Since July 1, 2017, Donis has been the full-time Executive Director of AASD and is retired from San Diego Unified School District. Previously, her career spanned 38 years with SDUSD with time worked in Labor Relations and as the Director, Classified Personnel in Human Resources. Donis then served as AASD President and was on a release time leave to work at AASD and serve as Executive Director from May 2014 through June 2017. Prior to that, Donis served AASD in various capacities since 1990 including being a member of the AASD Executive Board, Board of Directors, Secretary-Treasurer and served on many AASD committees. Donis is married to Rick Coronel (retired after 25 years with Sea World) and their family includes two sons, three daughters, a son-in-law and a two-year old granddaughter. Donis has a deep commitment to the members that AASD serves and considers the Executive Director position “her dream job!”
Linda started her affiliation with San Diego City Schools as a parent at Zamorano Fine Arts Academy in 1992, where she was active in the PTA. In 1996, she was hired as a part-time classroom aide and ran the Parent Center as the Parent Liaison. In August 2001, she left Zamorano and worked for one year as the School Secretary at Dingeman Elementary, and in August 2002, began her career at AASD as the Office Manager. Linda is married (husband, Andy, same last…yes, he’s hyphenated, too) and has two daughters (Sarah and Ashley, both graduates of SCPA). Linda will tell you she has thoroughly enjoyed her job at AASD and looks forward to coming to work every day. She loves the people she gets to interact with on a daily basis – not just her co-workers, but all AASD members, especially the ones she sees regularly at monthly meetings (committees, Board of Directors, various meetings, AASD events, etc.).
Jim Costello joined the AASD staff on July 1, 2016 as the Office Clerk. He is retired from Goodrich/ROHR as a Finance Administrator/Airline Finance Manager. As the AASD Office Clerk, Jim works part-time (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). Amongst other duties, Jim is responsible for all membership records, committee support for the Member Relations, Professional Development, Scholarship and Retiree committees, and publishes the AASD Weekly Update. In his spare time, Jim is a travel consultant for Expedia Cruises. He and his long-time partner, Brian, are well-seasoned cruise ship travelers! They live in Hillcrest and have two very spoiled cats.