CAC News

VENTURA COUNTY SELPA, August/September 2021


A collaborative partnership of

school districts, staff, students, parents/families, and community agencies

Supporting Equitable Learning, Programs and Access

for ALL students.


Welcome Back to the 2021-2022 school year! As you are settling into your school year please know that the CAC is here to support you!

Please welcome our newly elected executive board:

2021-2022 CAC BOARD

Carole Shelton, Chair

Agency Representative

Rainbow Connection Family Resource Center

Lee Ann Holland, Vice-Chair

Parent Representative

Conejo Valley Unified School District

Vacant, Recording Secretary

Myra Medina, Membership Secretary

Agency Representative

California Children’s Services

Amanda Alfred, Treasurer

Parent Representative

Pleasant Valley Elementary District

Lynda Karl, Parliamentarian

Agency Representative

Rainbow Connection Family Resource Center

Flavia Seawright,

Public Information Officer

Parent Representative

Pleasant Valley Elementary District

What is the CAC?

The Ventura County SELPA has a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) that facilitates communication between districts and families, has regular meetings to discuss issues with SELPA leadership, and provides parent trainings on topics such as the IEP process, behavior strategies, life after high school and social skills. The CAC promotes services and resources for special education students and their families.

Who is in the CAC?

  • Parents/guardians of individuals with disabilities (the majority)
  • Representatives of agencies that serve people with disabilities
  • School staff

How can I participate?

Members of the public are always welcome to attend CAC meetings and give public comments. CAC Meetings are governed by the Brown Act and only items on the agenda will be discussed. Staff may follow-up as needed. If you prefer to speak with a CAC member privately or by phone, call the SELPA office at (805) 437-1560 for contact information, including the name of your school district representative.


Kim DeAnda

Kim DeAnda serves as the VC SELPA Program Specialist. She comes to the position after working within the SELPA team as a Social Emotional Services Specialist for the past 7 school years. Kim is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who also is in the process of completing licensure as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Kim’s role as the program specialist is in a variety of areas including supporting the recent expansion of the Social Emotional and Behavioral Services at the SELPA.

Jeanine Murphy

Jeanine Murphy comes to VCOE after serving as the District Mental Health Clinician for Ojai Unified School District for the past 15 years. She has worked with children and their families in a variety of settings and is excited to be part of the SELPA team. Her new role, providing Alternative Dispute Resolution Services (ADR) to families and districts, utilizes the process of collaboration, consultation and communication to resolve Individualized Education Program (IEP) disagreements.

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Sign Up for Emails from the Ventura County SELPA

The Ventura County SELPA is dedicated to providing information and support to families and caregivers of students with disabilities so that they can be informed partners in the educational process of their children. There are numerous activities and resources that are provided to fulfill that mission.

Sign up to receive announcements of informational items for families directly to your email.

Rainbow Connection Family Resource Center

For more information and to register or for ongoing Support Groups, Training & Activities go to:

Call: 805-485-9643 or 800-332-3679


Tri-Counties Regional Center

Tri-Counties Regional Center is one of twenty-one non-profit regional centers in California providing lifelong services and supports for people with developmental disabilities residing in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

TCRC provides person and family-centered supports for individuals with developmental disabilities to maximize opportunities and choices for living, working, learning, and recreating in the community.

Register Here For Regional Email Alerts

Re-Opening Tri-Counties Regional Center Offices

All TCRC offices have re-opened to the public. While drop-in visitors are welcome, we do encourage you to make appointments in advance.

On-Call Managers
Simi Valley Office: (805) 456-8020
Oxnard Office: (805) 456-8021

Early Start Program – Newborn to Age 3, No Referral Needed

Are you concerned about your child's development? Does any aspect of their speech, physical abilities, behavior, or any other area seem delayed? We want you to know that the Tri-Counties Regional Center Early Start program is here to identify and treat developmental delays in children 0-3 years of age. These services are free; there is no cost to you. Our clinical and intake teams are fully operational. Please share the word that anyone may refer to our Early Start program. If you are concerned about your child’s development, visit our Connect with an Intake Coordinator web page. Learn more about our Early Start program here.

State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)

Welcome to SCDD!

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need.

Consumers know best what supports and services they need to live independently and to actively participate in their communities. Through advocacy, capacity building and systemic change, SCDD works to achieve a consumer and family-based system of individualized services, supports, and other assistance.


Californians with developmental disabilities are guaranteed the same full and equal opportunities for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as all Americans.


The Council advocates, promotes and implements policies and practices that achieve self-determination, independence, productivity and inclusion in all aspects of community life for Californians with developmental disabilities and their families


To nominate someone (Teacher, Student, Parent, Specialist) for "going above and beyond" in serving special education students and/or families, please click here.

Ventura County SELPA

The Ventura County SELPA office is responsible for the implementation of the Ventura County Special Education Local Plan, and for ensuring a free appropriate public education to all students with identified disabilities according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act PL 94-142 (amended by PL 108-446, 2004).

Emily Mostovoy-Luna - Associate Superintendent
Sarah Fontenot- Administrative Assistant III

Local Plan Implementation
Interagency Coordination, Policies & Procedures
SELPA Office Operations
Related Staff: Adapted PE Teachers, Assistive Technology Assessment Center,
Orientation & Mobility Specialists, Residential Placement Consultants

Regina Reed - Director of Personnel Development
Barbara Rush - Administrative Assistant II

Program & Personnel Development
Early Start
Related Services Staff: Social/Emotional Services Specialists, DHH Teachers

Joanna Della Gatta - Director of Technical Support and Transition
Evangelina Diaz Ortiz - Administrative Assistant II

SIRAS Support, Forms & Instructions
Private Schools
Pattern of Strengths & Weaknesses Model
WorkAbility Program
Related Services Staff: Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, WorkAbility Specialists

Kim DeAnda - Program Specialist

Jeanine Murphy-Coordinator: Family, Student, School Collaboration
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Services