CCEE Staff Bios
Deputy Executive Director
Sujie Shin serves as the Deputy Executive Director for the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE). In this role, Shin works closely with Executive Director Matt Navo, oversees agency operations, spearheads specific statewide initiatives, and helps to lead Direct Technical Assistance efforts. She oversees research and evaluation initiatives within the agency, centered around the implementation of systemic practices within districts and schools aimed at equitable access, opportunity, and outcomes for students. Read more
Michelle Magyar, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor, Policy Engagement and Impact Initiatives
Dr. Michelle Magyar is the Senior Advisor of Policy Engagement and Impact Initiatives for the CCEE. In this role, she leads the implementation and management of fiscal and operational processes, as well as the development and coordination of strategic communication and engagement activities to support the agency. Prior to joining the CCEE, Dr. Magyar served as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Project Manager for the State Board of Education (SBE). She also served as an Administrator and Consultant with the California Department of Education (CDE). Read more
James McKenna, Ed.D.
Assistant Director, Professional Learning & Leadership Development
James McKenna serves as the Assistant Director of Professional Learning and Leadership Development for the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE). Under the direction of Deputy Director Sujie Shin, Dr. McKenna leads the planning, management, and dissemination of professional learning research, resource development, and service delivery for the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence. He works with CCEE staff, statewide agencies, partner organizations, and other stakeholders to ensure that the development and delivery of professional learning resources are responsive to the needs of local educational agencies across the state, are aligned with the CCEE’s theory of action, have a focus on equitable outcomes for students, especially those who have been historically underserved, and are anchored in the principles of continuous improvement. Read more
Allan Taing, Ph.D.
Senior Manager, Research & Impact Analysis
Allan Taing, Ph.D., serves as the Senior Manager of Research and Impact Analysis at the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence. In this role, Dr. Taing provides research, data analysis, and program evaluation support for the Instruction, Improvement, and Impact Analysis initiatives of CCEE. He leads cycles of data-based inquiry and manages ongoing project development, evaluation, progress monitoring, and implementation activities. Prior to joining CCEE, Dr. Taing served as a program evaluator at California State University, Long Beach, conducting rigorous mixed methods research and program evaluation activities examining the impact of educational initiatives promoting educational equity and social justice. Read more
Senior Specialist, Executive Projects
Dorcas Kong serves as the Senior Specialist of Executive Projects for the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE). In this role, she provides project management and administrative support for Deputy Executive Director Sujie Shin. Under the direction of the Deputy Executive Director, Kong supports a variety of programs and initiatives across the agency. Prior to joining the CCEE, Kong was a graduate student in the M.S.Ed. Education Policy program at the University of Pennsylvania. Read more
Program Specialist, Professional Learning
Sehrish’s life-passion for ensuring high-quality education for all led her to join CCEE as a Program Specialist in fall 2020. Her role at CCEE includes research and report writing and assisting with project management within various agency-wide initiatives. Prior to joining the CCEE team, Sehrish served as a Student Service Professional at California State University, East Bay supporting students with meeting graduation requirements and the development of the degree audit report. More recently, she served as a Project Specialist for the Quality Matters program at Contra Costa County Office of Education, providing operational and administrative support. Read more
Program Specialist, Data & Impact
Italo Ciccarelli serves as a Program Specialist for the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE), Innovation, Instruction, & Impact Center. His role at CCEE includes research and report writing and assisting with project management within various agency-wide initiatives. Prior to joining the CCEE, Italo served as the Enrollment Analyst and Project Manager at California State University, Sacramento, supporting university-wide enrollment reporting and data analysis as well as campus-wide project implementation. Most recently, Italo was the program administrator for the University Advising CRM, providing technical and functional support to the campus community. Read more
Nhi Hang serves as the Program Specialist for the CCEE. Prior to joining the CCEE team, Hang served as a Program Support Specialist for the Special Education department in a public school district in Renton, Washington. She has worked in the education field for about six years, with experience teaching elementary and special education. Hang is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education degree, focusing her research on equitable education for refugee students. Throughout her experiences in education, she has always been interested and passionate about educational equity so she is excited to continue the work with CCEE. Read more
Administrative Assistant II
Venesha Rosseau serves as an Administrative Assistant II for the CCEE. Prior to joining the CCEE team, Venesha served five years as an Office Manager for Fortune School of Education at a K-8 school and served 10 years as an Administrative Support Coordinator II in the College of Education at Sacramento State University. She has worked in the education field for 15 years, with expertise in Business Operations and Support. Venesha is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Management at Western Governors University. Read more
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