PEF Welcomes New Board Members
Nine Piedmont Community Members to Join PEF Board of Directors
A slate of nine nominees presented to the PEF Board of Directors by the Nominating Committee was unanimously approved at the April 19 board meeting. Representing an array of backgrounds and experience, and whose children range from elementary-aged to those who have elementary-aged children of their own, the incoming board members are Holly Hanke, Eileen Kwei, Clarence Mamuyac, Bill Reichle, Mary Lou Righellis, Abby Scott, Sameer Srivastava, Betty Winnacker, and Peggy Chan (as Dress Best for Less Liaison).
A Thoughtful Process and a Comprehensive Search
The final slate was months in the making and represented much due diligence on the part of the committee. Chaired by Dana Serleth, and including board members Molly Ashford, Nicole Taylor, Mahvash Hassan, School Board president Andrea Swenson and at-large community member Cindy Hinman, it first convened in December 2015 to begin to think about the task ahead.
Says Serleth, “With last year’s merger [of APCP and PEF], and a new executive director, this has been a time of exciting transformation for PEF. Ensuring we have a thoughtful and committed board to steward the mission and sustain our goals going forward was the Nominating Committee’s number one priority. In putting together a strong slate, we cast a wide net and considered a broad range of potential board members.”
Additionally, the committee proceeded to survey current board members* about what would be needed in the coming years, as well as posted announcements in the local media outlets. “We had our work cut out for us,” says Mahvash Hassan, who serves on the PEF Nominating Committee. “But the good news is our community is home to many who want to serve the schools and who bring tremendous skills to the cause.”
Incoming Talent, Experience and Commitment
All incoming members have spent years volunteering and fundraising for a wide variety or organizations — from Parent Clubs to support groups like DBFL, PADC, PAINTS, CHIME, ALPS, and Boosters, in addition to other civic or educational nonprofits.
PEF Chair Christine Wente von Metzsch is thrilled with the talent coming on board. “The spirit of volunteerism and commitment to our schools runs deep. And lucky for PEF, with this group comes lots of expertise on fundraising, finance, communications, media, tech and more. I speak for all the board when I say that we are grateful for their service — and very much looking forward to working with them!” says Wente von Metzsch.
The new members will be officially welcomed at the final PEF meeting of the year on May 19.
is a community-based, registered 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to promote academic excellence, champion innovation, and provide sustained financial support to the Piedmont Unified School District. PEF raises more than $2.5 million annually for the K-12 Piedmont public schools, and is the steward for an Endowment valued at approximately $6 million. Responsible for providing nearly 8% of the District budget, the board actively engages our community on behalf of the Piedmont schools.
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Peggy Chan will serve on the PEF Board of Directors as the Dress Best for Less Liaison. DBFL is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded to benefit the Piedmont public schools by donating through PEF. Since its founding in 1982, DBFL has donated over $1 million to the schools. Peggy has lived in Piedmont for the last 19 years. Her three children have all benefited from the Piedmont schools system (with two currently attending). She has volunteered for DBFL for many years, the last four as president. She has also held volunteer positions on the Wildwood and PMS Parent Clubs. Professionally, Peggy was a buyer for several national department and specialty stores. She has a B.S. in Business Administration from Central Michigan State University.
Eileen Kwei contributes to a variety of local education-related nonprofits. She recently co-chaired the most recent PEF Spring Fling, successfully raising nearly $450,000 for the elementary schools. Additionally, she volunteers at Lighthouse Charter School in Oakland and is a member of their Gala Host Committee. She serves on the Capital Cabinet for Lodestar Charter School in Oakland. Professionally, she has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. She is currently a Partner at Artisan Partners, an investment management firm. She holds a BA in Economics with a minor in Business Administration from UC Berkeley. She is a CFA Charterholder. Eileen and her family have lived in Piedmont for four years. Her oldest son attends first grade at Havens, where she serves as the Class Parent.
Bill Reichle has served on the boards of the PHS Boosters’ Club, the Piedmont Youth Soccer League, and Camp Augusta, where he led efforts to recruit new board members. His volunteer service includes acting as Chair of the Campaign for the Lair of the Golden Bear, raising $2.4 million to rebuild the family summer camps of UC Berkeley’s Cal Alumni Association. Bill is the Director of New Revenue Initiatives at UC Berkeley and leads efforts to monetize the cultural and intellectual assets of the University to replace decreasing state funding. Prior to working at UC Berkeley, he was a partner in Twist, Inc., a San Francisco marketing communications and design agency. Bill has lived in Piedmont since 2000 with wife Julie (PHS ’83), and daughters Tess (PHS ’14) and Claire (PHS ’16). He is eager to propagate continuing support of Piedmont Schools for families who no longer have children in the Piedmont schools. Bill has his BA from UC Berkeley and an MBA in Marketing from CSU East Bay.
Abby Scott is a Piedmont native whose many and varied volunteer roles include Giving Campaign site rep and personal solicitations committee member, Rec. Center basketball coach, and Girl Scout troop treasurer and cookie sales lead. Abby is currently managing the fundraising activities for the PMS Learnscape, and she recently served on the search committee to hire PEF’s first executive director. Outside of her Piedmont volunteer commitments, Abby works at UC Berkeley as the Director of Corporate Partnerships for the Haas School of Business. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Abby and her husband John McWeeny have twins in the Middle School.
Betty Winnacker currently serves as the treasurer for the Havens Parents Club, and holds an advisory role on the PEF Finance Committee and the PEF Grants Committee. Additionally, she serves as the treasurer for St. Clement’s Episcopal Church. Betty graduated from CSU Hayward and received her BS in accounting (1998) and her MBA in strategic management (2001). She has utilized her accounting and finance background in many industries, assisting small businesses to start and streamline their operations. She and husband Rudy have three young children (Elizabeth, Helen, and John) who attend the Piedmont schools. As time allows with a young and busy family, she is returning to her accounting career, serving clients in the not-for-profit sector.
Holly Hanke currently serves on the board of CHIME and the Piedmont Education Speaker Series (ESS). She helped launch the Piedmont Portal in 2012 and has been an editor on the site since then. Holly has also been on the board of PADC and PAINTS, the Wellness Center Support Committee, and volunteered on parcel tax campaigns. Holly grew up overseas, attending schools in Bogota, Manila, Tokyo, and Bangkok. She graduated from Davidson College and received a Masters in Journalism from UC Berkeley. Her work experience includes serving in the US Embassy in Rangoon (Yangon), Burma (Myanmar) and as a development officer at The Asia Foundation. She has also worked as a senior editor at two Bay Area internet companies and does occasional freelance writing and editing work. Holly and husband John have lived in Piedmont for 10 years and have three children in Piedmont schools.
Clarence Mamuyac is a board member and past President of the Piedmont Recreational Facilities Organization, and serves as a volunteer resource to the City of Piedmont, the Piedmont Unified School District, and several youth sports organizations for capital projects. He is President of ELS Architecture and Urban Design. (His firm is recognized by ARCHITECT 50, Architect magazine’s ranking of the top 50 US firms). Clarence’s portfolio includes sports, recreation, performing arts, and education venues for community and civic centers, and K-12 and university campuses. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UC Berkeley and is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. He and his wife, Karen, moved to Piedmont in 1991 and both of their children graduated from PHS; daughter Erin attends medical school at Columbia University, and son Nate studies finance and economics at University of Southern California.
Mary Lou Righellis has served the Piedmont community for the past 35 years. Professionally, she practiced as registered occupational therapist for 25 years with PUSD. Working with students, teachers, parents and administrators, she helped to develop, manage and grow the current on-site occupational therapy program for all three Piedmont elementary schools, including the Pre-School Day Class. Mary Lou and husband Straty have two sons who went through the Piedmont schools, during which time Mary Lou served consecutively on the Wildwood, PMS and PHS parent boards, and was the Vice President/Funding Chair for both PHS and PMS. She is past-president of the Piedmont Garden Club and an ongoing member of Piedmont Beautification Foundation. By invitation, she now serves on the national level of the Garden Club of America’s (G.C.A.) Conservation Committee, and has been a contributor to G.C.A.’s national publication, The Bulletin. She is currently a member of the PEF Grants Committee. Mary Lou received her B.S. and her post-graduate O.T.R. from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Sameer B. Srivastava is an Assistant Professor at University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Sameer’s research examines how the social structure within organizations—particularly that manifested in workplace social networks—affects individuals and their careers. Sameer holds an AB magna cum laude in Economics, an AM in Sociology, an MBA, and a PhD in Organizational Behavior—all from Harvard University. In a previous career, Sameer was a partner of a global management consultancy (Monitor Group; now Monitor Deloitte). Sameer and wife Ruju have two children (PMS & PHS), and he has been active in the Piedmont school community since his family moved to the area in 2012. He has served on the board of Piedmont ALPS for three years and has been co-president or president of the group the past two years. In 2014-2015, he also participated in the PUSD Math Task Force. In 2015-2016, he has served on the PEF Grants Committee, the LCAP Advisory Committee, and the District Gate Advisory Council.
*The 2015-2016 PEF Board of Directors is a one-year interim board, designed to help manage the transition from two organizations (APCP and PEF) to a single, merged board that included all interested members of both original boards. As a follow up, and per the 2015 merger agreement, this year’s Governance Committee worked to propose a sustainable board structure going forward. The approved plan allows for current, interested and eligible board members to continue to serve out their terms, while creating openings for new members. Outgoing PEF Board members are Hilary Cooper, Katie Korotzer, Cathie Geddeis, Jim Baack, Anne-Marie Lamarche, Denis Mathewson, Gayle Sells (DBFL Liaison), Jenny Lynn, Dana Serleth, Nicole Taylor, Jackie Khor, Dane Copeland, Helen Young and Bryan Cantrill. They will be honored for their dedication and years of service to PEF at the May 19, 2016 board meeting.