Leadership Innovation presents…
Administrators - Spring 2010

1. CHRIS MULLINS  chris.mullins@lausd.net
Specialist, Periodic Assessment, Los Angeles Unified School District
A Los Angeles native, Chris Mullins graduated from UCLA in 1980 (BA English). After
some years in Japan teaching English, he returned to get his MA from CSU Dominguez
Hills (1990). After three more years in Japan he returned to the US and joined LAUSD.
He taught 7th grade teacher at Dodson, moved to Banning High School for 9 years, and
then to Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy for one year. He became Local District 8
Secondary Literacy Advisor in 2005 and served as Literacy Coach at San Pedro for
over two years. He activated his Administrative credential last October when he started
as Specialist, Periodic Assessment Program. A classical music/opera nut, he regularly
submits reviews to the online magazine Opera Today.

2. MICHAEL PARDRIDGE  jmpmmp@aol.com
Assistant Principal, McAlister High School-CYESIS, Los Angeles USD
Two years at USC on a Journalism scholarship, then graduated from UCLA with a BA
in English.  Loyola Marymount, Teaching Credential.  One year teaching Journalism.  
And then a slight detour for a 25-year Hollywood screenwriting career with my wife,
Janice Hickey.  National University (completely online), Master’s and Administrative.  
Teaching at Albany High in Northern California, and back to Southern California at
Lawndale High, El Segundo High and Audubon Middle School.  Assistant Principal of
McAlister High, one of LAUSD’s two schools for pregnant and parenting teens.  Since
there are 4 school sites and the Main Office is at a 5th, it helps to stay in shape – which
Janice and I do by hitting the gym at 3:30 every morning. Well yes, of course that’s just
plain crazy, we couldn’t agree more.   

3. JANICE HICKEY   hickeyjanice1@hotmail.com
Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, El Segundo USD
Happy to be back in my vagabond shoes: as an Air Force brat I lived in France and had
an interesting education including a stint at an all-girls Catholic boarding school.  BA UC
Berkeley, credential UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education.  Marketing
Department at Marine World/Africa USA in SF then a segue into screenwriting.  2 years
at Albany High School,  3 years teaching at El Segundo High School, one year as
Coordinator of Pupil Services/Assistant Principal Richmond Street Elementary, one as
Director of Educational Services/Principal Arena Continuation High School, currently
Assistant Superintendent Educational Services/Principal Arena Continuation/Eagles’
Nest Preschool.  My job is “soup to nuts” so it helps to be a little bit of the latter.

4. MERRI GARCIA  merrigarcia@gmail.com
Assistant Principal, Gertz-Ressler High School, LA Alliance for College-Ready Schools
Originally from the Northwest, Merri spent her childhood years in Portland, Oregon,
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire , and the Denver area.  Merri started her career in education as a
Bilingual Educational Assistant with Portland Public Schools. She earned a BA in English
and later a teaching credential from Portland State University.  She then moved to Los
Angeles where she taught 9th and 10th grade English for the American Studies Academy
at Franklin High School (LAUSD) and also served as Lead Teacher. Merri completed a
Master’s in Administration from UCLA’s Principal Leadership Institute in 2007 and
began working as an Assistant Principal in 2008.  Merri loves to see plays and movies,
write songs, swim, travel, and spend time with her husband Francisco, and dog Os.

5. NANCY COMPTON     ncompton@caj.edu
Principal, Charles Jones Career & Education Center, Sacramento City USD
Nancy Compton is principal of the Charles Jones Career & Education Center, a large
public adult school offering high quality, affordable career training in twenty different
career programs.  Her background includes program development, teaching English as a
Second Language to adults, and teaching education-related courses and communication
students at the adult and college level.  In her prior life, Nancy was a business owner, a
partner in Positively Dynamic, a training and development company, and a writer who
has co-authored two manuals for use in communications training and written a column for
a wellness magazine.  When not focused on work – which is rarely – Nancy is a
passionate gardener, reader, sailor, and traveler who loves meeting new people and
traveling to new destinations.  

6. CANDY QUINTANILLA    candyxtah2@aol.com     cquin2@lausd.net
Assistant Principal, South Gate High School, Los Angeles Unified SD
Candy received her B.A. in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University
(SDSU); Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Cal Poly Pomona; an Administrative
Credential and Masters in Educational Leadership from Cal State Los Angeles.  She has
16 years experience in the education field which include: 1 year teaching conversational
Spanish at SDSU, 1 year teaching conversational English at a detention center, 8 years
teaching at the middle school level, 3 years as the Bilingual Coordinator and 3 years as
an Assistant Principal (which she loves).  She's a big football fan and enjoys kickboxing
and spending time with family and friends.  She's currently taking motorcycle lessons and
is looking forward to sky diving with her 2 kids.

7. KIRK JORDAN  kjordan@smbccs.net
Assistant Director, Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School, Los Angeles, CA
SMBCCS is a Pre-K through Grade 6 charter school which “converted” from LAUSD
and presently serves 1,000 students.  Kirk received his M.A. in Educational
Administration from Cal State Northridge, and has a B.S. in Business Administration
from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota (10 miles from
Deadwood!).  His life experiences include growing up in a town of 3,000 people in the
Midwest (ever see the movie “Fargo”?!), and a professional music and film career before
becoming a 3rd Grade teacher in 1996.  Even though his previous experiences have
included smorgasbords, acting with Clint Eastwood, and singing with Liza Minnelli, the
time with the 3rd Graders has ultimately been more memorable. He enjoys playing guitar,
singing, traveling, and odd movies.   

8. CLEO PROTOPAPAS     Cleo.Protopapas@ousd.k12.ca.us
Administrator on Special Assignment-Secondary Algebra Initiative, Oakland USD
Cleo received an M.B.A. and teaching credential from the University of California at
Berkeley and a Tier I Administrative Credential from California State University,
Hayward.   She currently leads an initiative to improve student achievement in secondary
algebra in support of her district’s primary goal of algebra success for all.  Her work
includes coaching principals, providing teacher professional development, supporting
professional learning communities focused on algebra within and across schools, and
overseeing algebra pilots.  Cleo has also developed a number of non-profit organizations
and projects, including a national public television series.  She serves on the Board of
Directors of the Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools (a proponent of small schools)
and enjoys traveling and hiking.

9. LINDA BUENO-ALAHWAL  lbueno@lbschools.net
Intervention Specialist, Long Beach Unified School District
Linda received her Masters and Credential in Administration from CSU Long Beach,
teaching credential at CSU Dominguez Hills and her BA in Psychology and Sociology
from UC Santa Barbara.  With over 16 years experience in education, her teaching
experiences include 4-8 grades at a Language-Immersion school, bilingual kindergarten,
and ELD for adults.  Her administrative positions include 7 yrs central office experience
in standards-based reform and human resources, and 4 years as assistant principal at an
inner city Middle School, and a high performing Elementary School.  Currently she is
implementing a new grant supporting students transition from probation camps back into
High School and city work programs.  Linda enjoys spending time with her two high
school boys, reading, traveling, horseback riding and running a family business.

10. KENYATTA STIGER  mrstigers@aol.com
Principal, Dorothy V. Johnson High School, CDS, Los Angeles USD
Kenyatta Stiger has worked relentlessly for the past 15 years; helping underachieving
students transform themselves into independent thinkers. Mr. Stiger received both of his
Masters degrees from California State University, Dominguez Hills; and his B.A. from
California State University, Chico. He is currently the Principal of Dorothy V. Johnson
HS CDS and his professional experiences include 15 years in educational leadership
within the Charter movement and Los Angeles Unified School District. For the last 7
years, he has served multi-ethnic students in the role of Assistant Principal, Director and
Principal in elementary, secondary and higher education settings.

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.  Paulo 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.

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: