We Believe in Inclusion!
Executive Director, SIP - Riverside County Office of Education
Kristin Brooks has been the driving force behind SIP’s success from 2014 to present, supporting and motivating grantees towards inclusion while leading to spectacular outcomes which have influenced the expansion of the SIP project. A seasoned professional, Kristin has dedicated the past 20 years to the education and inclusion of students with and without disabilities. Trained as a speech-language pathologist, she was instrumental in co-creating a pioneering inclusive preschool in southern California in 2005! A true believer in having organizational systems recognize their ‘self-imposed barriers’ while working to eliminate the same via transforming their culture, policies and practices, Kristin inspires and informs audiences by presenting at a range of statewide conferences and symposiums. Her diverse range of experience includes serving as a site level Administrator as well as a Special Education Director for the entire District. Always looking to widen impact and maximize benefits for all students, Kristin transitioned to statewide grant work supporting multiple local educational agencies (LEAs) through systems change to build, implement, sustain, and scale up services and programs toward inclusion and achievement. Kristin earned her master’s degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Redlands and is a candidate for a Doctorate in Leadership for Educational Justice.
Dr. Seema Kutty
Director, SIP - Riverside County Office of Education
Dr. Seema Kutty is a licensed educational psychologist with over 15 years of experience working in schools, non-profit and for-profit environments, having served in both direct care of students and families, as well as high-level management positions. Dr. Kutty firmly believes in creating systems that are accessible and provide equal opportunity for all. Having worked directly with students and families, Dr. Kutty is a strong believer in the power of early intervention particularly in social-communication skills. On the other hand, her work in management has affirmed her belief in building capacities of teams at different levels, creating effective bilateral communication channels, and judiciously employing integrated technological systems to create meaningful organizational change. Most recently, Dr. Kutty served as the Director of Operations for a national non-profit organization focused on providing behavioral-health services. While managing multiple teams serving 3500+ clients and a network of behavioral-health providers, her main areas of expertise included working cross-functionally across teams and levels of management to drive complex projects to successful outcomes, identifying innovative solutions, and using data-driven strategies as well as performance-based coaching/techniques to revitalize culture, drive organizational efficiencies, and achieve targets.
Director of Program Supports - El Dorado County SELPA/Charter SELPA
Kevin Schaefer is currently the Director of Program Support for the El Dorado County/Charter SELPAs. In this role, Mr. Schaefer works diligently to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities through providing high quality leadership and support to the California Department of Education and LEAs throughout the state. Additionally, he provides organizational support through his work in promoting continuous improvement processes and alignment of initiatives that focus on creating enabling least restrictive environments that honor the diversity of learners across general and special education settings. Mr. Schaefer believes that data-based decision-making, open and honest communication pathways, vulnerability-based trust and self-reflection among team members, deep level family engagement, and ongoing analysis of organizational culture, practice, and policy development is foundational to this work. His varied background as a special education teacher, administrator and national/state technical assistance provider has led to expertise in the areas of systems change and inclusive educational practices that result in educational benefit for all students.