District Office Staff
ADMINISTRATION OFFICE: Pat Kanyuh
- Executive Secretary to the Superintendent
HUMAN RESOURCES: Denise Rugani - Associate Superintendent, Human Resources
BUSINESS SERVICES: Jennie Saldana
- District Secretary/Receptionist, Administration Office
ANNEX I - EDUCATIONAL SERVICES: Pat Boss - District EL Coordinator
ANNEX II - STUDENT SERVICES: Tony Shah - Assistant Superintendent, Administrative/Student Services
- District Secretary/Receptionist, Administrative/Student Services
Prior to becoming Superintendent in 2011, Eric Volta has served the district since 2000 as an Assistant Principal, Principal, and Assistant Superintendent-Human Resources. Prior to coming to LUHSD, he taught, coached, and was an administrator in Santa Clara. Mr. Volta received his undergraduate degree at Stanford University and credentialing at San Jose State.
Erik Faulkner joined Liberty Union High School District in 2002. As Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, his responsibilities include the implementation of the new Common Core Standards, Curriculum & Instruction, Professional Development, Categorical Programs, and Federal/State/District assessment and accountability programs. In addition, he oversees the mentor and new teacher support programs (BTSA), and the English Learner (EL) program. The district's Technology Department is also under the umbrella of Educational Services. Erik Faulkner
John Saylor, Director of Special Services, received his B.S. in Psychology from Chapman University and his M.S. in Educational Psychology and educational leadership training from Cal State Hayward. Prior to becoming Director in 2005, John was a School Psychologist with the district for five years. As Director of Special Services, John oversees all aspects of the district’s special education programs and 504 services.
Liz Robbins, Chief Business Officer, joined the Liberty Union High School District in November 2014. Her responsibilities include: budget development, supervision of Business Services, asset management, financial supervision of facility construction and maintenance, and supervision of Transportation and Food Services.
Todd Airola is the Technology Director for Liberty Union High School District. His primary responsibilities are to oversee the Technology Department and assist teachers with the integration of technology into the curriculum. Additional responsibilities include implementation of State and Federal technology programs.
Paul Melloni joined the Liberty Union High School District in 2014 as Director of Facilities. His responsibilities include modernization and new construction projects for the district. He monitors project development with architects, state and county agencies. He manages project construction through completion with contractors, the Department of State Architects, testing companies and inspection agencies.
Pablo Vega, the network administrator, has been with the district since April 2014. He plays a critical role in work order distribution and general network tasks.
Steve McElhaney, Director of Transportation for Liberty Union High School District, also oversees the transportation operations for the Brentwood, Byron, and Oakley Elementary Districts as Director of the East Contra Costa Schools Transportation Consortium. Steve attended California State University, Hayward. He has been in his position since 1997 and has over 20 years of management experience with over 13 years in transportation.
Pat Kanyuh, Executive Secretary, is directly responsible to the Superintendent of Schools. As the first contact with the Superintendent’s office she promotes a positive attitude of trust and confidence in the operation and activities of the school district to it’s employees and the community it serves. She serves as the official secretary to the five member Board of Trustees and attends their meetings in that role. She is also responsible for the development and maintenance of District policy and procedures.
Debbie Matteson, Certificated Personnel Analyst for Certificated and Management staff, is directly responsible to the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. Debbie is responsible for maintaining accurate personnel records, medical benefits, certificated credentials and coordinating certificated interviews, new hires and LEA negotiation meetings. She has worked for the District since January 2000, and has worked in a school environment since 1987.
Jean Kindt is the Classified Personnel Analyst and is responsible for personnel records of classified staff, health and welfare benefits, workers comp, and CSEA union negotiation information. Jean coordinates the hiring process for Classified employees.
Anna Mendoza, Accounts Payable Technician, is responsible for the processing of district purchases and payments to the selected vendors. Her bilingual skills provide an additional service when needed, to guests at the district office.
Michelle Leavitt is the Special Education Coordinator.
Jennifer Wheelock is the Coordinator of Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) for the five high school sites within the Liberty High School District. S/He coordinates the BTSA program that has veteran teachers already employed in the district support less experienced teachers who hold preliminary teaching credentials.
Pat started teaching on the east coast then moved to California where she taught at California High School in San Ramon. While there she taught Honors and AP History, was Assistant Athletic Director, Activities Director and Student Council Advisor. She was chosen Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year in 1983. Later Pat moved to Michigan where she was Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Student Council and Honor Societies, a division of the Principal’s Association. Pat also was a nationally recognized consultant in the field of Student Leadership Training. In 1997, Pat moved to Brentwood and was hired by the District to coordinate the English Learners Program at Liberty High School. In 2005, the District appointed Pat District EL Coordinator responsible for all five high school sites.
Janell Largent, Payroll Technician, joined the District in 2008. She is a Liberty graduate and a lifelong resident of Oakley. Janell has over 15 years of payroll experience. She is responsible for maintaining all payroll records for certificated and classified personnel, payments to health and welfare vendors and benefits for retirees.
Kathy Fredenberg is the District Secretary to Erik Faulkner, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. Kathy has been with the district since 2001, and has over 20 years experience in the educational environment.