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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Lou 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.
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.