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 2023 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 27, 2023. They do not have to be ACSA members; however, Region winners must be ACSA members.

Complete Nomination Packets must be submitted by January 19, 2023 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 2023 program open August 1, 2022
Training at the region level August  2022
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 Pam Hughes, Vice President/Programs and Awards Committee Chair with any questions at: 

Nominator must send a photo of the nominee (in JPEG format and nominee’s name as file name) to Pam Hughes.

Charter Presidents should submit a list of their charter winners and nominees to ">Pam Hughes by January 19, 2023. Note: Online platform closes on this date.

August 1, 2022 – January 19, 2023
Region 6 Nomination Committee meets to review nominations of Charter winners and select Region winners January 31, 2023
ACSA State deadline for Region nominations. Region winners become finalists for State Awards. February 9, 2023
ACSA Region 6 Awards Dinner
All Region 6 nominees and winners will be honored.
April 27, 2023




2022 ACSA Region 6 Administrators of the Year

Superintendent: Adam Clark, Mt. Diablo USD

Secondary Principal: Megan Keefer, San Ramon Valley USD

Middle Grades Principal: Deborah Brill, Albany USD

Elementary Principal: Farnaz Heydari, West Contra Costa USD

Central Office Administrator: Kimberly Noble, San Lorenzo USD

Secondary Co-Administrator: Christopher Fortenberry, Castro Valley USD

Elementary Co-Administrator: Wendy Fruit, Oakley UESD

Classified Leader: Jennifer Hawkins, New Haven USD

Confidential Employee: Shelly Hadley, Acalanes UHSD

Personnel Human Resources Administrator: Cheri Benafield, New Haven USD

Adult Education Administrator: Steven France, Acalanes UHSD

 Career Technical Administrator: Amy Robbins, Tri Valley ROP

Special Education Administrator: Christine Koehne, San Ramon Valley USD

Business Services Administrator: Lisa Gonzales, Mt. Diablo USD

Student Services Administrator: Ammar Saheli, San Lorenzo USD

Curriculum & Instruction Administrator: Julie Dooley, Contra Costa COE

Continuation/Ed Options Administrator: Chris Holland, Liberty UHSD

Retired Administrator: Gail Yothers

Technology Administrator: Greg Ko, Castro Valley USD

Valuing Diversity Award: Jason Reimann, Castro Valley USD

Partners in Educational Excellence Award: Chamberlin Education Foundation, West Contra Costa USD

*Region winners who are ACSA members will be finalist in their category for state ACSA Administrators of the Year 2022.

Complete list of Region 6 Nominees: AOY 2022 list for Announcement