Deputy Superintendent, Business Services and Governmental Relations
Michael H. Fine
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.
Assistant Superintendent, Department of Personnel Leadership and Development, Susan Mills
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.
Assistant Superintendent/Operations, Dr. Kirk Lewis
Dr. Kirk Lewis
Dr. Lewis has been the Assistant Superintendent of Operations since 1994. He began his career in Riverside Unified as a teacher at Ramona High School in 1977. He is currently responsible for supervising the following departments and staff: Facilities Planning/Development, Facilities Projects, Maintenance and Operations, and District Security. His previous assignments, other than as a teacher, include: Curriculum Assistant, Dean of Students, Assistant to the Deputy Superintendent, and Director of Operations. Dr. Lewis earned his bachelors degree in Biology from UCR and completed his masters and doctorate degrees in Education at Pepperdine University. Dr. Lewis enjoys the planning aspects of his job and strives to enhance and maintain the quality of support services his division provides to schools and District departments.
Assistant Superintendent, Common Core, Judi Paredes
Mrs. Paredes was named Assistant Superintendent,Common Core in 2014. She is charged with helping the district to implement Common Core State Standards. She previously served as Assistant Superintendent,Instructional Services (K-6) beginning in July 2007.
Mrs. Paredes began working in the Riverside Unified School District as a teacher at Hyatt Elementary School in 1980. During her time in RUSD, Mrs. Paredes also has served as a Categorical Program Specialist at Monroe and Pachappa Elementary Schools; was Assistant Principal and Principal of Mountain View Elementary School; and later served as Principal of George Washington and John F. Kennedy Elementary Schools and Amelia Earhart Middle School. She was selected as the Riverside Unified School District Principal of the Year and the Riverside County Principal of the Year in 1997.
Mrs. Paredes earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies from the University of California, Riverside and her Master of Arts degree in educational administration from Azusa Pacific University. She holds professional credentials in teaching and administrative services.
Mrs. Paredes is married to former Poly High School Principal Frank Paredes and has two grown children.
Executive Director of Pupil Services / SELPA,Timothy Walker
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.
Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Support, Renee Hill
Renee Hill, a longtime member of the RUSD team, has been named Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Support.
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.