Dean's Executive Advisory Council

The Graduate School of Education Dean's Executive Advisory Council was formed in 2011 to enhance the liaison between the School and the academic, health and business communities.

The purpose of the Council is to serve in an advisory capacity, providing guidance and assistance with key subject matter expertise to the Dean in order to advance the School's overall commitment to excellence.

Steve Blum '77 and Athletic Hall of Fame Member

Attorney, former Trustee of the Ventura County College Community College District and former member of the California Community College League State Board. He also served 34 years in the Ventura Unified School District and 12 years as teachers' union president. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Education at Cal Lutheran.

 Amy Cranston
Amy Cranston, EdD '16

Executive Director

Dr. Cranston has over 20 years of experience in education and the public sector. Her experience with marginalized students drives her passion for educational equity through Social Emotional Learning (SEL). She earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Cal Lutheran with her research on the impact of SEL.


Ned Davis

Council Member
City of Westlake Village

Vallerie Gilpeer
Valerie J. Gilpeer, Esq.

Newman Aaronson Vanaman

Cynthia Herrera, PhD

Associate Vice Chancellor of Strategic Partnerships, Enrollment and Advancement
Ventura County Community College District

Kenny Loo

Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services
Conejo Valley Unified School District

Kenny Loo earned a bachelor's or arts degree from UC Irvine in 2007, a master's of arts degree in Educational Administration from CSU Northridge in 2013, and completed his clear administrative credential with Cal Lutheran in 2015. He served as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal in alternative education settings serving expelled, incarcerated, or credit-deficient students throughout Ventura County. Currently, his responsibilities are to support five middle school programs and facilitate professional learning for K-12 employees in the Conejo Valley Unified School District.

Dianne McKay

Ventura Community
College District
Mustang Marketing

Trina Moore-Southall
Trina Moore-Southall, EdD '16

Director of Equity and Inclusion
Brentwood School


Sal Sandoval
Sal Sandoval

Business Banking Officer
Montecito Bank and Trust