2019 BHPF Speakers

This list of speakers have been invited to either join panels or be a keynote.


Mara Madrigal-Weiss, MA, MEd

Mara Madrigal-Weiss is the Director of Wellness and Student Achievement with the San Diego County Office of Education. Her experience includes working with school communities as a Family Case Manager, Protective Services Worker and Family Resource Center Director. Madrigal-Weiss received her M.A. in Human Behavior from National University; a M.Ed in counseling and a M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Point Loma Nazarene University. She was part of the California Department of Education’s Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup that supported recently-passed AB 2246 requiring all school districts in California to adopt a suicide prevention policy. Commissioner Madrigal-Weiss fills the seat of designee of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Susan Coats 

Department consultant on assessments. Represent psychologists at Director’s meetings. Consultant to Special Education Director regarding assessment processes, timelines, reports, etc. Act as Special Education summer school principal K-8. Collect data on psychological services department regarding assessments, counseling, in-services and school site profiles. Create and suggest psychologists’ site assignments. Contribute and participate in school psychologist evaluations, SELPA meetings and ERMHS interviews. Arrange for IDEA and 504 district professional developments. Lead consultant for assessment and diagnosis of disabilities. Mental Health Officer for the district’s Crisis Response Team. Participant in the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS)/National Incident Management System (NIMS), and Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS). 

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Frank J. Mecca

Frank Mecca has served as Executive Director for 25 years, during which he has helped establish CWDA as a leading advocacy and policy organization in the field of public human services.

Under Frank’s leadership, the association has been instrumental in the development of significant human services programs and policies, including helping shape the CalWORKs program, creating the Adult Protective Services program, and advocating for significant child welfare reform efforts such as extending foster care support to youth after age 18.