The School’s Alumni Council is headed by Chair Sandi Redenbach and 11 dedicated alumni who bring their expertise and talents to this group. The School of Education Alumni Association (SOEAA) is a proud chapter of the UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association, SOEAA facilitates ongoing alumni involvement and support for the School of Education to uphold excellence in research, community engagement, and preparation of education researchers and educators for current and future generations.
“He who speaks a second language, understands people.”
While doing undergraduate studies in French and Spanish at UC Davis, Sue Colombano enrolled in education abroad opportunities in Mexico and France and personally learned the validity of this quote. During her teaching career, she always shared her belief in this philosophy with her students.
Fadia Desmond is a graduate of the UC Davis School of Education, where she completed her Ph.D. in 2004. Her doctoral research reflects her special interest in higher education and pathways to success for educationally and economically disadvantaged students.
As a former public school teacher, Fadia first developed her love of the classroom in the area of language arts. Since completing her doctorate at UC Davis, she teaches and mentors graduate students with a particular focus on the dissertation writing process.
Dr. Sandra Frye-Lucas has dedicated more than 40 years to working with low-income disadvantaged youth, adults and senior citizens involving health, housing, education and training, job placement, the arts, recreation, and computer literacy. She worked as an urban planner while earning her B.S. in Urban Policy from the University of Cincinnati. She worked as a mentor, organizer and trainer assisting high school dropouts in Oakland, helping them complete high school and finding employment.
Gail Martinez completed two degrees at UC Davis — a Bachelor of Science in Child Development (1976) and a Ph.D. in Education (2000). Add to this a 30+-year career in higher education administration at the Davis campus, and it’s clear to see why she identifies so strongly as an Aggie. When asked what she knows about UC Davis, Gail’s response is that she “knows a little about a lot, and a lot about a little!” She also holds a master’s degree in Counselor Education from CSU-Sacramento, which was instrumental in the first half of her professional career.
Sandi Redenbach, M.Ed., is an a sought-after educator, national consultant and community leader with a rich background in brain research, emotional intelligence, self-esteem, alternative education, classroom discipline, and programs for at-risk students.
Ruben Reyes was born in Sacramento and has lived in the area since his birth. He knew at a very early age that he wanted to be a teacher. His sixth grade teacher was his first male teacher, and it was then that Ruben decided it was what he wanted to do with his life. He had always loved school, so choosing a career that would allow him to spend his days there made perfect sense to his eleven-year-old brain.
Sharon Cross Rose was a home economics teacher in Campbell and an Adult Education instructor in Davis. She served a nine-year term on the Sutter Davis Hospital Board of Directors and on the Cal Aggie Alumni Association Board of Directors in the 1970s and 1980s.
Between 1979 and 1984, Sharon chaired the Davis “Citizens for Prevention of Alcohol and Drug Abuse” and introduced the “It’s OK Not to Drink” awareness campaign. She was a member of a statewide parent group called “Californians for Drug Free Youth” and a member of the Nancy Reagan Speaker’s Bureau.
A graduate in 2011 with a doctorate in Educational Leadership from UC Davis, Don Taylor is an education administrator with the California Department of Education (CDE). He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from California State University, Sacramento.
His experience includes work as an education programs consultant for the CDE, providing advice on Title I and Economic Impact Aid policy. He has served as a research and program specialist in the research and evaluation section of the California Children and Families Commission, Sacramento.
The Alumni Council facilitates ongoing alumni involvement and support for the UC Davis School of Education to uphold excellence in research, community engagement, and preparation of educational researchers and educators for current and future generations.
Increase Visibility of the School
Build Fundraising Efforts
Establish Alumni Traditions
Increase Diversity of Student Population
Build Relationships with Faculty
Build Relationships with Current Students
Share your thoughts and ideas with Alumni Council representatives by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.