California CEC is pleased to announce that AMY BRENNEMAN will be the keynote speaker at the conference being held at the University of San Diego on October 14 & 15.  Her political and activist work focuses on children’s health and accessible education.

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Amy Brenneman currently stars in the HBO hit, The Leftovers, which is in its third season. She executive produced a TV medical drama for NBC, titled Heartbeat, which aired its first season last spring. Among her many TV credits, is Judging Amy, which she created and executive produced, and for which she received two TV Guide Awards, three Golden Globe Award nominations, Producer’s Guild nomination, three Emmy Award nominations, People’s Choice Award nomination, and a SAG Awards nomination. Other TV credits include Reign, NYPD Blue, Private Practice, and Frasier. She has starred in over a dozen films, including Words & Pictures, Look of Love, Mother and Child, Nine lives, and Heat. She wrote, produced, and starred in the play, Mouth Wide Open. She also directed and produced a documentary The Way the World Should Be about the CHIME Institute.

Do not miss the opportunity to hear this dynamic person at the opening session of the CA CEC conference!



The worldwide mission of the Council for Exceptional Children is to improve educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities.

CEC accomplishes its mission, which is carried out in support of special education professionals and others working on behalf of individuals with exceptionalities, by advocating for appropriate governmental policies, by setting professional standards, by providing continuing professional development, by advocating for newly and historically under served individuals with exceptionalities, and by helping professionals achieve the conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

 CEC is a non-profit organization concerned with the education and well-being of exceptional individuals was founded in 1922. There are now over 24,000 members representing state units, Canadian providences, university students, divisions, as well as countries throughout the world.

CA CEC Executive Committee

 – Rachael (Raquel) Gonzales, Ed.D

President Elect – 
Carolyn Nunes, M.Sp.Ed

Treasurer – 
Connie Withers

Secretary – 
Lisa Simpson, Ed.D.

RA Representative North – 
Kevin Oh, Ph.D.

RA Representative South – Theresa Copple M.Sp.Ed

Orange County Chapter 188  Representative
 – Debra Cote, Ph.D.

Membership Chair
 – Susan Jennings

CAN Coordinator – Jerry Hime

Scholarship Chair – Mike Grimes, Ed.D.

Yes I Can Chair  – Nathan Swett M.Sp.Ed ATP

Executive Director – 
John H. Hess, Ed.D.

Webmaster – Nathan Swett M.Sp.Ed ATP