Our Current Board

Kathleen Bell

Retired Kindergarten Teacher

Primary Grade Teacher ELD & Reading Intervention Specialist


  • UC Berkeley- B.A. in Sociology
  • Sonoma State – M.A. in Early Childhood Education BCLAD
  • Teacher-Trainer Certificate, High/Scope Educational Research
  • Credential Yoga Instructor, Cyclist and Marathoner with Team in Training

Joyce Buehler

Owner of SitSpots

Former Teacher and Elementary School Principal

San Clemente

  • California State University, Long Beach –Tier 2 Administrative Credential
  • Lewis & Clark College, Portland Oregon – MAT
  • Portland State University – Portland, Oregon – B.S. Human Development – Multiple Subject Credential


Nancy Cappelloni

Adjunct Professor, Teacher Education Department, University of San Francisco School of Education

Educational Consultant in Private Practice

Kindergarten Readiness Program Director

Retired Kindergarten Teacher, Reed Union School District, Tiburon

  • University of San Francisco, Doctorate of Education
  • Dominican University, Teaching Credential Multiple Subject/CLAD
  • College of Marin, ECE Administrative Credential
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Masters of Dance/Movement Therapy
  • University of Colorado, B.A. with Distinction, Art History

Kimberly DeMille

Kindergarten Teacher, Capistrano Unified School District


  • San Diego State University, BA Liberal Studies, Emphasis in Education
  • San Diego State University, Multiple Subjects CLAD Credential

Ada Hand

Early Childhood Consultant

Sun City

  • Sonoma State University – B.A. and Elementary Teaching Credential
  • Chapman University – M.A. in Education Administration
  • Teacher-Trainer Certificate, High/Scope Educational Research
  • California School Leadership Academy Administrator Training

Michelle Jones

Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten Teacher, Oakdale Joint Unified School District


  • Cal State University, Turlock – B.S. in Liberal Studies
  • Cal State University, Turlock – Minor in Child Development
  • Cal State University, Turlock – Teaching Credential
  • Professional Clear Credential
  • Child Development Program Director Permit
  • CLAD Certificate
  • GATE Certification

Debbi Keeler

Director of Early Childhood Programs, Capistrano Unified School District

San Juan Capistrano

  • California Sate University of Los Angeles, B.A. in Home Economics, Community and Consumer Services
  • National University, M.S. in Educational Administration
  • Columbia International University, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
  • CA Program Director Permit
  • CA Career Technical Education Teaching Credential in Child Development and Family Services
  • 27 years in administration for Early Childhood Programs


Susie Koon

Early Childhood Consultant

Adult School Teacher

Retired Kindergarten/1st Grade Teacher


  • Pacific Oaks College, Multiple Subjects Credential, Graduate Studies
  • California State University Los Angeles, BA Sociology/Behavioral Research
  • Northwest Foundation, Responsive Classroom Training

Palma Lindsay

TK/K Teacher

Owner of KFUNdamentals

Newhall School District, Newhall, CA

  • California State University Northridge, BA Liberal Studies, Graduate Studies
  • California State University Northridge, Multi-subject, Pre-school, K-12, Adult Ed. Life Teaching Credential
  • College of the Canyons Early Childhood Certificate
  • K-8 Teacher for 37 years

Wendy Sewell

Stay-at-home mom

Former Kindergarten Teacher

Roseland School District, Santa Rosa

  • Queens University – B.A. Honours in Language and Linguistics
  • University of Oxford – B.A. Education
  • CLAD Credential

Ruth Velasquez

Retired Teacher


  • San Francisco State University – B.A. in Education
  • K-12 Life Teaching Credential
  • San Francisco State University – M.A. in Administration
  • Curriculum and Professional Development Leader, SFUSD
  • Kindergarten teacher for 20 years


Debra Weller

Kindergarten Teacher

Capistrano Unified School District

Mission Viejo

  • St. Petersburg College – A.A. in Art Education
  • Rowen University – B.A. in Art Education
  • National University – M.A. in Education Leadership
  • GLAD (Guided Language Aquisition Development)

Meredith Yeh

Stay-at-home mom

Former Kindergarten/First Grade Teacher

San Mateo

  • University of San Diego – B.A. in Diversified Liberal Arts
  • University of San Francisco – M.A. in Multicultural Education
  • Professional Clear Credential/CLAD Credential


  • President – Nancy Cappelloni
  • President Elect – Kimberly DeMille
  • Past President – Debra Weller
  • Treasurer – Susie Koon
  • Secretary – Ada Hand

2015 PK1 Conference Committee Members

PK1 Conference Committee 2015

  • Meredith Yeh, San Mateo – Co-chairperson
  • Kathleen Bell, Oakland – Co-chairperson
  • Jane Anderson, Millbrae
  • Linda Becker, Richmond
  • Mary Cain, Salinas
  • Delfina Calderon, Livermore
  • Carol Chivers, San Jose
  • Leslie Crews, San Mateo
  • Laura Darcy, Millbrae
  • Stephanie Figula, Hercules
  • Gennie Gorback, San Mateo
  • Zelda LeFrak, Pittsburg
  • Beth Marsh, Foster City
  • Maureen Perkinson, Aptos
  • Pat Rees-Miller, Belvedere
  • Marey Richins, San Carlos
  • Carol Seuferer, Berkeley
  • Camille Smith, Oakland
  • Alicia Solano, Antioch
  • Ruth Velasquez, Cotati
  • Kristl Wong, Menlo Park

CKA Staff Members

  • Cristiana Tibbats – Administrative Manager
  • Cindy Romero – Membership Administrator

CKA Past Presidents

  • Judith J. Brown – 1988-1992
  • Violet B. Robinson – 1992-1994
  • Helen Faul – 1994-1996
  • Zelda LeFrak – 1996-1998
  • Gretchen Ross – 1998-2000
  • Carol Gossett – 2000-2002
  • Joann Arowosegbe – 2002-2004
  • Armando Wm. Argandona – 2004-2006
  • Carol Nicoli – 2006-2008
  • Debra Weller – 2008-2010
  • Ada Hand – 2010-2012
  • Ada Hand/Debra Weller – 2012-2014

CKA Sponsors

  • Heidi Butkus, LaVerne
  • Helen Faul, Camarillo
  • Zelda LeFrak, Pittsburg
  • Carol Nicoli, Arcadia

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