Superintendent's Office

Superintendent's Office

Nancy Magee
County Superintendent of Schools

SMCOE Cabinet

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  • Claire Cunningham

    Claire Cunningham
    Legal Counsel

    Claire Cunningham

    After graduating cum laude from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, with a double major in Government and French Literature, Ms. Cunningham attended the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. While at Hastings, she served as a senior editor of the Hastings Law Journal and won the Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court competition. Ms. Cunningham externed for the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. at the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the California Attorney General’s Office in the Appeals, Writs and Trials Division. Upon graduation from law school in 2003, Ms. Cunningham joined a litigation firm, Morgenstein & Jubelirer LLP, where she handled everything from employment and labor law to product liability, intellectual property and insurance coverage matters. 

    Ms. Cunningham joined the County Counsel’s Office in 2007. Since then, she has represented many school districts in both general education and special education matters. Ms. Cunningham is the Lead Deputy County Counsel in the area of education and she serves as in-house counsel to the County Board of Education and the County Superintendent of Schools. She also represents the Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities, oversees the Office’s information sharing work, and serves on the Employment Team.

  • Mefula Fairley

    Mefula Fairley
    Senior Administrator, Board/Superintendent Support and Community Relations

    Mefula Fairley

  • Franklin Felizardo

    Franklin Felizardo
    Administrator,
    Personnel Commission Services

    Franklin Felizardo

    Franklin Felizardo joined SMCOE’s leadership team in 2015 having previously served as an employee relations manager in Oregon. Prior to serving in that role, Mr. Felizardo was employed as the Senior Human Resources Analyst with the City of Salem, Oregon. Mr. Felizardo earned his bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and has a master’s degree from Willamette University. Mr. Felizardo possesses certified professional credentials from the International Public Management Association. 

    Currently, Mr. Felizardo is serving as the Treasurer of the School Personnel Commissioners Association of Northern California (SPCA-NC).

    Mr. Felizardo is a Bay Area native and enjoys spending time with immediate family in the area. As one of 16 first cousins, every weekend becomes a family outing, whether it’s ice skating, watching local professional sports, having picnics or barbecues, completing walks for a cause, or going on short day trips. Mr. Felizardo particularly enjoys watching sports, hiking, bicycling, and going to country music concerts.

  • Jeneé Littrell, PPS

    Jeneé Littrell, PPS
    Associate Superintendent, Student Services

    Jeneé Littrell, PPS

  • Patricia Love

    Patricia Love
    Administrator, Strategy and Communications

    Patricia Love

    Patricia Love joined the San Mateo County Office of Education as its first Administrator for Strategy and Communications in August 2017.

    Patricia served in a variety of public policy, communications, and education roles prior to joining the SMCOE. She taught at Notre Dame de Namur University, the University of Minnesota, and in adult literacy and ESL programs. She developed and managed economic development, communications, and civic engagement programs for the City of Burlingame and has worked with non-profit organizations on developing and expanding their Bay Area programs. She received a Master of Science degree in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin.

  • Lori Musso

    Lori Musso
    Associate Superintendent, Human Resources/Teacher & Administrator Development, Induction and Retention

    Lori Musso

    Lori Musso is the Associate Superintendent for Human Resources/Teacher & Administrator Development at the San Mateo County Office of Education.  Ms. Musso joined SMCOE as the Coordinator of Reading/Language Arts and then was promoted to serve as the Administrator of Curriculum and Instruction at SMCOE.  Serving as the Associate Superintendent for Human Resources/Teacher & Administrator Development allows Ms. Musso to combine her expertise in curriculum, instruction and credentialing with her people and management skills.

    Previous to Ms. Musso’s roles at SMCOE, she was a long time middle school teacher, site and district administrator.  Ms. Musso is the author of two curriculum and instruction books for Scholastic Publications. She has also been an instructor at SFSU and Notre Dame de Namur University in their credential programs.

    Ms. Musso holds a Master’s degree from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Sonoma State University.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and performing the hula.

    Ms. Musso is deeply committed to equity for all students.  Her passion for this goal is evident in her work with teachers and administrators.

  • Anjanette Pelletier

    Anjanette Pelletier
    Associate Superintendent, Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)

    Anjanette Pelletier

  • Denise Porterfield

    Denise Porterfield
    Deputy Superintendent,
    Business Services Division

    Denise Porterfield

    Deputy Superintendent Porterfield joined SMCOE’s leadership team in 2010 having previously served as the Chief Business Official for the Antioch Unified School District. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College. Ms. Porterfield received her school business certification through CASBO’s Chief Business Official program and participated in their CBO Mentor Project.

    Currently, Deputy Superintendent Porterfield serves on the San Mateo County Treasury Oversight Committee and is a member of the Business and Administration Steering Committee (BASC) for CCSESA, the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association.

    She enjoys time with family, gardening and reading, particularly historical fiction.

  • Gary Waddell, Ed.D.

    Gary Waddell, Ed.D.
    Deputy Superintendent,
    Instructional Services Division

    Gary Waddell, Ed.D.

    Dr. Gary Waddell is the Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services. He formerly served as Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services and Curriculum Services Administrator for the San Mateo County Office of Education. Gary has previously served as Principal or Counselor at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in both California and North Carolina and has been an adjunct professor of educational leadership at the graduate level. He holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership, as well as Educational Specialist, Masters of Arts in Education, and Bachelors of Arts degrees. He is the immediate past Chair of the California Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA).

    Gary has been recognized as the recipient of a number of awards in the areas of leadership and human rights and is a former North Carolina State Counselor of the Year. He has also been awarded the NCSCA Human Rights Award, the statewide Outstanding New Professional award, and the Jack McCall Award from the Center for School Leadership Development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has researched and published on topics such as equity/student voice, professional learning communities, and collaborative schools and classrooms.

Superintendent's Office Staff

  • Karen Williams

    Karen Williams
    Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

  • Marcia Serpa-Garcia

    Marcia Serpa-Garcia
    Executive Assistant to the Board

  • Anne Bartlett

    Anne Bartlett
    Public Communications Specialist

  • Patrick Broderick

    Patrick Broderick
    Multimedia Designer