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Distinguished Leaders​

TCG partners and associates have served in leadership roles in the Association of California School Administrators (President and Executive Director), California School Boards Association, American Association of School Administrators, California Association of School Business Officials, California Coalition for Adequate School Housing, California Small Schools Association, California Association of Latino Superintendents, California Association of Bilingual Educators, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, having chaired visitations in California, Hawaii, Pacific Islands and Asia.


A TCG partner founded the National Association of School Superintendents

Dr. Frank Cosca

Dr. Cosca began as a teacher and an elementary assistant principal in Santa Ana Unified School District. He then served as an elementary and later a junior high school principal in Fullerton School District. Dr. Cosca went on to become the Superintendent of the Eastside School District in Lancaster for three years, Central School District in Rancho Cucamonga for six years and finally the Superintendent of Ontario Montclair School District in Ontario for the remaining eleven years of his career.

Mr.  Shapiro has served as a professional educator for 42 years. Mr. Shapiro received his B.A. at Rutgers University and M.A. at California State University Northridge. He served as a teacher in the Lancaster School District and the Glendale Unified School District. In Glendale he also held the following positions: middle school assistant principal, elementary principal at two schools, middle school principal, coordinator of professional development, and director of curriculum and instruction. After 28 years in Glendale, he served as assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent in the Burbank Unified School District. He then served as superintendent in the South Pasadena Unified School District for four and one-half years, retiring in 2014.   

Mr. Shapiro has been involved in leadership positions in regional and statewide organizations to advance teaching and learning. He was chair of the Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability Committee for a region of the Association of California School Administrators, also serving on the state council. He served on the Board of Directors of the California Staff Development Council. He was a member of the Superintendent’s Advisory Group for EdLeader 21, a national network of school districts committed to promoting 21st century learning for all students. He was also a charter member of the Board of Directors of the Burbank Arts Education Foundation. He has received honors from ACSA, chambers of commerce and community organizations, as well as parent organizations.   

Mr. Shapiro has been an adjunct professor at Occidental College and California State University Northridge. He currently provides training and executive coaching to school districts through Pivot Learning partners. 

Dr. Fred Navarro is a lifelong educator, most recently retiring as Superintendent from the Newport Mesa Unified School District. He has served public schools for nearly forty years and earned a reputation for recruiting and cultivating top talent in all leadership roles. He earned his B.A and teaching credential from California State University Dominguez Hills and his Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Education from UCLA. He served Long Beach Unified School District as Activities Director, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Assistant Principal and Middle School Principal. He served as a high school principal in the Alhambra and Newport Mesa Unified School where he also served as Director of Secondary Education. He served as the Assistant Superintendent of the Anaheim School District and as Superintendent of the Lennox School District. His various District and community leadership roles include:
  • California School Boards Association
  • Superintendents’ Advisory CouncilUniversity of California, Irvine School of Education Dean’s Community Advisory
  • Board of Directors, Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Part-time faculty, UCLA School of Education
  • Board of Directors, Schools for Sound Finance
  • California Interscholastic Federation, Southern Section, Commissioner’s Superintendents’ Advisory
  • John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, Fellow
  • LBUSD CABE Chapter President (1993)

He believes that a high-quality leadership team is vital to student success in the classroom; therefore, a quality superintendent is essential to creating a thriving district where every student is provided an exemplary and rewarding educational experience.

Dr. Jan Britz has served as an educator for over 40 years. Prior to retiring in 2015 as Superintendent of Burbank Unified School District, she served as the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction there. She also served as Director of Human Resources in South Pasadena Unified School District. As a resident of Simi Valley, she worked in Simi Valley Unified School District for 23 years as a teacher, assistant principal and principal of a junior high school, middle school, and high school.

Dr. Britz received a B.A. degree from Eastern Michigan University, a M.S. and M.A. degree from California State University, Northridge, and a Doctoral of Education from USC.

Dr. Britz also served as an adjunct professor at California Lutheran University, Moorpark Community College and California State University, Northridge. In addition, she has taught Leadership workshops and classes at professional conferences and colleges. Jan has been recognized with awards for her work as an administrator from ACSA and others from Ventura County, as well as community groups and parent organizations. 

Ms. Pat Puleo has had a comprehensive career in education. She served as Director of Education Programs, University Extended Education, at California State University, Fullerton, for six years. As part of that responsibility, she led outreach efforts, on behalf of the university, in several districts throughout Southern California in the areas of district program development, evaluation, curriculum and instruction, grant evaluation, support to underperforming schools, and administrator mentoring, 

Prior to her tenure at CSUF, Ms. Puleo was the Director of Education Services in the Fullerton School District, principal, and coordinator of special programs. She has distinguished herself throughout her career as evidenced by her being recognized as Administer of the Year in Orange County during her tenure as principal and received the Outstanding Service the University Award from the College of Human Development and Community Service, CSUF, in 2000. 

She has been working as a private consultant for ten years in district strategic planning, instruction, curriculum, evaluation, and mentoring throughout California.

Mr. Ahad is the president and chief executive officer of Total School Solutions (TSS). He founded the firm in 1999 and has been instrumental in maintaining the highest quality of services offered by TSS and earning the confidence of clients TSS serves. Besides his executive responsibilities at the firm, Mr. Ahad continues to be involved in providing direct services to TSS clients; primarily in the areas of efficiency studies, performance audits and evaluations, systems improvement, and developing and implementing best educational management practices.

Mr. Ahad has had a distinguished career in public education, serving as chief business official in five school districts. Besides his successes as a chief business official,

Mr. Ahad is recognized for his knowledge of educational programs and expertise in employee-employer relationships. Mr. Ahad has developed excellent working relationships with employee associations and their leadership.

Mr. Ahad holds a Masters Degree in business administration from Arizona State University and is a Certified Public Accountant in California.

Dr. Theresa Daem is a former California school superintendent, serving six years as Superintendent of the San Bruno Park School District and nine years as Superintendent of the Laguna Beach Unified School District. 

In 2009, she founded the National Association of School Superintendents (NASS), an organization focused on the unique challenges and district needs of America’s top educational leaders; she was executive director until July 30, 2016, and continues to actively support the organization. According to Daem, “Quality teachers are the essence of quality education, but they truly flourish in great districts, and these are the result of great leadership.”

Daem began her career as a high school English teacher and served in numerous school district administrative positions before assuming the top district leadership role. She has written more than 100 articles on successful school district leadership and presented at numerous professional gatherings and meetings. She has also been an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University, a School Support Team Leader for the Nevada Department of Education and a member of numerous boards and advisory groups. She earned her B.S. Degree and her M.S. Degree from Eastern Montana University and her doctorate from the University of Southern California.

Ms. Debra French has spent the last thirty-two years in service to education, most recently retiring from the Superintendency after nearly seven and a half years in both Los Angeles and San Mateo Counties. During her time as Superintendent Debra earned a reputation for the ability to lead a team in the analysis and development of systemic processes’, leading to the recruitment of top level talent, resulting in improved educational outcomes for children. She earned her B.A. from California State University, Fullerton and her Master’s Degrees in Elementary Education and Organizational Management from the University of LA Verne. Debra served in the Ontario-Montclair School District as a middle school teacher, Chino Valley Unified School District as an assistant principal, Adelanto Elementary School District as both an elementary and middle school principal; before becoming a Superintendent she worked in the roles of Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources and Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services.

Throughout her career Debra has earned accolades as a regional Superintendent of the Year, and a Top Level Contributor in the field of energy conservation in the public school system.  Debra’s bond and parcel tax experience has afforded her a wide scope of experience in school facilities and construction, leading her to consulting with one the state’s most highly regarded contractors. Currently, Debra is providing coaching and professional development in human resources in one Southern California school district.

Debra believes in the leadership development of each team member and contributes the success of any school system to the positive and productive relationship between its Board of Education and Superintendent and the Superintendent and its organization and community. She has made it her professional passion to pour into others to ensure district’s reach their full potential.





Dr. Hasmik Danielian is an accomplished educator with over three decades of experience. She served as Superintendent

at Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District from 2015-2020 and at Brawley Union High School District from 2011-2015. Prior to that, she served as Associate Superintendent in charge of Secondary Schools Reform and Student/Family Support Services at Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. At Glendale Unified School District, she served as teacher, assistant principal, dean of students, and principal at Eleanor J. Toll Middle School, and Hoover High School. As a culturally savvy agent of change, her focus has always been on social justice, equity, and access for all  students. Through systems reform, innovation, collaboration and community partnerships, student achievement has accelerated and schools and districts have received state and national accolades.

The breath of Dr. Danielian’s leadership reaches to all levels of education, including guest speaker at doctoral programs; keynote speaker at different events; adjunct faculty at several universities and community colleges; Commissioner on Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC); and a member of College Board’s Western Region Education Council. She has also served on local foundation and non-profit boards.

Dr. Danielian holds a Bachelor’s Degree from National University of Iran, Tehran, two Master’s Degrees in Education from University of La Verne and Point Loma Nazarene University, and a Doctor of Education ( Ed.D.) from University of Southern California. She has received numerous prestigious awards for her leadership and service to the community including several Woman of the Year and Educator of the Year awards.

Dr. Tom Garnella (Dr. “G”) has enjoyed a broad, practical educational background. He is acutely aware of all aspects schools as well as the many specialties that are within the realm of school business services. His 38 years as an educator included both the classified and certificated arenas, having served as a noon aide, elementary and middle school teacher, middle school assistant principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent.

During his teaching years, Dr. “G” taught in the then Yorba Linda as well as Beverly Hills Unified school districts. As a site administrator, he served in Charter Oak Unified. He has also been the Assistant Superintendent, Business Services in the San Marino Unified, Savanna Elementary, and Central School districts and jointly served as Superintendent in the Coast Joint Union High School and Cambria Elementary School district. Since his retirement from the Ontario-Montclair School District, where he served as its Assistant Superintendent, Business Services, he has served as the Interim Assistant Superintendent, Business Services in both the Perris Union High School District and Ontario-Montclair.

Dr. Garnella has a BA in Elementary Education and a MA in Educational Administration from Cal State, Northridge. He earned his Doctorate in Educational Administration with a specialty in school finance and curriculum from USC.

He is a former member of the Chaffey Community College Board of Trustees. He remains busy in educational circles and is involved in numerous community activities in the Hemet, California area. 

Dr. Steve Goldstone is a founding member of TCG, and immediate past Chairman of the Board.

Dr. Goldstone has served for over twenty three years as superintendent of both urban and suburban unified school districts throughout California. Prior to serving as superintendent Dr. Goldstone was an assistant superintendent, principal, counselor and teacher.

Dr. Goldstone served as the Founding Dean of Touro University’s College of Education. He has been an Associate Professor at USC, University of La Verne, and California State University Hayward.

Dr. Goldstone earned his doctorate from the University of Southern California and an MA in administration and a BA in history from California State University Northridge.

Teresa (Terri) Grey is widely known and respected for her distinguished 28-year career with the Wilsona School District, a small, geographically remote and culturally diverse school district, where she held a host of positions, including teacher, reading specialist, vice principal, principal and finally nine years as superintendent. The variety of these district positions provided Terri the opportunity to work with diverse groups of teachers, parents and students. Throughout her tenure,  Teresa was focused on providing children of poverty top notch education and opportunities; she had a close relationship with her board of education and brought many programs and opportunities to her low socioeconomic district. Prior to joining Wilsona, Teresa worked for Los Angeles Unified and the Los Angeles Archdiocese as a teacher.

Currently Grey works with ACSA’s Clear Administrative Credential Program coaching new administrators, sits on the Antelope Valley Community College Bond Over-site Committee and the non-profit RISE After School Program Board of Directors, and maintains her own Educational and Coaching Support LLC working with a variety of districts. She is dedicated to teaching, learning and improving students’ lives.

Teresa Grey earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies at California State University, Northridge (1982), a Reading Specialist Certificate from California State University, San Bernardino (1999) and her Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration from California State University Bakersfield (2003).

Dr. Tom Johnstone served for 38 years as an educator. After serving the Lennox School District community for over 28 years, Dr. Johnstone served as superintendent in the Wiseburn Unified School District from 2008-2018.  Among his accomplishments as superintendent in Wiseburn are the successful culmination of a 13-year struggle to achieve K-12 unification, a successful $89 million bond election, and the construction of a $160 million state-of-the-art high school.

His education career he served as a social studies teacher, middle school counselor, an elementary assistant principal and principal, a Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, and ten years as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

Dr. Johnstone earned his Bachelor’s Degree in history at the University of Santa Clara, a Master’s Degree in Latin American History from UCLA, a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University, and his doctorate in Institutional Management from Pepperdine University.

Dr. Johnstone believes strongly in giving back to his community, and most specifically, activities that support children.   He coached Little League, girls’ softball and AYSO soccer.   He serves on the Board for St. Margaret’s Center in Lennox and served for 10 years as Chairman of the Board for Diabetic Camping and Education Services, which supports outdoor science programs for children with diabetes.  

Dr. Johnstone is an active member of the Hawthorne/Los Angeles International Airport/Lennox Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Westchester for the past twenty-one years held leadership roles in both the HLL and in Westchester Rotary Clubs.

Professionally, Dr. Johnstone was an active member of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) for 34 years, including serving as State Chair or the ACSA-CAPEA Committee for three years. Dr. Johnstone also served as a Board Member for the School Employers Association of California (SEAC) for 9 years including 3 years as the Chair of the Board. He currently sits on the Board for DaVinci RISE Charter High School.

Monique has over 5 years in banking and over 6 years in bookkeeping. 

She started with The Cosca Group in 2017. In her role, she is responsible for all day-to-day accounting functions including reconciling financial accounts, managing quarterly budgets, and preparing quarterly financial reports for board meetings. 

In her past work experience working for Arrowhead Credit Union, she organized community events for K-12, such as financial literacy workshops, where students were taught how to manage finances. In this role she was responsible for scheduling and organizing literature and event speakers. 

Monique holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University of San Bernardino and associates degree in Business Information Systems from Riverside City College. 

Dr. Steve Kennedy, is a recently retired Superintendent and veteran public school educator with over 32 years in the K-12 education space. His career trajectory began as a classroom teacher and school principal, followed soon thereafter by positions as Assistant Superintendent and most recently, Superintendent for the Menifee Union School District. Known for his keen insight in the areas of personnel management, business services, fiscal management, labor negotiations, and union relations, Dr. Kennedy demonstrated tremendous success leading multiple successful school bond campaigns to address District growth. Yet among his greatest accomplishments across a career strewn with educational accolades is his lifelong mission to develop talented, diverse, capable, and compassionate school and district leadership.


Dr. Kennedy understood early in his career, that sustained success requires meeting the needs of all children, while developing and addressing the professional and personal competencies of a dedicated teaching force. His lifelong work with equity and inclusion has been a hallmark of his leadership in many diverse communities across California representing rural, suburban and inner city school districts. While his robust student learning programs regularly achieved both state and national recognition, Dr. Kennedy’s strong relational skillset proved a catalyst to his success. 

Known for developing strong school and district teams, Dr. Kennedy’s work has always focused on engaging whole school communities by leading critical conversations that helped to define the work of our schools, and at the same time, helped to define a framework from which to measure each school’s results. Community leadership is critical to our quality of life, and among Dr. Kennedy’s community leadership endeavors are Rotary Club President (Rotary Club of Menifee), Past-Chair of the San Diego Zoological Society’s Education Board, Board Member for the Boys and Girls Club of the Inland Valley, Project L.I.F.T. Board, and volunteer for Father Joe’s Village in San Diego. Recognized as a leader with tremendous “heart,” Dr. Steve Kennedy brings his passion for excellence to the consulting world to continue his outstanding work.

The professional career of Lynne B. Kennedy, Ph.D., spans 36 years in education. She began her teaching career in the Rialto Unified School District as a secondary mathematics teacher. She moved through the educational ranks holding positions of junior high and high school assistant principal, middle school principal, Director of Categorical Programs, Assistant Superintendent, Associate Superintendent and Superintendent. Additionally, she has worked for Chapman University as an adjunct professor.

Dr. Kennedy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Redlands, with a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Upon completing her undergraduate work, Dr. Kennedy obtained a Masters Degree in School Administration from Cal State, San Bernardino, and a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. Her dissertation, “Policy as School Reform: Selection Criteria and Student Access to Algebra I”, received the Claremont Graduate University, Urban Leadership Achievement Award and the Phi Delta Kappa award for Dissertation of the Year.

In addition to her professional life, Dr. Kennedy has a long history of community service. She is a charter member of the San Bernardino Valley chapter of The Links, Incorporated. The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who are committed to serving their communities. Links members contribute more than 500,000 documented hours of community service annually – strengthening their communities and enhancing the nation. A very important component of Dr. Kennedy’s service to the community also includes her active role in the church. Since the early 1980s, she has taught confirmation classes, served as church board secretary and participated in visitation and community outreach. For the last five years, she has been active in the greeter ministries and small-group Bible study for the Hillside Community Church in Rancho Cucamonga.

Dr. Kennedy remains active in the academic arena as an educational consultant to school districts and mentor to school administrators.

Dr. Joy Mahdesian obtained her BA and MA degrees from California State University, Northridge. Her doctorate degree is from the University of Southern California. 

She is a twenty year superintendent. In addition, Dr. Mahdesian has been a teacher, reading specialist, coordinator, assistant principal and principal. Dr. Mahdesian is a member of the CSBA Superintendents Committee and Legal Alliance Board of Directors. 

Dr. Mahdesian is part of the California School Business Officials Strategic Planning Team. She is dedicated to learning and teaching.

Dr. Barry Pulliam, has served public education for more than thirty years. Most recently he provided leadership as the County Superintendent in San Bernardino County. Best known for his innovative, visionary applications of technology and his aptitude for educational capacity building with business, government and community partners, Barry has secured millions of dollars of additional funding and in kind academic support for students in urban, suburban and rural environments.

Dr. Karla Rhay has been representing the interests of public schools in K-12 and community college settings, providing visionary leadership for public entity members for two risk-sharing insurance organizations, and serving on a variety of committee and boards for the past 32 years. A passionate believer in empowering others, Dr. Rhay has instructed administrators regarding employee health benefits, risk management, and school law basics. She has spoken and participated in various panels and workshops across parts of the country on topics that include child safety, well-being, equity, and risk mitigation strategies.      

In 2015, she was appointed as one of six state Commissioners to serve a 4-year term on the Fraud Assessment Commission under the California Department of Insurance.  Subsequently, she was elected president of a statewide association for public entity special districts providing education, accreditation, and legislative advocacy.  In 2019, based on her work as chief executive officer of California Schools Risk Management Joint Powers Authority (JPA) and California Schools Employee Benefits Association JPA, she was recognized as California Classified Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). 

Dr. Rhay earned a Master’s from Pepperdine University in Educational Leadership and a Doctorate in Education from USC. Today she is chief strategist for a private leadership consulting group.

Mr. Timothy Ritter served as Superintendent in Temecula Valley Unified School District for ten years. Prior to that he was the Deputy Superintendent and the Assistant Superintendent of Education Support Services inTemecula Valley.

At the site level Mr. Ritter served as the principal of Chaparral and Great Oak High School, which he planned and opened in Temecula Valley.

California native Roger Gallizzi is a 30-year veteran educator. He began his career as a substitute teacher, working as a bilingual teacher in a high poverty schools in Lancaster and Palmdale, California. During his administrative career he served in the positions of Director of Biliteracy Programs, Migrant and Immigrant Education; Principal; Director of Personnel; Director of the Personnel Commission; and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. He served as the Superintendent of Schools for the Palmdale School District for eight years.

A noted consultant and staff developer, Mr. Gallizzi has worked for the Los Angeles County Office of Education and numerous school districts in Southern California. He has taught on the faculties of the University of California at Los Angeles Extension; California State University, Northridge; California State University, Bakersfield; and Brandman University. He was named Superintendent of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) for the entire state of California for the 2013-2014 school year. He has experience in all aspects of collective bargaining – Impasse, Mediation, Fact-Finding, and Unilateral Implementation.

He currently serves as an advocate and consultant to a variety of education related organizations through his education consulting firm, Every Student Learns, Inc.

Dr. Skvarna has served as superintendent of the Baldwin Park Unified School District for 13 years, retiring from the position in 2014. He was formerly a Deputy Superintendent for Baldwin Park Unified for three years and Assistant Superintendent for La Canada Unified school District for two years.

As a representative of the California Department of Education, Dr. Skvarna served on the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools. In 2013, while serving as Superintendent of Baldwin Park Unified, Education Trust West noted that out of the 148 largest unified school districts in California, Baldwin Park Unified was ranked #1 for closing the achievement gap for students of color and low income.

Dr. Skvarna holds a Master’s of Science degree in Strategic Leadership and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in business.

 Dr. Wilson graduated from Southwest Missouri State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree from Azusa Pacific College in Education Administration and Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California. Dr. Wilson’s professional career includes thirteen years as a teacher, twenty years in public school administration and ten years as professor and administrator for the University of Southern California.

Dr. Wilson served as the Superintendent of Schools in Sunnyvale Elementary School District (1992-1997) and Desert Sands Unified School District (1997-2007).

Dr. Wilson is currently a District Assistance Intervention Team lead, California Dept. of Education and an Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, College of Education, CSUSB.

Nicasio (Nick) Salerno has served high school students in El Monte, CA as a teacher, coach, counselor, mentor teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent.  His entire career in the public school system spanned 38 years, all in the same district.  Nick then worked with students at Cal Poly Pomona for eight years.  He served as the Single Subject Credential Coordinator, Intern Teacher Coordinator, Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program Coordinator, and as the Coordinator for Educational Partnerships.  Nick currently coaches new administrators who aspire to become principals and district office leaders in the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Clear Administrative Services Credential Program.  


Ruth Perez Ashley recently retired from the Long Beach Unified School District, as Deputy Superintendent of Education Services. Ruth started her 34-year career as a Spanish bilingual classroom teacher prior to becoming an elementary school principal, director of elementary schools, and an executive staff member. As assistant and deputy superintendent, she has 16 years of experience overseeing human resource services for LBUSD, Long Beach’s largest employer and California’s fourth largest preK-12 public school district. Ruth also had the experience of teaching as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, California State University, Long Beach.

As owner and consultant for Ashley Consulting for Educational Services, Ruth provides services in the areas of workplace investigations, mediation, communication systems, performance evaluation systems, executive coaching and leadership development. Ruth also serves as an education consultant for Focused Schools, LLC, providing professional development and coaching to school principals.

As an advocate of music education, Ruth is an advisor for the D’Addario Foundation’s Immersive Music Challenge to help school organizations throughout the country implement effective music-based mentoring programs. Ruth also serves her community as a board member for Goodwill, Southern Los Angeles County.

Ruth strives to build trusting relationships, community, culture, and systems in service to students. Her philosophy on leadership is to enhance organizational culture by building capacity through a lens of excellence, equity, inclusion, ethics, and interconnectedness.

Dr. David Brown began his career in education teaching German at the University of Southern California. Since then he has held a variety of teaching and administrative positions at the university and high school levels, including service as Principal of La Canada High School.  He served as the Superintendent of Schools of the San Marino Unified School District from 1980-1987, the Irvine Unified School District from 1987-1994, and the Napa Valley Unified School District from 1994-2003. He has been actively involved with the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) for more than 35 years. He served as an ACS WASC Commissioner from 1995-2001 and as the ACS WASC Executive Director from 2003-2014.

After supporting the Association of California School Administrators in 2015-16 as the Executive Staff Liaison to Executive Director, Wes Smith, he assumed the role of Executive Director of the National Association of School Superintendents in June of 2016.

Dr. Brown’s professional and community activities are numerous and wide ranging. Dr. Brown was actively involved with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and served as ACSA State President from 1990-1991. He served as chair of several state task force groups, including School-to-Career, and Discipline and Safety committees.  Additionally, Dr. Brown has been quite active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having served as a Bishop and Stake President.  He presently serves as the Director of Public Affairs for most of Northern California. 

Dr. Brown earned his Ph.D. and Masters from University of Southern California and his B.A. from Occidental College.

Prior to becoming Superintendent of California’s Stockton Unified School District in 2006, Jack served one term (2001-2004) as the State of Nevada’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. At 26 he was the youngest ever to receive a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Southern California. Before his service in Nevada, Dr. McLaughlin was in California public education for 37 plus years, with 26 of those years as Superintendent in Berkeley Unified (1994-2001); Hemet Unified (1987-94); and Sunnyvale School District (1974-87). He was a teacher, principal and Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services from 1963-74, serving all levels K-12.

While attending Antelope Valley College, Jack was selected All-Conference in football and received the Most Valuable College Athlete award. In 1999, he was named by the American Association of School Administrators as the California Superintendent of the Year. In 2008, he was presented the Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award.

Professional contributions include service as President of Association of California Urban School Districts, Founding Member of the Minority Student Achievement Network, California State Budget Review Committee Member, California Special Education Task Force Member, Charter Member of the California Education Research Council, Member of Council of Chief State School Officers, Commissioner of the Education Commission of the States, WestEd Board Member and California Special Olympics Advisory Committee.

After his term as the Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction and prior to his Stockton Superintendency, Jack toured 25 state departments of education reviewing data infrastructures on behalf of the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Since retiring from Stockton Unified in June 2008, Dr. Jack, in addition to his continued educational work at the national level, has been pursuing motion pictures and television as a screenplay writer. He has several active projects involving academy award winning actors in the works and has published mR. bERZERKELEY: The Naked Mayor of Berkeley, and the POLAR Principle: Successful Decisions in School, Life and Work by Following the Path of Least Anticipated Resistance.

Jack and Sheryl McLaughlin are residents of Carson City, Nevada, have four grown children and four grandchildren.

Mr. Bassett has a diverse background as a public and private sector leader. In education, Mr. Bassett has served as an executive consultant, executive, and educator with over 28 years of experience in the education field supporting students from diverse populations. In addition, Mr. Bassett has worked as an advisory board member for a Fortune 500 company and as a software and business systems developer.

Mr. Bassett spent 24 years with the Fontana Unified School District, holding multiple positions, including Superintendent, Associate Superintendent of Business, Chief Technology Officer, and Director of Technology. Before his time in Fontana, his education industry work included multiple years at Point Loma Nazarene University in educational technology. 

During Mr. Bassett’s tenure as Superintendent, his district earned a reputation for innovation and led its county in unified school district growth in English Language Arts and Mathematics, all while maintaining one of the highest financial ratings in the State of California. Mr. Bassett’s many recognitions, including the prestigious California C-STEM Superintendent of the Year for 2021, testify to his commitment to bringing students additional opportunities.

Mr. Bassett is committed to enhancing student outcomes and fostering forward-thinking environments for students and educators. His work includes forming a foundation that builds connections for those seeking to become creators in transformative industries. He continues to provide education executive and private industry consulting services, including the identification and development of innovative leadership.