Our Board Members
Dr. Carol Hansen, Chair - Superintendent, Ocean View School District
The Ocean View School District Board of Trustees named Dr. Carol Hansen as Superintendent on July 7, 2015, concluding an extensive search process for the top position.
Dr. Hansen, who is now in her 30th year as a public educator, oversees the K-8 district of more than 8,800 students. “It is an honor to have this opportunity to serve as Ocean View’s Superintendent,” said Dr. Hansen. “I look forward to engaging with students, parents,staff, and community members in this important work. I sought out this particular position because the needs of the District closely align with the kind of work that I wish to do as a school leader.”
She comes to OVSD from her most recent position as the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources in the ABC Unified School District in Cerritos. In this capacity, she provided oversight of all personnel functions and served as the chief negotiator for ABC USD, which had three active employee unions. Dr.Hansen also served for three years as the President of the Association of California School Administrators’ (ACSA) State Human Resources Council. In 2011, she was named as ACSA’s State Administrator of the Year for Human Resources.
Her professional experiences are deeply rooted in Southern California, as she served as: a middle schoolteacher in Rowland Heights; a teacher, coach and activities director in Long Beach Unified School District; and an assistant principal and principal in Westminster School District. In 2004, she transitioned to Director of Classified Personnel and then Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Services for Westminster School District.
The common threads running throughout Dr. Hansen’s career, in addition to her commitment to education, are effective leadership and collaboration. In each of her professional roles, she has worked diligently to engage many different audiences, to link stakeholders in the community and within her organizations, and to create lasting and constructive programs within her field.
Dr. Hansen is married and lives in Long Beach. She is a native Californian, growing up, attending school and living in Long Beach her entire life. She enjoys spending time outdoors and swimming in her free time.
“The coming year is going to be very exciting for Ocean View School District,” said Dr. Hansen. “We are moving ahead, with our students and strong academic curriculum as our top priorities.”
Mr. Paul Johnson, Treasurer - Superintendent Mill Valley School District
Paul Johnson has been a California educator for 31 years and is currently in his seventh year as superintendent of the Mill Valley School District, a district located 7 miles south of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County.
His overall experience includes 17 years as a superintendent in three districts (South Bay Union, Loomis USD, Mill Valley), district administrative work in both urban and rural settings, and elementary and secondary site administrative work. Paul began his career teaching for the Jurupa School District in Riverside County in 1987.
He has a B.S. in education from Brigham Young University and M.A. from Azusa Pacific University.
Dr. Mary Ann Dewan - 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.
Ms. Lillian Maldonado-French - Superintendent, Mountain View School District
Ms. Maldonado-French became Superintendent of the Mountain View School District in July 2009, after serving four years as Superintendent of Los Nietos School District. Prior to becoming Superintendent, she had served as Director of Instructional Services in Los Nietos, and held several positions in Santa Ana USD, moving from bilingual teacher, to curriculum specialist, to site administrator and finally Director of Curriculum and Staff Development in that district.
Mr. Brett McFadden - Superintendent, Nevada Joint Union School District
Brett W. McFadden was unanimously appointed superintendent for the Nevada Joint Union High School District effective July 1, 2018. He brings more than 23 years of education policy and leadership experience to the district, and is particularly recognized for his expertise in school finance, governance, and effective administration and leadership of TK-Adult Instructional programs. Brett previously served as the associate superintendent in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, overseeing the Business Services Division and also played a key leadership role in the development and operation of the district. Previously, Mr. McFadden was the Chief Business Officer for the Pajaro Valley USD. For ACSA, Mr. McFadden served as Director of Management Services for 10 Years, providing consultation and expertise on fiscal and operational services, and negotiations to more than 220 education agencies statewide. Brett has a BA in Political Science from CSULB and a MA in public administration from University of Arizona.
He is certified as a CBO by CASBO.
Dr. Adrian E. Palazuelos - Superintendent, Fillmore Unified School District
Dr. Palazuelos joined the Fillmore Unified School District in July 2014.
He began his career as a classroom teacher in the Hueneme School District in Port Hueneme, California. His leadership roles include Middle School Assistant Principal, Elementary Principal, Middle School Principal, and High School Principal. Prior to joining Fillmore Unified he was the Associate Superintendent of School Leadership and Support in the Natomas Unified School District.
Dr. Palazuelos received a Bachelor Degree from the University of California at Irvine, Master of Education degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
John A. Roach, Ed.D - Executive Director, SEAC
Dr. Roach is the Executive Director of School Employers Association of California.
John is the former Executive Director of the National Association of School Superintendents. He served 14 years as a District Superintendent; six in Charter Oak Unified and eight in Carlsbad Unified.
Dr. Roach is a professor at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California where he teaches courses in Leadership, Governance, Instructional Leadership and Accountability.
Since retiring from Carlsbad in 2012 John has coached Superintendents, served as Interim Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, served as an expert witness, led Superintendent searches and served as a consultant to several educational solution providers.
Prior to serving as Superintendent, he was an elementary teacher, elementary, middle and high school administrator, Director of Curriculum and Staff Development, Assistant Superintendent of Ed. Services, Human Resources, and Business Services. In addition to those roles he served as the lead negotiator in Brea-Olinda, East Whittier, Charter Oak and Carlsbad. In retirement he has been at the table in Rowland, Capistrano and Hollister.
He completed his doctorate at USC where his research focused on Trust and Collective Bargaining. He has a BA and an MA from LMU.
If he isn’t here in the SEAC office, when you reach him on his cell, he is either playing mediocre golf, walking at the beach, reading, or watching a game.
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.