Staff

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.

Administrative


Neil McCormickNeil McCormick

Chief Executive Officer

Rick Wood Rick Wood

Finance and Administration Director

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

Rosario Cortés Kapeller Rosario Cortés Kapeller

Senior Legislative Representative

Aaron Avery Aaron Avery

Legislative Representative

Marcus Detwiler Marcus Detwiler

Associate Legislative Representative

Cole R. Querry, Legislative Analyst Cole R. Querry

Legislative Analyst

Lilia M. Hernandez, Legislative Assistant Lilia M. Hernandez

Legislative Assistant

Chris Palmer Chris Palmer

Senior Public Affairs Field Coordinator
Southern Network

Dane Wadlé Dane Wadlé

Senior 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 and Water Policy Analyst
Coastal Network

Cole Karr Cole Karr

Public Affairs Field Coordinator and Federal Advocacy Coordinator
Central Network

Member Services


Cassandra Strawn Cassandra Strawn

Member Services Director

Emily Cha Emily Cha

Database & Online Communities Specialist

Vanessa Gonzales Vanessa Gonzales

Communications Specialist

Eric Spencer Eric Spencer

Member Services Specialist

Brent Farrar Brent Farrar

Graphic Design/Video Specialist

James Wilfong James Wilfong

Design & Websites Manager

Kristin WithrowKristin Withrow

Communications Specialist

Professional Development


Megan Hemming Megan Hemming

Professional Development Director

Jennifer SmithJennifer Smith

Professional Development Coordinator

Rachael Poppino Rachael Poppino

Professional Development Assistant

At-a-Glance

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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