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Board of Directors Candidates: 2024-2026

This election is for certain directors for the California Association of School Psychologists.. The candidate receiving the greatest number of votes for each position shall be declared elected. The number of responses needed to meet the quorum requirement for this election is 62.
All ballots must be received no later than 5:00 PM on May 10, 2024 to be counted.
A ballot cannot be revoked once it is cast. Only regular and honorary members of the Association in good standing as of the record date who work in each representative’s respective region are eligible to vote for Region Representatives.

To vote in this election, please check your inbox. All eligible CASP members (regular members, honorary members, and payroll deduction members) will receive emails to vote. If you did not receive an email to vote, click here.

President-Elect - Mike Giambona ​

President-Elect - Mike Giambona ​

I served for four years as the Region II affiliate rep. I have also chaired the CASP Website Update Committee and the CASP Board Term Limits Committee. I have served for the past two years as the Secretary/Treasurer for the CASP Executive Committee.

I hold a Masters Degree in Educational and Counseling Psychology, an Ed.S., and Ph.D. in School Psychology. I have worked as a school psychologist and Adjunct Professor in school psychology programs for twenty years.

I am running for the President Elect position to continue supporting the members of CASP and the school psychologists throughout California. CASP has been working to bring school psychologists many talents beyond testing to the awareness of all state legislators and school personnel. I am running to ensure this work continues and to grow our profession into supporting students beyond assessment and report writing.

Gina Beaman

Secretary/Treasurer - Gina Beaman

I have served CASP in two capacities. Firstly, as Co-Chair of the IDEAL Committee, which is committed to promoting inclusion, diversity, and equal access for the students we serve. Secondly, as the current Chair of the Ethics Committee. I created and co-created several presentations and webinars on the topic of ethics for school psychology practitioners and LEPs, and inclusion. The Ethics committee has also played a crucial role in responding to ethical inquiries from CASP members. Recently, I formed an ad hoc AI ethics committee to address the ethical implications of AI in school psychology.

I am a highly qualified school psychologist currently working in the Etiwanda School District. I hold a Psy.D. in Educational Psychology as well as several qualifications including LEP, LMFT, and Certified Learning Disability Specialist for the CA Community Colleges. I have extensive experience working with individuals of different age ranges and backgrounds in various settings, including county and private mental health facilities and universities. In my private practice, I conduct assessments for college-level students seeking accommodations in class and on high-stakes testing.

My primary goal is to ensure that our financial resources are managed with the highest level of integrity and efficiency, aligning our budgeting and financial planning with CASP's strategic objectives, such as supporting initiatives that promote ethical practices, and professional development opportunities for our members. I also plan to collaborate closely with the rest of the CASP leadership to improve communication and transparency within the organization, ensuring that all members are informed and involved in our activities and decisions.

Region II Representative - Emily Bersaglia

I am currently the Region II Representative to the CASP Board. I also serve as the CASP Membership Co-Chair. Outside of CASP, I serve on the board of my local CASP affiliate in both elected and appointed positions.

I have my specialist degree and have studied or worked in four states across the country in both rural, urban, and suburban districts spanning preK-12. I'm currently practicing in a diverse, suburban high school district. In my current position, I take an active role in supporting my school psych colleagues, addressing issues related to disproportionality, and advocating for educational justice through systemic change.

I am running for my second (and final) term as the Region II Representative to continue the work we have been doing as a board. We have accomplished great things in the past two years! I aim to continue elevating the voices of those in my region and showcasing the work being done there.

Sorn Kham

Region II Representative - Sorn Kham

I recently volunteered my time as the Co-Speaker Chairperson for the CASP Convention 2023. It was a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the field of school psychology and help facilitate important discussions and learning opportunities for attendees. As part of my role, I was able to find the best panelists and workshop presenters who could bring valuable insights and perspectives to the convention. It was a challenging but rewarding experience, and I'm proud to say that we were able to curate a fantastic lineup of speakers who will undoubtedly benefit the field of school psychology.

I'm currently enrolled in the PsyD program at Alliant International University, and I'm working on my dissertation. I've been a school psychologist for the past 6 years, and I hold a dual credential in school counseling and school psychology. I also hold a Master of Art in Counseling from San Jose State University and a Master of Art in Special Education from Notre Dame De Namur University. Before becoming a school psychologist, I served as a Special Education Teacher for two years on an Emergency credential in the mild to moderate program.

If elected to the CASP office, my primary goal is to network and support my colleagues in the field of consulting, assessment, and counseling. As we all know, this field is constantly evolving and there is always something new to learn. I believe that by working together and sharing our knowledge and experience, we can all become better professionals. In addition to networking, I want to use my position to advocate for my colleagues in Region II at the state level. I believe it is important to have a strong voice in the community and ensure our concerns are heard. Thank you.

Region IV Representative - Aimee Garcia Fuentes

With the Los Angeles Association of School Psychologists (LAASP), I have held the title of Secretary (2015-2016), President Elect (2016-2017), President (2017-2018), and Unit Rep from 2018-Present. With CASP, I have been the Area IV Rep (2022-2024) and on the CASP Membership Committee (2022-Present).

I went to Cal State Northridge for BA in Psychology and MS in Counseling with a credential in School Psychology. I started working for the Los Angeles Unified School District in 2015. I have worked at Panorama High School for the past 9 years. While at Panorama High, I sponsored the GSA on campus. I volunteered to coach the girls soccer team at my high school, 2023-2024 season. I have volunteered to help support and train with SRLA, and will run the LA Marathon in 2024. I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and provide support and identifying challenging behaviors and appropriate interventions.

I understand the importance of maintaining open communication and supporting school psychologists in various capacities. I am currently the Region IV CASP representative and would be honored to serve as the Region IV CASP representative for another term.

Yolanda Haro

Region VI Representative - Yolanda Haro

I have been serving as the Region VI Rep for the past year and I am currently serving on the Riverside Association of School Psychologists board.

I have been a practicing School Psychologist for the past 13 years. I am also an Adjunct Professor for UMASS Global in the School Psychology Program. I received my Masters in Education, Educational Psychology from Azusa Pacific University and my Bachelors of Arts from the University of California, Riverside.

Since serving as the Region IV Rep for the past year, I have learned so much from School Psychologists from all parts of the state. I would like to continue to advocate and be a voice for my region. I would like to continue to promote CASP's mission in my region as well as encourage more of my fellow school psychologists to become involved with not only our local affiliate but also with the different committees CASP has to offer.

Region VIII Representative - Ivan Alvarez

Past-President, President Board Member at Central Coast Association of School Psychologists, August 2017-June 2021. CASP Region VIII Representative, August 2021-Present

Bilingual School Psychologist at the Santa Barbara County Education Office, July 2014-present
University of Missouri, Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, March 2019-May 2022
 Fresno Pacific University, Masters in School Psychology and School Counseling, August 2009-June 2012

I would like to collaborate with our local affiliates, school psychologists and CASP board to expand our professional development opportunities, membership and advocate for our students with disabilities.

Kamio Jones

Region X Representative - Kamio Jones

I have not held any leadership positions for CASP or CASP affiliates. However, I was a student representative for the Elk Grove Regional Association of School Psychologists (EGRASP) in the 2019-2020 school year.

I received my BA in Psychology with a minor in Africana Studies from CSU Long Beach, my MA in Education with a concentration in Counseling Psychology and my Ed.D from University of the Pacific. I spent 3 years working for a TK-6th grade charter school in Clarksburg, CA and I am currently working as a school psychologist in Elk Grove Unified School District. During my time with the charter school I was the secretary for our union and was a part of the bargaining team that ratified their first contract. I've also had the opportunity to present at the Black School Psychologist Summit.

I would like to run for CASP office because I want to be more involved in the school psychologist community. I would also like to bring more diversity to the CASP office to make sure that all school psychologists are represented fairly and can have their opinions heard. If I am elected, I plan to make sure that my region stays informed about any changes that may affect the work that they do and I want to make sure concerns that school psychologists in my region are having in the field are being brought to the attention of those who can help make change.

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