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)




ACSA Region 6 ADMINISTRATORS OF THE YEAR 2024 Nominees/Winners


CJ Cammack, Fremont USD (Region 6 Winner)
Jeff Palmquist, Oakley UESD
Chris Van Schaack, Livermore Valley JUSD
Frank Wells, Albany USD

Secondary Principal

Lynsie Castellano, San Ramon Valley USD
Efa Huckaby, Liberty Union HSD (Region 6 Winner)
Darren McNally, Albany USD
Ron Polk, New Haven USD
Rocio Reyes, West Contra Costa USD 

Middle Grades Principal

Jay Eirvin, West Contra Costa USD
Jeanette Garza, Livermore Valley JUSD
Heidi Leber, Pittsburg USD (Region 6 Winner)
Walter Lewis, Fremont USD

Elementary Principal

Katherine Acosta-Verprauskus, West Contra Costa USD
Linda Anderson, Fremont USD (Region 6 Winner)
Lauren Ashton, Mt. Diablo USD
Jared Gagnon, San Ramon Valley USD
David Kumamoto, San Leandro USD
Erika Parlog, Byron UESD
Kristie Starkovich, Livermore Valley JUSD
Brian Sullivan, Moraga SD

Central Office Administrator

Michelle Dawson, Livermore Valley JUSD
Ruben Fernandez, Walnut Creek SD
Robert Humphrey, Mt. Diablo USD
Robin Sehrt, Fremont USD (Region 6 Winner) 

Secondary Co-Administrator

Kevin Baker, Castro Valley USD
Mona Keeler, San Ramon Valley USD
Jason Lau, West Contra Costa USD
Harry Pabley, Fremont USD  (Region 6 Winner)
Andrea Powers, Acalanes UHSD 

Elementary Co-Administrator

Dayna Gaspard, Antioch USD (Region 6 Winner)
Kelsey Loecher, San Ramon Valley USD
Erin Magill, Dublin USD

Classified Leader

Nancy Bronzini, Pleasanton USD
Lynn Novak, Castro Valley USD (Region 6 Winner)

Confidential Employee

Yvonne Richmond, Acalanes UHSD
Jennifer Tapia-Smith, Castro Valley USD (Region 6 Winner)

Personnel Human Resources Administrator

Nancie Castro, Pittsburg USD
Kelly Eagan, Walnut Creek SD
Kameelah Green, New Haven USD
Zack Larsen, Fremont USD
Raul Zamora, Castro Valley USD (Region 6 Winner)

Adult Education Administrator

Crystal Land Korbas, Pleasanton USD
Tricia Ouellette, Mt.Diablo USD
Jacklynn Sprague, Fremont USD (Region 6 Winner)         

Career Technical Administrator

Thomas Hanson, Mission Valley ROP (Region 6 Winner)
Nick Morgan, Contra Costa COE

Special Education Administrator

Karen Cobb, Pleasanton USD
Frances English, Fremont USD
Meghan Hines, Mt. Diablo USD
Sarah Kappler, Mission Valley SELPA (Region 6 Winner)
Kate Nolda, San Ramon Valley USD
Zandra Texeira, Livermore Valley JUSD

Business Services Administrator

Nick Carpenter, Acalanes UHSD
Thomas Ekman, Fremont USD
Chris Hobbs, Dublin USD
Vincent Morales, Walnut Creek SD
Kim Moses, West Contra Costa USD (Region 6 Winner)

Student Services Administrator

Greg Bailey, Fremont USD
Susan Bishop, Moraga SD (Region 6 Winner)
Tracie Christmas, Livermore Valley JUSD
Jennifer Clark, Pittsburg USD
Jonathan Drury, Acalanes UHSD
Kirsten Jobb, Brentwood USD
Stephanie Roberts, Mt. Diablo USD

Curriculum & Instruction Administrator

Corey Brown, Fremont USD
John Iwawaki, West Contra Costa USD
Shari Johnston, Livermore Valley JUSD
Hanna Ma, Contra Costa COE (Region 6 Winner)

Continuation/Ed Options Administrator

Salvador Herrera, Fremont USD (Region 6 Winner)
Philip Johnson, West Contra Costa USD
Heather Pereira, Pleasanton USD
LaTanya Williams, Antioch USD

Retired Administrator

Barbara Burg (Region 6 Winner)

Technology Administrator

Renee Stewart, Oakley UESD (Region 6 Winner)

Valuing Diversity Award

Patrick Hansen-Schmitt, Castro Valley USD (Region 6 Winner)
Zetha Nobles, New Haven USD
Joyce Trotter, Dublin USD

Partners in Educational Excellence Award

Assistance League Diablo Valley, Mt. Diablo USD (Region 6 Winner)
Extended Day Child Care Inc., Dublin USD
PlayCV, Castro Valley USD

Marcus Foster Award

(State Award, winner to be selected by state ACSA)

Nia Rashidchi, Castro Valley USD