Kenneth Magdaleno, Ed.D. – Founder/CEO
Dr. Kenneth R. Magdaleno most recently served as Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at California State University, Fresno in addition to serving as Co-Director of the Collaborative Online Doctorate in Educational Leadership (CODEL) under development at CSU Channel Islands and CSU Fresno. Dr. Magdaleno earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from UCLA and is the founding Executive Director of the Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR). Published works include Educational Leaders and the Acknowledgement Gap (in press, Journal of School Leadership, 2015) and Mentoring Latina and Latino Leaders in Keeping and Improving Tomorrow’s School Leaders (Rowman and Littlefield Education, 2010). His primary research interests are areas of critical race theory, social justice, leadership mentoring and developing educational leaders of color.
Beatriz S. Chaidez, Ed.D. – Director,
Dr. Beatriz S. Chaidez is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources for the San Jose Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD). She possesses a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Fresno, a Master’s Degree from Fresno Pacific University and earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from University of California, Davis.
Dr. Chaidez has a broad range of experience as a teacher and as K-12 school administrator and most recently the California Community College system. Her career began as a teacher of a Two Way Bilingual Immersion program. Her teaching experienced included first grade through middle school and as a high school English Language Development (ELD) teacher.
Subsequently, Dr. Chaidez became a high school principal at her alma mater Tranquillity High School. Over the span of thirteen years she served Superintendent/Principal of Raisin City Elementary School District, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for Sacramento City Unified School District and Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Salinas City Elementary School District. Her varied background and educational expertise brings the highest level of commitment to serve in public education.
She is happily married to Juan Manuel Chaidez, a fellow educator, principal of Lincoln Elementary School, Salinas California. They are the proud parents of eight-year old, Juan de Dios Chaidez.
Peter Flores III, Ed.D. – Director,
Dr. 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 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 is a Senior Associate for the Center for Culturally Proficient Educational Practice (CCPEP) and serves on the board of 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. He presently serves as member of the State Superintendent’s Transition Team for Closing the Achievement Gap. He co-authored ACSA Leadership articles titled “Overcoming Barriers to Change” and “Leading from the Strawberry Fields: Transformative Leadership from Santa Maria.”Dr. Flores 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. He also previously served in the United States Navy as a Command Master Chief. He attended the Senior Enlisted Leadership Academy where he earned the Excellence in Achievement award. Master Chief Flores is an Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom war Veteran who earned numerous personal decorations, unit and campaign awards, and retired after 25-years of honorable service.
Mahmoud Suleiman, Ph.D. – Director, Research Division and
Editor of the Journal of Leadership, Equity and Research
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.
Amy Callahan – VP of Business Development and Strategy
Amy Callahan serves as a California Strategic Partner and Senior Account Manager for Central California for Renaissance Learning.
Mother, educational consultant, equity advocate and former teacher in California, Texas, and Hawaii.
Amy is recognized for her advocacy and outreach in the areas of equity and access, diversity and inclusion, as well as expanded learning and community partnerships in education.
Amy’s passion and devotion is to building collective impact community models for all students especially those that are underrepresented and underserved.
Currently, Amy is the convener of 805 READS!, a collective impact community literacy model with participation from 11 communities, 66,465 students and their families with over 3,890,896 minutes and 436,210 books accessed since COVID (March 13, 2020).
Amy also serves as a member of the Ventura Unified School District Superintendent Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) and is a Ventura Unified School District Trustee Candidate for her alma matter and hometown district.
Jenny Baquera – Program Manager
Jenny Baquera, became part of CLEAR in August 2012. Jenny started as Executive Assistant, and her role has been ever changing and evolving. As Program Manager, she is responsible for assisting in the development and evaluation of programs. Jenny also has served on the Advisory Board of CLEAR. She has a Master’s in Social Work and PPS Credential.
Taylor Martin – CYPC Program Facilitator
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.