California Association of School Psychologists


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 close to 1,800, 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 Vision of the California Association of School Psychologists is to foster the social, emotional and academic wellbeing of all students by collaborating with families, school staff, and the community to ensure that students are educated in schools that support equity, access, and respect for all.

Adopted by the Board of Directors in November 2014.

Mission Statement

CASP’s Mission is to provide high quality educational and leadership programs, that maintain high standards of practice for school psychologists through legislative advocacy, professional development, communications, publications, ethics guidelines, and direct services to members, to enable the growth and development of the profession, and to ensure safe, healthy, and successful outcomes for the children, schools and communities we serve.

Adopted by the CASP Board of Directors, December 2014.

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 2017-2018

CASP Position First Name Last Name Email
President Pedro Olvera
Past President Thomas Sopp
President Elect Brian Leung
Secretary/Treasurer Seble Gebremedhin
Affiliate Representative Sarah Rodriguez
Region I Representative Deanna Fontanes Halliday
Region II Representative James Hiramoto
Region III Representative Melissa Wood
Region IV Representative Jeannine Topalian
Region V Representative Reynaldo Vargas
Region VI Representative Ali Duerks
Region VII Representative Gabriel Gutierrez
Region VIII Representative Lillian Hernandez
Region IX Representative Arpita Mandal
Region X Representative Maureen Schroeder
Convention Chair Amy Balmanno
Ethics Specialist Michael Salce
Chair, Political Action Cathi Christo
Specialist, CSP Chair-Editorial Board Michael Hass
Chair, Publications; Chair, Research Christine Toleson
LEP Specialist Chris Jones
Legislative Chair Doug Siembieda
Student Leadership Coordinator Juliette Boewe
Chair, Advocacy and Leadership Barbara D’Incau
CASP Alumni Coordinator Lynne Aung
Specialist, Crisis Intervention Richard Lieberman
Chair, Mental Health and Crisis Consultation Susan Coats
Chair, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Beverly Williams
Membership Co-Chair Rodrigo Enciso
Membership Co-Chair Misty Bonta
Historian Troy Xavier Leonard
Specialist, Assessment Jenny Ponzuric
Specialist, Preschool Deni Camit
Specialist, Charter Schools Catherine Ogden
Specialist, Professional Standards Barbara Thomas
Student Leadership Council Representative Megan Tagg
MTSS/RTI Specialist Hermine Bender
NASP Delegate Maureen Schroeder
SPAN Liaison Trisha Pedley
SELPA Liaison Tracy Payton-Perry
SPEC Liaison Jean Ramage
Corporate Liaison Ellen Balsys-Murphy
CTA State Liaison Josie Meza Malik
CSP Foundation Board Member- President Barbara D’Incau
CSP Foundation – CASP President Pedro Olvera
CSP Foundation – President-Elect Brian Leung
CSP Foundation – CASP Past President Thomas Sopp
CSP Foundation – CASP Executive Director Heidi Holmblad
CSP Foundation Board Member Lore’K Garofola
CSP Foundation Board Member Armando Fernandez
CSP Foundation Board Member Kimberly Robinson
CSP Foundation Board Member Jenny Ponzuric
CASP Staff – Webmaster Josh Johnson
CASP Staff – Member services E.J. Reyna
CASP Staff – Communications Raina Legarreta
CASP Staff – Member services Kathy Little
CSP Foundation – CASP Executive Director Heidi Holmblad

Annual Reports

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

CASP Staff


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


Coming soon, for questions email Member Services.

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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