Dr. Adriana Cervantes-González is starting her 20th year as an educator serving faculty, students, families, and communities in preK-12 and higher education settings throughout the Central Valley of California. Dr. Cervantes-González is an Adjunct Professor at California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) for the Kremen School of Education & Human Development and is the Partnership Liaison for the South Valley Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) at the Fresno State Visalia Campus. Dr. Cervantes-González has been a key faculty member in establishing new partnerships with this innovative program launching its first cohorts for elementary teacher education beginning Fall 2018. Dr. Cervantes-González also serves as a Board of Directors member and Co-Vice President of CLEAR, is a member of the CLEAR 2020 Strategic Planning Task Force Team, and serves as CLEAR’s a representative on the Fix School Discipline Coalition work group – focused on Educational Policy with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Adriana’s professional career has included positions with the Office of University Grants and Research at Fresno State where she coordinated efforts of federal, state, and local grants. Adriana has previously held counseling and adjunct faculty positions at Fresno State, and Porterville Community College. Adriana has also served as a substitute teacher, Counselor, and Learning Director for Tulare County schools. Adriana earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) at Fresno State. Her research interests include equity, social justice education, pre-service teachers, and Latina/o students’ educational pipeline schooling experiences in shaping college choice. Adriana’s passion is to continue working collaboratively with preK-20 practitioners, community stakeholders, and research scholars towards improving college access opportunities & degree completion for all students. She resides in Tulare County with her husband, Dr. Jesus Gonzalez who is also an educator, and their four children; Neftaly (age 15), Diego & Joaquin (twins age 14), and Carlos (age 12).
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.
Peter Flores III, M.A., CCPEP
Peter Flores III is a K-12 Educational leader who advocates for transformative leadership, cultural proficiency, and social justice to achieve equity and access for all students. Peter presented twice 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.” He is a Senior Associate for the Center for Culturally Proficient Educational Practice (CCPEP) and recently was invited by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) to help develop the framework for the ACSA Equity Academy. He presently serves as member of the State Superintendent’s Transition Team for Closing the Achievement Gap.
As a teacher, he taught at Everett Alvarez High School in Salinas, California and Soledad High School, in Soledad, California. While at Soledad High School, he was a nominee for the 2007 Ercia Harden Memorial Teaching Excellence Award and a finalist for the Bay Area Teacher of the Year. 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.
Jesús González Jr., Ed.D.
Dr. Jesús González Jr. currently serves as a school site administrator in the Central San Joaquin Valley. He has served as an adjunct Professor for the CSU Fresno Kremen School of Education & Human Development working with Graduate student-teacher candidates. Jesús began his career as an educator 20 years ago at an inner city school with Fresno Unified School District, and has since held various teaching, coaching, and administrative positions in the intermediate and secondary grade levels. After having served students as a teacher for 11 years, Jesús assumed leadership roles as migrant coordinator, then area administrator for the Tulare County Office of Education, Migrant Education Department. His responsibilities encompassed working with multiple school districts in Kings and Tulare Counties to ensure equity in educational opportunities for migrant K-12 students.
Jesús earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D) at CSU Fresno. His research interests include college choice of high achieving students of color attending selective universities, cultural competence, equity and leadership training for school leaders. Jesús serves on the CLEAR Advisory Board and the 2020 Strategic Planning Task Force Team.
Janell Morillo, Ed.D.
Dr. Janell Morillo is the Associate Vice President for Student Health, Counseling and Wellness for Student Affairs Administration at Fresno State. Janell has over 24 years of higher education experience serving as an administrator, center director, program coordinator and faculty member. Previously, she served as the campus coordinator of Academic Advising, where she conducted a university report, “Fresno State Advising Report: An Examination of the Practices and Opportunities to Support Student Success.”
Prior to that, she was coordinator of the Liberal Studies Program, lecturer in the Department of Counselor Education and Rehabilitation, and director of the Education Student Services Center. She was recognized in 2006 with the University’s Outstanding Advisor Award, served as two-time President of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and has served on numerous University committees, including chairing the Student Success Summit committee.
In addition to her involvement with the CLEAR Mentoring Program, Dr. Morillo serves as a mentor in the University Mentoring Program, and has contributed to various student success initiatives. She is a Central Valley native whose passion has been in education and advising, while becoming a three-time alumna at Fresno State.
Taylor Martin was born and raised in Fresno, California. She treasures her roots, the diversity and life’s experiences growing up in the Central Valley. She is current college student, pursuing a Bachelors’ Degree in Sociology at CSU Fresno. She is dedicated to supporting communities near and far in areas of education, health and social justice. Whether it’s supporting businesses, individuals, or community organizations, her career goals are to create, innovate and facilitate plans to mobilize positivity.
Her dedication and intersectional advocacy for social justice stems from her experiences living in Fresno, California and from being an African American woman. Living with and alongside people from diverse cultural backgrounds has exposed her to the beauty and needs of other groups. Her involvement and dedication to CLEAR’s advocacy for equity and social change has supported her endeavors to make positive impacts in her community and beyond.
Valerie Rivas Martínez is a school administrator dedicated to serving students from all backgrounds through transformation of school systems, commitment to equity and achieving sustainable access. She has served as principal of Baird Middle School in Fresno, California since 2013. During that time, she led her school to be named an AVID National Demonstration School, a California Gold Ribbon School in 2017 and a California Distinguished School in 2019. Valerie is a former social worker who chose the educational arena in the hopes of making a greater impact. She has five beautiful children who were born to her, and countless others who adopted her along the way. She considers herself one very lucky human being.
JoJo Reyes, Ed.D.
Dr. Jose “JoJo” Reyes is the Director of Special Education and Student Support Services in Mendota Unified. 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 School District in Fresno, CA. In this leadership position, Dr. Reyes was responsible for supporting K‐12 and Adult Education programs. He is currently in his 20th year of education having served many leadership roles in the K-12, Adult and post-secondary settings. Experiences include Head Varsity Coach, Teacher, Guidance Learning Counselor, Vice-Principal, Regional Vice-Principal, Principal, Director and Adjunct Faculty. Dr. Reyes specializes in relationship building, instructional leadership, mentoring, school‐wide structural supports, 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 four active teenage students. 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 CLEAR Mentor and is a member of the CLEAR 2020 Strategic Planning Task Force Team. His research interests are in the areas of equity and school-wide structures to create pathways for success for all students. Dr. Reyes continues to work with schools, organizations and community partners in to support underrepresented k-12 and adult populations.