2018 Conference Speakers

Dr. Judy White
Dr. Judy White

Dr. Judy D. White serves as the 12th Riverside County Superintendent of Schools.

In her role, Dr. White works with the county’s 23 school districts and the staff at the Riverside County Office of Education, to ensure high quality education that invests in all students while developing and sustaining strong collaborative relationships with students, teachers, parents, and the community for student success.  

Superintendent White was born in Los Angeles California. She graduated with honors from Cajon High School in San Bernardino and earned an academic scholarship to Occidental College where she obtained a degree in Sociology. Dr. White received a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Counseling from California State University San Bernardino and a teaching credential from UC Irvine. She later attended UC Riverside for her administrative credential and Azusa Pacific University for her doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Dr. Judy White has worked as a classified educator, teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, deputy superintendent in San Bernardino City Unified School District and Superintendent of Moreno Valley Unified School District. The community calls her a “history maker and stereotype breaker” because of the numerous recognitions and accomplishments she has earned. 

Congressman Mark Takano
Congressman Mark Takano

For more than twenty years, Mark Takano has worked to improve the lives of Riverside County residents, both as an elected official and as a teacher at Rialto High School.

Born and raised in Riverside, Mark's commitment to public service began at an early age. His family roots in Riverside go back to his grandparents who, along with his parents, were removed from their respective homes and sent to Japanese American Internment camps during World War II. After the war, these two families settled in Riverside County to rebuild their lives.

Mark attended La Sierra High School in the Alvord Unified School District, and in 1979 he graduated as the school's valedictorian. Mark attended Harvard College and received his bachelor's degree in Government in 1983.

Today, Mark Takano represents the people of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and Perris in the United States Congress. He serves on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee and the House Education and Workforce Committee.

Jesse Fuller
Jesse Fuller

A California League of School’s Teacher of the Year with experience in both comprehensive and alternative settings, Jessie brings passion, knowledge and experience to her work. She currently teachers at a continuation high school in Corona, California. Working with “at-promise” youth has taught her the vital role relationships, expectations, and hope play in supporting adolescents who face severe challenges and have experienced trauma. Fuller also provides coaching and professional learning to educators in a variety of areas including Social Emotional Learning, resiliency, trauma-informed practices, equity and Mindfulness.

Sue Thotz
Sue Thotz

Sue Thotz is the Los Angeles Education Program Manager for Common Sense Education. Since 2011, Sue has been providing professional development and partnering with educators and parents to help them create a culture where students use technology in a meaningful, thoughtful, and respectful way. Her background ranges from classroom teaching to biochemistry and education research. Sue holds a Master’s in Public Health and an undergraduate degree in zoology and chemistry. She lives in a small house with a 13 year old reader, 10 year old gamer and a most clever musician.

Dr. Sharon Chappell
Dr. Sharon Chappell

Sharon Chappell is a teacher educator at California State University Fullerton, specializing in social justice education, gender diversity and LGBTQ inclusion, and social emotional well-being of families impacted by cancer.

Dr. Nathaniel Currie
Dr. Nathaniel Currie

Dr. Nathaniel Currie, DSW, MSW, LCSW, Director of Clinical Services, Psychotherapistis; mental health and public health consultant, administrator, and clinical educator with over ten years of social work experience specializing in Behavioral Medicine and HIV prevention and post diagnosis therapeutic intervention. Dr. Currie is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice where he earned a Doctor of Social Work degree. Dr. Currie holds clinical licensure in the states of California, Maryland and in the District of Columbia. Dr. Currie is currently the director of behavioral health services at TruEvolution in Riverside, CA. Dr. Currie has experience in multiple clinical and social service settings including Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Chase Brexton Healthcare in Baltimore, Us Helping US, and SMYAL in Washington, D.C., and South End Community Health in Boston. He is passionate and knowledgeable about Social Work education and clinical supervision, and on issues of equality, youth homelessness, and the intersection of Black men, mental health, and infectious disease.

Devin Walden
Devin Walden

Special Musical Performance-Devin is a 16 year old singer/songwriter and featured vocalist for the be the change anti-bullying tour. He and his family are special needs advocates and have a heart to help spread a message of love and kindness. Devin believes that music speaks to the heart and through music we can bring change to our world.

Paige Childs
Paige Childs

Special Performance - 14 year old Paige Childs has been singing since she could walk. She grew up acting in soap operas and commercials and then found her voice at Angels Stadium where she is now one of their National Anthem singers. She has sung for many charities and is a featured vocalist for Be The Change anti-bullying events. She is a competitive swimmer and a cheerleader at Riverside Polytechnic High School. She loves spending time with friends and family and she enjoys using her talent to encourage her generation.