Leadership

The Charter School Development Center (CSDC) team provides experienced and expert technical assistance and resources to the California charter sector. We support charter schools, with our knowledge and expertise in the areas of leadership, finance, operations, governance, accountability, advocacy, and development. CSDC members enjoy:

Expertise: CSDC's team has in-depth knowledge of law, regulations, and best practices in charter schools finance, facilities, operations, governance, accountability, and school design.

Relationships: We develop long-term relationships with school leaders and are invested in helping resolve our members’ challenges. Additionally, our team maintains a running dialogue with key people in the charter school sector, including staff from state and local agencies, the legislature, and authorizers to ensure we have the most up-to-date, accurate information possible to share with our member schools.

Pragmatic Insight: We read between the lines and offer strategic “real world” guidance.

Eric Premack

Executive Director & Founder

Eric Premack, Executive Director & Founder

Eric Premack is the founding Director of CSDC. For over 25 years, Eric has played a leading role in the development and spread of chartered schools, including helping to draft and implement chartered schools policy in over two dozen states, at the federal level, and overseas. He has developed groundbreaking charter school policy, planning, implementation, oversight ...Read more

Stephanie Schwuchow

Director of Operations

Stephanie Schwuchow, Director of Operations

Stephanie Schwuchow is the Director of Operations at CSDC and has been involved in the charter school movement since 2002. Stephanie leads CSDC’s organizational strategy in operations, finance, human resources, marketing, and technology. She oversees the planning and execution of all client services including leadership trainings and events, membership, consulting ...Read more

Susanne Coie

Charter School Accountability and Development Specialist

Susanne Coie, School Accountability and Development Specialist

Susanne Coie is the Charter School Accountability and Development Specialist at CSDC. Susanne works closely with new charter school developers as well as operating charter schools seeking accountability support. She assists with charter petition reviews, financial plan development, grant reviews, governing board development, charter school law, regulation ...Read more

Caitlin O'Halloran

Charter School Governance and Policy Specialist

Caitlin O'Halloran, Charter School Governance and Policy Specialist

Caitlin O’Halloran is the Charter School Governance and Policy Specialist at CSDC. Caitlin leads the development and delivery of CSDC’s Governance offering, including our Online Governance Academy, and is CSDC’s main point of contact for matters relating to governance, advocacy, policy and other charter school leadership topics. Caitlin began her career working for legislators ...Read more

Candice Lamarche

Charter School Operations Specialist

Candice Lamarche, Charter School Operations Specialist

Candice Lamarche is the Charter School Operations Specialist at CSDC. Candice works closely with the Executive Director to strengthen CSDC’s resources and trainings including the CBO Training Program, Annual Conference and other in-person and online events. She monitors charter school and general education fiscal policy and school operations matters to ensure ...Read more

Leslie Loy

Leadership Training Coordinator

Leslie Loy, Training and Events Coordinator

Leslie Loy leads the planning and implementation of CSDC’s leadership trainings and events, including our Leadership Update Conference, CBO Training program, Leadership Intensive, Governance Academy and other CSDC workshops and trainings.  Leslie is the administrator for CSDC’s BlackBoard online learning management system, and also assists with website and ...Read more


Debbie Brown

Bookkeeper and Office Coordinator

Debbie Brown, Bookkeeper and Office Coordinator

Debbie Brown is CSDC’s Bookkeeper and Office Coordinator. Debbie has various talents and assists with training and events preparation and execution, database maintenance and updates, research projects, and operates as Accounts Receivable and CSDC's bookkeeper while tending to other office duties.

Kevin Blatt

Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

Kevin Blatt, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

Kevin Blatt is the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator at CSDC. Kevin has worked in the nonprofit sector for almost twenty years. He specializes in website design, internet marketing, and technical administrative support. His primary roles at CSDC are to run the membership program and to promote the organization through website development, email, social media, and other channels. ...Read more


Jennifer McQuarrie

Advisor and Guest Instructor

Jennifer McQuarrie, Advisor and Guest Instructor

Jennifer McQuarrie engages with CSDC as an advisor and guest instructor on charter school policy and legal matters. Jennifer leads the development and delivery of several legal workshops at our Leadership Intensive, CBO Training program, and Leadership Update Conference. She also conducts regular ...Read more

Joyce Montgomery

Advisor and Guest Instructor

Joyce Montgomery

Joyce Montgomery is the Chief Financial Officer at Summit Public Schools. Joyce was previously the Charter School Finance and Policy Specialist at CSDC, and currently serves as an advisor and guest instructor. Joyce brings to CSDC a passion for public education and impressive finance, forecasting and resourcing skills. Prior to her work at Summit ...Read more

Beryl Nelson

Advisor and Guest Instructor

Beryl Nelson, Advisor and Guest Instructor

Beryl Nelson serves as an advisor and guest instructor at CSDC. Now retired, Beryl was previously the lead Charter School Accountability Specialist at CSDC. She worked with charter schools and their granting agencies on issues of accountability, particularly in the areas of educational programs, governance, and operations. She worked ...Read more

Jean Hatch

Advisor and Guest Instructor, CSDC Board Member

Jean Hatch, Advisor and Guest Instructor, CSDC Board Member

Jean, now retired, spent over a decade as the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Redding School of the Arts (RSA), a kindergarten through 8th grade charter school that has been in operation for over a dozen years and is well-known both academically and for its visual and performing arts ...Read more

Jesse Leyva

Advisor and Guest Instructor, CSDC Board Member

Jesse Leyva, Advisor and Guest Instructor

Jesse is an educational consultant specializing in compliance, operations, curriculum program development, Career Technical Education, English Language Learner (ELL) support, school leader coaching, new school development, international exchange programs, program articulation ...Read more

Gary Bowman

Guest Instructor & Executive Director of California Montessori Project

Gary Bowman, Guest Instructor & Executive Director of California Montessori Project

Gary Bowman is currently serving in his 15th year as Executive Director/Superintendent at California Montessori Project, serving 2,700 students on 8 campuses in the greater Sacramento area. CMP is authorized through four school districts, including ...Read more

Jody Graf

Guest Instructor & Executive Director of Visions In Education

Jody Graf, Guest Instructor & Executive Director of Visions In Education

Jody’s educational experience includes twenty years of service as an administrator at elementary and middle schools within San Juan Unified School District. She has served as the Executive Director of Visions for the past ten years and prior to that she was its Director of Instruction ...Read more

Michelle Hammons

Guest Instructor & Principal of Eagle Peak Montessori School

Michelle Hammons, Advisor and Guest Instructor

Michelle has been the Principal of Eagle Peak Montessori School (EPMS) for over 15 years. Prior to her time at EPMS, she served as Assistant Principal of Alief Montessori Charter School in Houston, Texas, and taught in the public Montessori program in Waco, Texas. ...Read more

Sadie Hedegard

Guest Instructor & Director of Student Support Services at Mother Lode Union School District

Sadie Hedegard, Guest Instructor & Director of Student Support Services at Mother Lode Union School District

Sadie Hedegard, Ed.D. is the Director of Student Support Services at Mother Lode Union School District. In this capacity, Sadie supports special education programs, school safety, student health services, and implementation of district wide. ...Read more

Laurie Inman

Guest Instructor & Chair of Liberal Studies at CSUDH

Laurie Inman, Guest Instructor & Chair of Liberal Studies at CSUDH

Dr. Laurie Inman is currently a full-time lecturer at CSU, Dominguez Hills in the Liberal Studies department. Her work with early teacher candidates focuses on culturally responsive practices. Previously, she was the founding Chief Executive...Read more

Ting Sun

Guest Instructor & Co-Founder & Executive Director of Natomas Charter School

Ting SUn, Guest Instructor, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Natomas Charter School

Ting Lan Sun is co-founder and the Executive Director of Natomas Charter School (NCS). She has more than 30 years of experience in the field of education as a teacher, administrator, and education reformer. From 1997–2000 ...Read more

Peri Lynn Turnbull

Guest Instructor & Advisor, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Peri Lynn Turnbull, Guest Instructor & Advisor, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Peri Lynn Turnbull is a seasoned strategist with extensive experience advising CEOs, Boards of Directors, and other senior leaders of local, state, and national organizations. A sought-after thought leader, she brings years of crisis-management experience and proven results ...Read more

Pedro Reyes

Advisor and Guest Instructor

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