Judy Mantle, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Education, National University

Dr. Judy Mantle is the dean of National University’s School of Education (SOE). Her ties to National University go back to 1984 when she first joined the University as an adjunct faculty member, eventually serving as full-time faculty and department chair for 12 years. She chaired the Department of Reading and Specialized Education Programs, which eventually grew to become known as Special Programs and encompassed special education, educational technology, school counseling, and school psychology. In addition to program development, Dr. Mantle also contributed to the development of National’s academic infrastructure including faculty policies, bylaws, and Graduate Council policies.

In addition to her National University experience and accomplishments, Dr. Mantle has been a lecturer at San Diego State University and held full-time faculty appointments at Central Missouri State University and the University of San Diego (USD). In 2001, she assumed the Deforest L. Strunk Endowed Chair in Special Education at USD and was later appointed chair of that school’s Department of Teaching and Learning. She helped lead USD’s Special Education Program to national accreditation from the Council for Exceptional Children, a distinction earned by only two California universities.

Dr. Mantle is the former president of the State of California Association of Teacher Educators and the San Diego Council on Administrators of Special Education. In the past she has served on the board of directors for San Diego’s Keiller Leadership Academy. Current activities include serving on the Board of Institutional Reviewers for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, as president of the California Association for Professors of Special Education, and serving on the board for St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, an organization dedicated to adults with developmental disabilities. Dr. Mantle is also on the panel of co-editors for Multicultural Education,the publication of the National Association for Multicultural Education, and as a reviewer for the California Council on Teacher Education publication, Issues in Teacher Education.


Rick Zamora, CPA, CGMA.
Principal,  Zamora CFO 

Rick Zamora is a CPA with twenty-five years industry experience as a Chief Financial Officer. He is president of Zamora | CFO which provides accounting and advisory services to small and medium sized businesses. His clients range from drilling companies to medical practices and artificial intelligence start-ups. His experience includes having been Western Region Financial Manager with publicly traded recruitment giant,

He is presently treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, a San Diego County non-profit organization empowering more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities. He is presently serving his second term on the board and has been associated with SMSC for twenty years. He and his wife Margaret have two adult children and four grandchildren. Rick enjoys the outdoors including hiking, cycling and wishing he were a much better golfer.


Stuart Karasik, Ph.D.
Community Volunteer



Sandy Biondo
Consolidated Lenders Group, Inc.

Susan Bobbit-Voth
Administrator, West End SELPA
San Bernardino County School Superintendent of Schools

Alison Cummings
Community Volunteer

Mary McLaughlin Davis
Wooten & Davis 

Dee Dean
The East County Herald

De Anna Dougherty
Support Services Supervisor 
Kaiser Permanente

Sharon Esche-Irving
Esche & Alexander Public Relations

Rory Goldberg
Community Volunteer

Sr. Marina Hernandez
Society of the Sacred Heart

Richard Holstrom

Ginger Poutous
Community Volunteer

Sr. Virginia Rodee, RSCJ
Former Administrator
University of San Diego

James Wellman
Community Volunteer

Staff Member:

Debra Emerson, MBA
Chief Executive Officer, SMSC