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 2024 ACSA Award Program is 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 Charter winners will be recognized at the Region 6 Awards Dinner on April 18, 2024 (tentative). They do not have to be ACSA members; however, Region winners must be ACSA members.

Complete Nomination Packets must be submitted by January 18, 2024 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

One letter of recommendation must be included with nomination


Nominations for 2024 program open August 1, 2023
Training at the region level August  2023
Work with Charter President on your Charter’s nomination process. Each charter determines its charter winners submitted to Region 6. Charter winners become Region nominees. Charter Presidents must be notified of all nominations.

Contact Paulette Smith, Vice President/Programs and Awards Committee Chair with any questions at:

Nominee must upload a headshot photo (in JPEG format and nominee’s name as file name) to a link to be provided.

Charter Presidents should submit a list of their charter winners and nominees to ">Paulette Smith by January 18, 2024. Note: Online platform closes on this date.

August 1, 2023 – January 18, 2024
Region 6 Nomination Committee meets to review nominations of Charter winners and select Region winners January 30, 2024
ACSA State deadline for Region nominations. Region winners become finalists for State Awards. February 8, 2024
ACSA Region 6 Awards Dinner
All Region 6 nominees and winners will be honored.
April 18, 2024 (tentative)




2023 ACSA Region 6 Administrators of the Year

Superintendent: Dana Eaton, Brentwood ESD

Secondary Principal: Patricia Crespo, West Contra Costa USD

Middle Grades Principal: Brian Scharmann, Livermore Valley JUSD

Elementary Principal: Janet Gates, Pleasanton USD

Central Office Administrator: Scott Pizani, New Haven USD and Nadine Rosenzweig, San Ramon Valley USD

Secondary Co-Administrator: Mark Steve Amaro, Liberty UHSD

Elementary Co-Administrator: Margrette Wui, San Ramon Valley USD

Classified Leader: Barbara Jellison, West Contra Costa USD

Confidential Employee: Aimee Cayere, Castro Valley USD

Personnel Human Resources Administrator: Kandi Hayes, Contra Costa COE

Adult Education Administrator: Beth Cutter, Castro Valley USD

 Career Technical Administrator: Jeff Brauning, Contra Costa COE

Special Education Administrator: Nanette Gray, Pleasanton USD/Tri-Valley SELPA

Business Services Administrator: Suzy Chan, Castro Valley USD

Student Services Administrator: Jodi McCarthy, Alameda USD

Curriculum & Instruction Administrator: Erin Roberts, Contra Costa COE

Continuation/Ed Options Administrator: Kenneth Kahn, Castro Valley USD

Retired Administrator: Julie Braun Martin

Technology Administrator: Laurie Roberts, West Contra Costa USD

Valuing Diversity Award: Yvonna Rogers, Castro Valley USD

Partners in Educational Excellence Award: The Mosaic Project, Castro Valley USD


Complete list of Region 6 Nominees and Winners: AOY 2023 list for Announcement