie Sedano.jpgNatalie Sedano is a Prevention and Intervention Lead Specialist at Desert/Mountain SELPA. Desert/Mountain SELPA covers the 20, 627 square mile region within the area that extends from the mountains to the border of Arizona within San Bernardino County. She is part of a team supporting 36 LEAs and PBIS in 137 schools. Natalie has been in the field of education for over 12 years. She holds a Masters degree in Educational Counseling and is currently working on a credential in School Psychology. Natalie has worked as a special education aide, a school counselor and an intervention specialist for at-risk youth. Natalie has been a school site and district PBIS coach. She is an advocate for systems and ensuring that the “whole” child is addressed. Enthusiastic and determined, her role as an external PBIS coach extends beyond the PBIS Team but also how to bridge site and district levels for the implementation and sustainability of PBIS. Currently, Natalie is a PBIS Systems Trainer, School-Wide Information Systems (SWIS/CICO) Facilitator and Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer. 

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Stephanie Tague, MSW serves as the coordinator for Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Safe and Healthy Schools Department and for the regional Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Technical Assistance Center.   Stephanie has served the educational system in a variety of roles during her tenure, and in her spare time she serves as an adjunct professor at California State University Monterey Bay College of Education.

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Sheari Taylor is a Consultant II, for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), in the Community Health and Safe Schools Unit, Division of Student Services, for the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). Sheari currently provides PBIS training, coaching, and technical assistance to schools and districts throughout the County. She has an extensive background as a teacher, in both general and Special Education, staff developer, site administrator in Title I and non-Title I schools, and as Consultant II for the Regional System of District and School Support at LACOE. She is also a Region 11 County Lead and trainer for the California Scaling Up Multi-Tiered System of Support (CA SUMS MTSS) initiative. Sheari is the Director of Curriculum for Forward Progress, a program that she developed for the City of Long Beach court system that is designed to help end the perpetual cycle of recidivism by rehabilitating first-time misdemeanor offenders.