What is CASCWA

California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance is an organization comprised of school and community professionals who are dedicated to improving school climate, safety, and increasing school attendance.  We create a network of professional support, mentors and educators, and we influence relevant legislation and advocate for the needs of students, families, and schools. 

Our organization includes four regional sections of California:

  • Bay Section 
  • Delta-Sierra Section 
  • San Joaquin Section 
  • Southern Section

CASCWA State Executive Board

This page provides information on the CASCWA State Executive Board.  In the main menu, you will find links to the executive boards for the Bay. Delta Sierra and Southern Sections. 

Click here to access CASCWA's constitution!

Click here to access CASCWA's sections by counties!


Dear CASCWA Members and Friends,

This year has gone by so quickly, here we are in December and 1st semester is coming to a close for the 2020-2021 school year.  All of us are still navigating our new reality in providing a quality education to our youth in spite of barriers and confusion under COVID19 regulations and guidelines.

CASCWA has entered the wonderful and truly amazing virtual platform. Southern Section put on a very informative workshop in October with over 600 participants zooming in to hear what the 6 experts had to share on best practices during COVID19.San Joaquin also has put on a brilliant workshop in November. David Kopperud from CDE and Jennifer Gomez-Trejo from S4 will be doing Model SARB workshops for those of you who are looking to submit for the CDE Model SARB awards this year, information on these can be found on our website at cascwa.org.

This last year we had to cancel our State Conference due to the COVID 19 guidelines. Unfortunately, we are still struggling through COVID19 so we will not be able to hold an in-person State Conference this coming year either. The good news is that we are looking forward to April 26th and 27th of 2021 when we will be holding a State Virtual Conference. We are excited to be able to present to you a wide array of sessions on topics that are very much affecting you and your students in this very confusing time. Please continue to review our website www.cascwa.wildpricot.org, we will be updating the most current information on the conference and all the other trainings and workshops that will be held around the State by CASCWA’s four sections. 

CASCWA is still here and dedicated to assist you in a verity of ways.  Through our newsletter, the Intercom, you can find articles posted of current concerns, best practices and legislative updates.  All of our four sections and state board members are posted on our website.  This includes email contact information and any of them would be honored to answer any questions you may come upon.

CASCWA has always strived to assist educators with bringing forth the best practices, the most up to date legislative information, and the professional resources from around the State. Our strong partnership with CDE, SI&A, Red Book, S4, Sherman Garnett and Associates, Dora and Nancy Dome and may others, provides us so many avenues to share information with our members. 

We invite all of you to become members of the legacy that is CASCWA. We welcome and need all of your expertise.  Your diversity and the sharing of information is what makes CASCWA strong, so please join this 84-year-old organization of truly dedicated people, help us to help all those who work with youth!

While our lives and past practices do not appear to be returning to normal as quickly as we would have liked, especially how we educate our youth, I commend all of you that are resilient and stiving to still provide the best opportunity to every youth to reach their fullest potential and create a future for themselves and others.

If you are working in the fields of child welfare and attendance, you are special.  You are making a difference in today's world and positively impacting the future of tomorrow.


Jeni Mendel


A few words from Jenny about her background:Jenifer Mendel, Dropout Prevention Specialist, retired from the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) in San Diego County after 38+ years of service.  The last 13 years I served the District as their Child Welfare and Attendance Coordinator.  I served on the Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board for the County from 2009 – 2014 at which point San Diego County combined the Mental Health Board and the Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board developing Behavioral Health Advisory Board which I have served on that since its inception in 2015. I was appointed to the Juvenile Justice Commission in 2017 by the Juvenile Preceding Judge and I have just been reappointed for another 4 years.   

Youth Community Court is also a rewarding program I am involved in. I became a member of the State SARB in 2011 enhancing my connection with CDE. In 2008 I first became a Southern Executive Board member, I have had the honor of holding the positions of Regional Rep, VP, President Elect and President.  On the State CASCWA Executive Board I have held the positions of Legislative Rep, VP, President Elect and now am honored to by the current CASCWA State President. 

Being a part of CASCWA has given me the support, training and resources to enable me to be the best CWA that I could be and to provide GUHSD all that they needed for supporting youth. Please consider joining CASCWA, if you are not already a member, to have the amazing experience I have had with this 85 year standing organization with all they have to offer you on your pathway.

CASCWA's 2020-21 State Executive Board Meeting Dates and Minutes

July 10th 2020 CASCWA State Board Meeting Minutes.pdf

4. July 2020 CASCWA State Board Meeting Minutes.docx

September 11 2020 CASCWA State Board Meeting Agenda.docx

6. September 2020 CASCWA State Board Meeting Minutes (2).pdf

CASCWA's2020-21 State Executive Board Meeting Dates and Minutes

July 10, 2020  - Meeting in Progress

CASCWA State Executive Board 2020-21

Jeni Mendel

CASCWA State President

Grossmont HSD Retired


Melissa Parrett

CASCWA President Elect

Nevada County Superintendent of Schools


Dr. Kevin Torosian

CASCWA Vice President

Central USD


Evelyn Ocasio

CASCWA Past President

Hayward USD


Michelle Walsh

CASCWA Secretary

Vista USD


Robin Gainey

CASCWA Treasurer

Mojave USD


Tom Mangione


Los Angeles USD Retired


Dennis Wiechmann

Board Advisor

Sanger USD


Dr. DiShawn Givens

Bay Section President

Hayward USD


Melissa Parrett

 Delta Sierra President

Nevada County Superintendent of Schools


Praxides Torres

San Joaquin President

Parlier USD


Rick Riegel

Southern President

Placentia Yorba Linda USD


David Kopperud

CDE & State SARB

California Department of Education - Education Programs Consultant


Sherman Garnett

Southern Section Legislative Chair

San Bernardino County


Dan Martin

Central Legislative Representative

Los Banos


Allen Dosty

Central Legislative Representative

Lodi USD


Erica Peterson

SI&A Representative

School Innovation & Achievement


Brian Chandler

Law Enforcement Representative

Ceres Police Department


Jennifer Gomez Trejo

State SARB Representative

Student Support Services Solutions, Inc.


Bob Mueller


San Diego COE


Andrew Kevy

Website Advisor

Director of CWA at Hayward USD


Jennifer Kottke

Co-Intercom Editor & Los Angeles COE Representative



Frank Boehler

Co-Intercom Editor & Website Advisor

Orange USD Retired


Strategic Partners







California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance.  501(c)4 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 879 Sanger Ca 93657

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software