Northern CA Rep
Tawny Chestnut (Northern California Area Representative) began working with CASC as an Emerging Leader in the Summer of 2017. This position allowed her to get first-hand experience about what efforts are needed at the region and state level to make a difference in the school counseling profession. Being an emerging leader fostered her passion to continue with leadership in CASC as the Northern CA Area Representative. Tawny received her Pupil Personnel Service Credential from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga and is currently pursuing a second specialization in professional clinical counseling. She is a K-8 school counselor in Dixon USD. She loves fitness and lives with her husband Paul and beloved rescue dog Fairbanks in Vallejo.
Central CA Rep
Dr. José Cardenas (Central California Representative) has been a school counselor in Stockton Unified for 12 years. He is involved in the doctoral program at CSU Stanislaus and teaches in the school counseling program at CSU Stanislaus. In 2015, Jose joined the Central Valley Counseling Network to become more involved in school counseling causes after attending the 2017 ASCA National Conference and meeting CASC Board Members. Since that time, Dr. Cardenas became involved in the Northern California Conference Committee and the CASC Policy, Advocacy, and Legislation Coordinating Council. José believes it takes a collective commitment to foster a nurturing and conducive learning environment for all students and that school counselors play a vital role in being proactive and positive leaders in their communities.
Southern CA Rep
Josh Godinez (Regional Director - Southern California) is a school counselor at Centennial High School in Corona. Prior to this, Josh was instrumental in developing a data informed school counseling program, launching this program for a new high school in Fontana, where he served as the head counselor. Before becoming a school counselor, Josh spent nearly a decade as a high school social studies teacher and Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) mentor. On the CASC Board Josh passion as political advocate for school counselors shines. Josh is actively involved in the Policy, Advocacy, and Legislative Committee where he champions school counseling issues in Sacramento. He also has lectured and serve as an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University.
LA County Area Rep
Rachel Andrews (Los Angeles Area Representative) is currently a middle school counselor in Redondo Beach. For the past eleven years, Rachel has also worked as a Student Success Coach for Devry and prior to that she worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. During her time at the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Rachel’s interest in school counseling was sparked, as a means to reduce the school to prison pipeline. Rachel is also a visiting professor for Concordia and California State University Long Beach. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and one-year old son. Rachel is excited to be a part of CASC and is happy to advocate for school counselors working in Los Angeles County.