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Area Service Award

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

2023 CADA Area Service Award Recipients 

AREA A: Pete Totoonchie, Nevada Union High School

Through his involvement on the Area A Board, Pete has served the area a board by helping to plan, prepare and presenting at both student and advisor conferences. He goes out of his way to foster relationships in all the work he does and truly loves being connected to his CADA family.


AREA B: Laura Saldana, Westmont High School

Laura Saldaña has been a CADA member for fifteen years. She was activities director at Willow Glen Middle School before moving to Westmont High School ten years ago. On her campus, Laura worked to increase student recognition, developed a student/staff equity team, and empowered her leaders to create a more inclusive campus. Laura has been a member of the Area B Council for over five years. During that time, she organized the Area B talks throughout the pandemic as well as presenters for the area conference. Laura has presented at area conferences around the state as well as the state convention. She has been on the CADA Summer Camp staff, serving as Curriculum Director for three years. Most notably, Laura coordinated the CADA Slam for the state conference, summer camp, and Area B conference. Laura is honored to receive this award and is thankful for everything she has learned and the connections she has made through CADA. 

AREA C: Nyrie Karkazian, Madera South High School

Nyrie Karkazian is the recipient of the Area C Service Award for the 2023 school year. Nyrie has been serving as an educator for the last 18 years and started her career in After School Program at Madison Elementary in Central Unified School District. She then became an English teacher in the district for a few years before working hard to become the Activities Director of El Capitan Middle School. She served at El Cap as the Activities Director, Campus Culture Team Chair, Cheer Advisor, Yearbook Advisor and more for 8 years before accepting a high school position as the Campus Culture Director and Senior Class Advisor at Bullard High School in Fresno Unified School District. Nyrie has has been a member of CADA for the past 8 years, has served on the CADA board since 2020 and was the recipient of the Area C Bob Burton Spirit Award in 2020. She enjoys presenting at student and adult CADA conferences and being involved in as many activities and events as possible. Nyrie had the amazing opportunity to serve as an emcee with her great friend Nestor Cerda, CCD at Roosevelt High School, at this year's Ven a Mi Casa CADA Conference 2023. Needless to say, Nyrie has a passion for activities and absolutely loves her CADA family!

AREA d: Lori Lowensen, North Monterey County High School



AREA e: James Jontz , South Pasadena High School

James Jontz works at South Pasadena High School.He has worked there since 1993 teaching Stage Production and used to teach Digital Media Production.  He received the student nominated SPHS Hartsough Award as an outstanding teacher in 2014.  He works as Stage Manager in the performing arts centers at Pasadena City College and Citrus Community College.  In addition to dramatic productions, he designs and implements 10-12 musicals a year, for SPHS and organizations such as Upstage and Theatre 360.  He serves on the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee, spent 2 years as President, and works every year to build the Rose Float and has driven the float down the parade multiple times. In what free time he has, he enjoys going to Disneyland and seeing as much theatre as possible.

AREA f: Dilene Pulsipher, Home Instead Innovation Academy





AREA g: Lauretta Eldridge, Bostonia Global High School

Lauretta has been involved in Activities since her days in Junior High School. She served as ASB Secretary during her sophomore and junior year in high school, and served as Senior class Vice President. She attended CADA Cheer/Leadership camp two summers while in high school. During these early years, she learned her leadership lessons from CADA Secretary/Treasurer/Conference Coordinator Genel Wokal-Hodges who was her ASB advisor.
Lauretta has belonged to Area C council for 26 years, serving as Area Coordinator for seven years and was nick-named the “People’s President” during the EPIC CADA 2016 Convention. During this time she has received the Area C Service Award, Earl Reum Award, Harry Bettencourt Award, the Hall of Fame Award, and has been awarded the Master Activity Advisor credential. She has presented at every conference in all CADA areas A-G, and has presented at prestigious National Leadership organizations out of state. She also has worked CADA high school and middle school Leadership camps since 2009. She loves CADA and her goal is to meet every member of CADA.

Past Area Service Award Recipients





2023 Pete Totoonchie Laura Saldana Nyrie Karkazian
2022 Deena Koral-Soto Brian Glaze Shawna Sousa
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




2023 Lori Lowensen James Jontz Dilene Pulsipher
2022 Mark Dover Casey Shotwell Ricky Castro
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


2023 Lauretta Eldridge    
2022 Valerie Tapia    
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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