As the role of the County Offices of Education continues to evolve, this conference is dedicated to providing COE board members with the tools and information to empower them to be effective elected education leaders. This year’s sessions will address governance during challenging times, focusing on the unique responsibilities that differentiate county school board members from district board members. Be inspired as you leave with new ideas for serving students.

Please thank our AC sponsors: Capitol Advisors, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, Seneca Family of Agencies, Voler Strategic Advisors, California State Lottery, Lozano Smith, Footsteps2Brilliance, and Edwards, Stevens & Tucker LLP.
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Sunday, September 11 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Breakfast Keynote | Getting it Together While We All Get Together

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This panel will look at plans for expanded mental health services, including the Community Schools movement and the Governor’s Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative (CYBHI), in the context of county offices and their roles in implementation. In addition, we will examine the role of Technical Assistance and the potential impact of expanded mental health services in schools and communities for children, youth, and families.

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Ken Berrick

Board Member / Founder and CEO Emeritus, Alameda COE / Seneca Family of Agencies
Founder of Seneca Family of Agencies, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing Unconditional Care to children and families through comprehensive education, mental health, juvenile justice, foster and permanency services. Mr. Berrick served as a Governor’s appointee on the... Read More →
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Elizabeth Estes

Counsel, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Dedicated her legal career to supporting schools and the children they serve. She founded Breaking Barriers in 2014 to bring together leaders from across child-serving systems throughout California who are united by the conviction that only through collaborative planning and problem-solving... Read More →
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Jason Okonofua

Psychology Professor, University of California Berkeley
A social psychologist in the Psychology Department at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Okonofua is interested in science-based and scalable strategies to combat societal inequity. This work spans contexts such as education, criminal justice, and business.
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Katherine Lucero

Director, Office of Youth and Community Restoration (OYCR), State of California
Director of the California Office of Youth and Community Restoration (OYCR), where Katherine Lucero is leading the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Realignment as required by Senate Bill 823. Before her appointment to this position, she had been the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile... Read More →
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Toby Ewing

Executive Director, Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission, State of California
Joined the Mental Health Commission in 2015 after working for governance reform as a consultant to the California State Senate, research director at California Forward, and a project manager at the Little Hoover Commission. Toby launched California’s first Mental Health Innovation... Read More →

Sunday September 11, 2022 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Pacific Grove
  • Sponsor Thank you Seneca Family of Agencies for sponsoring the Annual Conference. Your support is essential to our association.