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President's Message



photoA Message from Dr. Lisa Dachs-Ornelas,

President, ACSA Region 16


Welcome to ACSA Region 16.  I am once again honored and privileged as I serve the second year of my two-year term as president of this great region – representing the Los Angeles Unified School District.  I am proud to be part of the Association of California School Administrators - Region 16, where we offer current, aspiring, and retired administrators a variety of opportunities to network, advocate, mentor and to connect and collaborate with colleagues, a necessity in these times of rapid change.  My involvement in ACSA began as the Membership Chairperson in 2019.  I also served as the Women In Leadership co-chairperson.   These experiences provided me the opportunity to serve with dedicated educational leaders who are committed to the pursuit of equity and excellence to meet the diverse needs of all students.


I would like to welcome all the newly elected board members and representatives.  I also want to thank last year’s executive board for their leadership and service during the 2021-2022 school years.  We continue to grow as an organization because of the collective efficacy within ACSA Region 16.  Last year we celebrated our 50th year anniversary living out our theme of “We are GOLDEN together”.  Due to the collective efficacy within our region, we organized in-person events throughout the year that allowed for professional development, networking, and advocacy.  These opportunities opened the door for new members to become actively involved in ACSA and in turn, increased our overall membership. 


This year, our new motto is “Leading with Excellence”.  This can be defined and interpreted in many ways, but what does stand out is that great leadership is always observed. Therefore, as ACSA leaders, we are the role models for the community, other leaders, aspiring administrators, and most importantly, our students.  As we continue with our journey, let’s bring each other in, and elevate one another.  Let’s work together and lead with excellence. 


ACSA Region 16 remains committed to our mission to promote the advancement of an equitablequality education for all students and to promote and support the mission of State ACSA.  The goals for the 22-23 school year are:


Member Development and Support – Provide members with a wide range of meaningful opportunities to contribute their diverse talent, experience, and perspective to further the mission, goals, and priorities of ACSA.

Advocacy and Influence - Raise ACSA’s reputation as the authority on education issues and as an influential spokesperson at the local, state, and federal levels.

Organizational Alignment and Accountability - Tap the full potential of ACSA to effect positive change for the profession and for students through better alignment of roles, goals, and resources at all levels of the Association.


State ACSA and Region16 are here to support you. I encourage you to explore and take advantage of all the benefits ACSA has to offer to assist you. I also encourage you to become an active member of the association through professional development opportunities, social networking events, Women in Leadership Summit, sitting on a state committee or council, serving on our region executive board, participating in Legislative Action Day and much more!


If you have any questions, or if I can help in any way, please feel free to reach out to me. I look forward to meeting you either in person or virtually!


Leading with Excellence,


Dr. Lisa Dachs-Ornelas
ACSA Region 16
Beachy Ave. ES, LAUSD
(818) 899-0241
[email protected]