As RUSD’s first Chief Academic Officer, Mrs. Lynn Carmen Day leads a K-12 vision for the district, creating a focused and coherent educational plan from pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. She oversees the areas of Instructional Support (which includes Technology Support, Innovation and Learner Engagement, and Research, Assessment and Evaluation), and the Instructional Services (K-12), Common Core, and Special Education/Pupil Services Departments.
Mrs. Carmen Day brings more than 22 years of experience in education, including 17 years of experience in educational administration. Prior to coming to RUSD in July 2014, she served as Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services for the Covina Valley Unified School District. She previously taught at the middle and high school levels. She also served as a high school counselor, an Assistant Principal and Principal of Northview High School in Covina and California (Cal) High School in Whittier. During her time as principal, her schools saw a significant increase in student achievement. California High School earned the prestigious Golden Bell award from the California School Boards Association during her tenure for their work in building community partnerships.
Mr. Fine joined RUSD in 2002. He oversees Fiscal Servicesand Budget, Risk Management, Purchasing,Warehousing, Nutrition Services,Transportation, Maintenance and Operations, Facilities Projects, Network andInformation Systems, Publications and Strategic Communications. He also served as the district's Interim Superintendent from November, 2013-June, 2014.
Prior to coming to RUSD, Mr. Fine worked as the Assistant Superintendent for BusinessServices in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. He has previous experience at Hughes Aircraft Company and General Dynamics Corporation as a Financial Administrator.
Mr. Fine holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cal Poly Pomona in Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration degree from CaliforniaBaptist University. He also holds numerous professional certificates. Mr. Fine is amember of numerous professional organizations, including the California Association of School Business Officials; Association of California SchoolAdministrators; and the American Society for Public Administration.
As a leader in education, Mr. Fine has received numerous honors. He was named the 2013 Riverside County Educator of the Year – Classified Administrator and was the 2011-12 AmericanSociety for Public Administration’sOutstanding Administrator in Education. Mr. Fine also has presented at numerous state and local conferences and seminars.
Mr. Fine’s wife, Kevin, is an elementary school teacher in RUSD. The couple’s two children are both RUSD graduates.
Susan Baltagi Mills began her career with Riverside Unified School District in 1978. Prior to her being selected as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, she had served as an Elementary School Teacher, Middle School Principal, Personnel Administrator, Principal Coach, Director of Leadership Development and Principal at Ramona High School. Mrs. Mills also co-lead the RUSD Leadership Academy, training future educational leaders in the district. With over 34 years of experience in education, supervision and district leadership, Susan assumed her responsibilities of Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources on February 16, 2012.
Mrs. Mills earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific, as well as, her Multiple Subject Credential at California State University at Hayward. In addition, she holds a Masters of Education and an Administrative Services Credential from University of Laverne.
Mr. Antonio Garcia was named Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction K-12 in August, 2014.
Mr. Garcia previously served as a Principal in Residence for the Riverside County Office of Education.
Mr. Garcia is well-known to RUSD, serving for most of his 23 years in education with the District. He served as Principal of Arlington High School from 2008-2013; Principal of Central Middle School from 2003-2008; and as Assistant Principal of Gage Middle School from 1999-2003. He has previous experience as a teacher and Assistant Director of Categorical Programs in Whittier and as Site Director for Summer Migrant Education Programs for the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
Mr. Garcia holds a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Stanford University and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree and teaching credential from Brown University as well as CLAD and Professional Administrative Services Credentials.
During his career, Mr. Garcia has earned numerous leadership honors, including: the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 19 Middle Grades Principal of the Year (2007); RUSD Principal of the Year (2007); ACSA Secondary Principal of the Year (2010); and 2012 recipient of the Family Values Award from the LDS Church.
Mr. Garcia also is very active in the community as a mentor for the Riverside Community College Puente Program; and as a member of the Riverside Latino Network and the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce’s Business Education Partnership. Mr. Garcia also presented at the California Title I Conference and the Riverside County Long-Term English Learner (LTEL) Conference. He also coordinated the Riverside County College and Career Readiness Conference.
Mr. Garcia and his wife Maria live in Riverside. They have two teenage daughters, both students in RUSD.
Ms. Hill was appointed to the position by the Board of Education at their February 3 meeting.
Ms. Hill has been an administrator with RUSD since 1998, serving as an Instructional Services Specialist, Mathematics; Director of Program Improvement/English Learners; and most recently, was Director of Accountability and Elementary Education. She also has previous experience as a classroom teacher and Assistant Principal.
Ms. Hill holds a Bachelor’s degree from UC Riverside. She also holds a Master’s degreei n Curriculum and Instruction from UC Riverside and a Sloan MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Ms. Hill co-authored a mathematics textbook for elementary grades and belongs to numerous community and professional organizations. She will be recognized in April as the 2014 recipient of the Riverside Area School Managers (RASM) Administrator of the Year, Valuing Diversity.