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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.

2021 CADA Area Service Award Recipients 

AREA A: Raven coit, fortuna High school

Raven Coit has been teaching for 20 years and has been the Activities Director at Fortuna High School in Humboldt County, California for the past 13 years. She is in charge of welcoming new students, spirit and recognition, character building and traditions, and school culture development. Her desire to help other Activities Directors, and bring some CADA magic to the North Coast led her to join the Area A Council 5 years ago. Within that 5 year period, Raven has presented at the Area A Advisor Conference, the State Convention and the Woodland Conference. She also teaches courses in the Master Activities Advisor program, and works at CADA Summer Leadership Camps. While at home in Humboldt County, Raven hosts monthly social gatherings with local leadership teachers to build a network of friendship and support. Raven has also hosted LDDs at Fortuna High for the past seven years. Raven wants to help isolated leadership teachers feel more connected and supported, and enjoys the privilege of learning from the wonderful colleagues and friends she's found in CADA.

AREA B: Christina hillman, branham high School 

Christina Hillman has been an educator for 10 years and the Activities Director at Branham High School in San Jose, CA for the past 4 years. She has served on both the Area A and Area B Council, has presented at various conferences and has been a proud CADA Camp Staff member for the past 5 years. As a previous ASB student herself, she was inspired to give back to students as an ASB Advisor so they can feel as connected to their campuses as she did and is thankful for the support of her CADA family.

AREA C: debbie hawkins, Sunnyside High School

Debbie Hawkins is the Campus Culture Director at Sunnyside High School in Fresno Unified, but grew up in the south valley and is a first-generation college graduate who after attending Fresno State made her home in the greater Fresno Area. Debbie is the wife to Jimmy and the mother to Jonah and Noah. Family is a defining factor in Debbie’s life and thus she reduced her teaching load to part-time status in order be home with her young boys. Having raised her boys, she finds herself immersed and in the work of student activities. This work has become her passion and her home. Sunnyside is a school committed to the work of developing student relationships, establishing a college going culture, and being a healthy student-centered environment. CADA has become an essential resource to support these ideals and serving as Area C Council gives much energy to this work.

AREA d: katie rowe-kairys, santa cruz High School

Katie grew up on the East Coast, in the Finger Lakes region of NY. ASBs don’t really exist out there, so an “Activities Director” position wasn’t something she had ever been exposed to. In high school, Katie did and belonged to all of the “fun” stuff, including student council, clubs, planning prom, participating in homecoming, the works. After graduating from Syracuse University she started teaching Health and PE. Somehow along the way she ended up in her amazing wife Amanda’s hometown of Santa Cruz, California. Amanda helps manage their lives, jobs, silly toddler son Rocco, and wears the title “CADA Wife” proudly. When Katie left her first California job within the Salinas UHSD to cut the commute, be closer to home, and fulfill the ultimate goal of becoming an Activities Director at Santa Cruz High, she didn’t fully grasp how quickly she would get thrown into everything, in the best ways possible. Margaret Norian, who retired that same year from North Salinas High School, caught wind of Katie joining the activities world three years ago, and immediately invited her to an Area council meeting. The team quickly welcomed Katie into their big CADA hearts. Since then, Katie has taken her students to CASL, Area Conferences, attended and presented at Area Advisor Conferences, attended CADA twice and serves on the Area D council. She works tirelessly to make Santa Cruz High an inclusive place where students share smiles & connections. She emphasizes the significance of leadership development in her classroom, and growing the program. Katie is honored to be receiving this award from her Area D family.

AREA e: ruth simonds, quartz hill high School

Ruth Simonds has been attending CADA events for over 10 years. She actually started in high school attending camp at UCSB as a student. As she became more involved with Activities, as a teacher, she was asked to chaperone the ASB students to summer camp. Ruth has supported the Activities programs at her schools for the past 24 years. She has been a club advisor, and for 7 years now she has been the Senior Class Advisor at Quartz Hill High School. For the past 7 years, Ruth has attended the CADA State Convention. Within two years, Ruth started working at camp and became a member of the Area E Council. As a member of the Council, she has presented at the Advisor conference and helped with various council activities including helping with the Area E booth at Convention. Ruth has attended CASL with her students and this year presented at the virtual Adviser and Student conferences. Ruth has presented at Meet the Pros at Convention and presented a session last year with some friends focusing on Community Service. Her focus for Activities is Cancer Awareness, Senior Class Activities, and Kindness, Love, and Positivity. Ruth loves spending time with her CADA family at camp, convention, council meetings, and now virtually. They inspire her with their dedication and positive attitudes.

AREA f: jennifer pfeffer, martin luther king, jr. high School 

Jennifer has been in many roles that have contributed to a positive environment for students on two campuses within Riverside USD. Jennifer has demonstrated that she values the CADA organization and the ability to reach as many activity directors/advisors as possible. She has made a personal investment to attend CADA and provide her expertise at convention. She has been an Activities Director, Yearbook Advisor, Academy lead, Renaissance advisor, conference presenter, and AP teacher. Regardless of her position, Jennifer has remained faithful to fulfilling the needs of Area F and the Area F Council (and CADA at the state level) by providing organization, creativity, and a fun loving attitude in carrying out needs of our Advisor, Area Student Conferences (MS and HS), and CADA Convention. She is one of the firsts to volunteer when she knows she can be of assistance and use her talents. Her ability to give of herself effortlessly contributes to the council getting things done in a timely and professional manner.

AREA g: kodi keller, twin peaks middle School 

Kodi Keller has been the ASB director at Twin Peaks Middle School in Poway, California since 2018. In addition to her sixth grade English and Exploratory Leadership teaching assignments, Kodi remains committed to the development of a student body organization grounded in inclusion, kindness, and respect for all students. Modeling the importance of continual learning, as well as personal and professional growth comes second nature for Kodi. She has attended the Area G conference with more than 50 TPMS student leaders for the last four years, first as the advisor for her campus Chain Reaction Club, and later as ASB Director. In doing so, countless students have learned leadership skills that they've been able to take back and implement in the Ram community. Aside from the Area G conference, Kodi also encouraged her ASB Executive Team throughout the CASL Virtual Summer Camp during the Summer of 2020. Her students watched her model resiliency and commitment to her goal- a positive and uplifting campus climate for all students- even when seated behind a screen. This year (for the first time!), Kodi will be presenting at the CADA Conference on school spirit at the middle school level. She hopes to energize and inspire middle school advisors, teachers, and students alike with strategies to encourage participation, collaboration, and positive team building skills. She believes in the power of celebrating individuality and the unique gifts of all people in a way that helps her community feel both welcome and connected.

Past Area Service Award Recipients





2021 Raven Coit Christina Hillman Debbie Hawkins
2020 Leah Darby Christina Carreras Ronnie Scott
2019 Jill Mortensen l Jessica Banchieri Jessica BanchieriJessica BanchieriJessica Banchieri Larry Lopez Néstor Cerda
2018 Leah Grant Michael Simon Angie Guerra
2017 Corissa Stobing Stephanie Gibson Melissa Bangerter
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




2021 Katie Rowe-Kairys Ruth Simonds Jennifer Pfeffer
2020 N/A Todd Arrowsmith Lindsey Charron
2019 Mark Dover Kara Johnson Dinah Greene
2018 Chelsea Warner Alex Cervantes Cari Strange
2017 Julie Brusa Valerie Vera-Mineer Ken Nedler
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


2021 Kodi Keller    
2020 Joe Gizzo    
2019 Judy Zazvrskey    
2018 Brittani Siracusa    
2017 Toshimi Minami    
2016 Danny Kung    
2015 Carol Cultrera    
2014 Tj Carr    
2013 Christina DeSanto    
2012 Denise van Doorn    
2011 Alex Villalobos    
2010 Jeremy Hersch    
2009 Daniel Camacho    
2008 Laurie Norcross    
2007 Casey McKibbin    
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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