AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

Advancement Via Individual Determination

California Division

Welcome to the California Division!

View our California Snapshot to see our statewide impact.




AVID Showcases provide an opportunity for educators to see an AVID implementation, share best practices, and learn more about AVID hands-on. The Showcase experience includes AVID Elective and content class observations and a chance to speak with experienced AVID site team members and students.



If you want to know more about how AVID works for teachers and students to improve school culture and performance or are considering implementing AVID in your school or district, or are a current AVID school and want to gain insight from another AVID implementation, register for an upcoming AVID Showcase.


Date Location School




Mar. 9, 2018 Whittier, CA Richard L. Graves Middle School
Mar. 13, 2018 Live Oak, CA Luther Elementary School
Mar. 19, 2018 Santa Ana, CA Villa Fundamental Intermediate School
Mar. 21, 2018 Stockton, CA Edison High School

California Division


9797 Aero Dr., Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: (858) 380-4800
Fax: (858) 268-2265

Name Position Phone Email





Kenn Young Chief Division Support Officer/Senior Division Director (858) 654-5049 [email protected]
Gail Shenkman Assistant California Division Director (858) 380-4726 [email protected]
Anna Lotti CA State Director (925) 548-7261 [email protected]
Kathy Josephson Assistant State Director (661) 809-2699 [email protected]
Timothy Bias Assistant State Director (909) 296-1439
[email protected]
Louisa Urbani Division Liaison
(707) 478-7129 [email protected]
Shonnel Oson Administrative Assistant II (858) 380-4773 [email protected]
Robyn Grand Administrative Assistant II (858) 380-4717 [email protected]
Areli Dohner-Chavez Program Manager (209) 606-6475 [email protected]
Carmen Serret-Lopez Program Manager (858) 633-0137 [email protected]
Carrie Barnett Program Manager (858) 633-0138 [email protected]
Cindy Beardslee Program Manager (858) 380-4809 [email protected]
Hazel Giusto Program Manager (661) 466-7940 [email protected]
Lisa Faith Program Manager (505) 238-3136 [email protected]
Mercy Jesswani Program Manager (510) 219-8344 [email protected]
Rachel Quinto Program Manager (559) 260-2598 [email protected]
Sheryl Peters Program Manager (858) 633-0089 [email protected]
Traci Grove Program Manager (858) 380-4714 [email protected]
Tinisha Hamberlin Program Manager (858) 654-5039 [email protected]

California Partner Websites


Capital Metro Area: (916) 228-2761, www.scoe.net/avid

RIMS: (909) 386-2632, www.rimsavid.org

LACOE: (562) 922-6554, http://www.lacoe.edu/CurriculumInstruction/AVID.aspx

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