Board of Directors
Adriana Cervantes-González, Ed.D.
Dr. Adriana Cervantes-González comes to our organization with 20 years as an educator serving faculty, students, families, and communities in both K-12 and higher education settings.
Dr. Cervantes-González is currently a Faculty member at California State University, Bakersfield for the School of Social Sciences and Education where she is the lead Faculty for the Teacher Residency for Rural Education (TRRE) Project. This innovative project is a partnership between the California Center on Teaching Careers at the Tulare County Office of Education, CSU-Bakersfield, and the Visalia Unified School District. Prior to joining the faculty at CSU-Bakersfield, Dr. Cervantes-González served as the Liaison for the South Valley Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) for Fresno State University and as Adjunct Faculty with Fresno Pacific University working with students in the development of methods and processes for conducting social science research. She has been a key faculty member in establishing strong university partnerships through the development and implementation of these innovative programs with a focus on growing and diversifying the teacher pipeline. She has also served as a high school counselor and school site administrator in a large urban district where she led the development of schoolwide needs assessments and training of the English Learner Advisory Council.
As an active Board of Directors member of two non-profit organizations; The Center for Leadership Equity and Research and the Central California Food Bank, Dr. Cervantes-González serves her community regionally. In 2020, she was selected for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing’s work group for the revisions to the California Standards for the Teaching Profession. In this capacity, she has been collaborating with educators from throughout the state by offering her expertise in examining teaching standards from other states and providing recommendations that include California’s current context and changing demographics. Dr. Cervantes-González is Certified by the Center for Culturally Proficient Education Practice and continues to use the tools of cultural proficiency and strategically works with stakeholders on issues of equity to foster transformational organizational change. Her advocacy, professional and consulting work includes an intentional focus in the praxis of culturally responsive teaching pedagogies and culturally relevant practices in order to effectively serve the demographic groups represented in schools. She has been an invited keynote and expert panelist on topics from parents as partners to diversifying the teacher pipeline, to culturally proficient practices for school leaders.
Peter Flores III, M.A., CCPEP
Peter Flores III, Ed.D., is a K-12 Education administrator and teacher who advocates for transformative leadership, cultural proficiency, and social justice in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion to achieve equity and access for all students. He holds a B.S. in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College; a M.Ed. from Ashford University; and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from CSU Fresno.
Dr. Flores has presented at the International Cultural Proficiency Institute, facilitated at the Institute for Equity in Education, and co-facilitated cultural proficiency training at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles as part of the Tools for Tolerance for Educators program.
He co-authored ACSA Leadership articles titled “Overcoming Barriers to Change” and “Leading from the Strawberry Fields: Transformative Leadership from Santa Maria” and a chapter titled, The Role of Formal and Nonformal leaders in Creating Culturally Proficient Educational Practices (IGI Global). He is a Senior Associate for the Center for Culturally Proficient Educational Practice (CCPEP) and Director of Equity for the Center for Leadership Equity and Research (CLEAR). He was invited by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) to help develop the framework for the ACSA Equity Academy and served as member of the State Superintendent’s Transition Team for Closing the Achievement Gap.
He has served in administrative positions at Soledad High School, and Phillips Freedom Community Day School and Flamson Middle School, in Paso Robles, California. He served as Assistant Principal of Santa Maria High School prior to being promoted to his current position, as Director of Student Services of the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District on the California central coast.
Craig Greenwood, Former Vice President of Partnerships and Alliances for Illuminate Education, is a senior sales & business development leader with over 30 years experience working with organizations that serve educators and students. His work experience includes executive level positions at Apple, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Panasonic, and most recently, Illuminate Education. He has been recognized for excellence in building alliances with key school districts and supporting associations through team collaboration and leadership. Craig currently serves as an advisor to Horizon Education.
Abram Jimenez, Ed.D.
Abram Jimenez, Ed.D. serves as Vice President at Curriculum Associates, where he works with district leadership teams across the country to advance equitable outcomes for all students. Previously, Dr. Jimenez served as the Senior Executive Director of Continuous Improvement in the New York City Department of Education. During his tenure, Abram worked on the NYCDOE’s Comprehensive School Support Plan and spearheaded the agency’s 1,800 school Comprehensive Education Plan. Dr. Jimenez served as Chief of Schools in the San Francisco Unified School District, where he provided supervision and support to the local Assistant Superintendents and schools. In Los Angeles, Dr. Jimenez worked with Mayor Villaraigosa at the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a transformation organization within the Los Angeles Unified School District, supporting school improvement efforts in South Central Los Angeles, Watts, and East Los Angeles. Abram also worked as Vice President of Illuminate Education, supporting the district leadership teams effectuate strategic planning goals and meeting the unique needs of various educational communities.
Dr. Jimenez holds a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Education from UCLA, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego; and a Doctorate in K-12 Urban Leadership from the University of Southern California (USC).
Terri Kimber-Edwards has been a Fresno Unified educator for the last 26 years. Her leadership roles have included elementary Teacher, Vice Principal and Principal. As an Administrator, she became passionate about supporting all students, particularly those considered to be at-risk (or, in her words, “at-potential”). Currently, she serves as Administrator of Fresno Unified Parent University to empower, engage, and connect families in support of student achievement.
Her passion for education stems from her work with diverse communities and student populations. Her professional memberships include the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) and the Center for Leadership, Equity and Research (CLEAR). She is a founding member of the FUSD African American Network Group and coordinates the annual African American Family Conference. In addition, she is a John Maxwell certiﬁed speaker, trainer and mentor. Her educational background from Fresno State includes a Multiple Subjects teaching credential, a Bachelor’s Degree in Communicative Disorders and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration/Supervision. Her November/December 2016 ACSA publication in Leadership titled “Communicating Connecting with Parents,” promotes positive parent engagement and support between the home and school site.
Edwards is married and has two beautiful daughters, also Fresno Uniﬁed graduates. She credits her love of learning to strong, committed parents that instilled the importance of social justice, education and community. She is the proud daughter of former Fresno City Councilman and community-invested parents, Lesly and Pauline Kimber.
JoJo Reyes, Ed.D.
Dr. Jose “JoJo” Reyes is the Director of Special Education and Student Support Services in Mendota Unified, CA. Dr. Reyes role is to provide district-wide vision and leadership to support all students and staff. Structures, collaboration, equity and access, instructional strategies, and increasing staff professional growth have been priorities in his position. Prior to Mendota, Dr. Reyes was the Director of Adult Education and Alternative Programs in Central Unified, CA. Dr. Reyes has twenty plus years of education experience and has had several leadership roles. His experiences include Head Varsity Football Coach, Teacher, Guidance Learning Counselor, Vice-Principal, Regional Vice-Principal, Principal, Director and Adjunct Faculty. Dr. Reyes specializes in relationship building, cultural proficiency and equity, instructional leadership, mentoring, school‐wide structural support, dealing with difficult students, teacher pedagogy and overall capacity building. As a former United States Marine, Dr. Reyes believes that the ability to provide a service which ultimately makes a change in a person’s life is very empowering. He and his wife Michele, who is also in education, have one son and three daughters. Dr. Reyes holds an undergraduate degree in Speech Communication, Master of Arts in Special Education, and a Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Autism.
Dr. Reyes also serves as a Center for Leadership Equity and Research Mentor and Board member. His research interests are in the areas of equity, special needs, ethnic studies, cultural proficiency and school-wide structures to create pathways for success for all students. Current projects include working with the American Institutes for Research, early literacy, ethnic studies seminars, cultural proficiency, strength based pedagogy for students and Network Improvement Communities with WestEd. Dr. Reyes continues to work with schools, organizations and community partners to support P-12 and adult populations.
Timona Martin’s career in education spans 25 years. At the present, she serves as a Vice-Principal at Baird Middle School in Fresno Unified. Reflecting on the decision to become an educator, she recalls it was the need to see teachers of color in our schools, “because it does make a difference.” “The difference I wanted to make was the difference my fifth-grade teacher, an African American male, made for me. He is the reason I love reading, but more importantly it was the self-confidence he instilled in me that buoyed my academic confidence. “
“Literacy as a social justice issue is often understated”. Her work with the Fresno Unified A4 office and Springboard Collaborative, focused on the opportunity gap in communities of color and highlighted the importance of continuous access to learning at home and school to counteract the reading losses over the summer. “I am passionate about the work that is happening outside of the regular school day, and we truly need leaders who are invested in advancing learning communities so that our children will reach both their academic and personal potential.”
“I have been given the exceptional opportunity to be a member of CLEAR and learn with some of the greatest educators, parents, students, and community organizations who give tirelessly to meet the diverse needs of all learners.”
Mahmoud Suleiman, Ph.D.
Dr. Mahmoud Suleiman is a professor of teacher education at California State University, Bakersfield. He earned his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 1993. He previously taught at the Maricopa Community College District, AZ; Arizona State University, Tempe; and Fort Hays State University, KS. He joined CSUB in 1999 and has taught a variety of credential and graduate courses in the areas of multiculturalism, reading/literacy, action research, instructional leadership, second language acquisition, standard-based education reform, among others. He also published extensively in some of these areas. His current research foci include equityand social justice, cultural proficiencyand multicutrual literacy, and global education inititatives among others. During his tenure at CSUB, he served as Director of the Multiple Subject Credential Program and as Chair of the Teacher Education Department as well as Chair of the Advanced Educational Studies. He is a Fulbright Scholar (2009/2010) and completed his residency at the Bahrain Teachers College, University of Bahrain, Bahrain, as well as Fulbright Scholar (2016/2017) at the Faculty of Educational Sciences and Teachers’ Training, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine.