Area Service Award

The Area Service Award is presented each year for overall contributions to CADA. These people should have been active on the Area Council, summer camp program, as a state officer, as a presenter at area conferences or state conventions.

2016 CADA Area Service Award Recipients 

AREA A: Kristen Patten, Antelope High School

Kristin has been an Activities Director for 10 years.  She taught at Rosemont High School in Sacramento beginning in 2005 and opened Antelope High School as the Activities Director in 2008.  She has proudly served on the Area A Council for two years and has presented at numerous Area A conferences and at the CADA Convention.  She feels blessed to be able to work at Antelope High School with her husband and an amazing staff!  She loves being the Activities Director at Antelope and is grateful for her principal, John Becker, who always believes and supports her and her students. Kristin lives in Roseville with her husband and their 3-year-old son.  Go Titans!

AREA B: Joanna Butcher, Milpitas High School

Joanna Butcher has been a part of the Milpitas High School staff for the past 18 years. During that time, she was a class advisor for six years, and has been the Activities Director for the past eight years. In addition to teaching two leadership classes and overseeing all ASB activities, she organizes the Link Crew, New Student Ambassador and the Students in Action/Jefferson Awards programs. Plus, she coaches basketball, softball, girls tennis and boys golf!

Joanna and her leadership students are vital to the culture and climate of Milpitas High School. They support the athletic, music and theater departments, organize a district-wide canned food drive, produce a spring rally with a sold out beyond capacity night rally for students, parents and alumni, host a senior citizen prom and work to include their Community Based Instruction students in their activities. Her leadership students also partner with a staff member on campus in a buddy system.

At home, Joanna is a mom to an amazing two-year-old, Addison, wife of seven years to Mark, completed her Masters in Administration from SJSU, serves as a volunteer advisor for her sorority, is a Director and Big Sis for her neighborhood group, is the Activities Director for her Condo Board and finds time to play soccer, read and travel occasionally.

Joanna has been an active CADA member for the past nine years, including an Area B Council member for 3 years, has taken her students to CADA Leadership Camp, the CASL State Conference and the Area B Student Conference for many years. She has presented at a number of CADA Conventions and was a member of the first graduating class of the Master Activity Advisor (MAA) program.

AREA C: Erin Tobias, Washington Indermediate School

Erin Tobias has been an Activities Director/CADA member for the past 10 years at the middle school level. Her high school teacher/mentor Mrs. Shelly Henderson introduced her to this wonderful organization during her first year of teaching and she has never looked back! Erin thanks CADA for giving her the connections, ideas, and strength to go back to her campus each year and make a difference in the lives of students.

AREA D: Laurel Gast, North Monterey County High School

Laurel Gast has been working in education for 26 years. She spent her first seven years as a middle school teacher, followed by seven years as a middle school counselor. During that time, she ran the activities and yearbook programs and served as the middle school athletic director.

Laurel has spent the last 12 years at North Monterey County High School, and has held the position of Activities Director for the past four years. She also serves as the Yearbook advisor. Her involvement with CADA has spanned 15 years and she began serving on the Area D Council two years ago.

AREA E: Terri Wood, Canyon Hills Junior High School

Terri Wood has been a teacher in the Chino Valley Unified School District her entire career. Canyon Hills Junior High has been her teaching home since 1992 where she currently teaches Gate/Honors English/Language Arts, Drama, and Leadership.  She has been a proud member of CADA since 2006, has served on the Area E Council for the past ten years, presenting at the Area E Student Conference, New Advisor's Conference and at the CADA Convention.

Last November Terri presented at the Leadership Association for Student Councils (LASC) at the Anaheim Convention Center, as well as at the California Association of Renaissance Educators (CARE) Conference in Northern and Southern California. She was awarded the CARE Conference Hall of Fame Award this past October. She also had the opportunity to  attend the Josten's National Renaissance Conference in Florida and Arizona. Her student leaders have been recognized by CASL for the last three years with the Outstanding Leadership Program Award.

When she’s not busy, Terri enjoys reading, gardening, traveling, camping, fishing, and playing with her golden retriever, Duncan. She has been married to her wonderful, understanding husband, Pete, for 32 years, and has two grown children, Austin and Amber.

Terri is very honored to receive the Area E Service Award for 2016. And says thank you from the bottom of her heart!

AREA F: Michael A. Pattison, Retired Vista Murrieta High School

Michael Pattison is the former Activities Director at Vista Murrieta High School. He was a part of the inaugural MAA graduating class in 2009, now certified as a Master Activities Advisor.  He continues to be actively involved in many areas of activities, including: member of the Area F Leadership Board, staff at CADA Leadership Camps, presenter at CADA State Conventions, presenter at Renaissance Forums and California State Athletic Director Conventions.

AREA G: Danny Kung, Sage Creek High School

A former ASB Treasurer at Rancho Cotate High School as student, Danny Kung has now been an advisor for the past seven years. He spent six years at Rancho Minerva Middle School in Vista, CA before transferring to Sage Creek High School this year, where he is constantly working towards building and shaping a brand new high school.

Danny has served on the Area G Council for the past four years. He was active immediately when joining the council and is always an advocate for Area G by lending a hand to any advisor who needs help and networking and reaching out to others.

Past Area Service Award Recipients





2016 Kristin Patten Joanna Butcher Erin Tobias
2015 Craig Grivel Kelly Todd Isaac Lopez
2014 Tamara Givens Monique Walton Adrienne Nau
2013 Lori Sato Francis Rojas Julie Larrivee
2012 Melissa Edsall Melissa Foster Kevin Harris
2011 Bill Williams Laura Castro Leslie Loewen
2010 Kim Karr Lorraine Martinez Joseph McMahon
2009 Matt Soeth Tanya Rianda Mary Alice Orin
2008 Bill Battaglia Bonnie Kay-Calder Teresa Hutson
2007 Allison Gadeke Tracy Walker Brooke Slayton
2006 Carrie Stepp Cindy Bader Lauretta Eldridge
2005 Jack Ziegler Eileen Beckley Carol Holland
2004 Tom Palmer Addison Jones Stella Kidd
2003 Suzy Krzaczek Ken Barber Julie Peterson
2002 Linda Cooper Derek Padilla Shelly Henderson
2001 Dave Larson Mike White Radon Fortenberry
2000 Patty Judge Diane Burbank Linda Veach
1999 Ron Jones Cheryl Kuhlmann Matt Mueller




2016 Laurel Gast Terri Wood Michael A. Pattison
2015 Lisa Walton Farrah Rigo-Witt Petra Davis
2014 Darlene Johnson Kyle Svobada Geniel Moon
2013 Joe Hurtado Jeff Culver Randy Jensen
2012 Leigh Cambra Richard Noblett Jeff Cornelius
2011 Shannon Hurtado Angel Ceniseroz Mary Jane Smith
2010 Christy Hertsch Ron Ippolito Jason Kaylor
2009 Carol Cook Leslie Phillips Linda Westfall
2008 Jennifer Duston Dee Varela Ron Inman
2007 Becky Kasper Kelli Baumunk Jennifer Graves
2006 Jim Johnson Lynda Richardson Judy Wilson
2005 Kevin Lorch Kathy Stewart Curt Chase
2004 Chuck Norian Robin Ramirez Patricia Holt
2003 Rick Kent Janet Roberts Jeanne Ellis
2002 Wendy Henchy Ron Capps Dave Adams
2001 Monica Anderson Mark Lantz Linda Williamson
2000 Jose Duenas Tony Ortega Paul Chylinski
1999 Steve Hirt Deborah Weiss Jerry Halpin


2016 Danny Kung    
2015 Carol Cultrera    
2014 Tj Carr    
2013 Christina DeSanto    
2012 Denis van Doorn    
2011 Alex Villalobos    
2010 Jeremy Hersch    
2009 Daniel Camacho    
2008 Laurie Norcross    
2007 Casey McKibbin    
2006 Craig Lyon    
2006 Craig Lyon    
2005 JJ Barlow    
2004 Sandy Kurland    
2003 Ida Williams    
2002 Marie Cashion    
2001 Robert Weldon    
2000 Valerie Kear-Gold    
1999 Betty A. Peterson    
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