Leadership Team

The County Office of Education is divided into three primary divisions: Business and Administrative Services, Educational Services, and Human Resources. 

Becky Jeffries


As assistant superintendent of schools, Becky Jeffries is responsible for monitoring the fiscal stability of local school districts. She reviews and approves school districts’ budgets. She also works closely with the Educational Services Division in reviewing and approving districts’ Local Control and Accountability Plans. At MCOE, Becky oversees Internal and External Business Services, Communications, Information Technology, Facilities, and Maintenance & Operations. 

Becky holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Hayward. In 2007, she left the private sector to begin working for Lake County Office of Education. In 2011, Becky earned her Chief Business Official certification through the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education and began working as a district Chief Business Official before joining MCOE in her current role. 

Although she is not in the classroom, Becky helps ensure Mendocino County children get a great education. She helps provide them with access to technology, safe and secure facilities, and funds for programs and services that will help them excel and grow. Becky loves being a part of the MCOE family and says, “The staff at MCOE truly cares about making a difference for the kids in this county. It makes MCOE a wonderful place to work each day!”

Kim Kern, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services


Kim Kern will be taking on the role as Mendocino County Office of Education’s new Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. Prior to coming to MCOE, she served in a dual role as Director of Innovative Learning for Piner-Olivet Union School District and principal of Northwest Prep Charter School in Santa Rosa, California.

Ms. Kern began her teaching career over 20 years ago at Sea View Elementary in the Coachella Valley. She taught Language Arts, ELD, and Fine Arts courses for 12 years in high-needs secondary schools. As a teacher she also served in various teacher leadership roles as a department chair and literacy and ELL coach. As an administrator and instructional leader, she has been a principal at all levels of TK-12 education and worked in both low and high-performing schools in large and small settings.

Twice National Board certified with a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Kim Kern is a passionate learner-leader. She has designed and implemented many different types of professional development and been responsible for site-specific and districtwide initiatives addressing instruction and support services related to connecting instruction, technology, and social emotional learning with classroom, schoolwide and systems practice. She specializes in creating high quality collaborative teams and learning communities and developing school structures that encourage equity, excellence, and innovation. She is excited to be joining the MCOE team.


Ryan Mahan


As chief human resources officer, Ryan Mahan is responsible for the strategic and operational decisions pertaining to compensation, professional development, and recruitment and retention in alignment with MCOE’s goals and objectives. He is also responsible for integrating HR policies throughout the organization and working with the leadership team to coordinate succession planning and develop a positive work environment.

Ryan has been working in Human Resources for approximately 12 years in both the private and public sectors. He received a master’s degree in human resources management from Florida International University. Ryan is passionate about public education.