Keynote

Dr. Ronald J. Powell, PhD

Former Chief Executive Officer of the California Association of Health and Education Linked Professions, a Joint Powers Authority located in San Bernardino County, California. As CEO of the CAHELP JPA, he was the Administrator of the Desert/Mountain Special Education Local Plan Area, the Desert/Mountain Charter SELPA, and the Desert/Mountain Children’s Center, a community-based mental health clinic serving over 8000 children from birth to 22 years of age annually. With over 40 years of experience as a teacher, consultant and administrator for a wide variety of innovative alternative and special education programs, Dr. Powell has been instrumental in the development of several exemplary programs for at-risk youth. Dr. Powell has served as an advisor to a number of task forces and working committees addressing the needs of at-risk youth and has made numerous conference presentations on the subject. The Association of California School Administrators has honored him as the Special Education Administrator of the Year for Region 12, and he has been the recipient of the Lifetime Advocate award by the Child Abuse Prevention Council for San Bernardino County and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth.