The Superintendent Resource and Collaboration Center is a project introduced by Dr. Theresa Daem and evolving and developing with the guidance and support of The Superintendent Resource and Collaboration Center Advisory Board.

     Members of the Advisory Board were selected based on their successful experience, their recognized achievements in their respective fields, and their clearly established capacities to provide the necessary expertise and advice to effectively advance the mission of the organization, including but not limited to program design and  content; organizational structure and policies; funding model and budgeting; staffing and technology applications; member services and benefits;  and marketing and public relations.

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Helio Brasil


Small School District Association (SSDA)

“fiercely committed to supporting

his profession and advancing education

     As president of California’s SSDA, Dr. Helio Brasil is uniquely positioned to represent over half of the superintendents in our country who are in districts with less than 1,000 students with a bare minimum of support staff yet dealing with the same demands as colleagues in larger districts with a cadre of administrators and specialists.
     Not only is he president of an organization serving more than 350 members, he is currently Superintendent of California’s Keyes Union School District. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the California State University Stanislaus, a master’s degree from Saint Mary’s College and a doctorate in political science and international relations from the University of Toulouse in France.

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Theresa Daem, Founder and CEO

Known as a

Passionate Advocate for Superintendents

it is one of the most vital, complex,

and demanding roles in our nation”

     In 2009 Dr. Theresa Daem founded the National Association of School Superintendents (NASS). According to Daem, “Quality teachers are the essence of quality education, but they truly flourish in great districts, and these are the result of great leadership.”

     She is a former school superintendent, most recently for the Laguna Beach Unified School District in California. She has authored numerous articles on the superintendency, presented at various workshops, been an adjunct professor at the university level, and served on numerous boards and advisory groups. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Montana State University and her doctorate from the University of Southern California. 

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Jill Gildea, Chairperson

Known for

Visionary Strategic Planning


and future-focused schools”

     An award-winning and published author and educator, Dr. Jill Gildea is known across the country as an inspirational leader passionate about maintaining students at the center of decisions and distinguished for implementing effective short-and long-term planning processes and for her well-confirmed expertise in communications and fiscal management.
     She is currently the Superintendent of the Park City School District in Utah, and formerly the Superintendent of Greenwich Public Schools in Greenwich, Connecticut. She holds a doctorate in curriculum and supervision from Northern Illinois University, and a bachelor of arts degree in English and secondary education from Bradley University.

We believe every child deserves a great education.


We believe a great education is the product of great teaching.


We believe great teachers flourish in great school districts.


We believe great school districts are the product of great leadership.

Our goal is to expedite our top district leaders' access to the resources they need to maximize their potential to achieve excellence.


Ysidro 'Sid" Salazar

Known for 

Unparalleled Instructional Leadership

“a laser-like focus for

closing student achievement gaps”

     As Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Support Services for the San Diego Unified School District, Dr. Sid Salazar was widely credited for “unprecedented” achievement results establishing that “25% of all secondary schools made 20 or more point gains on state accountability measures”.  
     He is currently Senior Director for the Sanford Programs for the National University System, and formerly Superintendent of the Alvord Unified School District in California. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership, master’s degrees in education and in counseling, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, all from San Diego State University.