Our Board Members

Mr. Paul Johnson - Chair, Superintendent of Los Gatos Union School District

Paul Johnson has been a California educator for 34 years and is beginning his fourth year as superintendent of the Los Gatos Union School District, located in the heart of Silicon Valley next to the Santa Cruz mountains.

His overall experience includes 20 years as a superintendent in four districts (Mill Valley, Loomis, South Bay Union, and Los Gatos) and elementary and secondary site leadership in both urban and rural settings. Paul began his career teaching for the Jurupa Unified School District in Riverside County in 1987.

Dr. Mary Ann Dewan - Vice Chair, Superintendent, Santa Clara County of Education

Dr. Dewan is the County Superintendent for Santa Clara County. She is recognized for her expertise and experience in early learning, data driven decision-making, special education, education reform, change leadership and her commitment to serve community. Dr. Dewan is passionate about diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice. Her leadership is driven by a commitment to ensure that all youth have quality educational opportunities. Dr. Dewan has gained experience through serving as Deputy Superintendent, Chief Schools Officer, Assistant Superintendent, Executive Director, Director of Special Education, principal and teacher. She has served in education for 30 years.

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Dr. Catherine Kawaguchi – Superintendent, Sulphur Springs Union School District

Dr. Kawaguchi has been the Superintendent for the Sulphur Springs Union School District since January of 2015. Prior to being a Superintendent, she served as an Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in a K-8 District, Principal of a Title I school, Assistant Principal, and was a teacher for 15 years before entering administrative positions in Ventura County.

Dr. Kawaguchi received a Bachelor Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Masters in Educational Administration from California Lutheran University, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from University of Southern California.

Throughout Dr. Kawaguchi’s career, she has continued to promote a culture of collaboration, support, collegiality among all stakeholders, and is committed to partnering with staff, parents, and community members to enhance and promote excellence for all students. Most recently, Dr. Kawaguchi received the 2019-20 ACSA State Award, Marcus Foster Memorial Award for Administrator Excellence. Dr. Kawaguchi has a passion to bring communities together to ensure that all students are valued, and that academics and social/emotional wellness are a top priority.

Dr. Tiffany Morse - Superintendent, Ojai Unified School District

Dr. Tiffany Morse has been an educator for more than 20 years in both California and Nevada. She is in her second year as Superintendent of the Ojai Unified School District.

Dr. Morse's overall experience includes positions overseeing Career and Technical Education, Charter Schools, Assessment, and math and science education.

Dr. Morse is passionate about diversity, inclusion, equity, and creating schools that are reflective of their communities.

Dr. Ralph Gómez Porras - Superintendent, Pacific Grove Unified School District

Dr. Ralph Gómez Porras has been leading the Pacific Grove Unified School District as its Superintendent since 2007. He supports the mission that the district “will ensure opportunities for all students to acquire and apply the knowledge and skills that develop the insight and character necessary for a productive and rewarding life.” His professional focus has continued to be on issues related to second language learners, equity and social justice.
Dr. Porras began his educational career in the Santa Cruz City Schools in 1990 where he served as a bilingual elementary and junior high school teacher, a junior high school assistant principal, an elementary principal, a high school principal and an assistant superintendent of educational services.
He earned his Bachelors in Biology and teaching credentials at UC Santa Cruz and his Masters at San Jose State University. In 2008, he was conferred the degree of Doctor of Education, Collaborative Leadership from UC Santa Cruz. His dissertation topic was “Improving Achievement of English Learners and Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Students in Middle Schools Through Master Schedule Reform.”
He continues to participate in California educational leadership opportunities predominately through his involvement in the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), an organization with which he has been involved since 1994. ACSA is the largest umbrella organization for school leaders in the nation, serving more than 18,000 school leaders. The mission of ACSA, the driving force of education in California and beyond, is to ensure the creation of communities of learning and teaching that serve both the aspirations of individual students and the greater good of society. He has served in several local and state levels roles throughout the years, which have directly affected California public education policy, including 2016-17 ACSA State President.
Dr. Porras is the recipient of many service awards including Outstanding Superintendent of the Year, CA State Small Schools Districts Association, multiple ACSA Region 10 Administrator of the Year awards, the Dr. William D. Barr Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership (Monterey County), State Congressional and Senatorial Service Awards recipient; Educational Leadership from San Jose State University and the University of California, Santa Cruz, local “Pacific Grove Public Official of the Year”, and Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International.
His hobbies and interests include SCUBA diving for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, endurance road and mountain bicycling, marathons, and underwater photography.

Melissa Moore, Ed.D. - Superintendent, El Segundo Unified School District

Dr. Melissa Moore joined the El Segundo Unified School District as superintendent in July 2014. She has a background in employee-employer relations, community and educational foundations and student instruction and innovative practices.

Her professional experiences span 35 years and include service as an Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Principal of middle school and elementary school, Assistant Principal, and Teacher in three different settings. In 2010, Dr. Moore was named the Association of California School Administrators’ (ACSA) State Administrator of the Year for Human Resources. In 2018, Dr. Moore was selected Superintendent of the Year (Region 14) by ACSA. She earned her doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in reading and language arts from California State University, Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from the University of Redlands.

During her tenure as ESUSD’s superintendent, the district successfully passed a $92M General Obligation Bond Measure to improve school facilities and technology in 2018; and in 2017, established a legacy or endowment funds with $16M of proceeds from the sale of the Imperial Street School property that will provide ongoing annual revenue for technology infrastructure, deferred maintenance and capital outlay projects.

Under her guidance, ESUSD has adopted a new Graduate Profile; received district-wide Project Lead the Way/STEM recognition; been an early adopter of a 1:1 technology initiative for grades TK-12; and achieved the highest graduation rate in the region at 99 percent. ESUSD was selected as a member of the League of Innovative Schools in 2016 and Dr. Moore also joined NCERT in 2020.

She has been recognized for her leadership and community involvement through the serving as an Honorary Commander at the Los Angeles Air Force Base, on the League of Innovative Schools Advisory Committee, USC Dean’s Superintendents Advisory Group, and speaking on women in leadership at various events.