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Mark G. Sutton


Mark Sutton has more than 25 years of administrative experience in Central Valley school districts.  He has been the Superintendent of Central Unified School District since August 2015. 

Prior to that, he was the Superintendent of Selma Unified School District for seven years, and the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Instruction for four years. Under his leadership as Superintendent, Selma Unified was recognized by Education Trust West for exemplary results for English learners.  It also transitioned to a full day kindergarten in order to build a stronger foundation for all learners with positive data outcomes.  In 2015, Mr. Sutton received the ACSA Region 9 President’s Award in 2015.

Before becoming an administrator, Mr. Sutton taught both middle and high school students for eight years in Clovis and Encino, California.  During his tenure as a teacher, Mr. Sutton coached varsity baseball and football and served as the Assistant Athletic Director at Clovis West High School.  He has presented at state and national conferences, including California Association of Activities Directors (CADA), California League of Middle School (CLMS), ACSA, and AASPA.

He is currently on the teaching faculty for Personnel Academy for the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and a member of the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA).  He is also a Certified Coach for CIF Coaching Education for the American Sport Education Program.

 Mr. Sutton received his M.A. in Educational Administration at the University of San Francisco and B.A. in History at California Lutheran University.  He’s been married to his wife, Karen, for 33 years, and has three daughters who earned their degrees from either Fresno Pacific or Fresno State University.

Dr. Laurel Ashlock

 Assistant Superintendent
Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Laurel Ashlock joined Central Unified in September of 2006 as the Assistant Superintendent of K-12 Schools. In 2007, she was named Chief Academic Officer, which is the position she currently holds. Dr. Ashlock earned a Masters Degree in Special Education and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration with a minor in Curriculum.

During the 24 years she has spent in the educational field, Dr. Ashlock has served as a teacher, staff development specialist, vice principal, program writer, principal and administrator for curriculum and instruction. In addition, she has taught adults at California State University, Fresno and at the Educational Development Association in Durham, England's Summer Professional Development Institute. She has been a presenter for the Central Valley ACSA Principals Academy for the past three years and has also served on many local and state curriculum committees, including the West Ed Professional Standards Colloquium and the California Dairy Council Advisory Council.



Ketti Davis

 Assistant Superintendent,
Professional Development

Mrs. Ketti Davis serves the Central staff and community by creating, providing and supporting high-quality professional learning opportunities for teachers, administrators, and support staff. Mrs. Davis first joined the Central family as a teacher in 1992. In her almost 20 years in education, Mrs. Davis has supported student learning as a teacher, instructional coach, technology trainer, grant writer, and administrator of assessment and technology. For 5 years, she served as a school principal in Sanger Unified and has recently returned to her Central roots to serve as Assistant Superintendent of Professional Development. Mrs. Davis was born and raised in San Jose, California. However, she has called the Central Valley her home for over 20 years. She received her teaching credential from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from California State University, Fresno and her administrative credential from Fresno Pacific University. Her graduate studies focused on adult learning theory and the practices and research associated with creating effective professional learning opportunities for adults in the educational organization. She is married to a middle-school educator and loves to spend any free time she has with her two children, watching sports, reading or traveling.

Jack Kelejian

 Assistant Superintendent, 
Human Resources

Mr. Jack Kelejian joined Central Unified School District in 2001. Prior to his role as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Mr. Kelejian served the teachers, students and community as Principal of Central High School where his driving theme of “United in Orange” cultivated a spirit of collaboration among staff and students alike. His leadership experience includes serving as Principal of James K. Polk Elementary, where he led the school to the highly coveted National Blue Ribbon School nomination. Mr. Kelejian also served as a Vice-Principal at both Central High School West Campus and El Capitan Middle School. Before entering educational leadership, Mr. Kelejian taught social science at Central High School’s West Campus and also served as the Director of Activities. Mr. Kelejian is honored to serve Central Unified as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and to continue working in a collaborative environment, while building strong partnerships with staff and community members to foster college, career and community readiness for every student. 


Kelly Porterfield

Assistant Superintendent,
Chief Business Officer

Kelly Porterfield has more than 25 years of experience in public education with the last 10 years as an Assistant Superintendent/Chief Business Officer (CBO).  He has been the Assistant Superintendent of Executive Services/CBO of Central Unified School District since August 2012.  Prior to that, he was the Director of Facilities planning and was promoted to the Associate Superintendent of Business and Operations of Madera Unified School District.

He has developed and implemented strategies and programs related to district-wide technology, energy savings and retrofit, solar energy, master facilities plans, construction cost accounting, budget forecasting and risk management methodology.

Mr. Porterfield received his B.S. in Business Management at the University of Redlands and his Chief Business Officer Certificate from the University of Southern California.

He’s been married to his wife, Melissa, for 27 years, and has one daughter and three sons and two grandchildren.

Paul Birrell

7-12 and Adult Education

Mr. Paul Birrell began his teaching career at Central High School in 1988 after emigrating from the United Kingdom in 1981. In 2004, he moved into site administration and then to the Educational Services Division in 2007 as the Supervisor of High School State and Federal Programs. 

Mr. Birrell attended Fresno Pacific University and has a secondary English teaching credential from the California Teaching Commission and an Administrative Services Credential. He also holds a secondary teaching certificate from the General Teaching Council for Scotland. Mr. Birrell enjoys interacting with the staffs and students in the schools he supervises.  

Dr. Tami Boatright

K-8 Education

Dr. Tami Boatright serves Central Unified students, staff, and community in her role as Director, K-8.  Having spent more than 24 years as an educator in Central Unified, Tami has developed strong relationships with staff, students, and the community.  Her career began as a reading intervention teacher and she continued for the next 15 years as a classroom teacher in the district, followed by a position as a Resource and Federal Programs Resource teacher.  In 2006, Tami transitioned into administration as the Vice Principal at River Bluff.  The next five years were spent at the district office as the Research, Evaluation, and Assessment Supervisor.  In 2012, she served as the Principal of Steinbeck while pursuing her doctorate.  In December 2014, Tami earned her EdD in Organizational Leadership.  Although the pinnacle of her formal education has been reached, she considers herself a lifelong learner and in constant pursuit of new knowledge to contribute to this organization while supporting staff and students.  On a personal note, Tami and her husband recently celebrated their 26th anniversary.  They are immensely proud of their two sons, both of whom attended Central Unified schools. 

Andrea Valadez

Special Education and Support Services

Andrea began her career as a school psychologist after earning her B.A. and Ed.S. in psychology at Fresno State. Recognizing opportunities to advance the level of service to students and their families, Andrea successfully served as the Director of Student Services and Special Education for the Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District. While there, she created an autism program called SHINES (Strategically Helpful Interventions Nurturing Educational Success).  She was the Administrator of the Year in 2014-15.  

In January 2016, Andrea joined the Central Unified School District as the Administrator of Special Education and Support Services. Through her professional experience, Andrea has developed and nurtured strong relationships with staff, students and the community and brings with her a passionate and tireless commitment to serve student needs at the highest level. On a personal note, Andrea loves traveling and exploring new cultures with her family and expressing culinary curiosity in the kitchen.  She and her husband have a daughter.