Marisela holds a BS in Business Administration from San Francisco State University and is pursuing an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from the school of Business and Leadership at Dominican University of California. Marisela is also bilingual (English/Spanish). Marisela is uniquely qualified to use sustainable business principles and practices to ensure that organizations meet economic, environmental and social objectives.
Marisela lives is Vallejo with her husband and two daughters ages 13 and 3 years old.
(Term: July 2, 2011 - )
Mr. Betz is Assistant Director of Operations for Solano County Health and Social Services. His interest lies in early brain development and the social consequences of failing to support children in early childhood. Together with First 5 Contra Costa, Mr. Betz helped facilitate the production of the Contra Costa Children's Report Card 2002. Mr. Betz holds a doctorate in Education from the University of Fridericiana in Germany. He is a board-certified music therapist, a certified group psychotherapist and a certified community action professional. Mr. Betz lives in Benicia with his wife and two sons and often visits his daughter from his first marriage in Adelaide, Australia.
(Term: June 4, 2013 - June 3, 2017)
Elise Crane is lead on an $11 million workforce development portfolio at the Office of Early Care and Education. For 12 years she managed the compensation programs Wage Augmentation Guarantees for Entry Level Staff Plus (WAGES+) program, licensed centers and family child care home, and was lead on the redesign of the new compensation program Compensation and Wage Augmentation Grants for Economic Support (C-WAGES) program which broadens the funding to include increased wages based on job title and education, and enhanced access to medical insurance and retirement benefits for the early care and education workforce in San Francisco. The compensation programs total $9.7 million of City and State (AB212) funding to support 78 licensed centers and over 200 Family Child Care providers serving low income children in the City/County of San Francisco. She also manages contracts that support educational pathways and provide stipends for completed coursework at higher education institutions. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding and later City and CalWORKs funding was identified and used to develop the Learning with Income, Foundations to Teach (LIFT) program through Elise’s leadership, which created classroom jobs for low income individuals, primarily women, linked to formal education and professional development in the ECE and School Age sector. Ms. Crane is an active participant in a number of early care and education policy and planning groups, and attends regional and state level workgroups on ECE policy. Ms. Crane has been active in the planning, development and implementation of the CA ECE Workforce Registry and a Board Member and Co-Chair of the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee of The National Registry Alliance. Elise graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Education and Social Policy and Fiscal Management. She lives in Vacaville with her husband and three children.
(Term: October 2, 2012 - October 2, 2016)
Aaron Crutison is the Deputy Director, Solano County Health and Social Services (H&SS) /Children and Adult Resource Services (CARES). His 26 years of public service in three California counties spans 4 decades and includes previous appointments in Solano as Manager, Administrator and interim Deputy Director in the Employment and Eligibility and Child Welfare Services (CWS) Divisions. His accomplishments include assisting in a major restructuring and strengthening of the CWS Division, fully implementing the merger of two H&SS Divisions, and leading the successful development and implementation of three state-mandated CWS System Improvement Plans. As a result, CWS monthly contacts compliance exceeds the state average and more children have been safely reunified with their parents or adopted in a timely manner.
Mr. Crutison earned his BA in Social Science/Health Administration from UC Berkeley and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. A graduate of the Solano County Future Leaders program, his community service includes Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (Past General President/Western Region Vice-President, Berkeley Alumni Chapter President), UCB Black Alumni Association (Past President), AME Zion Church/Vallejo (Local Minister) and the Fatherhood Collaborative of San Mateo County (Member).
Dana Dean, Co-Chair
(Term: June 23, 2013 - June 22, 2017)
Since opening her law firm in Benicia, California in 2003, Dana Dean has practiced real estate and land use law, focusing on litigation and land use development. With matters in Contra Costa, Napa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, and Yolo counties, Ms. Dean has concluded dozens of cases involving disputed developments and related land use entitlements, as well as transactional, boundary, easement, and other traditional real estate claims.
Ms. Dean has successfully represented neighborhood groups, and project developers alike, at the city and county levels during all stages of CEQA process, and before various state agencies considering applications related to other entitlements. Ms. Dean has also successfully represented plaintiffs, defendants, buyers, sellers, agents and brokers, in real estate litigation matters related breach of contract, fraud, non- disclosure, and the like.
In 2007, having completed training through the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University, Ms. Dean began taking mediation assignments from the Solano County Superior Court, with a focus on mediating real estate and other contract disputes. Since then, Ms. Dean has obtained advanced training in Local Government and community group ADR. Thus, given her substantial experience in representing all types of parties in real estate and land use disputes, Ms. Dean is now in a unique position to resolve real estate and community disputes empathetically and efficiently.
Ms. Dean also has a long history of community involvement with particular focus on health issues and a current focus on children’s health and well-being. Among other responsibilities, Ms. Dean now serves on the Benicia Unified School District Board of Trustees having previously served on the Joe Henderson School PTG as liaison to the site council. Ms. Dean served for several years on the Affordable Housing Affiliation Board and has been a Benicia Rotarian for the past 5 years.
(Term: June 3, 2013 - June 2, 2017)
Liz Niedziela has served as the Transit Program Manager for Solano Transportation Authority for the last six years, providing support to the Executive Director and assisting in the management and implementation of transit programs, projects and studies. She also serves as Chair, SolTrans Technical Advisory Committee, staffs the Paratransit Coordinating Council and Solano Seniors and People with Disabilities Transportation Advisory Committee, and is a member of the SolanoExpress Intercity Transit Consortium. Born in San Francisco, Ms. Niedziela has resided in Solano County for over 30 years and raised her two sons in Dixon. Matt is serving in the United States Air Force and Jason is a student at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Ms. Niedziela earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology - Law & Society from University of California, Davis in 1985. She is an avid amateur photographer who loves taking pictures and creating picture books. She also enjoys hiking, reading and creating memories with family and friends.
Linda Seifert, Chair
(Term: January 1, 2012- December 31, 2013)
Linda Seifert is committed to ensuring that health and social services are available to the very young and seniors in our community. Of equal importance to Seifert is improving the quality of education in our communities.
Her community service included terms as member and Vice President of the Solano County Library Foundation, member of the Child Haven Board of Directors, member and President of the Green Valley Landowners Association Board of Directors, and member of the Advocates for the Arts Board of Directors.
She was raised in a small farming community in Minnesota and moved to California with her family when she was a high school student. She graduated from California State University in Fullerton [English 1971] and the University of the Pacific Mc George School of Law . She was a member of the Law Review, the Moot Court Competition team, and the Traynor Honor Society.
The first woman partner at the firm of McNamara Law Firm in Walnut Creek [1985-1997], Seifert predominately represented individuals, cities, school districts, non-profit agencies, businesses and homeowners associations during her career. She served as President of the Contra Costa County Women’s Bar Association and as a member of the board of directors of the Contra Costa Bar Association.
In 1997, she joined the staff of the California Dental Association, a large health care non-profit located in Sacramento, as General Counsel.
When she retired in 2003, she pursued her passion for community work. She is a compassionate public advocate who has spent the last five years after retiring from the practice of law working to improve the lives of Solano County residents.
(Term: March 2, 2011- March 1, 2015)
Jay Speck, Solano County Superintendent of Schools, has been a resident and an educator in Solano County for over 34 years giving him particular insight into the communities he serves. Jay’s career with the Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) began as a special education teacher at the elementary and secondary levels. As his career with SCOE progressed, he held positions as a program manager, principal, director of special education, and assistant superintendent of human resources before being sworn in as County Superintendent on January 3, 2011.
Jay received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis. He earned his teaching credentials from California State University (CSU), Los Angeles, and CSU Sacramento. He holds an administrative credential and a Masters degree in Educational Administration from CSU Sacramento.
Jay represents Solano County public education as a member of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Solano, and the Solano Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
During his career, Jay has received extensive training and experience in interest-based problem solving and collective bargaining solidifying his reputation as a trusted leader, highly-skilled problemsolver, and ardent collaborator. Coworkers describe him as extremely fair-minded, and he is well known for his strong beliefs in the potential of every student to learn and develop academically.
Jay raised his family in Solano County, and his children attended local public schools. He currently lives in Vacaville with his wife, Suzanne. They have four grown children and two grandchildren. During his Oath of Office speech, Jay shared his motivation for seeking the county superintendency and issued a call to action for the duration of his four-year term. “I believe in the deepest parts of my heart and intellect that our democracy and our economic well-being depends on a strong public school system. If we care about our future, if we care about California, we will invest in public education.”