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.
She holds Bachelor’s degrees in business administration and psychology and a Master’s of Education degree from Azusa Pacific University. She also has earned teaching credentials in business education and psychology, and holds a Pupil Personnel Services Credential and Administrative Services Credentials.
Mays Kakish, named ACSA’s 2015 Business Services Administrator of the Year, comes to Riverside from Moreno Valley Unified School District, where she held the title of Chief Business Officer for four years. Prior to that, she served five years as an Assistant Superintendent for Beaumont Unified School District. She has also held titles such as Director of Business Services for the Riverside County Office of Education and Director of Fiscal Services/CBO for the Perris School District. Kakish started her Business Career as an auditor for school districts, and has worked in the realm of education finance for over 18 years. She has a degree in Business Administration with Concentration on Accounting from California State University San Bernardino.
In addition to her leadership role with the RUSD, she is actively involved as a Board member of the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center, serves as President of the ACSA Business Services Council, and serves on the California School Board Association’s Education Adequacy Committee.
Kakish’s main responsibilities will include 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 will also oversee financial aspects of the District’s facilities master plan, maintenance and operations, nutrition services, payroll, purchasing and transportation.
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-two 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 Director of Certificated 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.
Kyley brings to this position a balance of both technical knowledge of laws, contracts, and procedures along with strong and effective leadership.
Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction, K-12
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. He is well-known to RUSD, serving for most of his 23 years in education with RUSD. 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.
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.
Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Support
Renee Hill serves the Riverside Unified School District in the role of Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Support. She oversees and contributes to the work in the areas of Technology Services; Research, Assessments and Evaluation; Innovation and Learner Engagement; Custom Schools; and the Heritage Plan.
Ms. Hill joined RUSD in 1984 as a classroom teacher and became a site administrator before she was invited to work for an entrepreneur partnering with Motorola to invent digital cell phones.
With that company, she built cell tower sites throughout the US and Canada. In 1998 when the company was sold, Ms. Hill returned to the Riverside Unified School District as an elementary math specialist. She held the positions of Director of Program Improvement and English Learners; Director of Elementary Education; and Director of Research, Assessments and Evaluation before becoming Assistant Superintendent.
Ms. Hill has served on the Mayor’s task force for Early Reading Success, contributed to the citywide Completion Counts effort and serves on the Steering Committee leading the diversity initiative for the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council. She is an initiator and driving force behind the Heritage Plan, a program designed following attention brought to the fact that RUSD was not meeting the needs of African-American students to the same degree as the needs of other subgroups are met. Heritage strives to identify obstacles for African-American students and teach them how to navigate around them.
Ms. Hill holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of California, Riverside (UCR), a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UCR and a Sloan MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Ms. Hill co-authored a mathematics textbook for elementary grades and is a published author of many articles on Personalized Learning and other educational concerns. She belongs to numerous community and professional organizations and was recognized as the 2014 recipient of the Riverside Area School Managers (RASM) Administrator of the Year, Valuing Diversity. She is a long-time Riverside resident, has one grown son and one grandchild also living in Riverside.
Lynn Carmen Day, Chief Academic Officer
Mays Kakish, Chief Business Officer and Governmental Relations
Kyley Ybarra, Assistant Superintendent, Department of Personnel Leadership and Development
Antonio Garcia, Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction, K-12
Sergio San Martin, Assistant Superintendent, Operations
Tim Walker, Assistant Superintendent, Pupil Services & SELPA, Special Education
Renee Hill, Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Support