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Community Advisory Committee

The Third Annual Community Advisory Committee Award Winners



Announced Wednesday, March 6, 2024

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District Name Position
Acalanes Union High School District Kaan Akin
Speech and Language Pathologist
Acalanes High School &
Miramonte High School
Antioch Unified School District Velma Wilson
District Parent Liaison
Antioch Unified School District
Brentwood Union School District Jayne Ridolfi
SDC Teacher
Edna Hill Middle School
Byron Union School District Barbara Gonzales
Excelsior Middle School
Canyon Elementary School District Danyelle Cooper
General Education Teacher (Grades 6-8)
Canyon Elementary School
Contra Costa County Office of Education
Saul Concha
School Psychologist
Liberty Transition & Heritage High School
John Swett Unified School District Sheryl Crow
Para Educator
John Swett High School
Knightsen School District Erik Madsen
SDC Teacher
Old River Elementary School
Lafayette School District Meritt Davies
TK Teacher
Burton Valley Early Intervention
Liberty Union High School District Tanya Starr
Transition Specialist
District Office; Liberty High School; Heritage High School; Freedom High School; Gateway and Independence School
Martinez Unified
School District
Brittany Tidwell
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Moraga School District Catherine Cespedes
Education Specialist
Joaquin Moraga Middle School
Oakley Union School District Debbie Mattes
School Principal
Summer Lake Elementary School
Orinda Union School District
Allia DeLand
TK Teacher
Del Rey Elementary School
Pittsburg Unified School District
Catherine Borquez
School Principal
Willow Cove Elementary School
Walnut Creek School District
Jaime Bishop
Resource Teacher (K-8)
Tice Creek School

In the Contra Costa SELPA we believe...

  • In child focused decision-making
  • In supporting the educational needs of all children
  • In being supportive of parents
  • That parents are essential in the decision-making process

    Therefore, the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is an integral component of the SELPA structure.


Community Advisory Committee Mission Statement

The mission of the Contra Costa SELPA Community Advisory Committee is to collaborate with the local SELPA in an effort to facilitate parent education, increase understanding of issues within special education and advocate to elected officials, the governance committee and individual districts for students with diverse abilities in order for these students to receive the specialized support necessary to reach their potential socially, emotionally and academically.

The Purpose of the Community Advisory Committee

The CAC serves as an advisory body to the Governance Council and the Contra Costa SELPA Director, regarding the development and review of the Local Plan as well as any policy additions or revisions. Additional duties include assisting in parent education and in recruiting parents and other volunteers to support activities on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs. District representative members also have the responsibility of forwarding pertinent information from the CAC to their local boards and to assist in parent awareness of the importance of school attendance.


All meetings are open to parents of children with and without disabilities, educators, agency representatives and other community members. Voting members are appointed and approved by the school board of each district. The majority of voting membership must be comprised of parents of children with disabilities enrolled in public and private schools within the Contra Costa SELPA. We welcome everyone concerned with the education of children with special needs to attend.


CAC Meeting Location: Zoom Teleconference
Meeting ID: 829 5371 7504
Passcode: CAC2425

The Contra Costa SELPA can provide reasonable accommodations for persons with special needs or translation planning to attend CAC meetings.

Please contact our office at least a week before the meeting at [email protected].

El área del plan local de educación especial de Contra Costa puede proporcionar adaptaciones razonables para personas con necesidades especiales o planificación de traducción para asistir a las reuniones del CAC.

Comuníquese con nuestra oficina al menos una semana antes de la reunión al [email protected].

These events are open to all parents and staff from Contra Costa SELPA member districts and others who wish to participate.
Please contact our office if you have any questions at 925.827.0949 x10.

CAC Meeting Documents
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Upcoming Meetings:
Wednesday, 9/18/2024

5:00 - 5:30 pm
Parent Training
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Training Topic TBD
Wednesday, 11/6/2024

5:00 - 5:30 pm
Parent Training
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Training Topic TBD
Wednesday, 1/22/2025

5:00 - 5:30 pm
Parent Training
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Training Topic TBD
Wednesday, 3/5/2025

5:00 - 5:30 pm
CAC Awards
5:30 - 6:30 pm
No Parent Training
Wednesday, 5/7/2025

5:00 - 6:30 pm
CAC End of Year Meeting
No Parent Training