Leadership Innovation presents…
BRAZIL PROGRAM FOR SCHOOL LEADERS
Administrators - Spring 2009

ROBERT MEIER    Robert.meier@lausd.net or RJ6241@aol.com    
Operations Coordinator, Educational Options, Los Angeles Unified SD
Mr. Meier received his M.S. in School Counseling from University of La Verne, and his
B.A. in Biology from California State University, Northridge. He holds California
teaching credentials in Science, Social Studies, & Music, and service credentials in
School Administration and Pupil Personnel Services. He is currently the Operations
Coordinator of Educational Options for Los Angeles Unified School District.  His
experience includes 18 years in the classroom teaching and counseling at-risk students,
and 10 years administrating Alternative Education programs.  He has been a consultant
to the California Department of Education and serves on the board of the California
Continuation Education Association.  Mr. Meier is past president of CCEA District XI.  
He is an avid traveler and collector of theatre memorabilia.
Skypename:  robertjohnmeier

GIA TRUONG   gia.truong@ousd.k12.ca.us
Executive Director, Middle School Network II, Oakland Unified School District
Gia has a career in education that spans 13 years and a series of classroom, coaching,
and administrative positions in the Seattle, San Francisco and Oakland school districts.
Gia has a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Asian-American Studies from San
Francisco State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University.  
She recently took on the position of Network Executive Officer for Middle Schools in
Oakland Unified School District after her tenure as Principal for Urban Promise
Academy. In her role, Gia oversees nine middle schools in Oakland.

CLAUDIA BARBA  cbarba@djusd.k12.ca.us
Manager, Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP), Davis Joint USD
Claudia has a career in public service, languages and education, including work as a
certified translator and interpreter, bilingual editor and HR/Certification manager for a
multilingual telecommunications company.  She has an M.A. in Translation and
Interpretation, English-Spanish, and a B.A. in International Relations with minor in
French from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She holds a BCLAD
Multiple Subjects teaching credential with single subject Spanish authorization, and has
taught English and Spanish learners in elementary, undergraduate and graduate schools.
She is currently managing a U.S. Department of Education grant for her district's Spanish
Immersion Program. Claudia is originally from Argentina.  In her spare time, she
promotes and supports colleagues in the use of technology in the classroom, and enjoys
reading, gardening and bird watching.

STELA M. A. DE OLIVEIRA   stela@roadrunner.com
Director of Ed., LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Prog., Los Angeles USD
Stela received her B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Northridge and a
Masters in Education Administration from the California State University, Long Beach .  
In addition, she has a bi-lingual, bi-cultural Teaching Credential and an Administrative
Services Credential from the state of California .  She has been an educator for over
twenty-five years and throughout her career, she strives to make a difference in the lives
of youngsters by helping to provide them with innumerous opportunities to develop their
potential and expand their horizon in a safe and nurturing environment.  Stela is a native
of Brazil, loves the beach and practices Hatha Yoga regularly.  
Skypename: stelasteve

BARBARA CRUSE, M.A.  crsn2u@sbcglobal.net
Asst. Principal, Instructional Specialist, Rosemont Ave. Elem. Sch., LAUSD
Barbara received her M.A. in Education from California State University at Los Angeles
and her B.A. in General and Special Education from Boston College.  Throughout her
career in education, Barbara has taught special needs students in elementary, middle and
private school settings.   In addition, she has served as a Program Specialist and has
attained National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist.  Barbara
continues her work serving students with exceptional needs in her current position as the
administrator in charge of special education at Rosemont Avenue Elementary School.
When not working, Barbara loves to travel and has logged time in six continents.   She
also enjoys attending musical theatre productions.

TRENTON CORNELIUS    Trenton.cornelius@lausd.net
Specialist, Interscholastic Athletics, Los Angeles Unified School District
University of Washington-Bachelor of Arts, June 1994-Major - Political Science   Minor
- History, and Speech Communication; California State University at Dominguez
Hills-teaching credential 1997; Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development
(CLAD) 1997; Administrative credential 2000; Master of Arts Education Administration
2001.  I am currently in my 15th year with Los Angeles Unified school district.  My first
12 years I was a social studies teacher at Manual Arts HS.  There I also coached boys'
basketball and girls' volleyball and basketball.  I currently still coach club volleyball with
Starlings Volleyball.  This program is designed to give at risk low income girls a chance
to play club volleyball.  In my spare time I enjoy dining out, going to concerts, and
traveling.

ELAINE EGER     elaine_eger@berkeley.k12.ca.us or egerbeav@sbcglobal.net
Program Supervisor, Special Education, Berkeley Unified School District
Elaine began her career in education as an aide and kitchen worker in local public
schools.  She earned her AA from Solano Junior College; her BS in Communicative
Disorders and Life Credential from San Francisco State University; her MS in Special
Education and Administrative Credential from Hayward State University.  She taught
for 20 years in elementary and middle school and is currently a Program Supervisor for
Special Education in Berkeley.  Elaine enjoys traveling for a purpose, having rowed a
replica Trireme out of Poros, Greece; shepherded a soccer team to sister city, Tula,
Mexico; participated in a Fulbright-Hayes grant to study at American University in Cairo,
with Mendocino Chamber of Commerce to Beijing and Shanghai, China.  She is a
reader, whale-boat rower and lifelong learner.

GABRIELLE THURMOND   gabrielle.thurmond@emeryusd.org
Assistant Principal, Emery Secondary School, Emery Unified School District
Gabrielle received her M.S. in Educational Leadership from the California State
University of Hayward and her B.A. in Economics and Ethnic Studies from the
University of California at Berkeley. Currently, she is the Assistant Principal at Emery
Secondary School where she also serves as the Director of the after school program,
Target Success Academy, and the Athletic Director. Her experience includes fifteen
years in public and independent school education. Over the years, Gabrielle has traveled
to 20 countries on five continents preserving the memories of each trip via photographs
and journals.

ESTHER SOLIMAN    esther.soliman@lausd.net
Principal, Los Angeles High School of the Arts, Los Angeles Unified SD
Esther received the greatest part of her education in the classroom from her students and
colleagues during the past 29 years.  She is currently the proud Principal of Los Angeles
High School of the Arts, one of the first two pilot schools in the history of LAUSD.  She
received a BA in English from Northern Illinois University, an MA in Educational
Administration from New York University, an MFA in Theatre Directing from California
Institute of the Arts.  She is passionate about working with young people and helping
them become thoughtful, focused and happy young adults. She enjoys traveling and has
visited many European countries, Egypt, Israel, Mexico, and is excited to see Brazil for
the first time.

CRAIG WIBLEMO    wiblemo@yahoo.com
Assistant Principal- Curr., Assessmt. & Accountability, Arcadia Unified SD
Craig has fourteen years of experience in education, the last five as a high school
assistant principal at La Mirada High School and Arcadia High School, his current
school.  Prior to becoming an administrator, Craig taught mathematics and social science
in Oceanside, California and Norwalk, California.  Craig holds a B.S. degree in
Sociology from UC, Riverside, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from UCLA, and a
Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law .  Additionally, he
holds a single subject teaching credential in mathematics, history-social science, and
business education earned at CSU, Dominguez Hills.  Craig is also an active member of
WASC having served on visiting committees for the past five years.  Craig holds a
private pilot’s license and enjoys flying small planes on the weekends and during breaks
from work.  He also enjoys rides on his motorcycle through the Angeles National Forest
near his home.

KIMBERLY NOBLE   kimberly.noble@ousd.k12.ca.us
Elementary Coordinator-Programs for Exceptional Children, Oakland USD
Kimberly currently works as a special education administrator in Oakland, California.  
Prior to her current position, she served as a special education administrator for a charter
management organization. Kimberly taught general education and special education in
elementary and secondary settings. She received her Preliminary Administrative
Credential and M.S. in Educational Leadership from California State University, East
Bay. She received her Multiple Subject credential from California State University,
Monterey Bay and her Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential as well as her
Certificate of Educational Therapy from UC Berkeley Extension.  Kimberly completed
her Bachelors Degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

JENNI TAYLOR  jenni_taylor@echsonline.org
Vice Principal, Environmental Charter High School, Lawndale, CA (LA County)
Jenni received her MS in Education Administration from Pepperdine University, where
she is currently working on her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership
Administration and Policy. Jenni is a National Board Certified Teacher in Geosciences
and received her secondary teaching credential from Cal State University Long Beach.
Her background in science and education began at UC Santa Cruz, with a BS in Earth
Sciences and BA in Environmental Studies. Most of her professional life has been spent
at Environmental Charter High School, where she taught math and science and is
currently a site administrator. Jenni also has a background in outdoor environmental
education and has spent time as an instructor throughout California. Jenni loves traveling,
dancing, mountain biking and just about any outdoor adventure.
skype name: jenni.taylor

GINA MARIE HILL   glacubana@yahoo.com
Coordinator of Programs, Oakland Emiliano Zapata Street Academy High School
Gina received her Single Subject English teaching credential from Cal State East Bay,
Masters in Education and Administrative Credential from UC Berkeley’s Principal
Leadership Institute.  She works at the Oakland Emiliano Zapata Street Academy High
School coordinating the Express Yo’self After School Program, Wednesday elective
program and Senior Project.  Gina’s also an Adjunct Instructor in Holy Names
University’s Teacher Education Department. She founded and directs the grassroots
organization TEAM! Together Everyone Achieves More.  TEAM! provides education
opportunities through international travel, visual and performing arts to mostly low-
income youth attending urban public schools.  TEAM! traveled to Cuba, Brazil, South
Africa and Jamaica to engage in cultural exchange and service learning projects.

BARBARA L. BOWLER      bbowler@ssfusd.org
Assistant Principal, South San Francisco Unified School District.  
Barbara’s career spans over 20 years in education.  She received her BA in Liberal
Studies and Master of Arts in Education Administration and Supervision from CSU,
Fresno and course work at Fresno Pacific University.  She taught Language Arts and
History in Fresno Unified and San Diego Unified School Districts.  As an ELST, English
Learner Support Teacher in San Diego, Barbara focused on EL compliance and
instruction at the secondary level.  She then moved on to become a middle school
assistant principal in Ventura County and South San Francisco.  She is an active member
in Phi Delta Kappa, ACSA, and ASCD.  In her spare time she loves spending time at
the beach, water skiing, sky diving, and flying.  

MINA HUTCHINS    mina.hutchins@emeryusd.k12.ca.us
Director of Student Services, Emery Unified School District
Ms. Hutchins received her MA in Special Education and an MA in Education
Administration from San Francisco State University ; and her BA from University of
California at Berkeley .  She is Director of Student Services in EUSD where she is
primarily responsible for: Special Education, Home & Hospital Instruction, Expulsion,
and Wellness. Her experience includes 8 years of special education classroom teaching
and 3 years of district level special education administration.  She has also worked in
juvenile corrections with high risk and at–risk youth.  Mina enjoys painting with acrylic
and watercolor. She would like to direct a documentary or write a screen play some day.

KELLI DOVE, M. Ed.    kdove@ssfusd.org
Director of Special Education/Pupil Personnel Serv., South San Francisco USD
Kelli received her Masters degree in Education from San Francisco State University and
B.S. from Kent State University.  She has worked as a special education teacher in San
Francisco Unified School District and since receiving her administrative credential from
San Francisco State University; Kelli has worked as an IEP Coordinator, Program
Specialist and is currently the Director of Special Education in South San Francisco
Unified School District.  Outside of work she enjoys traveling, reading, hiking and
exploring the Bay Area.

DANIEL GUMERANG    dgumarang@wcusd.org
School Improvement Facilitator, Los Angeles Unified School District
Daniel is a graduate of UCLA and received his M.A. from Columbia
University,Teachers College in Computing and Education.  He has worked as a 4th
grade teacher,a special education transition teacher and a staff developer for a
community college.  Daniel currently serves the Los Angeles Unified School District as
SIF/Project Manager where he oversees the replication of New Tech High Schools.  
Outside education, he enjoys traveling, tinkering with cars and as a new father, hanging
out with his family!  Skypename: xoxocal
   

BRAZIL COORDINATOR
PAULO ALVES DE SOUZA FILHO    pasfpaulo@yahoo.com.br
Paulo is a graduate of chemistry at the University Federal of Rio de Janeiro - Chemistry
Institute (UFRJ /IQ).  He received a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) with a
focus on Industry of Oil & Gas at Federal Center of the Technology (CEFET).  His
experience includes 15 years in education- teaching chemistry and environmental classes
in both public and private schools.  Paul also works in the Health and Environmental
Sciences Department at the Prefeitura of Rio de Janeiro City -where he develops
programs for the prevention of environmental risks in the workplace.  Outside of work,
he enjoys traveling, reading and dancing.  He loves sports, spending time swimming at
the beach, and playing soccer with friends.

FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR, LEADERSHIP INNOVATION
LINDA OROZCO, PH.D.   orozco@leadership-innovation.org
Founder & Director, Leadership Innovation
Dr. Orozco received her Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of
Minnesota; her M.A. from Calif. State University, Long Beach; and her B.A. from
Whittier College.  She is past Director of the Professional Administration Credential
Program and Professor of Educational Leadership at California State University,
Fullerton. Her experience includes 23 years in educational leadership including both
public and private educational settings, district and county offices of education, and
higher education administration.  Major research and publication endeavors include
technology in education and administration, educating diverse populations, as well as
effective interagency collaboration.  She continues to conduct research internationally
including Brazil, Thailand and Vietnam.  She is an avid surfer and runner.  Skype-name:
lindachristineorozco