I am greatly enjoying the start of my second year as Section President. We are a growing section and are welcoming some returning members to our Board. At each of our meetings I am reminded that we are a group of professionals dedicated to providing the best service and assistance to all of our students. As a Board, we are looking for better ways to communicate with and provide up-to-date relevant information to our members. I am excited for the wonderful projects that will come to fruition this year. For all of your hard work and dedication I sincerely thank you!
You all ROCK!
Delta Sierra has the great honor of hosting the 2017 CASCWA State Conference, Finding Clarity and Thriving Within Multi-Tiered Systems of Student Support, in stunning Tahoe City, California. The Granlibakken Hotel and Conference Center will provide us a relaxed yet invigorating location for conference attendees to absorb everything Child Welfare related while also savoring natures beauty. We will host a hospitality hour during our Wednesday evening activities and during the Presidents Reception on Thursday. We are looking for some fantastic raffle prizes for you to enjoy. Meals and snack breaks are being coordinated to ensure maximum satisfaction. After all, the Granlibakken is known for providing their guest with great food. We will see you all on April 19, 20, & 21, 2017 at the Granlibakken.
Thank you San Joaquin, Southern and Bay Section. I really appreciate your openness in providing resources, ideas, and expertise as Delta Sierra moves forward. I am extremely pleased to belong to an organization that models Passion, Experience, Commitment, Professional Skills, Attentiveness, Toughness and Collegiality.

Gricelda Cardenas
Delta Sierra President

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
– Mahatma Gandhi


May 11, 2015

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces California’s 2015 Classified School Employees of the Year

“Support Services and Security: Gricelda Cardenas, Foster Youth and Parent Liaison, Public Services for the Woodland Joint Unified School District, Woodland, Yolo County (7 years in current position) Ms. Cardenas’ knowledge of foster youth and school procedures puts her in an ideal position to offer her expertise to administrators, school staff, social services professionals, group home personnel, and foster parents. Her position in the district is unique and important. To ensure families have access to community resources, she participates on various committees and boards, such as the Salvation Army. Ms. Cardenas also provides training throughout Northern California to ensure compliance with new laws and best practices. When a student is not attending school, Ms. Cardenas works to build a positive relationship and through her interactions, she identifies the barriers to attending school and works to overcome them. She is culturally sensitive and creative in her approach. Ms. Cardenas personally takes students to school and works with school staff to form special connections with struggling students, so they get the support they need.”

2016-17 Delta Sierra Section Board Meetings

Date Time Location
August 31, 2016  10:30 am  SI&A office

Upcoming Workshops / Events


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Delta Sierra – Rich C. Davis Scholarship

Richard C Davis Scholarship Packet


The “Richard C. Davis Scholarship Award” was established in 1986 by the Delta/Sierra section of the California Association of Supervisors, Child Welfare and Attendance.

Two “One Thousand Dollar” scholarships are awarded annually to a Continuation or Alternative school graduate who is planning to continue their education in college or a vocational training school. The scholarship award was designed to recognize the resiliency of a student who has overcome personal obstacles to graduate from high school.

List of Scholarship Recipients 1986-87 to 2013-14



2016-17 CASCWA Delta Sierra Section Board Members


Gricelda Cardenas
Woodland Joint Unified School District

Vice President

Lisa Sanchez
Woodland Joint Unified School District


Marcella Garcia

Woodland Unified School District


Erica Peterson

School Innovations & Achievement


Joe Taylor


Special Projects

David Kopperud

California Department of Education

Retired Members Representative

Rich C. Davis-Historian

Lifetime Member


Bonita Y. Aytch

San Juan Unified School District


Gemma Ball

School Innovations & Achievement


Graciela Espindola

Sutter County Superintendent of Schools


Jane Claar

Twin Rivers Unified School District


Dan Sackheim

California Department of Education


Kao Lee Vang

Sutter County Superintendent of Schools


Tracey Wilshire

Twin Rivers Unified School District


Brandy Thornton-McDaniel

Shasta County Office of Education

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