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.
Mays Kakish, named ACSA’s 2015 Business Services Administrator of the Year, comes to Riverside from Moreno ValleyUnified 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.
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. 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.
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 degree in 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.