Southern Section

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President’s Message to Southern Section’s Membership


Hello Southern Section.

Just some updates coming to you to keep you in the know.

Southern Section put on an amazing workshop on February 2, 2018, topic was Title IX and UCP. We had two very knowledgeable presenters from Adams .Silva .and McNally LLP, Karin Anderson and Elizabeth Harland. This was the first time that CASCWA has done a live webcast and we had 100 registered to watch this program on web-cast live in addition to those that were able to make it in person. I would like to express our thanks to Bob Mueller and the SDCOE for making this web-cast possible. For those of you who were not able to attend the power point can be found on our web-site and taping to the program will be archived on the SDCOE web-site for future viewing.

Things to come include our State Conference that is being hosted this year by San Joaquin Section in Fresno with Dr. Dennis Weichmann as the Chairperson. This is going to be a powerful State Conference addressing many timely issues that school districts are coming across in their day to day activity of business. I highly recommend that if you have not already registered to attend that you do so as soon as possible, it will be time well spent. You can find the link for registration on our web-site. Hope to see you there.

In Southern, June 1, 2018 we will be having our annual scholarship luncheon where we recognize students that have come from SARB contracts and failing grades to graduation with plans to continue into secondary education. Southern Board awards 6 students with $1000.00 scholarship to assist them in getting a strong start on that pathway. Please if you have a student in mind that has overcome their rocky start in high school to have achieved a diploma, please go on our web-site to find the application and encourage them to apply for this scholarship.

July 26 & 27, 2018 Southern Section will be in Palm Springs at the Hyatt holding our annual retreat on the 26th and a workshop on the 27th so mark your calendars to hold that date. If you are interested in becoming a Southern Section Board Member or just want to attend the retreat to see if it is something you would like to be part of please feel welcome to do so and then stay for the workshop. There will be more information coming on this.

Please do take time to visit our web-site at to make sure you are receiving the most current events that are taking place as well as pertinent information that assists all of us in our jobs.

Till next time,

Jenifer Mendel,
Southern Section President



2017-19 Southern Section Board Meetings

           Date                 Time                   Location             

  • July 14th, 2017      9:00 to 4:00     San Diego COE San Marcos
  • October 4th, 2017 4:00 to 6:00      Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel
  • December 8, 2017 Following the Legislative Update at LACOE
  • February 2, 2018   Following the Phil Kauble Forum
  • May 9-11th, 2018 – To be scheduled at a time during the CASCWA State Conference
  • June 1, 2018, 9:30 to 11:00 AM prior to the scholarship luncheon in Riverside








Southern Section is presenting a one day workshop focusing on the role of the school administrator as a detective. Everyday school administrators through California face challenges of substance abuse, protecting student’s rights keeping the district on firm legal grounds with the implementation of SB 395. This workshop will be informative and will provide strategies that will help administrators to do their job on a daily basis!

The presenters include: San Diego Sheriff’s Department Detective S. Paul Park (Senate Bill 395, Law Enforcement Interaction with Student’s under 16 Years Old);  San Diego Sheriff’s Department Deputy Brian Butcher (Identification and Proper Handling of Controlled Substances) and  United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Civil Right’s Attorney, Brian Lambert.

Whether you are a CWA administrator, school administrator, SRO or campus supervisor, you must keep your district/agency on firm ground and this workshop will deliver important information to help you professionally.

Workshop Information: CASCWA Southern Section July 27th Workshop The Administrator as a Detective

Click here to Register:



CASCWA Southern Section Constitution and By-Laws

CASCWA Southern Section Executive Board recently met and discussed important revisions to their Southern Section Constitution and By-Laws.  The by-laws were recently approved by the executive board and are now in place.  The proposed constitution with updated revisions is currently being submitted to Southern Section’s membership for ratification.  Please take the time to review the documents below:

Proposed Southern Section Constitution with revisions: Proposed Revised Southern CASCWA Constitution February 2018

Approved Southern Section By-Laws: Southern CASCWA Bylaws Approved 10-4-2017



CASCWA Southern Section Scholarship Information

For more than a decade, CASCWA Southern Section has awarded scholarships to deserving Students who have benefited from intervention by a Child Welfare and Attendance professional. These students have faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their lives which have made graduation from high school unlikely at best. Nevertheless, aided by a CASCWA member, these students have overcome these challenges and have earned their diplomas. This scholarship program is at the heart of CASCWA Southern Section
Below you will find a link to access the 2018 scholarship nomination form (also attached). You must be a Southern Section CASCWA member to nominate a student.
The student completes a two page statement on their background. The statement includes information on how they overcame their adversity and how school personnel helped them. The last portion of their nomination form should include comments describing their future educational plans.
The “Nomination Forms” are mailed /emailed to the Scholarship Chairperson, Ms. Ilsa Garza-Gonzalez, Director, Administrative Services, Jurupa Unified School District. Ms. Garza-Gonzalez will bring together a team of CASCWA Executive Board Members to read and rate each nomination application.
If you are in the field of “Child Welfare and Attendance”, you are working with students who have overcome adversity and are now going in the right direction for their future. Please take the time to submit a nomination for one of your students in 2018!
Below you will find a link to access the 2018 scholarship nomination form (also attached). You must be a Southern Section CASCWA member to nominate a student.  Applications are due April 11 , 2018, scholarship winners and nominators will be notified by May 4, 2018.

Southern Section Scholarship Nomination Form: 2018 LILLIE WILSON SCHOLARSHIP NOMINATION FORM

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Southern Section’s “Phil Kauble Workshop” February 2, 2018

On February 2, 2018, CASCWA Southern Section held an important workshop focusing on the topics of “Title IX” and “Universal Complaint Procedures.”  The workshop was held at the San Diego County Office of Education in San Marcos.  Bob Mueller, not only hosted the workshop, but he web casted the workshop to over 100 educators in the state.  To our knowledge, this was the first web cast of it’s kind for CASCWA.
Attorneys Karin Anderson and Elizabeth Harland delivered an excellent presentation.  Karin and Elizabeth are with the firm of “Adams Silva & McNally LLP.”  Their presentation was solid and clarified many issues associated with the two main topics.
Below you will find a copy of their presentation and a short pictorial memory of the event:

Presentation: Final CASCWA Presentation

Pictorial Memories: February 2 Phil Kauble Workshop Picture Memories



2017-17 LACOE Legislative Update

The Student Support Division of the Los Angeles County Office of Education held their annual “Legislative Update” on December.  We thank Dr. Victor Thompson and his incredible staff for the excellent event filled with current information.  Below you will find access to the event’s power point presentation and the latest edition of Southern Section’s Connection which focuses entirely on the workshop:

Legislative Workshop Power Point: Leg Update 2017 PPT Final (1)

CASCWA Connection LACOE 2017-18 Legislative Update 12 8 2018


Annual Southern Section Fall Workshop

Southern Section held their annual fall workshop Thursday, October 5, 2017.
The goal of this workshop was to deliver information on important topics that is useful in the performance of your professional duties.  Our executive board identified three specific areas and identified specific presenters for the workshop.
First,  Dora Dome and Jenee Littrell co-presented on the topics of Title IX and Human Trafficking.  ,
Robert Jacobsen, General Counsel for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District presented on thee topic of “Sanctuary Schools – Undocumented Students.”
Gary Bell and Stacy Savoca, California Department of Education’s Office of Equal Opportunities, presented on the topics of “Educational Equity and Federal Monitoring.”
Each of the presenters were kind enough to provide CASCWA with their presentation below:
CASCWA CSEC Presentation combined[2]
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FPM-EE-CMT CASCWA presentation (2)
Southern Section put together a pictorial memory of this event.  Please click below:
CASCWA Southern Section Fall Workshop 10-5-2017 Pictorial Memories


2015-17 CASCWA Southern Section Executive Board Members



Jenifer Mendel

Grossmont Union High School District

President Elect


Rick Riegel

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District

 Past President


Cami Berry

Retired, Riverside COE

 Vice President

Bob Mueller

Bob Mueller

San Diego Office of Education


Michelle Walsh web 1

Michelle Walsh

Vista Unified School District


Sandra Amatriain web 1

Sandra Amatriain 

Yurupa USD

 2018-19 CASCWA Southern Section Area Representatives

 Coastal Area

Michael Ridge

Michael Ridge

Oxnard School District

Imperial County Representative


Hortencia Armendriz

Calexico USD

Los Angeles County Representative

Jennifer Kottke 2

Jennifer Kottke

Los Angeles County Office of Education


Los Angeles USD Representative

Laura Ewing

Los Angeles Unified School District

Orange County Representative

Leslie Coghlan 2

Leslie Coghlan

Anaheim Elementary

Riverside County Representative

David Gibbons 2

David Gibbons

Coachella Valley Unified School District

San Bernadino County Representative

Earl Smith

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

San Diego County Representative

Barbara Higgins 2

Barbara Higgins

San Diego Office of Education

2018-19 CASCWA Southern Section Committees

Conference Committee Specialist

Jerry Hime


 Legislation Committee Chair

Sherman Garnett

Membership Committee Chair

Brian Gonzales

Kings County Office of Education

Past President’s Advisory

Dr. Donna Dalton Opoku-Agyeman

Retired, Lake Elsinore Unified School District

Scholarship Committee

Ilsa Garza Gonzalez 2

Ilsa Garza-Gonzalez

Jurupa USD

School Attendance Review Board (SARB)

 Jennifer Gomez Trejio web 1

Jennifer Gomeztrejo

Student Support Services Solutions, Inc.

School Attendance

Amir Alavi

Amir Alavi

Riverside Deputy District Attorney

School  Innovations and Achievement (SIA)

Todd Bull

Todd Bull

SIA, Regional Account Manager

Webmaster/Newsletter Editor

Frank Boehler web 2

Frank Boehler, Retired OUSD

Southern Section’s Members at Large

Honorary Member at Large

Phil Kauble

Los Angeles County Office of Education – Retired

Member at Large

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Tim Catlin

ABC Unified School District

Member at Large


Dr. Ken Lorge

Retired, Placentia/Yorba Linda USD

Member at Large

Jason Ferrell 1

Jason Ferrell

Anaheim Elementary

Member at Large

Maria Hwang De Bravo

Student Support Services Solutions, Inc.

 Member at Large

Jessie Cherri

Orange USD – Retired

 Member at Large

 Betty Folsom

Betty Folsom

Riverside COE – Retired

 Member at Large

Terry Gendreau

Bellflower Unified School District

Member at Large

Maya Awatani 1

Mayu Iwatani

Orange COE   

Member at Large

Aurora Mendoza Perry 2

Aurora Mendoza Perry

Beaumont USD

Member at Large

Victor Thompson

Victor Thompson

Los Angeles COE

Member at Large

Ray Vincent 5

Ray Vincent

Vincent Fall and Associates

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