Southern Section

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President’s Message to Southern Section’s Membership

I am thrilled and humbled that I have the opportunity to be the President of the Southern Section of CASCWA.

My first conference was in San Diego while Steve Fraire was the San Diego Regional Representative, working at the SDCOE. I was lucky to have had him as a mentor and friend. Steve brought me into CASCWA in 2006.  I cannot emphasize enough how important and rewarding it has been for me to be a member of this amazing organization.  I hope I can impress upon you that if you work with youth in our public-school system, whatever your position, being a member of CASCWA can assist you in your profession.

We have a number of workshops planned for this coming year. Our first Workshop was held at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel on Thursday, October 5, 2017.  Dora Dome co-presented with Jenee Littrell.  Their topics included “Title IX” and  “Human Trafficking.”  Later, Robert Jacobsen address the important topic of “Undocumented Students.” Our final presentation was Gary Bell and Stacy Savoca of California Department of Education’s Office of Equal Opportunities.  They presented on the topic of “Educational Equity and Federal Monitoring.”

Thanks to our presenters, we have placed their presentations on our website at

We wish to thank Dr. Victor Thompson and the entire Student Support Division at the Los Angeles County Office of Education for the information and presentations delivered at the 2017-18 Legislative Update held on December 8th.  Their power point and an edition of our Southern Section Connection have been posted on this website.  Please scroll down and click on this information.  It is important for all CWA offices throughout the State of California.

Our next scheduled event will be held on February 8th at the San Diego County Office of Education in San Marcos.  There is no charge for this event and it is open to CASCWA members and anyone else in our field.  We do ask for all attendees to register on line.  The topics will address Title IX and Universal Complaint Procedures.  The presenters will be Ashleigh M. Rollins and Liz A Harland from the Law Firm of Adams Silva & McNally LLP.  We hope to see you there.  To  register, scroll down below where you will find the flyer and the link to register.

Each of you works with “at-risk” students and can take great pride when you witness a student who has overcomes adversity moving towards a bright future. Information will be placed on our website towards the end of the year that will provide you and opportunity to nominate a student for our “Southern Section Scholarship Awards.”  I wish to encourage all members to participate in this important program.

Please save the date of May 9 through 11, 2018 for our “CASCW State Conference” at the Double Tree Hotel in Fresno. Our State CASCWA held a great conference in Tahoe City last April and the 2018 conference promises to be relevant and a true opportunity to meet the experts in our field.

Finally, I wish to thank Past President, Cami Berry, for her service to CASCWA and for bringing together a strong Southern Section Executive Board. We hope to keep up the good work already in place.

I look forward to meeting each of you while having the opportunity to hear your best practices and sharing ours. Please join us.  You will not be disappointed.


Jenifer Mendel


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 February Phil Kauble Workshop in the San Diego Area

On February 2, 2018, CASCWA Southern Section will be holding a “FREE” workshop on the topics of “Title IX” and “Universal Complaint Procedures.”  This event is open to all CASCWA members and anyone else in our field.

The workshop will be held at the San Diego County Office of Education in San Marcos, Main Conference Room, 255 Pico Ave San Marcos, CA, 92069.

Registration and refreshment will begin at 8:00 AM.  The program will begin at 9:00 AM and will conclude at 12:00 noon.

We wish to thank the Law Firm of Adams Silva & McNally LLP for providing our two guest speakers.  Attorneys Ashleigh M. Rollins and Liz A. Harland will be the presenters.

In the event of any questions, please email

Click here for the flyer for this event: Flyer February 2 CASCWA Phil Kauble San Marcos Event




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



Phil Kauble – Lillie Wilson Scholarship Luncheon, June 2, 2017

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. It represents our mission to serve students who most need our support and to assist them to attend school regularly and to achieve academically. For those students who are awarded CASCWA scholarships, it represents our belief in them, our recognition of their achievements, and our commitment to their future education. More than any other function of CASCWA, the scholarship program validates our willingness, as stated by our former State CASCWA President Betty Folsom’s words, “to stick our necks out for kids.”

Memories from June 2nd 2017 Scholarship Luncheon:

CASCWA Connection Southern Section Scholarship Luncheon 2017

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!   Scholarship information and applications will become available towards the end of 2017.  Members will be notified via emails.  You must be a CASCWA Southern Section member to submit an application.



Phil Kauble Topical Forum February 10, 2017 – Office for Civil Rights – OCR Guidance on Student Discrimination, Bullying & Harassment

We wish to thank Office for Civil Rights Attorneys Gemini McCasland and Anni Lee for their excellent presentation on February 10, 2017.  We have put together a pictorial memory of the event.  If you were in attendance, we hope that the following pictures bring back good thoughts of educators coming together to be on top of their field.  The efforts of CASCWA continues throughout California!

Phil Kauble Topical Forum Memories 2-10-17




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

 2015-17 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 City School District

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

2015-17 CASCWA Southern Section Committees

Conference Committee Specialist

Jerry Hime


 Legislation Committee Chair

Membership Committee Chair

Gary Roughton 2

Gary Roughton

Val Verde Unified School District

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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