Our Current Board

Gayla Biser

Kindergarten Teacher

San Jose

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

Heidi Butkus

Owner, HeidiSongs


  • Cal State University, Fullerton – B.A. in Spanish
  • Cal State University, Fullerton – M.A. in Education, Emphasis in Reading Instruction
  • Multiple Subject Credential, Bilingual Cross-Cultural (Spanish)
  • Reading Specialist Credential

Nancy Cappelloni

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

Director, Junior Kindergarten, Tiburon

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

Judy Crenshaw

Retired Kindergarten/First Grade Teacher


  • Oregon State University – B.S. in Home Economics Education
  • San Diego State University – Minor in Psychology
  • University of San Diego – Early Childhood Education Specialization
  • California State University Northridge – M.A. in Early Childhood Education
  • California State University Channel Islands – Administrative Credential
  • Child Development Program Director Permit

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

Helen Faul

Retired Teacher


  • University of Michigan – B.A. in Elementary Education
  • 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

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

Deb Meng

Chelsea Ross

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


  • Co-Presidents – Ada Hand and Debra Weller
  • President Elect – Nancy Cappelloni
  • Past President – Ada Hand
  • Treasurer – Helen Faul
  • Secretary – Judy Crenshaw

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

CKA Sponsors

  • Laurie Burgess, Mission Viejo
  • Heidi Butkus, LaVerne
  • Dora Childers, Madera
  • Carol Chivers, San Jose
  • Judy Crenshaw, Camarillo
  • Helen Faul, Camarillo
  • Dorothy Fellner, San Francisco
  • Carol Gossett, Clovis
  • Lila Klausner, Woodland Hills
  • Zelda LeFrak, Pittsburg
  • Carol Nicoli, Arcadia
  • Pat Rees-Miller, Belvedere