Our Team

Board of Directors 2022-2024

Melissa Wood

Melissa Wood. M. Ed., M.S., PPS, President

Melissa is currently the Director of Special Education Programs at the Panama Buena Vista Union School District in Bakersfield, CA. She has extensive experience implementing mental health services to students, creating district-wide crisis response protocols, and collaborating with community agencies to facilitate support to families.
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Jeannine Topalian, Psy.D., LEP #3365, PPS, Past President

Jeannine has been serving as a school psychologist for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for nearly 20 years and has extensive knowledge of and experience in working with culturally diverse youth. She is currently an administrator in psychological services.
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Chris Jones, CAGS, LEP #2819, President Elect

Chris is a Licensed Educational Psychologist and credentialed school psychologist who has worked in private practice and public schools for over 25 years. He is also the Vice Chair of the Board of Behavioral Sciences and Chair of the BBS Telehealth Committee.
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President-Elect - Mike Giambona ​

Mike Giambona, Ph.D., LEP #3367, Secretary/Treasurer

Mike is a school psychologist at San Ramon Valley Unified, with more than 15 years of experience. He has created and supervised mental health programs, ERMHS assessment teams, and ERMHS providers.
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Katie Petterson

Katie Pettersen, Ed. S., NCSP, Affiliate Representative

Katie is a nationally certified school psychologist with Santa Clara Unified School District, Secretary of the Santa Clara County Association of School Psychologists, and adjunct faculty with UMass Global’s school psychology program. She specializes in conducting cross-battery psychoeducational assessments with a pattern of strengths and weaknesses analysis, as well as advocating for inclusive practices for LGBTQ+ folks, with an emphasis on transgender and gender non-binary students. 
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Leslye Charlesworth, Ed.S., PPS, Region I Representative 

Leslye has been practicing school psychology since 2005 and graduated from the University of Denver with an educational specialist degree in school psychology. She has worked in both Colorado and California and currently works in Healdsburg Unified School District where she conducts psychoeducational and 504 assessments, provides educationally related mental health services and works collaboratively with MTSS teams to promote positive outcomes across the district.  
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Emily Bersaglia, PsyS, NCSP, Region II Representative

Emily has been a school psychologist since 2008, serving students across four states. She has found herself serving in various leadership positions in her district, particularly related to addressing issues of equity and disproportionality.
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Connie-Marie King, MS, Region III Representative

Connie-Marie King has been a school psychologist in Kern County since 2020. She has been an active member of her local affiliate and enjoys giving back to her community and advocating for her school psychologists. Prior to becoming a school psychologist, Connie-Marie worked as a behavior therapist and hopes to continue her passion and earn her BCBA. 
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Aimee Garcia Fuentes, MS, BCBA, Region IV Representative

Aimee has worked as a school psychologist with Los Angeles Unified School District since 2015 and is currently at Panorama High School. Prior to becoming a school psychologist, she worked for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) for over eight years implementing Applied Behavior Analysis.
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Ashley Schwenn

Ashley Schwenn, Ed.S, ABSNP, Region V Representative

Ashley currently serves as a school psychologist in Region V. She has served in both traditional and non-traditional roles in three states over the past 14 years and previously served as an adjunct professor for the University of Dayton school psychology program. She has extensive experience in school neuropsychological assessment and intervention, creating and implementing proactive districtwide systems of support, and state association leadership
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Yolanda Haro

Yolanda Haro, M.Ed, Region VI Representative

Yolanda has been serving as a school psychologist for the last 12 years and is currently with the Hemet Unified School District. She has experience working as a bilingual school psychologist and the school psychologist for the district's Behavioral and Mental Health Team working alongside the ERMHS team. She is also an adjunct professor for the University of Massachusetts Global specializing in assessments in the School Psychology program.
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Dorothy Guinter, MS, Region VII Representative

Dorothy has been serving as a school psychologist since 2007. Currently, her role is an Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS) School Psychologist for a specialized program that serves high school students with significant behavioral and mental health needs.
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Dr. Ivan Alvarez, EdD, MA, LEP #3516, Region VIII Representative

Ivan has served as a Bilingual School Psychologist for the Santa Barbara County Education Office since 2014. He has experience working with diverse populations in preschool and K-12 settings, including students with a range of disabilities.
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Jennifer Strong

Jennifer Strong, MS, ABSNP, LEP #4317, Region IX Representative

Jennifer Strong has extensive experience in the school setting in southern California, including her recent leadership involvement in shaping policies and procedures for Special Circumstances Instructional Assistance (SCIA). Currently, she practices at Cognitive Diagnostic Associates, a comprehensive full-service support for education.
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Amy Merenda, Ed.D., LEP #4256, Region X Representative

Amy has been a practicing school psychologist since 2018. She currently works at two elementary sites and is passionate about neurodiversity affirming practices, positive psychology, and supporting other school psychologists.
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Committee Chairs and Specialists

Position
First
Last
Email
Chair, Legislative and Advocacy
Michele
Custer
Co-Chair, Membership
Dorothy
Guinter
Co-Chair, Membership
Emily
Bersaglia
CSP Editorial Board, Editor Emeritus
Michael
Hass
CSP Editorial Board, Editor in Chief
Meagan
O’Malley
Co-Chair, Communications
Danielle
Christy
Co-Chair, Communications
Barbara
D’Incau
Chair, Awards/Honors
Maureen
Schroeder
Co-Chair, Professional Learning
Terri
Foster
Co-Chair, Professional Learning
Sarah
Rodriguez
Co-Chair, IDEAL
Katie
Pettersen
Co-Chair, IDEAL
Nel
Romo
Co-Specialist, LEP/Private Practice
Wendell
Callahan
Co-Specialist, LEP/Private Practice
Chris
Jones
Specialist, Assessment
James
Hiramoto
Co-Specialist, Assessment
Amy
Merenda
Co-Chair, Mental Wellness
Tom
Sopp
Co-Chair, Mental Wellness
Stephanie
Murray
Specialist, Ethics/ Professional Standards
Gina
Beaman
Historian
Christine
Toleson
Student Leadership Chair
Brian
Leung
NASP Delegate
Maureen
Schroeder
SPEC Liaison
Jackie
Allen
CTA State Liaison
Josie Meza
Malik
ACSA Liaison
Doug
Siembieda
SELPA Liaison
Tracy
Peyton
Convention Co-Chair
Giniena
Tan
Convention Co-Chair
Cassie
Rivera

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CASP Staff

Greg Wilson

Greg Wilson, Interim Executive Director

Greg Wilson has joined the staff as the Board continues its search for a permanent Executive Director. Greg comes to us with an extensive background and a wealth of experience in member-based associations and social service nonprofits. In his part-time role as Interim Executive Director, he will be supervising staff and liaising with the board of directors to help keep CASP moving forward toward its goals. Over his 20+ year career, Greg has demonstrated significant expertise in financial management, strategic planning, legislative advocacy, and public relations.

Please contact me for:

  • Board of Directors
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  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Advocacy & Policy
  • Media Inquiries
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Kendall Bare, Membership and Communications Manager

Kendall has been with CASP since September 2021. She previously worked for other Sacramento based nonprofits, including Snowline Hospice and Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. She enjoys yoga, traveling, serving her community, and spending time with her family (including her beloved black cat, Clarice).

Please contact me for:

  • Publications
  • Social Media
  • CASP Emails
  • Membership
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Kathy Little, Education & Events Manager

Kathy has been with CASP since 2014. Before joining this team, she worked in a variety of fields, but spent most of her time being a stay-at-home mom of five. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Please contact me for:

  • Continuing Education
  • Events
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Josh Johnson, Information Technology Manager

Josh has been CASP’s Webmaster since 2011. Before joining this talented team, he freelanced for graphic design and web development. His hobbies include photography, graphic design, video games, and home automation.

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  • Issues with the CASP website or CASP emails
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  • The LEP Directory
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