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Special Education Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Capistrano Unified School District

Approval of:

  • Ann Carroll
  • Mina Carson
  • Roxanne Cortez
  • Kelly Ferjulian
  • Lisa Klipfel
  • Shadi Pourkashef
  • Satcey Rojo
  • Rachael Sutherland
  • Michelle Tieri

The Community Advoisory Committee (CAC) is a collaborative partnership of parents, educators, and community members.

The purpose of the CAC is:

To review the local plan, this describes the local policies,    procedures and programs that are consistent with state laws, regulations, and policies for Special Education. Across California, every Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) is required to   establish a CAC.

Provide parent education opportunities, give families an opportunity to communicate with district administrators, connect with other parents, and share resources and support.

Support activities on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs.

This group is also connected with PTA. Each school has a special education parent representative for their site. That representative attends meetings, reports back to the site’s PTA, helps connect parents of other students with special needs and helps to bridge the gap between the general education, and special education community.


The Special Education CAC is a positive force that works to enlighten the general school population about special education issues.  The Special Education Representative at each school site is a liaison between school district and local PTA/PTSA units and families with special needs. The CAC helps to bridge the gap between general and special education and offer educational opportunities of interest to special education families.   The Special Education Representative is a PTA/PTSA committee or board member on the local unit roster.
CAC Mission

To foster positive connections and awareness of special education among students, parents and CUSD and to provide guidance in special education so all students become successful life-long learners.
Special Education Representative Responsibilities

• Attend monthly Special Education CAC meetings at the district office and report back to local unit with regard to programs and assistance provided by the district.
• Build a bridge between parents in general education and parents in Special Education.
• Write or provide articles for school newsletter concerning issues relating to people with disabilities.
• Develop a special education committee at school site to provide support.
• Develop an Ability Awareness program at school site to help the community feel more comfortable and accepting of students who live with disabilities.
• Assist with and promote awareness of legislative issues relating to special education.
• Work with school personnel to create awareness among staff of the needs of all children.
• Work with PTA/PTSA to present parent education programs. Bring in guest speakers and special programs for both parents of general and special education.
For more information or to apply visit CUSD Special Education website:

2016-17 Committee

President -  Ellen Gravitt

Executive VP - Kristine Mussoline

Recording Secretary - Melissa Caldwell

Treasurer - Ann Nguyen

Auditor - Elizabeth Mordock

Parliamentarian - Barb Schafer  

Historian - Kimberly Pearson

Arts Advocate - Courtney Fielder

Communication - Kathy Westling

Community Outreach - Katherine Amoukteh

Convention - Dan Snyder

Directory - Traci Tindall

Founders Day

Kara Ahmann
Katherine Amoukteh 
Sue Hill 
GRIP Liaison - Ed Molina

Honorary Service Awards - OPEN

Hospitality - Traci Tindall

Legislative Advocacy

Kathy Brevoort 
Tammy Orrill 
Michele Ploessel-Campbell 
Mona Reiger 
Cindy Dopf
Parent Education
Debbie Bursey
Sue Hill 

PTA Mentors

Aliso Niguel Family

Luci Vees
Courtney Fielder 

Capistrano Valley Family

Sue McNair
Dana Hills Family
Bonnie Small

San Clemente Family

Sue Hill 

San Juan Hills Family

Debbie Bursey 

Tesoro Family - Tonya Pierce


Courtney Fielder 
Jodie Goodwin 


Gayle Paride
Kari Ruskin 

Senior Scholarships

Special Education - Veronica Hoggatt