CAC Mission

The CAC's ultimate goal is to ensure that students succeed in maximizing their potential, receive the best possible education, and have equal access to all services. The CAC collaborates with the local SELPA to ensure that the educational requirements of special education students are met. The CAC serves as a liaison between SELPA, the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), local districts, families, community members, students, and teachers, so that all voices are heard. The organization also provides consumer education, information, and referral to resources. The Sonoma County Community Advisory Committee (CAC) advises the local Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) as specified by the State Education Code Part 30, Sections 56001, 56190-56194, 56195.7, 56195.9, 56200, 56205, 56240, 56728.7, and 56780.

More information about the CAC and its operations can be found in the CAC Bylaws.

CAC Executive Board Members

  • Sarah Ponsford - CAC Executive Chairperson
  • Emily King - Financial Officer
  • Jennifer Lemas - Secretary/Social Media 
  • Susan Langer - SELPA Representative
  • Nora Parajon - Parent Liaison

Message from the CAC president


All CAC meetings are open to the public. Meetings will be held at the Rohnert Park Education Center, 5860 Labath Ave., Rohnert Park, CA 94928, from 6:30-7:30 pm unless otherwise noted. Each meeting will have a topic and guest speaker. Be sure to get on the email list to receive an agenda prior to the meeting. Please contact the SELPA office at (707) 524-2750 with inquiries.

The CAC informational brochure includes the meeting dates and topics planned for the Community Advisory Committee. It is available in English and Spanish .


2023-24 Meeting Schedule


Date Location Topic Agenda   
September 25, 2023 - 6:30PM-8:30PM SCOE: 5340 Skylane Blvd Santa Rosa CA 95403 Filming the documentary, Forget Me Not    9/25/23  
November 13, 2023 - 6:30PM-8:00PM SCOE: 5340 Skylane Blvd Santa Rosa CA 95403 Presenter: Sam Drazin from Changing Presepectives    11/13/2023  
January 22, 2024 6:30PM-8:00PM SCOE: 5340 Skylane Blvd Santa Rosa CA 95403 [Oak Rm] Presenter: Larkin O'Leary, Common Ground Society 1/22/24  
April 29, 2024 6:00PM-7:00PM SCOE: 5340 Skylane Blvd Santa Rosa CA 95403      

Helpful Links

Sonoma CAC Brochure (English)

Sonoma CAC Brochure (Spanish)

Legislature Contact Links (County and Above)

CAC By-Laws