About School Psychology


History of the Association

Founded in 1953 and located in Sacramento, the California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) is the statewide membership organization for school psychologists in California. With a membership more than 1,900, CASP is the largest statewide organization of school psychologists in the nation and the strongest voice for psychologists practicing in California’s schools. In addition to providing liaison with various state boards and commissions, CASP actively represents the profession to legislative audiences, governmental officials, and other policy-making bodies. The Association provides continuing professional development to the membership through regional training programs and an annual convention. Publications of the Association include quarterly newsletter and a quarterly, peer-reviewed research journal.

The CASP membership is comprised of individuals who work in school districts, and in private practice throughout the state, helping school personnel–teachers, administrators, and counselors–support student education and solve related learning, social, and adjustment problems. Working, also, with parents of students, school psychologists link homes, classrooms, and school systems to promote the mental health, learning, and welfare of California’s children and youth.

The Association’s governance structure is reflected in a 15-member Executive Board and an appointed slate of committee chairs and members who, together, complete the Board of Directors. The Executive Board is charged with policy-making for the organization and takes input and recommendations from committee chairs and the executive director in this regard. The work of the Association is carried out through the efforts of staff and volunteers, coordinated on a daily basis by the Executive Director.

Landmark Events in the History of CASP

  • 1950 – First Conference of Psychologists and Psychometrists, sponsored by the California Department of Education and College of the Pacific
  • 1953 – First California Association of School Psychologists and Psychometrists (CASPP) committees established; inaugural issue of the newsletter
  • 1963 – First affiliate established in Orange County
  • 1967 – Statewide office established in Burlingame, California
  • 1968 – CASPP representatives meet with Ohio School Psychologists Association to discuss a new national school psychologist association; first staff member, Sandra Goff, hired
  • 1969 – CASPP Code of Ethics established
  • 1971 – NASP/CASPP Joint Conference
  • 1975 – Outstanding School Psychologist award established
  • 1979 – NASP/CASPP Joint Conference
  • 1980 – Sandra Goff award established
  • 1983 – CASPP becomes CASP
  • 1985 – CASP band, the “Severe Discrepancies” play the Convention
  • 1989 – J. Richard Russo, CASP executive director for 14 years retires; Dr. Joe Platow replaces him
  • 1991 – CASP Membership reaches 2200
  • 1994 – First non-school psychologist executive director hired, Chris Otis
  • 1996 – Membership tops 2600
  • 1997 – NASP/CASP Partnership Convention
  • 1998 – California School Psychology Foundation established
  • 1999 – Second non-school psychologist executive director hired, Suzanne Fisher; Certified Advanced Training Certificate Program established in Functional Analysis and Behavior Intervention
  • 2001 – Corporate membership program established
  • 2003 – Certified Advanced Training Certificate Program in School Crisis Prevention,
    Response and Intervention is established. This program was the basis for the National Association of School Psychologists’ PREPaRE program.
  • 2007 – CASP launches its third Certified Advanced Training Certificate Program, this one
    on English Language Learners and Bilingual Assessment. In addition, CASP, in partnership with the Association of California School Administrators, launches the RTI Project, a full range of training and consultation services in the area of RtI training, program development, and program assessment a webinar and live workshop series, for individuals, school districts and county offices of education
  • 2009 – CASP moves from K Street in Sacramento, to 12th Street, still in Sacramento.
  • 2012 – CASP moves annual convention from Spring to Fall, continues with a smaller
    conference each spring.
  • 2013 – Third non-school psychologist executive director hired; Heidi Holmblad.

CASP’s Vision & Mission Statement

Vision Statement

The CASP mission is to foster the wellbeing of the children, schools and communities we serve through legislative advocacy, professional development, communications, publications, ethics guidelines, and direct services to members.

Adopted by the Board of Directors, August 2017

Adopted by the Board of Directors in November 2014.

Mission Statement

The CASP mission is to foster the wellbeing of the children, schools and communities we serve through legislative advocacy, professional development, communications, publications, ethics guidelines, and direct services to members.

Adopted by the CASP Board of Directors, August 2017.

CASP Presidents and Awardees

A list of CASP’s current and past presidents can be found here.

A list of CASP’s awardees can be found here.

Board of Directors 2019-2020

CASP Board Position First Name Last Name Email Address
President Maureen Schroeder maureen.schroeder209@gmail.com
Past President Brian Leung casp2018leung@gmail.com
President Elect Jeannine Topalian jeannine.topalian@lausd.net
Secretary/Treasurer Amy Balmanno amybalmanno@yahoo.com
Affiliate Representative Nel Romo nellyr235@gmail.com
Region I Representative Zenia Horning zhorning@husd.com
Region II Representative Michael Giambona mgiambona@yahoo.com
Region III Representative Melissa Wood mwood@taftcity.org
Region IV Representative Zamecia McCorvey zeemccorvey@gmail.com
Region V Representative Jana Baker jebaker@lbschools.net
Region VI Representative Ali Duerks mduerks@hemetusd.org
Region VII Representative Kristin Singh kksinghlep@gmail.com
Region VIII Representative Danielle Edwards danielle.edwards@simivalleyusd.org
Region IX Representative Giniena Tan giniena.tan@gmail.com 
Region X Representative Armando Fernandez afernaac@egusd.net
Convention Chair Amy Balmanno amybalmanno@yahoo.com
Convention Co-Chair Evelyn Miramontez emiramontez@gmail.com
Specialist, Ethics/Professional Standards Kristin Makena kmakena@sandi.net
Chair, Position Papers/Political Action Cathi Christo catherinechristo@gmail.com
Specialist, CSP Chair-Editorial Board Michael Hass mhass@chapman.edu
Chair, Publications; & Research James Hiramoto drhiramoto@gmail.com
Chair, LEP Committee Chris Jones cjones@dynamicinterventions.net
Chair, Legislative Committee Reynaldo Vargas revargas@dusd.net
Student Leadership Coordinator Deanna Fontanes-Halliday Fontaneshalliday.deanna@gmail.com
Chair, Advocacy and Leadership Tom Sopp tsopp@lbschools.net
CASP Alumni Coordinator Lynne Aung lynneaung1942@gmail.com
Chair, Mental Health and Crisis Consultation Susan Coats coatslep@gmail.com
Chair, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Leticia Zadrozny-Zelaya leticia@zadrozny.com
Membership Chair Sarah Rodriguez srodabler@gmail.com
Specialist, Assessment Rodrigo Enciso renciso@sandcasp.com
Student Leadership Council Representative Andrea Xenios Andreaxenios@yahoo.com
Student Leadership Council Representative Taylor Oren Taylor.oren101@gmail.com
Student Leadership Council Representative Lindsay Miguel lmiguel1@mail.brandman.edu
Preschool, Early Education Chair Melissa Wood mwood@taftcity.org
Chair, Charter & Alternative Learning Catherine Ogden catherineogden83@gmail.com
Chair, Dual Language Pedro Olvera dr.pedro.olvera@gmail.com
NASP Delegate Maureen Schroeder mschroeder209@gmail.com
SPEC Liaison Jean Ramage jeanramage@verizon.net
Corporate Liaison Ellen Balsys-Murphy ellen.murphy@pearson.com
CTA State Liaison Josie Meza Malik josiemalik1@gmail.com
CSP Foundation Board Member-President Barbara D’Incau barbaradincau@me.com
CSP Foundation-CASP President Brian Leung Casp2018leung@gmail.com
CSP Foundation-President-Elect Maureen Schroeder maureen.schroeder209@gmail.com
CSP Foundation-CASP Past President Pedro Olvera dr.pedro.olvera@gmail.com
CSP Foundation-CASP Executive Director Heidi Holmblad executivedirector@casponline.org
CSP Foundation Board Member Lore’K Garofola lorek.garofola@mhs.com
CSP Foundation Board Member Armando Fernandez afernaac@egusd.net
CSP Foundation Board Member Kimberly Robinson krobinson@stocktonusd.net
CSP Foundation Board Member Jenny Ponzuric jennylynnjones129@gmail.com


Executive Committee and Voting Members


Maureen Shroeder, President

Brian Leung, Past President

Jeannine Topalian, President Elect


Amy Balmanno, Secretary/

Nel Romo, Affiliate Representative

Zenia Horning, Region I Representative


Michael Giambona, Region II Representative

Melissa Wood, Region III Representative

Zamecia McCorvey, Region IV Representative


Jana Baker, Region V Representative

Ali Duerks, Region VI Representative

Kristin Singh.jpg, Region VII Representative


Danielle Edwards, Region VIII Representative

Giniena Tan, Region IX Representative

Armando Fernandez, Region X Representative


Annual Reports

Each year CASP will publish an annual report highliting accomplishments, survey results, and other activies.


CASP Staff

Heidi Holmblad
Executive Director



EJ Reyna
Lead Member Services



Kathy Little
Member Services



Bryan Gold
Communications Specialist



Josh Johnson




In order to further the purposes of the Association as stated in the Constitution and/or By-Laws, CASP encourages its members to form local associations throughout the state. CASP encourages its members to join the CASP Affiliate whose boundaries include the location of a member’s place of employment.

For more information visit the offical CASP Affiliates Page.

Speakers Bureau

The following individuals are interested in speaking or training on school psychology topics. Many of those listed have presented workshops at a CASP convention. Speakers may be available on a fee or no fee basis. All negotiations are handled by the requesting organization and the speaker. CASP is not responsible for speaker content, or quality of presentation. It is recommended that the soliciting organizations request and evaluate all available background information prior to contracting with a speaker.

View list of speakers

If you are interested in adding your name to the CASP Speakers Bureau, please email Member Services. Please include your full name, topic(s), and city that you live in.

CSP Foundation

The California School Psychology Foundation (CSPF) was established in 1998 as a separate, yet supporting, organization of the California Association of School Psychologists.

The Vision of the California School Psychology Foundation is to engage in the purposeful activity to create the scaffolding to build and sustain the image of the SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST and increase the visibility of the profession in the field.

Continue to CSP Foundation page for more information about the foundation, awards and scholarships.

Corporate Members



Download corporate membership application


It’s back. CASP’s Frequently Asked Questions!

CASP specialists have updated and added questions and answers that should assist you in your daily duties as school psychologists. Questions dealing with everything from Assessing African American Students to IEPs to test protocols are now available, with much, much more to come. Do you have any questions CASP can answer? Email us and we’ll find an answer. Want to discuss these answers? Try the CASP Facebook page.

Additional Sites of Interest



Resources for Grants

Additional Online Resources



To view all CASP related publications ranging from journals, newsletters, position papers and more, visit the CASP publications page.

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