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2014 Principal for a Day

Thank you to our sponsor


Sponsored by Merrill Lynch and the Pasadena Educational Foundation, Pasadena Unified Principal for a Day is a catalyst for relationships between local businesses and schools that bring volunteers, resources and motivation to our students and enrich our community.

On October 23, 2014 the Pasadena Educational Foundation invited business and community leaders to explore our vibrant Pasadena Unified School District campuses by shadowing a school principal for a day.  Principal for a Day is always an enlightening day of inspiration, exploration, and fun as our guest principals explore the challenges, participate in the victories, and share in the joy of being on a school campus.

See what our 2014 Principal's for a Day experienced here >>

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Jennifer DeVoll
Executive Director, Pasadena Community Foundation

Jennifer Fleming DeVoll joined the Pasadena Community Foundation in December 2002 and has served as Executive Director for almost twelve years. During that time she has worked with individuals, families and local groups to establish charitable funds and create effective grant making programs. Under her leadership, Pasadena’s “hometown” foundation has grown from $16 million to $45 million in assets. PCF manages about 300 charitable funds and endowments. The Foundation has invested over $23 million in discretionary grants to local non-profits and an additional $43 million in grants on behalf of its donors. The Pasadena Educational Foundation is the single largest grantee having received almost $1.2 million in grants.

Jennifer graduated from Stanford University and after jobs in New York, Boston and Los Angeles, she is pleased to be working where she grew up and where she raised her own children - Pasadena.

She is active in the Pasadena community as a member of Pasadena Rotary and past president of the San Gabriel Valley Estate Planning Council. She serves on the boards of Community Housing Management Services, an affordable senior housing subsidiary of Episcopal Communities & Services, the University Club of Pasadena and on the Boards of the Ann Peppers and Michael J. Connell Foundations.

Here's who is participating...


McKinley School

Image : McKinley School

Principal: Dave Banis
Principal for a Day: Rosey Bell
Realtor, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Washington STEAM Magnet Academy

Image : Washington STEAM Magnet Academy

Principal: Dr. Merian Stewart
Principal for a Day: Jennifer Fleming DeVoll
Executive Director Pasadena Community Foundation

Wilson Middle School

Image : Wilson Middle School

Principal: Sarah Rudchenko
Principal for a Day: Phillip L. Sanchez
Chief of Police, Pasadena Police Department

Theodore Roosevelt Elementary

Image : Theodore Roosevelt Elementary

Principal: Juan Ruelas
Principal for a Day: Guil Babcock
Retired College Professor

Principal for a Day: Kristen Schwarz
Past President, Junior League of Pasadena

Principal for a Day: Anita Fromholz
Pasadena: City of Learning


Washington Elementary STEM Magnet School

Image : Washington Elementary STEM Magnet School

Principal: Karrone Meeks
Principal for a Day: Tracy Van Houten
Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

San Rafael Elementary School

Image : San Rafael Elementary School

Principal: Rodolfo Ramirez
Principal for a Day: Jeff Maynard
Manager, Sotheby's International Realty

Sierra Madre Elementary School

Image : Sierra Madre Elementary School

Principal: Esther Salinas
Principal for a Day: Malgy Blue
Senior Vice President, Preferred Segment Leader, Pasadena, CA

Sierra Madre Middle School

Image : Sierra Madre Middle School

Principal: Garrett Newsom
Principal for a Day: James D. Wright
Resident Director Senior Vice President, Merrill Lynch

Rose City High School

Image : Rose City High School

Principal: Jack Loos
Principal for a Day: Arnold Siegel
Retired Professor Loyola Law School

Norma Coombs Alternative School

Image : Norma Coombs Alternative School

Principal: Dr. Jennifer Smith
Principal for a Day: Marcus Johnson
Senior Vice President, Bank of America

Pasadena High School

Image : Pasadena High School

Principal: Gilbert Barraza
Principal for a Day: Chris Holden
Assemblymember District 41

Learning Works

Principal: Mike Araujo
Principal for a Day: Jason Hardin
CEO, The Dena Magazine

Madison Elementary

Image : Madison Elementary

Principal: Carmen L. Serrano
Principal for a Day: Norma Roque

John Muir High School

Image : John Muir High School

Principal: Timothy Sippel
Principal for a Day: Douglas Kranwinkle
Retired, Executive Vice President Univision Communications

Jefferson Elementary School

Image : Jefferson Elementary School

Principal: Amin C. Oria
Principal for a Day: Melissa Winham
Senior Training & Development Representative, Parsons

Longellow Elementary School

Image : Longellow Elementary School

Principal: Erica Ingber
Principal for a Day: Julia McCallin
Associate Vice President for Human Resources, California Institute of Technology

Willard Elementary

Image : Willard Elementary

Principal: Dr. Debra Jenkins DeBose
Principal for a Day: Abiy Selassie
Manager, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union

Daniel Webster School

Image : Daniel Webster School

Principal: Jeffrey C. Bauer
Principal for a Day: Lorna Touryan Miller
(Retired) Director Office of Creative Connections, All Saints Church

Charles W. Eliot Arts Magnet Academy

Image : Charles W. Eliot Arts Magnet Academy

Principal: Lorena Martinez
Principal for a Day: David DiCristofaro
Regional President, Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo

Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet Academy

Image : Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet Academy

Principal: Rita Exposito
Principal for a Day: Rich Webster

John Marshall Fundamental School

Image : John Marshall Fundamental School

Principal: Mark Anderson
Principal for a Day: George Abdo
Retired, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Altadena Elementary

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Pasadena Unified Principal for a Day 2014
Altadena Elementary
Principal: Mr. Gregory White
Principal for the Day: Steven Lewis
President, Thinking Leadership


Blair High and Middle High School

Image : Blair High and Middle High School

Principal for a Day 2014
Principal: Trudell Skinner
Principal for a Day: Steve Allen
Executive Director Foothill Family Services

Center for Independent Study

Image : Center for Independent Study

Principal: Jack Loos
Principal for a Day: Arnold Siegel
Retired, Professor Loyola Law School

Cleveland Elementary School

Image : Cleveland Elementary School

Principal: Shannon Malone
Principal for a Day: Blaine Baggett
Office of Communication and Education Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Don Benito Fundamental Elementary School

Image : Don Benito Fundamental Elementary School

Principal: Dr. Linda Chang
Principal for a Day: David Davis
Principal, Gamble Jones Investment Counsel

Field Elementary School

Image : Field Elementary School

Principal: Ria Apodaca
Principal for a Day: Craig R. Colbath
Director – California Valley Complex
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Franklin Elementary

Image : Franklin Elementary

Principal: Caroline Bermudez
Principal for a Day: Robert Chanpong
Vice President - Wealth Management Advisor
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Principal for a Day: Jeffrey Scofield
Senior Vice President, Private Client Adviser
US Trust - Bank of America

Focus Point Academy

Image : Focus Point Academy

Principal: James Albanese, Jr.
Principal for a Day:Dean Conklin
Executive Director, Frostig School

Hamilton Elementary

Image : Hamilton Elementary

Principal: Frances Weissenberger
Principal for a Day: Ralph Clement