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 Renee Hill Ms. Renee Hill

Chief Academic Officer

As Chief Academic Officer, Ms. Renee Hill leads a vision for the district, creating a focused and coherent educational plan. Throughout her 27 years of experience in RUSD, Ms. Hill has served the students and community of Riverside as a teacher, site administrator, math specialist, instruction director, and assistant superintendent.

Ms. Hill also spent several years in the private sector as a project manager throughout the US and Canada. She holds a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from UC Riverside and a second Master’s from the Stanford Graduate School of Business Sloan Program. Renee facilitates the work of several department teams - Instruction, Innovation, Professional Growth, Research and Assessment, Special Education, and Pupil Services. Together with the students, parents, and community, they endeavor to deliver on the promise of a high-quality education for each student.

In addition to her leadership role with RUSD, she actively participates in several community-based organizations and does her best to keep up with her grandchildren.

 Josué Reyna Josué Reyna
Executive Assistant II
jreyna@riversideunified.org | Ext: 80406

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 Mays Kakish Mays Kakish

Chief Business Officer and Governmental Relations

Mays Kakish has worked in the realm of education finance for over 21 years. Before joining RUSD in 2015, she served as Chief Business Officer for Moreno Valley Unified School District, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for Beaumont Unified School District, Director of Business Services for the Riverside County Office of Education and Director of Fiscal Services/CBO for the Perris School District. Mrs. Kakish started her Business Career as an auditor for school districts. She has a degree in Business Administration with Concentration on Accounting from California State University San Bernardino.

As Chief Business Officer and Governmental Relations, Mrs. Kakish is responsible for strategic planning and oversight of the District’s finances, particularly in support of the distribution of Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) funds and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Leading the Business Services department, she oversees the financial aspects of the District's facilities master plan, maintenance, operations and transportation, nutritional services, risk management, payroll, and purchasing. Along with her duties as Chief Business Officer, Mrs. Kakish leads and directs governmental relations activities within Riverside Unified School District. She monitors both state and federal education policy decisions, advocates and provides updates to the District.

In addition to her leadership role with the RUSD, she is actively involved as a Board member of the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center, is a member of the elite School Business Executives, Association of California School Administrators, and California Association of Chief Business Officials. She also serves as Vice President of the Executive Committee for the Alliance of Schools for Cooperative Insurance Programs.

 Susanne Anderson Susanne Anderson
Executive Assistant II
SGAnderson@riversideunified.org | Ext: 80412

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 Dr. Ryan Lewis Dr. Ryan Lewis

Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction K-12

Dr. Ryan Lewis began his teaching in Rochester City School District in New York. He moved to Corona Norco Unified School District in 1998. There he taught 3rd and 6th grade before moving to a Middle School, where he became the Student Advisor. In 2002, Ryan began his site administrative journey; he became the Assistant Principal for Foothill Elementary School and then moved to Temescal Valley Elementary. In 2004 he became the Principal of Vicentia Elementary school; in 2010, he opened Dr. Augustine Ramirez Intermediate School and in 2013, was then appointed to Principal at Santiago High School. From there, he joined RUSD in 2016 as the Director of Secondary Education and currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction K-12.

Dr. Lewis is a visionary who has collaborated with the District and Riverside County Office of Education to create programs and systems that best support our sites and our students. Ryan has been a key innovator in providing staff development in engagement strategies, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), equitable practices, and shared leadership.

 Sandy Perry Image Sandy Perry
Executive Assistant II
SMPerry@riversideunified.org | Ext: 80408

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 Dr. Jacqueline Perez Dr. Jacqueline Perez

Assistant Superintendent, Equity, Access & Community Engagement

University of Southern California - Doctor of Education, Ed.D., Educational Leadership

California State University, Los Angeles -Master of Arts, M.A., Educational Administration

University of California, Santa Barbara – Master of Education, M.Ed.

University of California, Santa Barbara – Bachelor of Arts – Biological Sciences

Dr. Perez comes to Riverside Unified School District with a rich background filled with several leadership experiences. Most recently she has sat in the seats of Associate Superintendent, Teaching and Learning & Human Resources/Labor Relations, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services and High School Principal. In her current role as Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Support K-12, she supports schools and the district through the use of data, research and educational technology, professional development and the implementation of systemic Equity approaches.

Dr. Perez is also an active member in CALSA (California Association of Latino Superintendents & Administrators). She is currently on the Board of Directors as Past-President and firmly believes in supporting all leaders be prepared to lead and educate our Latino students in the state of California.

 Elizabeth Martinez Elizabeth Martinez
Executive Assistant II
emartinez@riversideunified.org | Ext: 80424

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 Sergio San Martin Sergio San Martin

Assistant Superintendent, Operations

Sergio San Martin joined the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) on July 1, 2016 from the Moreno Valley Unified School District (MVUSD), where he served as the District's Director III of Facilities Planning and Development. Sergio has more than 20 years of experience in Facilities in the field of education. and has earned his Master's Degree in Community Development, from California State Polytechnic University. He received his Certification of Educational Facilities Planning, from the University of California, Riverside.

Sergio comes with a wealth of knowledge with regards to accounting, planning, and development of District Capital Facilities Funds and Budgets. He is a member of the American Planning Association (APA), Coalition for Adequate School Housing, and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA).

At MVUSD, Sergio managed the planning and development of new construction, modernization, and renovation of local and state funding projects. He also oversaw the preparation of all state funding applications, expenditure reports, demographic analysis, enrollment projections, developer fee reports, and supervised the District's CAD & geographical information systems (GIS).

Sergio has also worked in some of our neighboring school districts such as Anaheim City School District, as the Senior Facilities Planner, and Santa Ana Unified School District, as the Assistant Director Facilities & Governmental Relations. We are excited to have him join the RUSD family.

 Nora Lopez Nora Lopez
Executive Assistant II
NPLopez@riversideunified.org | Ext: 80414

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 Timothy Walker Timothy Walker

Assistant Superintendent, Pupil Services & SELPA, Special Education

Mr. Tim Walker has over 30 years of experience in the field of education. Mr. Walker joined RUSD in January of 2009 as the Director V of Special Education/SELPA. A year later he became responsible for an additional department and accepted his current position. In addition to his 15 years of work with special education students in the classroom, Mr. Walker has held administrative positions in a number of districts including serving as: Director of Special Education, Assistant Superintendent of Special Education, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services and Deputy Superintendent.

Mr. Walker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in recreation/physical education from USC and a Master of Arts degree in human development from Pacific Oaks College.He later earned a Master's degree in education and an Educational Specialist degree from Point Loma University. Mr. Walker holds a multiple subject, learning handicapped and severely handicapped teaching credential as well as an administrative services credential.

Mr. Walker met his wife, Ellen, in high school and together they are the parents of a set of triplets, all of whom attended public schools.

 Laura Misamore Laura Misamore
Executive Assistant II
Lmisamore@riversideunified.org | Ext: 83057

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 Kyley Ybarra Kyley Ybarra

Assistant Superintendent, Department of Personnel Leadership and Development

Kyley has served successfully at a variety of diverse school sites as well as the District setting. The depth of her experience has prepared her to succeed in a collaborative, professional, and supportive role as the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel.

With twenty-five years of experience as a public educator and twenty of those years here at RUSD, she brings a vast level of experience and institutional knowledge. Kyley is the current Assistant Superintendent of Personnel, and has prior experience as a site principal at the elementary and secondary level, a counselor, instructional coach and teacher.

Being a product of Riverside Unified, she has had the opportunity to work in every "cluster" within the District. She is an active member of the greater community and prides herself on having the ability to join together many different cultures and groups in order to focus on what is best for everyone within RUSD.

 Patricia Tafoya Patricia Tafoya
Executive Assistant II
Ptafoya@riversideunified.org | Ext: 80404