Preparing All Students for Success in College and Career


The Santa Ana Unified School District's Special Education Department is committed to the educational success of students who have disabilities. Our department provides services for students with disabilities from our Early Start (infant) through age 22 years in our Adult Transition and Workability programs. 
Administrative Team:

  • Doreen Lohnes, Assistant Superintendent, Special Education/SELPA
  • Darek Jaronczyk, Director, Special Education
  • Gloria Olamendi, Coordinator, Special Education
  • Ryan Murray, Coordinator, Adult Transition Services
  • Mark Bello, Special Education Administrator (Early Childhood)
Program Specialists and Support Staff:

  • Meghan Yolles, Preschool/Autism
  • Tricia Shepherd, Preschool/Autism & Speech/Language
  • Rae Rice, Elementary/Intermediate 
  • Peggy Stratford, Elementary/Intermediate
  • Marci Dallazen, High School
  • Justin Micka, Autism
  • Meredith Maffetore, Autism
  • Chrissie Allen, Autism
  • Hector Ceniceros, Mental Health 
  • Kristen Henry, Mental Health  
  • Gabriela Aguirre, Curriculum Specialist