The Board of Advisors helps the School of Education align its programs, people and resources with the needs of the communities and constituencies it serves. The Board also ensures and enhances the School’s ability to serve through the generation of financial and other support.
Rick Fowler’s full-time job is Chief Operating Officer of Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard (KMTG), the second-largest law firm in Sacramento; its 55-year history of service to California includes a strong, statewide educational practice. He also leads The Community College Foundation, a national nonprofit focused on improving communities through education, and chairs the Sacramento County Employee Retirement System (SCERS) Board of Trustees to manage an $8 billion retirement fund that serves the employees of Sacramento County.
Dr. Jorge Ayala was elected Yolo County Superintendent of Schools in 1999 and continues to direct the operations of the Yolo County Office of Education. His career spans 31 years with extensive experience as an elementary, middle and high school educator, including 26 years as an administrator. Dr.
Nancy Brodovsky, is the founder and principal of SacConnects, a boutique
recruiting firm for nonprofits and associations. She works as a recruiter for boards to ensure they acquire the best people. For corporations who are wanting to build their civic presence, SacConnects provides services to identify the causes executives are most interested in, and to place these key executives on appropriate boards.
Christopher Cabaldon works on transformative policy strategies at the local, regional, and statewide scales, with expertise across a wide range of topical areas in policy, governance, politics, economics, administration, and finance.
Davis Campbell, who retired as Executive Director of the California School Boards Association in 2001, has a distinguished career in public education. Prior to his retirement from CSBA (1988-2001), Campbell served as Executive Director of the California Institute for School Improvement and managing partner of SRA Associates (1983-88). From 1977 to 1983 he served as Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of California. He maintains an active consulting practice in effective governance at both the state and international level.
Herb Cross, vice president and director of property management for Lyon Real Estate, has a long history of civic leadership. Herb is a former City of Dixon Council member, past chair of the Sutter Davis Hospital Foundation Board, and past president of the Yolo County Association of Realtors.
Early in his career, Herb taught for 10 years — four years at Avenal High School in the Central Valley and six years at Holmes Junior High School in Davis. He also coached football and track. Herb earned his BA and teaching credential at UC Davis.
Diane Fiddyment is a President Emeritus of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay. Before retiring in 1998, she was an allied member of the Pacific Stock Exchange (PCX). In 1979, she began working on the newly formed Options Trading Floor of the PCX. As an independent market maker, she participated in making markets in the option products of 40-50 different stocks. Diane was a very active participant at the exchange and she served on several committees including the Ethics and Business Conduct Committee and as President of the Options Floor Trading Committee.
David W.Gordon serves as Superintendent of the Sacramento (CA) County Office of Education. The County office directly serves more than 30,000 students and provides financial oversight and support services to more than 235,000 students in thirteen school districts. From 1995-2004 Mr.Gordon served as Superintendent of the Elk Grove Unified School District. Elk Grove is an ethnically and economically diverse district of 62,000 students covering 320 square miles of Sacramento County, California. Mr.Gordon was responsible for 55 schools and budgets totaling $500 million.&
Since 2010, Ariel has been a NYC-based entrepreneur and consultant. His company Land Incubator is focused on developing and launching innovative enterprises (both for-profit and hybrid for/non-profit) across the science, technology, and entertainment industries. He also continues to serve as a technology, finance, & Hollywood consultant serving Fortune 1000 and SMBs, including for the past five years as a co-producer and lead talent strategist for the annual Digitas NewFront in NYC.
Mohini Jain has an extensive background in education and philanthropy. She had a successful career as a high school science teacher for 18 years, retiring from Davis Senior High School in 2008. Since then, she has been a founding member of the Tiffany Circle of the American Red Cross Yolo County Chapter and on the Board of Advisors for the Davis Schools Foundation, Yolo Community Foundation, and India Association of Davis.
A former senior executive in the Printing and Mailing industry, Dana A. Johnston is currently founder and president of S.M.A.R.T Consulting Services, a business consulting practice focused on assisting companies develop digital business strategies. These strategies are designed to take full advantage of the “digital transformation” occurring in their business, through the effective and efficient use of digital technologies.
David Murphy worked as a superintendent for 21 years. He served the Davis Joint Unified School District and was appointed by the Governor in 2009 to be the Superintendent of Education, California’s Division of Juvenile Justice, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Jeanne Reaves has a proven track record of successfully overcoming the issues facing businesses today. She now leverages that experience for her clients as President and CEO of Jeanne Reaves Consulting.
Her accomplishments and prominence in corporate and non-profit sectors have been widely recognized and honored. Named one of Sacramento Magazine’s Fifty Most Powerful People and honored by the Sacramento Metro Chamber as Sacramentan of the Year in 2009, Jeanne draws upon her vast business talents to help organizations succeed.
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.
Dr. Francisco Rodriguez began his tenure as chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District on June 1, 2014. Prior to his appointment as head of the nation’s largest community college district, Dr. Rodriguez served as superintendent/president at MiraCosta Community College District (Oceanside, Calif.) for five years and president at Cosumnes River College (Sacramento, Calif.) for six years.
Meg Stallard has a long history of service to UC Davis. She is the past chair of the UC Davis Foundation and founding chair of the School of Education’s Board of Advisors, and has served as president of the UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association as well as co-chair of the Davis Chancellor’s Club.
Mary Catherine Swanson taught high school English for 20 years. During that time she was instrumental in developing numerous award winning language arts programs. In 1980 she developed AVID, a secondary school program which prepares underachieving students for four-year college entry. Today 95 percent of AVID graduates enroll in college. Mary Catherine created the AVID Center in 1992 to support the in-school program.
In 2000 Dr. Vismara changed careers, retiring from his medical career to work as a full-time senior policy consultant for the California State Senate. Lou has worked on numerous health-related initiatives and served as a senior policy advisor for three consecutive Senate leaders (President pro Tempore): Senators Burton, Perata, and Steinberg.
Laura Wendel has a lengthy and notable background in broadcast journalism and marketing communications. She began her career as the first female reporter for KTEW-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma, before joining the CBS-TV news team where she distinguished herself as a multiple Emmy award-winning producer.
A former Board of Advisors member of the UC Davis School of Education, Mark L. Friedman is a founder and President of Fulcrum Property, a full-spectrum real estate company with broad experience in retail, mixed-use, and office development. Fulcrum’s success in creating high-quality, community-oriented projects has been recognized internationally by architectural design professionals and industry peers.