The Breaking Barriers Advisory Council:

  • Jim Anderson - SELPA Director, Los Angeles County Office of Education
  • Liz Blanco - Assistant Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District
  • Mildred Browne - Ascendancy Solutions; former SELPA Director, Mt. Diablo Unified School District; California Special Education Task Force Member; State Special Education Advisory Commissioner
  • Maureen Burness - Chair, California Special Education Task Force; Former State SELPA Director
  • Steve Collins - SELPA Director, West Contra Costa Unified School District
  • Reed Connell - Managing Partner, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Social Change Partners
  • Steve Elson - CEO, Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families
  • Ken Epstein - Director, Children Youth and Families System of Care, San Francisco DPH
  • Elizabeth Estes - Founder, Breaking Barriers; Education Attorney, Atkinson Andelson Loya Rudd & Romo 
  • Troy Fennel - SELPA Director, California Division of Juvenile Justice
  • Martin Giffin - Senior Vice President of SoCal Operations, Anka Behavioral Health, Inc.
  • Rusty Gordon - SELPA Director, Butte County
  • Wendell Greer - Assistant Superintendent, West Contra Costa Unified School District
  • Jenae Holtz - Chief Executive Officer, Desert Mountain SELPA, California Association of Health and Education
  • Helen Kearns - Contra Costa County Mental Health
  • Conde Kunzman - SELPA Director, Shasta County
  • Alyssum Maguire - Consultant, Alyssum Maguire Consulting
  • Patrick J. Mahoney - Judge, San Francisco Juvenile Court (ret); JAMS
  • Fred Martin, Jr. - Former Government Affairs Director, Bank of America
  • Lisa Miller - Special Education Director, San Francisco Unified School District
  • Sam Neustadt - SELPA Director, Solano County; California Special Education Task Force Member
  • Jessica Plauche - Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF; Medical Director, Division of Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry San Francisco General Hospital
  • Ron Powell - Former Director, Desert Mountain SELPA
  • Rebecca Ross - Juvenile Law Attorney, San Mateo County
  • Rick Saletta - Former Special Master, Katie A and Emily Q v Bontá District; Commissioner, First 5 Placer County
  • Marina Tolou-Shams - Associate Professor, UCSF Department of Psychiatry; Director, Division of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, San Francisco General Hospital
  • Jim Voss - ERMHS Coordinator, Butte County SELPA
  • Vern Wallace - Child and Adolescent Program Chief, Contra Costa County Behavioral Health
  • Sheri Wilkins - President, Innovative Educational Solutions
  • James Wogan - Foster Youth Services Liaison, Mt. Diablo Unified School District
  • Dave Neilsen - Senior Mental Health Policy Advocate, California Alliance of Child and Family Services