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State Board of Education Announces Appointments

State of California
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor
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CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
1430 N Street, Suite 5111
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-319-0827
Fax: 916-319-0175

January 22, 2009 
For Immediate Release

Contact: Regina Wilson
916-319-0693
951-825-7659 (cell) 

State Board of Education Announces Appointments

The State Board of Education announces the following appointments to its advisory committees and councils:

Diane V. Grooms, of Lancaster, has been appointed to the Child Nutrition Advisory Council. From September 1986 to July 1992, she served as the public relations and foundation associate for the Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster. From July 1992 to July 2008 she was the regional vice president for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Grooms currently works as the chief of community development for the Valley Oasis, formally known as the Antelope Valley Domestic Violence Council in Lancaster. Grooms received her bachelor of arts degree from San Jose State University and her master of arts in business administration from Redlands University. This position has a three-year term and there is no salary.

Jody Canali-Ornellas, of Gilroy, has been appointed to the Child Nutrition Advisory Council. Ornellas currently serves as the food supervisor for Gilroy High School and has been employed with the Gilroy Unified School District for the past 27 years. Ornellas has had a distinguished career in the nutrition education field. She attended the National Food Service Management Institute at the University of Mississippi in 2006. She has received many honors and awards, including the Gilroy Unified School District Excellence award and the California Child Nutrition Professional award for completion of 25 years of service. This position has a three year-term and there is no salary.

Debra Mason, of Bay Point, has been appointed to the Child Nutrition Advisory Council. From September 1979 to July 1999, Mason served as an instructional assistant in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Currently she serves as a recreation supervisor for the Ambrose Recreation and Park District. She has received numerous awards, including the California School Employee’s Association Employee of the Year for 1992 and 1999. Mason was also recognized by the Network for a Healthy California in 2008. This position has a three-year term and there is no salary.

Molly O’Kane, of San Francisco, has been reappointed to the Child Nutrition Advisory Council. From 2001 to 2004, she was the food service and child nutrition director for the Emery Unified School District. From 2004 to 2008, she served as the assistant director of child nutrition for the San Lorenzo Nutritional Learning Community Coalition. O’Kane is currently the program nutrition manager for the Alameda County Office of Education Nutritional Learning Community Coalition. O’Kane earned her bachelor of arts degree from Washington State University and is a registered dietitian. This position has a three-year term and there is no salary.

Paula James, of Walnut Creek, has been reappointed to the Child Nutrition Advisory Council. James has over 30 years of experience leading and directing community-wide efforts on behalf of children and families. She currently administers a large federally funded nutrition service program, and is responsible for the oversight of nutrition related grants and projects at the Contra Costa Child Care Council. James has served on several committees, including California Child Care Food Policy Roundtable and the California Strategic Alliance. James has served on CNAC since 1992. This position has a three-year term and there is no salary.

Leann Onasch, of Riverside, has been reappointed to the Child Nutrition Advisory Council. From 1991 to 2000, she served as adjunct professor at Riverside Community College. From 1995 to 2000, she was a nutritionist and operations manager for the Riverside Unified School District. Onasch currently serves as manager of the food service department at Val Verde Unified School District. Onasch received her bachelor of science degree from California State San Bernardino and her master of arts degree from Loma Linda University. Onasch has served on CNAC since 2005. This position has a three-year term and there is no salary.

Lucy McProud, Ph.D, of San Jose, has been reappointed to the Child Nutrition Advisory Council. Since 1987 McProud has served as professor and chairperson for the Department of Nutrition, Food Science, and Packaging for San Jose State University. McProud holds a master of arts degree and a doctorate in Food Administration from the University of Wisconsin. She is a registered member of the American Dietetic Association, the California Dietetic Association and a member of the Foodservice Systems Management Education Council. McProud has served on CNAC since 1995. This position has a three-year term and there is no salary.

Gary Davis, of Elk Grove, has been appointed to the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools. From 2000 to 2004, Davis served as legislative director for Assembly Member Darrell Steinberg. From 2004 to 2006, he served as the program director for the California State University Chancellor. Prior to that Davis was the executive director for Sacramento State Alumni Association. Davis currently serves as the political director for EdVoice. He received his bachelor of science degree from California State University at Sacramento. Davis is the mayor of Elk Grove and a former Natomas Unified School District Board of Trustees President. This position has a three-year term and there is no salary.

Corri Ravare, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools. From 1995 to 2000, she served as a consultant for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Office of School Reform. From 2000 to 2004, she staffed the Los Angeles Board of Education. Ravare currently serves as the vice president of the Inner City Education Foundation in Los Angeles. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of California Berkeley. This position has a three-year term and there is no salary.

Dr. Vicki Barber, of El Dorado, has been reappointed to the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools. She has been with the El Dorado County Office of Education for 20 years, and was elected as El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools in 1994. Dr. Barber is known throughout California as an expert in special education. She testified before a United States Congress Subcommittee in March 1996 on the critical issue of reauthorization of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. She has served as president of California County Superintendents Educational Services Association CCSESA. In addition, Dr. Barber has taken a statewide leadership role on the Public Schools Accountability Act Advisory Committee. Dr. Barber is extensively involved in many organizations and community service agencies, including Kiwanis and the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Barber is a commission member of First 5 El Dorado and also serves on the Board of Directors for El Dorado County JOB ONE, El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, El Dorado Community Foundation, El Dorado Forum, and Western Slope Boys & Girls Club. She has served on the ACCS since 2004. This position has a three-year term and there is no salary.

Mark Kushner, of San Francisco, has been reappointed to the Advisory Commission on Charter Schools. He is the founder and director of Leadership Public Schools, a new nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a network of quality charter high schools focusing on academic excellence and leadership development for traditionally underserved students.

He previously founded the Leadership High School in San Francisco, the first startup charter high school in California. Kushner received a bachelor of arts degree from Wesleyan University and completed graduate work in literature, law and educational administration at Oxford University, University of San Francisco (J.D.), and Harvard University (Ed.M.). He is a former attorney and high school English teacher. He has served on the ACCS since 2004. This position has a three-year term and there is no salary.

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