Meet Our Staff

Use this staff directory to determine which of our qualified team members may best assist you with your district’s needs. Contact us anytime by email or by calling 877-924-2732.


Neil McCormickNeil McCormick

Chief Executive Officer

Rick Wood Rick Wood

Finance and Administration Director

Jennifer Jacobs Jennifer Jacobs

Member Services Representative

(Admin/Finance Support)

Amber Phelen Amber Phelen

Executive Assistant

Mustafa Hessabi Mustafa Hessabi

Deputy General Counsel

Advocacy and Public Affairs

Kyle Packham Kyle Packham

Advocacy and Public Affairs Director

Alyssa SilhiAlyssa Silhi

Legislative Representative

Anthony Tannehill Anthony Tannehill

Legislative Representative

Aaron Avery Aaron Avery

Legislative Representative

Marcus Detwiler Marcus Detwiler

Legislative Analyst

Chris Palmer Chris Palmer

Public Affairs Field Coordinator
Southern Network

Dane Wadlé Dane Wadlé

Public Affairs Field Coordinator
Sierra Network

Colleen Haley Colleen Haley

Public Affairs Field Coordinator
Bay Area Network

Chris Norden Chris Norden

Public Affairs Field Coordinator
Northern Network

Charlotte Holifield Charlotte Holifield

Public Affairs Field Coordinator
Coastal Network

Cole Karr Cole Karr

Public Affairs Field Coordinator
Central Network

Eleanor BolingEleanor Boling

Legislative Assistant

Member Services

Cassandra Strawn Cassandra Strawn

Member Services Director

Emily Cha Emily Cha

Member Services Specialist

Eric Spencer Eric Spencer

Member Services Specialist

Thomas Turner Thomas Turner

Database & Online Communities Coordinator

Professional Development

Megan Hemming Megan Hemming

Professional Development Director

Jennifer SmithJennifer Smith

Professional Development Coordinator

Rachael Poppino Rachael Poppino

Professional Development Assistant


James Wilfong James Wilfong

Senior Designer

Vanessa Gonzales Vanessa Gonzales

Communications Specialist

Kristin WithrowKristin Withrow

Communications Specialist


CSDA’s staff is here to meet your advocacy, professional development and member services needs.

Board of Directors

CSDA is governed by an 18-member Board of Directors:

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