Benay Loftus, Program Administrator, Antelope Valley SELPA
Benay Loftus is the Antelope Valley SELPA Program Administrator and received both her Masters’ Degrees in Psychology and Educational Leadership in 1993 and 2003 respectively from California State University Northridge. She began her career with the Lancaster School District as a school psychologist. She spent nine years in that position becoming an administrator in Lancaster School District in 2002. Benay spent eleven more years with the Lancaster School District as a special education and early childhood administrator prior to becoming the SELPA administrator in 2013, where she provides support to the ten member districts of the Antelope Valley SELPA. She serves on the Executive Board of the SELPA Administrators of California and represents the organization as liaison with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). Additionally, she currently serves as the Greater Los Angeles Area SELPAs (GLAAS) co-chair for the Non-Public Schools Rate Reconsideration Committee.
Debra Rondeau, Assistive Technology Specialist, Antelope Valley SELPA
Debra Rondeau, is an Assistive Technology Specialist for the Antelope Valley SELPA. She started her career as a Multiple Subject Teacher and then moved into Special Education as an Adaptive PE Teacher. Developing a passion for students with special needs, she worked as an Orthopedic Impairment Specialist assisting students in physically accessing their educational environment before transitioning into the role as an Assistive Technology Specialist. As the SELPA Assistive Technology Specialist, Mrs. Rondeau supports member districts, organizes professional development in the areas of AT/AAC, conducts difficult AT Assessments, oversees low incidence equipment, and collaborates with districts in improving practices and outcomes for students with disabilities in the areas of Universal Design and Assistive Technology.
Marci Zeppegno, Program Manager, Humboldt County Office of Education
Marci Zeppegno is a Program Manager for Prevention and Intervention Services at the Humboldt County Office of Education. In this role she supports districts in school climate transformation work. She is a trainer and coach in Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a certified trainer with the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP), a trainer and coach in PBIS, and a Region 1 Lead and certified coach for CA MTSS. Prior to this position she was an education specialist for over twenty years working with students in preschool up through high school. She received her M.Ed. at Cal Poly Humboldt.