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Board of Advisors

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.

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Jorge O. Ayala
Superintendent (ret.), Yolo County Office of Education

Dr. Jorge Ayala was elected Yolo County Superintendent of Schools in 1998. He directed the operations of the Yolo County Office of Education until he retired in 2015. He is recognized as California’s first elected Latino County Superintendent of Schools.

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Davis Campbell
Chair, Dean’s Board of Advisors and Executive Director (ret.), California School Boards Association

Davis Campbell, who retired as Executive Director of the California School Boards Association (CSBA) 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. 

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ADDISON COVERT
Attorney and Partner, Parker & Covert LLP

Addison Covert is an attorney and partner in the Northern California office of Parker & Covert, LLP, located in Sacramento.  He represents public and private sector clients in public finance, business, education, and construction law.  He has earned a reputation for assisting clients in the mediation, or other resolution of complex disputes.  A majority of his clients are school districts; however, Mr.

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Sue Davis
Educator (ret.), Deterding Elementary School (BS '72)

Sue Davis a long-time supporter of the School of Education. She received her B.S. in Child Development from UC Davis in ’72, Teaching Credential in ’73, and her Master’s Degree from California State Sacramento in ’81.  She was a classroom teacher for 37 years, retiring from Deterding Elementary School in Carmichael in 2010.

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Hardeep Gulati
CEO, PowerSchool Group, LLC

Hardeep is an innovative leader and executive with more than two decades of experience leading software businesses. Hardeep’s passion for education and proven expertise in guiding companies through periods of growth has been instrumental to the ongoing successful implementation of PowerSchool’s expansion plan. Under Hardeep’s leadership, PowerSchool has introduced award-winning, integrated classroom solutions and made a lasting impact on the future of K-12 education.

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Ed Manansala
El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools (Ed.D. '11)

Dr. Ed Manansala has spent more than 20 years working in the public school system. He started as a Coordinator of Learning Support Services with the Sacramento Unified School District and then became Principal and Superintendent of St. HOPE Public Schools. He served as the Deputy Superintendent of El Dorado County before his appointment to Superintendent of Schools at the beginning of 2016.

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Dennis H. Mangers
Strategic Advisor to Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg

Dennis Mangers received an AA Degree from El Camino Community College where he was both Freshman Class and Student Body President. He was awarded a BA from California State University , Long Beach and his Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California. After service in the US Navy, he began his career in 1964 as an educator, serving as an elementary school teacher in Long Beach, California and in 1968, he became the youngest school principal in California.

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David Murphy
Coach, Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) - California Administrative Services Credential Program

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.

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Sandra Redenbach
(Fmr.) Chair, School of Education Alumni Council and UC Davis Foundation Board Trustee (BA '72, Cred '73)



Sandra (Sandi) Redenbach, M.Ed., is 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.

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Caroline S. Turner
Professor, Doctorate in Educational Leadership, California State University, Sacramento

A first-generation college student, Dr. Turner entered UC Davis on a Cal Aggie Alumni Association scholarship. She is a member of the UC Davis Golden Society alumni, a graduate of the first MA cohort in the School of Education, and the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumna award. Currently, Caroline Turner, an internationally recognized and award-winning scholar, is Professor for the Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program and served as Interim Dean for the College of Education at California State University, Sacramento.

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Louis A. Vismara, M.D.
Consultant with AKT Investments, INC.

Dr. Lou Vismara is a physician (retired interventional cardiologist) and a parent of four children. Since his son, Mark, was diagnosed with autism in 1995, he has dedicated himself to issues of child development, learning differences, diversity, and access to health care for under-served populations. Dr. Lou Vismara is a founding member of the UC Davis MIND (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) Institute, the State of California’s First Five Commission, and the California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism.

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Kristin Wright
California State Director of Special Education

Kristin Wright is the California State Director of Special Education, a role she assumed September 1, 2016. Kristin brings a wealth of professional and personal experience to this important position as a policy expert, a former special education student teacher, and a mother of a child with disabilities. Her public service career took a turn with the birth of her middle daughter, Shelby, who has significant intellectual and physical disabilities. A Sacramento native, Wright and her husband, Charles, have three children: Ace, Shelby, and Violet.

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