Regional & State Awards

Each year members Region 6 nominates exemplary individuals for numerous awards ACSA sponsors. These awards recognize individuals and bring distinction to the individual’s school/district. For more information, visit state ACSA’s About Us page and click on the Awards Program tab.

The 2018 ACSA Award Program are open for nominations. Nomination forms are available on the ACSA Awards PlatformWatch a short demo of the new online platform to find out how you can nominate your colleagues, or read frequently asked questions.

All nominees will be recognized at the Leadership Summit Awards Dinner on June 21, 2018. Nominees do not have to be ACSA members; however, Region winners must be ACSA members.

Complete Nomination Packets must be submitted by January 8, 2018 to be considered for Region 6 and State recognition.

Awards include:

  • Ferd. Kiesel Distinguished Service Award
  • Marcus Foster Memorial Award
  • Robert E. Kelly Retiree Award
  • Administrators of the Year – nominees are honored in job-alike categories
  • Valuing Diversity Award – member whose work in promoting diversity epitomizes ACSA’s mission
  • Partners in Educational Excellence – programs and businesses that collaborate to support education


Nominations for 2018 program open August 15, 2017
Charter Presidents meet with Superintendent and/or Charter Administrators to nominate administrators September/October 2017
Submit completed nomination forms online. Contact Cindy Matteoni, Vice President/Programs and Awards Committee Chair with any questions at:

Note: Only Charter Presidents should submit the nomination for the charter.

The Charter Presidents should submit a list of their charter winners to Cindy Matteoni by January 8

January 8, 2018
Region VI Nomination Committee meets to review applications and select Region winners January 12, 2018
ACSA State deadline for applications February  5, 2018
ACSA Region VI Awards Dinner
All Region VI nominees and winners will be honored.
Casa Real at Ruby Hills Winery
410 Vineyard Ave., Pleasanton, CA
June 21, 2018

Congratulations to the Region 6 Administrators of the Year!

  • Superintendent, Eric Volta, Liberty Union High School District
  • Secondary Principal, Phil Johnson, West Contra Costa Unified District
  • Middle Grades Principal, Pat Avilla, Livermore Valley Joint Unified District
  • Elementary Principal, Pam Hughes, Newark Unified District
  • Central Office Administrator, Odie Douglas, Pleasanton Unified District
  • Secondary Co-Administrator, Mistee Guzman, Livermore Valley Joint Unified District
  • Classified Leader, Nicole Joyner, West Contra Costa Unified District
  • Personnel Human Resources Administrator, Mike Wasilchin, West Contra Costa Unified District
  • Adult Education Administrator, Vittoria Abbate, Mt. Diablo Unified District
  • Career Technical Education Administrator, Linda Granger, Eden Area Regional Occupational Program
  • Special Education Administrator, MaryAnn Frates, Livermore Valley Joint Unified District
  • Business Services Administrator, Jackie Kim, West Contra Costa Unified District
  • Pupil Personnel Administrator, Rinda Bartley, Castro Valley Unified District
  • Curriculum & Instruction Administrator, Sonja Neely-Johnson, West Contra Costa Unified District
  • Retired Administrator, Sara Danielson, West Contra Costa Unified District
  • Marcus Foster Memorial Award for Administrator Excellence, Mary Boyle, Castro Valley Unified District
  • Valuing Diversity Award, Heather Pereira, Pleasanton Unified District
  • Partners in Educational Excellence Award, SchoolCARE, Albany Unified District