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Cathy Shepard
Cathy A. Shepard
Chief Business Officer

Cathy A. Shepard has been a member of the Antelope Valley community since 1980.  She began her career in public education in 1993 with the Antelope Valley Union High School District.  During her career with the high school district, she held the position of Categorical Programs Manager and Chief Financial Officer.  She joined the Palmdale School District in 2008 as the Chief Business Officer. Mrs. Shepard received her Associates of Science degree from the Antelope Valley College and both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Business Administration from the California State University Bakersfield.  She received her California School Business Officials Certification in 2000.


The Chief Business Officer is responsible for the operational functions of the school district.  This includes areas such as technology, child nutrition, facilities, transportation, and finance.  Prior to her career in public education, Mrs. Shepard owned and operated a private corporation which serviced the business sector in records retention and retrieval.


Mrs. Shepard is a member of the Association of California School Administrators, the California Association of School Business Officials, the Association of School Business Officials, and the Coalition for Adequate School Housing. She is also a member of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. 

Pauline Winbush
Pauline Winbush
 Assistant Superintendent


Pauline Winbush was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in various states throughout the Midwest.  She moved to California in 1986. Ms. Winbush received her B.A. in Theater Arts from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received her M.A. in Educational Administration from the California State University, Bakersfield.

Ms. Winbush began her career in education as a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District in 1989. She joined the Palmdale School District family in 1992 as a teacher at Palm Tree Elementary School. Since then, she has served the District as a Curriculum Resource Teacher, Assistant Principal (at both the elementary and intermediate grade levels), Principal, and Director of Human Resources. She currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.

Ms. Winbush is a member of the Association of California School Administrators.  She enjoys spending time with her family and supporting her children in their various activities including sports, clubs, and community events.

Judy Hall
Judy Hall
Assistant Superintendent
Educational Services

Born and raised in New York, Mrs. Judy M. Hall moved to California when she was eleven years old.  She graduated from El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills in 1971 and moved forward to pursue her career in education.  She earned her Associate of Arts degree from Pierce College, her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge and her Master of Science from National University.


Mrs. Hall is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, honor society of California State University Northridge.  She has attended and received certification in advanced leadership training at UCLA, Arthur Anderson Graduate School of Management & Graduate School of Education & Information Studies.  Additionally, she has just completed a 20 session ACSA Academy in School Business and Finance. She is currently serving as ACSA Region 15 Representative for the South for Curriculum and Instruction.


She is a 35 year veteran educator that has had a career of varied experiences.  Prior to coming to Palmdale School District in 2009, she was a principal of a K-5 elementary school in Los Angeles Unified School District.  Her experiences in the field of education include:  teacher of 14 years, Gifted Magnet School Coordinator, Curriculum Specialist, LAUSD District Reading Program Coordinator, Principal and current position of Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Palmdale School District. 


When not at work, Mrs. Hall enjoys interior decorating and cooking.  She is a member of the Kiwanis of Palmdale West and participates in the volunteer efforts of the club.
This is her sixth year serving the Palmdale School District. It has been a rewarding experience. She looks forward to working together collegially with all members of the District and we move forward in our quest for improving student achievement and closing the achievement gaps for all learners in our district.

John Porter
John Porter
Assistant Superintendent
Special Education/Student Services
Dr. John Porter is a second generation employee of the Palmdale School District. His mother, the late Carolyn Porter, was a long-time 1st and 2nd grade teacher at Manzanita School. Dr. Porter attended both Manzanita School and Juniper School before being promoted to Palmdale High School, where he was elected freshman class president and later, president of the Associated Student Body.
After high school, Dr. Porter attended Antelope Valley College, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach. For graduate studies, Dr. Porter earned a Master of Arts degree in Special Education from California State University, Northridge. He later earned a Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California, where he was honored for academic excellence by being inducted as a lifetime member into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Prior to his appointment as Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Porter served the District as a Special Education teacher, A Special Education Program Specialist, an Assistant Principal and Special Education Director.
Dr. Porter is active in the community and serves on the boards of directors for the Palmdale West Kiwanis Club (where he is also Vice President) and the Lancaster Performing Arts Center Foundation. Additionally, he is a lifetime member of the Friends of the Palmdale City Library (and a former director), a member of the Palmdale Sheriffs Boosters and is a former Board of Directors member of the Anteloe Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Lastly, Dr. Porter was recognized by the Association of California State Administrators (ACSA) as the 2011 Special Education Administrator of the Year for Region 15. More recently, Dr. Porter was honored in 2012 by being inducted into the Palmdale High School Hall of Fame.

Dr. Stacy Bryant

Stacy Bryant

Chief Leadership Officer

Born and raised in Palmdale, Dr. Stacy Love Bryant, attended Maryott Elementary and Sage Intermediate before graduating from Palmdale High School in 1977.  Dr. Bryant earned an Associate of Arts degree from Antelope Valley College, her Bachelor of Arts from Fresno State, and her Master of Science from University of LaVerne. She completed her doctoral studies in Organizational Leadership finishing her dissertation study on student transition from 8th to 9th grade.


Dr. Bryant was hired as a teacher at Palmdale High School in 1985, worked as a guidance counselor at Lancaster High School, served as principal of Highland High School, and finished her 25 year career with AVUHSD as the Director of Student Services. She transitioned to the Palmdale School District July 1, 2010 as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. In July, 2011 she was named the District's Chief Leadership Officer.


Dr. Bryant is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Palmdale West and has served as a board member, secretary and president. She sits on the Antelope Valley College Foundation Board and currently serves as president-elect. Dr. Bryant has received many accolades during her twenty-eight year career in education including a Distinguished Service Award and a Special Service Award from the Antelope Valley Union High School District. Additionally, Highland High School was named a California Distinguished School under her principal leadership. Dr. Bryant was inducted into the Palmdale High School Hall of Fame (2008) and Antelope Valley College Whit Carter Hall of Fame (1991). As a student athlete at Antelope Valley College she won the Central California Conference singles tennis championship (1978 & 1979) and the Conference doubles champions (1979) and was named Most Valuable Player both seasons. She coached the only Women's Tennis Championship Team at Antelope Valley College in 1986.

Last Modified on December 5, 2013