Ruben Ingram, Executive Director

Dr. Ingram is the Executive Director of School Employers Association of California.

He is the former Executive Director of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and prior to that was District Superintendent for the Fountain Valley School District.

He was a teacher and principal in the Long Beach Unified School District, has taught at California State University, Long Beach; the University of Southern California; and Chapman University. Dr. Ingram has published numerous professional articles, and has spoken at most major educational conferences both in California and in the nation. He has served as a consultant to many school districts, state and federal agencies, and has consulted internationally.

He is a board member of the Center for Collaborative Solutions, a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee at California State University, Long Beach; a member of the California State University, Long Beach Legacy Society; a member of the Board of Advisors of the California Public Employee Relations Journal; a member of the California Public Employment Relations Board Advisory Committee; and is a board member and former President of the Orange County Labor Employment Relations Association. His honors include Education Alumnus of the Year at California State University, Long Beach, and numerous professional and community recognitions. He earned his undergraduate degree from California State University, Long Beach, and his masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California. He is married, has two children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Mike Crass, Assistant Executive Director: Operations

Mr. Crass is the former Superintendent of Mendota Unified School District. He represents School Employers Association of California (SEAC) on the Advisory Committee of the California Education Coalition for Health Care Reform (CECHCR). Mr. Crass oversees the budget and financial operations of SEAC as well as heading up membership recruitment. He also serves as a workshop facilitator and trainer.


Tom Johnstone, Assistant Executive Director: Member Services

Dr. Johnstone is joining the SEAC staff as Assistant Executive Director for Member Services. Dr. Johnstone recently retired after serving as Superintendent for Wiseburn School District since 2008. He also served in the Lennox School District community for over 28 years. He has spent his entire career in education in the South Bay as an educator.

He serves on the Board for St. Margaret’s Center in Lennox and is Chairman of the Board for Diabetic Camping and Education Services, which supports outdoor science programs for children with diabetes. Dr. Johnstone has been an active member of the Los Angeles International Airport/Lennox Rotary Club for the past eleven years. Currently he serves as the President of that Rotary Club.

Dr. Johnstone earned his Bachelors Degree in history at the University of Santa Clara, a Masters Degree in Latin American History from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. He received his doctorate in Institutional Management in 1997 from Pepperdine University.

Louise K. Taylor, Assistant Executive Director: Professional Development

Dr. Taylor joined SEAC as Assistant Executive Director for Programs and Training in 2013.  She has dedicated many years to California public schools — 18 years as Superintendent of Schools (Monrovia USD), eight years as a human resources administrator, and prior years as coordinator of special education and pupil services, facilitator of gifted programs and staff development, psychologist, and teacher. Before entering education, she worked as a computer programmer. During her educational career, Dr. Taylor was active in professional organizations, serving as an Executive Board Member and periodic president for the ACSA Region XV Superintendents’ Committee, the Foothills Educational Technology Partnership, and the School Employers Association (SEAC). She also served as regional representative to the ACSA State Superintendents Committee. Over a 20-year period, she presented annually at the ACSA Superintendent’s Academy and Personnel Academy, and at the Personnel Institute, the Business Academy, the ACSA “Leading the Leaders” program, and the California School Boards Association Annual Conference. She coordinated the regional ACSA Superintendents Academy for three years. Due to the success of the Interest-Based Bargaining (IBB) structure instituted in her school district, Dr. Taylor and representatives of her negotiating teams (management, teachers and classified employees) and Board of Education were invited to present at the National Labor-Management Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Taylor received her Ph.D. from USC, her MA from Loyola University, and her BA from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Dr. Taylor recognizes the importance of employee-employer relations and respectful, productive collective bargaining practices in creating and maintaining a positive, progressive, and effective school district climate that supports student success. Under her guidance, SEAC programs and training equip leaders with the knowledge, skills, and approaches necessary to engender productive school and district climates for the benefit of students.

Roger D. Gallizzi, Consultant, Special Projects

Mr. Gallizzi is the former Superintendent of the Palmdale School District. He serves School Employers Association of California (SEAC) as a Consultant for Special Projects. He has expertise in doing salary studies and other compensation and job description comparisons for SEAC Member Districts. Mr. Gallizzi is also a speaker and trainer for SEAC Programs.

Mark Lowenthal, Consultant, Health Benefits/ACA

Mr. Lowenthal is a senior human resources executive who specializes in benefits administration and in leading organizations to innovative data driven solutions. Mark manages our analytical, actuarial, and implementation teams that are engaged to evaluate and restructure health and Rx benefit offerings.

Mark has worked with of series CA school districts through his association with the School Employers Association of California (SEAC). These efforts have achieved a savings of more than of more than $40 million annually due to RX utilization and plan purchasing improvements.

In addition to more traditional benefit admin/actuarial project management consulting responsibilities, Mark has served as onsite interim management at the VP and Human Resources director levels for a variety of Fortune 500 and large public sector clients.

Olivia Mata, Executive Assistant

Ms. Mata is a graduate of the Durango University in Durango, Mexico and was formerly an employee of a private school. For the past nine years she has been the Executive Assistant for SEAC in charge of all office operations, scheduling, accounts, banking and production of materials supporting all training and workshops.