The Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) is listed below. The team also contracts with outside consultants to assist on most jobs.
Mike became FCMAT’s chief executive officer on July 1, 2017. Before joining FCMAT in 2015 as the agency’s chief administrative officer, Mike served a combined 13 years as interim superintendent and deputy superintendent of business services and governmental relations at the Riverside Unified School District. He has a long history in governmental relations, working closely with policy makers in Sacramento on behalf of California’s TK-12 students. Mike previously worked as assistant superintendent at Newport-Mesa USD and as financial administrator in accounting and indirect budgets at Hughes Aircraft Company and General Dynamics Corporation. He has degrees in accounting and public administration from Cal Poly Pomona and California Baptist University.
Mike is a regular presenter at many state and national conventions, workshops and professional development programs.
Mike is married to an elementary school teacher and together they have two adult children and one teenage cat that runs the household. He enjoys gardening and volunteers in his community as past president of the board of the Riverside Community College District Foundation and as a member of the City of Riverside’s Budget Engagement Commission.
Michelle has worked for FCMAT since 2002 in several roles. Prior to FCMAT, Michelle worked as chief business official at Novato Unified School District; business manager and accountant at Marin County Office of Education overseeing the fiscal affairs of 19 school districts; business manager at a privately owned laboratory; and accounting manager overseeing governmental projects with Bechtel. She previously served as an instructor for the University of Southern California (USC) School Business Management Certificate Program. Michelle holds a bachelor’s degree with majors in both accounting and marketing and has passed all sections of the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam in California.
Michelle regularly makes presentations in statewide and local educational agency settings. She enjoys helping others serve students better.
She enjoys life in Northern California with her blended family that includes six sons.
Shayleen began with FCMAT in 2014. Prior to FCMAT, she served as superintendent of Maple Elementary School District, and as a management consultant in district advisory services for the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, providing support to 16 school districts. She earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from California State University, Bakersfield, an administrative services credential from Fresno Pacific University, as well as a certificate in school business management from University of Southern California (USC).
She oversees the FCMAT Chief Business Official Mentor Program, which supports the training and development of aspiring CBOs. Shayleen is motivated by a desire to help schools to be successful and offer students the best education possible.
She is married to a retired CBO, has three adult children, and enjoys spending time with family.
Diane has been with FCMAT since 2006. She holds a bachelor of science in business administration, California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) certification as a chief business official, and certifications from both the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) School Business Managers Academy and the Institute for Personnel Administrators. She has served in public education for almost 35 years. Before coming to FCMAT, Diane served as an executive secretary, account clerk, account technician, coordinator of accounting and budget, and assistant superintendent of business services.
She is pleased to have had the opportunity throughout her career and at FCMAT to gain extensive hands-on experience in school business, leading to her appointment as chief analyst. Her motivation comes from helping school agencies serve students and staff more effectively.
Diane enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
John began working with FCMAT in 2018. He has more than 30 years of private and public sector experience in a variety of management, fiscal, operations, and auditing roles. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from University of California, San Diego and a master's degree from California State University, Bakersfield. Prior to his current position, John served as Assistant Superintendent for the Kern County Superintendent of Schools and held leadership positions with the Business and Administration Steering Committee (ASC) for the California County Superintendents. John served with FCMAT previously as a fiscal intervention specialist, with the Lamont School District as assistant superintendent of business and personnel, and in management positions with both UPS and FedEx.
John leads FCMAT’s implementation of fiscal health risk analyses of districts under the new requirements of AB 1840. He finds it rewarding to help educators make the best use of the resources they have and be more efficient.
When not working for FCMAT, John enjoys travel and spending time in the local mountains.
Michael has been with FCMAT since 2017. He previously operated his own CPA firm specializing in governmental and nonprofit auditing, accounting, fraud examinations and litigation support. He has worked as a chief financial officer, chief ethics officer, and senior forensic accountant. Mike earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from California State University, Fullerton, and is a certified public accountant, certified fraud examiner, certified forensic accountant, and diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Accounting.
He has conducted numerous financial fraud audits and enjoys helping others learn by conducting fraud prevention, ASB and booster club workshops for FCMAT.
When away from work, he enjoys time with his two college-age children and hiking in Utah.
Carolynne joined FCMAT in 2021, having previously worked as a special education teacher, vice principal, director of pupil services, special education local plan area director, and associate superintendent of educational services. She has a master’s degree in special education and a doctorate from University of California, Davis, in educational leadership.
Carolynne has a passion for teaching and a desire to make education better for all students. She continues to serve as a part-time instructor in the educational leadership doctoral program at UC Davis.
Carolynne is also an outdoor enthusiast, an avid runner, and the busy owner of a golden retriever puppy.
Andrea has been with FCMAT since 2013 and serves as an instructor for the University of Southern California (USC) School Business Management Certificate Program. She has a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting, a master's degree, and has passed all portions of the certified public accountant exam. Before joining FCMAT, Andrea worked in both administrative and technology support, as a fiscal analyst, as a district fiscal services officer, and as a senior district fiscal services officer.
She finds it rewarding to develop training and tools to help education agencies operate more efficiently and generate better information.
Andrea’s motivation to help California’s students comes from having had teachers and administrators who helped her overcome life challenges. Her love of finance began with a high school accounting class.
Outside of work, she enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with family.
Erin joined FCMAT in February 2021, having previously served as chief business official at a charter school and at school districts. While with the charter school, Erin oversaw its expansion into the TK-8 grade levels and handled the financing, approval and permitting processes to start construction on a permanent facility for the school. She also worked as an administrator at a county office of education and has worked for both the California Department of Education and Department of Finance. She is a graduate of FCMAT’s Chief Business Official Mentor Program, Cohort 9. She has a bachelor’s degree in applied ecology from the University of California, Irvine and a master’s degree in public policy from the UCLA School of Public Affairs.
Her greatest motivation in working for FCMAT is to help provide what is best for students in the classroom.
She enjoys hiking, bike riding, and is an avid reader.
Robbie joined FCMAT in 2020, having previously worked as the deputy superintendent for administrative services at the El Dorado County Office of Education. She also has served as the assistant superintendent, business services for two northern California school districts. Robbie has bachelor's degrees in French and in humanities from California State University, Sacramento. She is a graduate of the first cohort of FCMAT's Chief Business Official (CBO) Mentor Program, a certified CBO through the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) and a certified fraud examiner. She is a member of CASBO, the Association of California School Administrators, and the Government Finance Officers Association.
Early in her career, Robbie worked in a district that had a negative budget certification where FCMAT provided assistance. She decided then that her ultimate goal was to work for FCMAT.
Robbie loves to travel and learn languages (she is fluent in French). She also enjoys scuba diving.
Tami joined FCMAT in 2018, having previously served as chief business official at a school district and as both assistant superintendent of business services and associate superintendent of administrative services at county offices of education. She holds a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting with a specialty in management and is a graduate of the USC School Business Management Certificate Program, a certified fraud examiner, and a member of the California Association of School Business Officials.
Tami has been involved in California’s three largest chief business official preparation programs as a mentor, teacher, curriculum developer, and designer of web-based classroom materials. She enjoys giving back to her profession through teaching others, and she finds her work at FCMAT rewarding because it helps others.
She is an accomplished baker and has two grown children who still benefit from her baking skills.
A member of FCMAT since 2015, Jennifer received her bachelor's degree in business administration and management from University of Redlands and spent several years working in fiscal services for districts, county offices and Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPAs) throughout the state. She cites as one of her favorite professional accomplishments assisting a district in overcoming a negative certification, necessitating close cooperation between administration, employee unions and other interested parties in making important decisions to enhance revenues and decrease expenditures.
Jennifer finds it especially rewarding when working with school district business staff, acting as a sounding board when they have questions.
When she’s not immersed in school finance, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family.
Marisa joined FCMAT in 2010. She has served in public education more than 25 years. Prior to joining FCMAT Marisa served as an assistant superintendent of business and administrative services where she was responsible for all business related functions of a CBO as well as overseeing transportation, maintenance and operations, food services, technology and facilities. Marisa spent six years of her career serving in a county office as a contracted chief business official and worked in public accounting as an auditor for public schools and municipalities. She is a certified public accountant, a certified fraud examiner, and a certified internal controls auditor.
Marisa led the statewide implementation of FCMAT’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Calculator. She finds it rewarding to help strengthen the knowledge and technical expertise of those serving in public education and describes herself as “a tenacious problem solver.”
Marisa is happily married to her husband of 27 years and together they have two grown sons.
Jeff joined FCMAT in 2018. Prior to joining FCMAT, Jeff was the chief business officer at the Alameda County Office of Education, where he spent 16 years overseeing 18 school districts with a combined $2 billion in funding. Originally from New York, he began his career in Silicon Valley and later audited numerous public and private firms throughout the southeastern United States. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Arizona and is a certified fraud examiner.
When he is not helping school districts, Jeff can be found on the banks of a trout stream, chasing a covey of quail, or impersonating an Iron Chef.
Debbie joined FCMAT in 2017 and supports school districts and county offices in school finance and budgeting, multiyear financial projections, efficiency studies, organizational reviews, and fiscal health risk analyses. Before joining FCMAT, Debbie served in both the internal and external business departments at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools for six years, most recently as internal chief financial operations officer. Prior to that she served as the chief business official at a Kern County school district for 10 years. She has more than 30 years of experience in accounting and 24 years in school business. She received her bachelor's degree in business management from University of Phoenix and a master's degree from California State University, Bakersfield. Debbie has also earned chief business official certification from California State University, San Bernardino, and is a certified fraud examiner.
She is treasurer of the Kiwanis Club of downtown Bakersfield. Debbie is a native southern Californian and is married with four grown children and two grandchildren.
Before beginning work with FCMAT in 2020, Marcus served as senior director of human resources for the Riverbank Unified School District, and has held other human resources positions both in government and private industry. He is an adjunct instructor for the school business management certificate program at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.
Marcus has bachelor's and master's degrees. He is a certified chief business official through the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) and a certified fraud examiner (CFE). He serves on CASBO's Central Section Human Resources Council, and is the 2019-20 president-elect for the Central Section.
Assisting with development of the Riverbank Unified School District's trilingual (English, Spanish and Mandarin) program was a highlight of Marcus' time with that district. The program allows students to experience multiple cultures and languages.
Marcus is married to his high school sweetheart and together they have four adventurous sons. When he's not spending time with his family or working, he enjoys riding his mountain bike.
John joined FCMAT in 2005, having previously worked as a high school English teacher, communications manager, newspaper feature editions editor, and communications and technology manager. He has a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in theology, and has completed graduate coursework in graphic design. Some of his most rewarding professional work was for an international charity that helped Romanian orphans. He is motivated in his FCMAT work by the knowledge that our work helps students. When not working at FCMAT, he enjoys spending time with family and bicycling for transportation.
Leonel has been with FCMAT since 1998 after previously working as a news editor at the Arvin Tiller and Lamont Reporter newspaper and as a reporter for The Bakersfield Californian. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications studies from California State University, Bakersfield. His reporting career included first-hand coverage of the Los Angeles riots in 1992. He is pleased to be part of an organization that improves public education. He and his wife, Ester, enjoy spoiling their three grandchildren and living in a home filled with family, books, and reading.
Cassady joined FCMAT in 2022. Prior to that she was an account manager in health care. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is working to acquire certificates in technical communication and graphic design from the University of California, Berkeley. In her work with Self-Insured Schools of California, she created several videos used statewide to promote health and wellness. She aspires to be an independently published author and is a pet lover with four cats and two dogs.
Veronica has been with FCMAT since 2007, prior to which she worked as a business manager, human resources assistant, and accounts receivable manager. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ashford University, San Diego, California, and chief business official certification from the California Association of School Business Officials. Veronica finds it rewarding to connect with and help others in their work at FCMAT. Outside of work, she enjoys time with family, crafting, and outdoor activities.
Kay has been with FCMAT since 2017, having previously worked as a receptionist, bookkeeper, office manager, and process server. She has taken college accounting courses, has completed the Kern County Superintendent of Schools’ business office training program, and has 35 years of experience in bookkeeping and office management. She is motivated by the team she works with at FCMAT. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her great-nephews Logan, Cody and Hunter. She also enjoys painting, gardening and crafting.
Amy leads the highly skilled technical team at CSIS and brings passion and energy to designing and implementing data systems to serve California’s children. With an undergraduate degree in humanities and a master of science degree in management information systems, she enjoys working with people and technology. She has more than 20 years of progressively high-profile responsibilities ranging from network support to web development, database administration, operations and senior leadership. She volunteers at Women’s Empowerment, helping homeless women become ready for the workforce, and as a board member of The Community College Foundation, seeking to improve the quality of life for at-risk and underserved populations. She comes from a family that takes pride in public service and attributes her passion for improving education to her mother, who was a middle-school teacher and lifelong learner.