Graduate students talk “Top 5 Issues” with superintendents


insight from local school leaders

Dean’s Leadership Advisory Council Meets Kremen Graduate Students To Talk Issues

On September 8, leading school district Superintendents from across the region will gather online to share with Kremen graduate students trends and issues worthy of research in today’s school context. Students are encouraged to login and listen to ways leaders are framing today’s challenges and positing new questions to be addressed as we emerge from a COVID era of online teaching.

When: September 8, 2021
Zoom Meeting ID: 685 015 6630
Zoom URL:
Time: 1 – 2 pm
(Time will be allotted at the end for student questions and answers.)

Following the presentation, Kremen students will remain online to discuss next steps, research appropriate methodology, partnership and other relevant matters regarding inter-institutional research.

Superintendents Leading the Valley

Meet our valley’s educational leaders and gain insight on regional issues.

John Campbell, Superintendent
Kings Canyon Unified School District

John Campbell earned a bachelor’s degree in History, Single Subject Teaching Credential, Administrative Services Credential and master’s degree in Education, here at Fresno State. Dedicated to education, he has been serving as Superintendent of Kings Canyons Unified since 2017.

Andy Di Meo, Administrator, Human Resources Development
Visalia Unified School District

Andy Di Meo is no stranger to Fresno State. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Administrative Services Credential and master’s degree in Education right here in Fresno. Di Meo currently serves as an administrator for the Human Resources Department at Visalia Unified.

Adela Jones, Superintendent
Sanger Unified School District

Adela Jones began teaching in 1984 and shortly after began teaching in Sanger Unified. After holding multiple roles within the district, she has now been serving the district as Superintendent for three years. Jones is also a Fresno State graduate, earning her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and an Administrative Services Credential as a bulldog.

Todd Lile, Superintendent
Madera Unified School District

Todd Lile began working in education as a special education paraprofessional in Madera Unified and then taught for thirteen years. After pursuing higher education, Lile traveled globally with his wife. When he came back to the Central Valley, he held multiple roles in Madera Unified; Vice Principal, Principal, Chief Academic Officer and now Superintendent.

Bob Nelson, Superintendent
Fresno Unified School  District

Bob Nelson became Fresno Unified’s Superintendent in 2017. Prior to his appointment, Nelson served Fresno Unified for over 23 years, holding various roles including teacher, Vice Principal, Principal, Human Resources Administrator and Chief of Staff. His roots are deep with Fresno State. He is a bulldog alumnus and earned his Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, master’s degree in Education, and Administrative Services Credential at Fresno State.

Eimear O’Farrell, Superintendent
Clovis Unified School District

Eimear O’Farrell, the Ireland native, has worked in education for almost forty years. She first came to the United States in 1993 and fell in love with teaching her elementary class in Fresno. She then taught in both Fresno Unified and Clovis Unified schools. Today, she has served Clovis Unified as its Superintendent for four years.

Lindsay Sanders, Chief of Equity and Access
Fresno Unified School District

Lindsay Sanders has worked for Fresno Unified for over twenty years. She held roles as a teacher, volleyball coach, Head Counselor, Vice Principal, Principal, and since 2018, she has served as Chief of Equity and Access. Sanders pursued her education at Fresno State and graduated with a Single Subject Teaching Credential, Administrative Services Credential and a master’s degree in Education.

Wesley Sever, Superintendent
Kingsburg Elementary Charter School District

Wesley Sever has proudly served as Superintendent in Kingsburg since 2012. Sever will forever be a Bulldog. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fresno State in addition to a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision, Administrative Services Credential, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Dedi Somavia, Assistant Superintendent
Visalia Unified School District  

Debi Somavia has been an educator for 24 years; she has served Visalia Unified for the last 20 years in a variety of roles including Administrator of Human Resources, Elementary School Principal, Assistant Principal, Curriculum Coach and an elementary school teacher. Somavia holds a master’s degree in Education, a Reading Specialist Credential, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and an Administrative Services Credential from Fresno State.