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Staff Directory - Revised August 2021

Directors

Site Name/Title            Email/Address Phone   

District/SELPA

Melanie Hertig
Executive Director, SELPA

melaniehertig@iusd.org

(949) 936-5234

Preschool/Elementary

Lisa Torkzadeh
Director of Operations

lisatorkzadeh@iusd.org

(949) 936-5226

Secondary/Adult Transition

Allison Robbins
Director of Operations

allisonrobbins@iusd.org

(949) 936-5223

District/SELPA

Jennifer O’Malley
Director, Alternative Dispute Resolution 

jenniferomalley@iusd.org

(949) 936-5240

coordinators

Site Name/Title               E-Mail Address Phone              

District/SELPA

Amy Ochoa
Coordinator, Autism

amyochoa@iusd.org

(949) 936-8774

District/SELPA

Christina Reyes
Coordinator, ERMHS

christinareyes@iusd.org

(949) 936-8773

IATP/Career Link

Karena Gibbs
Coordinator

karenagibbs@iusd.org

(949) 936-8638

Preschool Education

Erin Ferguson
Coordinator

erinferguson@iusd.org (949)
936-5871
District/SELPA Angela Paterson
Coordinator,
Operations
angelapaterson@iusd.org (949)
936-5232

Program Specialists

Site                                       

Name/Title         

E-Mail Address Phone
Woodbridge, Portola HS, Jeffrey Trail MS Libby Kelly
Program Specialist
libbykelly@iusd.org (949) 936-5228

Brywood, Culverdale, Greentree, Loma Ridge, Springbrook, Stonegate,

University Park, Woodbury, DHH, IFSPs, CAC

Stacy Kredel
Program Specialist

stacykredel@iusd.org

(949) 936-5243

Alderwood, College Park, Deerfield, Eastshore, Meadow Park, Northwood, Portola Springs,
Santiago Hills, Stone Creek, Turtle Rock, NPS
Casey Kramer Program Specialist caseykramer@iusd.org (949) 936-5107

Beacon Park,
Bonita Canyon,
Cadence Park,
Canyon View, Cypress Village, Eastwood,
Oakcreek, Westpark , IVA, NPS 

Sean Viney
Program Specialist

seanviney@iusd.org (949) 936-5245
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Irvine Virtual Academy (Secondary) San Joaquin School, Creekside HS,  IATP, ISPs, Pro-Act

Valerie Bueno
Program Specialist

valeriebueno@iusd.org (949) 936-5238

University HS, Venado MS, Plaza Vista (K-8), Beacon Park (K-8), OCDE (K-22), DHH Secondary

Bryan Lam
Program Specialist

bryanlam@iusd.org

(949) 936-5227

Lakeside, Rancho MS, Sierra Vista MS, Vista Verde (K-8), Northwood HS

Anna Ziemann
Program Specialist

annaziemann@iusd.org (949) 936-5236
Irvine HS,  NPS, RTC Support 

Lara Pascoe,
Program Specialist

larapascoe@iusd.org (949) 936-5253

Support Staff

Support
Area                 

Name/Title                      E-Mail Address            Phone
District/SELPA Isabel Vu
Lead Psychologist
isabelvu@iusd.org (949) 936-5230

District/SELPA

Meghan Sparling
Lead Speech Pathologist

meghansparling@iusd.org

(949) 936-7556

District Office

Dianna Wilson
Budget Analyst

diannawilson@iusd.org (949) 936-5041

Jennifer O'Malley
(Legal)

Becca Huerta
Administrative Assistant

beccahuerta@iusd.org

(949) 936-5237

Melanie Hertig (Executive Director/ERMHS) Taryn Dreifus
Administrative
Assistant II
taryndreifus@iusd.org (949) 936-5048

Autism/ABA Group
(Jeffrey Trail)

Isabelle Candelaria
Administrative Assistant

isabellecandelaria@iusd.org

(949) 936-8778

Allison Robbins
(Secondary)
Yessi Santivanez 
Administrative Assistant
yessisantivanez@iusd.org (949) 936-5231
Lisa Torkzadeh
(Elementary)
Bridgette Serna
Administrative Assistant
bridgetteserna@iusd.org (949) 936-5230

District Office

Neema Raman
Specialist, SEIS

neemaraman@iusd.org

(949) 936-5233

IATP Joey Trejo
Office Assistant IV
josephtrejo@iusd.org (949) 936-8626
IATP/Career Link Suzette Frear
Tech:  Accounting
suzettefrear@iusd.org (949) 936-8640
IATP/Career Link Lois Kinnen
Office Assitant IV
loiskinnen@iusd.org (949)
936-8150