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.

2019 CADA Area Service Award Recipients 

AREA A: Jessica Banchieri, Heritage High school

Jessica was first introduced to CADA when she attended the Fiesta leadership camp at Stanford in 1994, as a newly elected ASB Officer. When her very good friend Kim Karr invited her to the “Rev it Up” convention, she was hooked. Jessica has been teaching for 17 years, as a biology and chemistry teacher. She began her journey as Activities Director in 2008, and she has been helping with CADA events ever since. She has been a member of the Area A council since 2015, but has been presenting at area conferences as a volunteer for years before in an unofficial capacity. She joined the CADA camp staff in 2014 and has presented at the CADA state convention and area advisor conferences as well. Jessica is most proud of her three children, Suzie, Maddie and Jack and their daily involvement in sports and student activities. She has a goal of connecting every single student at Heritage High School.

AREA A: Jill Mortensen, Rippon High school

Jill Mortensen has been teaching for 15 years and has been the Activities Director at Ripon High School for the past 13 years. She is in charge of Senior Activities including Graduation, Student Senate, Link Crew, Renaissance, and more. Her desire to help other Activities Directors led her to join the Area A Council 5 years ago. Within that 5 year period, Jill has worked to present at the Area A Advisor Conference, the State Conference and the Modesto Conference. Within the past year, Jill has held the position of Area A Assistant Coordinator under the leadership of John Lucero helping to plan and execute the Area A Advisor Conference. Under the new Leadership of Linda Cooper, Jill will remain the Area Assistant Coordinator working to plan and present at the Modesto Conference, Advisor Conference and assist Melissa Edsall in the Area A Woodland Conference. Jill has a passion for all things leadership working to develop the professional leader. In her quest to continue in this wonderful world of activities, Jill hopes to share this love of leadership with new and seasoned ADs throughout the state of California and nationwide.

AREA B: Larry Lopez, Branham High School 

Larry Lopez began his CADA journey over 11 years ago when he became Activities Director at Merced High School. During that time, Larry began bringing students to camp, presented at the CADA state convention and joined the Area C Council. His love for the city brought his to Campbell Union High School District in the bay area. Larry continued with camp, even joining the camp staff. He also joined the Area B council and eventually took over as Area B coordinator for the past three years. This year, Larry stepped into the role of Assistant Principal back at Branham High School (the school that brought him to San Jose in the first place). He is set to get married this May to his partner of 5+ years, Paul, and enjoy some much needed relaxation in Greece for the honeymoon.

AREA C: Néstor Cerda, Roosevelt High School

Néstor has been the Campus Culture Director at Roosevelt High School in Fresno, CA for 13 years and is in his 11th year as a member of CADA. This is his 6th year serving on the Area C Council, where he has been involved in planning & presenting at both the Area C Student Leadership Conference and the Area C Advisor Conferences. He has also hosted "Munch & Mingles" for the Area C family. On his campus Néstor is the Senior Class sponsor, advisor for the Green & Gold Scouts Club, the Daisy Chain & Ushers Club, the Rowdy Riders Club, the International Travelers Club, and is the Link Crew Coordinator. He has hosted a Leadership Development Day (LDD) and has had his students attend a couple of LDD's as well. His students have attended the Summer CADA Camps and the CASL Conventions for the past 5 years and they love it! Néstor will be earning his Master Activity Advisor (MAA) certification at CADA 2020 in Reno, Nevada, as he is currently working on his school's Field Study Project. The students and the Champions on his campus are what keep his drive alive. He is honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Area C Council and to be a recipient of the Area C Service Award. Go CADA & Go Rough Riders!!!

AREA D: Mark Dover, Salinas High school

Mark has been the Activities Director at Salinas High School the past 7 years, and prior he had served as the Activities Director at North Monterey County High School for 10 years. Mark believes in the development of young leaders through activity based instruction. Development through service, communication, and role-modeling form the base of his program. The Salinas High School activities program promotes inclusion, equity, and spirit in all programs developed by the students government and is enjoyed by all students, staff, and community members. Mark has been a dedicated member of CADA as he has presented yearly at the student leadership conference and has presented at the CADA state convention. Mark has been a CADA member for 15 years and is a dedicated member of Area D and the Area Council which he has been a member for the past 6 years.

AREA E: Kara Johnson, William j. pete knight High School

Kara Johnson went to CADA camp as a student and knew as soon as she started her teaching career she wanted to become involved with student activities. She has worked as a statistics/math teacher, high school Activities Director, basketball and softball coach, and advisor to numerous clubs and classes. Kara is currently the Activities Director at teaching at William J. Pete Knight High School in Palmdale where she teaches AP Statistics and Leadership. She has served on the Leadership Camp staff, the Area E Council, and is currently on the CADA Board as the Area E Coordinator. Kara has been married for 21 years to her husband Shawn, and they have five children ranging in age from four to nineteen.

AREA F: Dinah Greene, Orange vista high school

Dinah Greene is the Activities Director at Orange Vista High School in Perris, CA. Dinah experienced CADA as a student in 2000 and now loves being involved as a member of the Area F Council and the Summer Leadership Camp Staff. Receiving the Area F Service Award comes with great honor, as she wishes to support and encourage other advisors and directors to give their all in building positive and supportive environments for students. Her goal is to help all students find their purpose and become the best unapologetic version of themself. Dinah is passionate about her profession and the impact it makes in a young adults life. She attributes her success to the unwavering support from her husband (Admiral), mom (Cynthia), children (Cameron and Langston), and all of the many educators she has encountered along the way.

AREA G: Judy Zazvrskey, classical academy High School 

Judy Zazvrskey first joined CADA in 1989, when she moved to California from Florida, where she also worked with leadership students. After moving to California, she taught at Santa Fe Christian and Christian High School, where she served as the Student Activities Director and taught English. She has been involved in student activities and a member of CADA for the past 30 years. She has served on the Area G Council, assisted with Area G Student Leadership Conferences and presented at several CADA State Conventions. She earned her Master Activity Advisor (MAA) certification in 2013. She is presently the Director of Student Activities at Classical Academy High School, where she has served for the past ten years. Under her leadership, the student activities program has grown and blossomed. When she first came to CAHS, it was a new school, without a sports program, an Alma Mater, a Fight Song, pep rallies, assemblies, and all of the important parts of school culture that bring a school together. She was instrumental in bringing all of these things to CAHS, helping to create a culture of inclusiveness and memorable moments for students, while instilling the importance of servant leadership to her students. Judy's passion and love for high school students is evident in everything she does and believes that we do not remember days, but we remember moments and strives to create these special moments for her students. She has been married for 49 years to her college sweetheart and in her spare time can be found reading, doing yoga, and spending time with her friends.

Past Area Service Award Recipients





2019 Jessica Banchieri    
2019 Jill Mortensen 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




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


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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