National Advisory Board
Dr. George Cameron
Faculty Coordinator, Administrative Credential Program, San Diego State University
Dr. George Cameron serves as a full-time lecturer in the Educational Leadership Department at San Diego State University, having completed a 16-year tenure as superintendent of the National School District. George is known to his colleagues as a person of the highest integrity, one who has devoted 36 years to improving schools for the children they serve. During his successful tenure as a superintendent, National gained statewide recognition for its consistent academic achievement, educating a majority-minority population exceeding 90% and posting the highest Academic Performance Index for English Language Learners in San Diego County.
Dr. Cameron earned his Ed.D in Educational Leadership from the University of San Diego, and has been recognized with numerous awards including Superintendent of the Year for Region 18 in 2006, the 1998 Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award from the University of San Diego, and the Champion for Children award from Voices for Children in 2001, to name but a few. Currently, he serves as the Faculty Coordinator for the Administrative Credential Program at SDSU.
Dr. Maggie Mejia
Managing Partner, The Mejia Group
Dr. Mejia began her career in education at the Sweetwater Union High School District in San Diego County, serving as a classroom teacher for four years at Sweetwater High School and Mar Vista High School. She then became a district-level curriculum specialist and later an assistant principal at Chula Vista High School. She worked for 13 years in the Anaheim School District as a high school principal and district administrator.
Dr. Mejia served as superintendent for five years in Montebello Unified School District and five years in Sacramento City School District. In both districts she worked to raise student performance, increase parent involvement, develop partnerships with local businesses and ensure students were working in safe, clean and attractive schools.
Dr. Mejia has an impressive list of credentials, obtaining her master’s degree in Multicultural Education from San Diego State University, where she also earned her undergraduate degree. In 2000, she received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Southern California.
In addition to her extensive professional credentials, Dr. Mejia also maintains very active extracurricular involvement in professional organizations. She has served as a Western Association of Schools and Colleges commissioner and Ed Source Board member. Dr. Mejia currently sits on the California School Board’s Superintendent’s Council and Condition of Children’s Council.
Dr. Mejia has also won a number of honors and professional recognition, including ACSA Region III Superintendent of the Year, the first annual Administrator of the Year award from the California Association for Bilingual Education, Milken National Educator of the Year, State Senator Martha Escutia’s Woman of the Year for the 30th State Senate District and the LULAC Educator of the Year award.
Dr. Lionel R. Meno
Former Dean of the College of Education, San Diego State University
Lionel R. “Skip” Meno served as Dean of the College of Education at San Diego State University from August, 1999 through June, 2007.
Dr. Meno has been superintendent of a large urban school district and has served at the forefront of educational reform as the Deputy Commissioner of Education in New York State and the Commissioner of Education in Texas.
He has worked actively with schools, private agencies, and state government to develop partnerships that promote the improvement of public education.
Most recently, Dr. Meno was appointed by the California Board of Education to the new P-16 Council, formed to lead the state of California in the development of strategies to improve education statewide.
Dr. Judy White
Superintendent, Moreno Valley Unified School District
Dr. Judy D. White graduated with highest honors from Cajon High School, San Bernardino, California. She won an academic scholarship to Occidental College and completed her B.A. Degree in 1977. Judy received her Masters of Education in counseling from Cal State, San Bernardino. Her teaching credential was received from the University of California, Irvine, Administrative Credential from the University of California, Riverside, and her doctoral degree from Azusa-Pacific University. Judy D. White is currently the Superintendent in the Moreno Valley Unified School District. Previously she was the Deputy Superintendent of San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD). Prior to this, she served as the Assistant Superintendent of the Educational Services Division after her service as the Assistant Superintendent of the Student Services Division. She is also an adjunct professor at Azusa-Pacific University. Prior to being named Assistant Superintendent, Judy was Staff Assistant to the Principal at San Bernardino High School, a teacher, a mentor teacher, vice principal, principal, and principal-on-assignment at the District Office.
Judy made history in the city of San Bernardino by being the first female to be ASB President of a comprehensive high school, the first principal to implement the PeaceBuilders Program, which became the national model, the first principal to be invited to Washington, D.C. to present the Healthy Start Collaborative model and the founder of the “City of Readers.”
Judy White is the founder of the “City of Readers” Program, which began as her vision to unite the city and promote literacy in order to improve the quality of life for all. This has resulted in over 1,000,000 books being given to children for their own personal libraries, a unity effort among businesses, the faith community, and all reading programs to share ideas and resources and the first “City of Readers” local television show. Judy is also the founder of the A.S.T.E.R.I.S.K.* Program, which provided training and jobs to 100 high school students during the summers since 2006.
Dr. Ric A. Hovda
Dean of the College of Education, San Diego State University
Dr. Ric Hovda is the Dean of the College of Education at San Diego State University. His areas of expertise include teacher education, urban education, professional development and leadership. During his tenure with the University of Memphis, the College increased external funding by over 100%, created a New Teacher Center affiliated with the New Teacher Center at the University of California-Santa Cruz, established a Center for Urban School Leadership with the Memphis City Schools, and developed several new partnerships with local organizations including an early childhood program called Ready, Set, Grow. Dr. Hovda also established new approaches to assessment and evaluation of college programs and operations and established an Office of Faculty and Staff Development.
Dr. Hovda chaired two education task forces on school finance and early childhood education for the city and county mayors, co-directed the Tennessee Board of Regents’ Task Force on Teaching Quality, served as a school board member for a local science/math charter school, and served on the executive committee of the local education foundation, Partners in Public Education.
Prior to the University of Memphis, Hovda was the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Urban Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis where he also served as assistant to the superintendent for St. Louis Public Schools and as district director of professional development. He began his career in higher education at the University of Louisville where he directed the only state sponsored center of excellence in school/university collaboration, The Nystrand Center.
Dean Hovda is active nationally in school reform and urban education organizations, including the Holmes Partnership and the Council of the Great City Schools.