MEET THE FACULTY

Our faculty are leading experts and practitioners in their field. Instructors include public administration and public policy faculty from the premiere California universities and other institutions, along with extraordinary county practitioners, elected officials, and state and national subject experts comprise the 50+ individuals who serve on the CSAC Institute faculty.

Institute instructors are selected with three criteria in mind:
  • Subject-matter expertise
  • Practical experience with counties or public agencies
  • Practice facilitating adult education
Faculty members receive preparatory coaching and feedback from participants and the Dean after class to help improve instruction and achieve excellence in learning.
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Angela Antenore
Angela Antenore, M.Ed., combines her background in education and psychology to pursue leadership and organizational effectiveness strategies with her clients. She has a unique back-ground including both international consulting experience as well as hands-on experience as a director, manager, small business owner and educator. In these roles, Ange ...View More
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Angela Giacoumis
Angela Giacoumis is the founder and CEO of Careerlink People Solutions (Careerlink) a human resource consultancy specializing in the delivery of workforce, people analytics, learning, coaching, consulting and engagement strategies that drive business performance and results. A successful business leader and entrepreneur Angela is a sought-after ...View More
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Bill Chiat
Bill Chiat (pronounced shy-at) is Dean and manager of the CSAC Institute. He incorporates over 30 years of practical executive leadership experience in state and local governments into employee development, mixed with a fluency in governance issues and the challenges of managing today’s workforce. Bill’s practitioner expertise spans local and sta ...View More
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 David Boesch
David Boesch is the County Executive Officer of Placer County. Previously he served as County Manager of San Mateo County and City Manager in Menlo Park. David has worked for seven different local governments in three states in a career that spans 30 years. David has a Masters of Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of G ...View More
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 Diane Cummins
Diane Cummins currently serves as the Special Advisor to the Governor on State and Local Realignment. She officially retired in late 2008 after a distinguished 31-year career in California government but has been brought back to advise the Governor in an area of her particular expertise. Ms. Cummins was appointed Chief Fiscal Policy Advisor to t ...View More
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Diane Dillon
Diane was born and raised in Napa. She is the fifth-generation of her family to live in Napa County, being descended from Connelly Conn, who came to Napa in 1852, to join his uncle John Conn, who had arrived in the mid-1840s and helped Dr. Edward Bale build his mill. Conn Valley and Conn Dam are named for these ancestors of Diane’s. She grew up he ...View More
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 Eric Douglas
Eric Douglas is a principal consultant, president, and founder of Leading Resources Inc. (“LRI”), a consulting firm whose purpose is to develop leaders and leading organizations. Headquartered in Sacramento, LRI’s clients include public agencies, corporations, and non-profit organizations in the United States and abroad. LRI focuses on five dimens ...View More
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Frank Benest
Until August 2008, Dr. Frank Benest served as the City Manager of Palo Alto, California. He is a noted consultant and trainer on rightsizing public organizations, entrepreneurial government, civic engagement, leadership development, and succession planning. Prior to his appointment in Palo Alto, Frank served as City Manager in Brea and Colton, Ca ...View More
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Jean Kinney Hurst
Jean Kinney Hurst brings unique and varied policy expertise in complex state and local fiscal matters. During the past 15 years as a legislative representative for the California State Association of Counties, she developed a reputation as a determined problem-solver, respected advocate, and effective strategist. She has been intimately involved ...View More
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Joe Krahn
Joe Krahn is a Senior Associate at the Washington, D.C. government relations firm of Waterman & Associates. Mr. Krahn has over 13 years of federal lobbying experience, with expertise in local government advocacy in both the legislative and regulatory arenas. Since 1996, he has served as one of Waterman & Associates’ chief advocates for the Calif ...View More
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 John Dare
John uses his experience as a Silicon Valley veteran, chief executive and organizational transformation consultant with deep knowledge in Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Mindfulness and Neuroscience to unlock the greatness in people and organizations. His passion and authenticity make him an engaging speaker, facilitator, consultant, and executive c ...View More
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Laree Kiely
Dr. Laree Kiely has over 25 years experience consulting, facilitating, and teaching strategy, planning and organizational behavior in the US, Canada, Australia, the Czech Republic, and the People’s Republic of China. She is president of the Kiely Group; organizational effectiveness consultants. She also served for 15 years as a professor on the fa ...View More
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Larry Liberty
Larry is the first person in his family to have the privilege of a college education. He left University California Davis and went to Brazil as a Peace Corps volunteer for 15 months working with extreme poverty and illiteracy in small towns and in Rio de Janeiro. He completed a Master's Degree and later a Ph.D. in pursuit of understanding how ind ...View More
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Mark Charlton
Mark Charlton most recently served as the County Administrative Officer of Modoc County. Mr. Charlton is retired from the Army Corps of Engineers where he last served as the Director of Programs for the South Pacific Division office in San Francisco. He was the senior civilian executive in the Sacramento District from 1999 to 2006 and in the Wal ...View More
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Mary Kirlin
Dr. Mary Kirlin is an associate professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at California State University Sacramento. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses and has served in a variety of leadership roles on campus. Her research interests are in the area of civic and political engagement with a particular focus on th ...View More
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