Skyline College President’s Council 2013-2014
Jessica Evans, Chair
LaMonte Bishop is a new member of the President's Council. He is the Deputy District Director for State Senator Mark Leno. His professional experience includes 14 years of service in the public sector working for assembly members Kevin Shelley and Mark Leno and Senators Jackie Speier, Carole Migden and Mark Leno. His community and civic engagement includes service as the first Vice President of the San Francisco Economic Opportunity Council, a lifetime member of the Urban League, a founding member of the Knoxville Family Justice Center, and affiliations with a number of political organizations in the Bay Area.(top)
Susan Brissenden-Smith is a charter member of the President’s Council having served as Chair for two years in 2007 and 2008. Susan formerly worked at Seton Health Services Foundation doing fundraising for Seton Medical Center and Seton Coastside programs. Her professional experience includes more than twenty years of service in the public sector, including nine years with then Mayor of San Francisco, Dianne Feinstein and eight with Jackie Speier (both in the Assembly and Senate). She has also served as the CEO of the Daly City-Colma Chamber of Commerce for several years, with one of the highlights being a trade mission to the Philippines. (top)
A peninsula native, born, bred and educated in the Bay Area, David Canepa has been serving the people of Daly City since he was sworn in as a member of its City Council in 2008. He has worked hard to bring more jobs to the city. Canepa has also worked to maintain beaches and streets hosting clean-ups throughout the year. He is committed to engaging residents in local government by working with city staff on the Citizens Academy which educates the public on how Daly City functions.
In addition to the Daly City Council, Canepa has served on several San Mateo County regional boards dealing with transportation, housing, homelessness and infrastructure. Specifically, he has served on C/CAG (City/ County Association of Governments San Mateo County), HEART of San Mateo County (Housing and Endowment and Regional Trust), HOPE of San Mateo County (Housing our People Effectively), and the Grand Boulevard Initiative. He also sits on the North San Mateo County Sanitation District as a Board of Director.
Previously, he worked for both houses of the California Legislature, working for California State Senator Leland Yee, the district representative for North San Mateo County.
Canepa earned a degree from the University of San Francisco. He lives in Daly City with his wife Ana. (top)
Greg Cochran is a charter member of the President's Council and 2007 recipient of the “Skyline Shines Award.” His involvement with the college began as Food and Beverage Director at a hotel in South San Francisco where Skyline College held meetings. Through that connection, he got involved supporting the college’s athletic programs. His commitment has grown from there.
Greg has always been an entrepreneur and leader with expertise in networking, bringing together the right people and resources. His career began starting successful restaurants and night clubs in the Napa Valley. Relocating to the Peninsula, he shifted into the Food and Beverage role, later becoming Executive Director for the South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.
Greg currently serves on the Peninsula Coalition, the Pacifica Parks Beaches & Recreation Commission, and has been a director on the Bay Area Water Transit Authority Board. Greg is president of the Pedro Point Surf Club and works with both the Ride-a-Wave Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Association.
He is a member of the South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Daly City-Colma Chamber of Commerce, Pacifica Beach Coalition, SurfRider Foundation, and Pacifica State Beach Taskforce. An avid surfer, you will often find Greg “hitting the waves”.(top)
Ron Derenzi was born and raised in Excelsior District of San Francisco, and is a graduate of Balboa High School, class of 1959. Ron received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from San Jose State University in 1964. He met his future wife, Marie, while attending San Jose State University. Marie has a Teaching degree from SJSU. Ron and Marie have lived in South San Francisco for 42 years, and have been married for 45 years.
Ron received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Navy Reserve in 1970. Ron completed a 42 year management career in retail banking. He held positions as a Branch Manager for some 25 years and Regional Officer for some 9 years before retiring in December 2006. Ron continues to volunteer his time serving on six non-profit boards and four associations.
In his retirement, Ron enjoys history, sports, vacations, lunch with friends, and supporting St. Veronica Church in South San Francisco. Ron and Marie have two married daughters and three granddaughters. (top)
Christina Dunham has been in advertising, marketing and sales for over two decades, developing acquisition, retention and customer loyalty programs for start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. In her current role as VP of Marketing & Business Development for Froomz, an online venue marketplace. She is responsible for building the company's sales and marketing infrastructure, as well as leading a team in developing and nurturing relationships with customers and partners in the event, entertainment, hospitality and tech community.
She expresses her right brain creative side through writing, performing, and martial arts. She has written numerous lifestyle articles on food and entertainment for local and national publications; has hosted news & entertainment programs on television; and currently sings lead for an SF-based rock band. A perpetual community volunteer, she's often found behind the scenes working on massive festivals and fundraisers around the Bay Area. Long suffering from wanderlust, she has visited 20 countries in the last 20 years, and fully intends to eat her way through the seven continents.
Michele Enriquez-Da Silva is the Business Development Officer for San Mateo Credit Union. Michele is originally from San Jose, California and currently resides in San Mateo with her husband, Denis. She got her B.S. in Business Management from Menlo College where she received a scholarship to play softball. She worked in corporate sales before taking her current position at SMCU.
Michele is the current President of the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and serves on the Daly City Youth Health Center Development Council as well as the College of San Mateo Outreach Advisory Board. In her spare time, she volunteers as a volleyball coach at St. Gregory Catholic School in San Mateo, and as a softball coach for the Fillies of San Bruno Softball League. (top)
Jessica Evans is the Executive Director of the Downtown San Mateo Association. Originally from New Haven, CT, Jessica earned her B.A. from the University of Connecticut and her M.A. in Historic Preservation from Cornell. She was the CEO of the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce before taking her current position at the DSMA. She lives in Burlingame with her two children, and has served on the President's Council since 2011. (top)
Suzan Getchell-Wallace is a life long resident of Pacifica, a business owner, and a Realtor for over thirty five years. Suzan serves on the Board of Directors of the San Mateo County Association of Realtors, and is currently the 2013 President, and Chair of the SAMCAR Foundation. She is also a Director of the California Association of Realtors, and elected to serve as a C.A.R. Regional Chair for 2014. Suzan also serves on the Board of Directors for the Pacifica Library Foundation and Caminar. Suzan is an alumni of Skyline College, participating in the Women in Transition program, and graduating with Honors.
Kimberly Gillette is the Director of the Daly City Youth Health Center. This health center offers health education, primary health care, mental and vocational services to Northern San Mateo County youth. She is responsible for managing the youth programs, fundraising and budgeting.
Her previous position at the Community Clinic Consortium provided her experience with grant writing and organizing programs for clinics. Kimberly worked at Planned Parenthood: Shasta-Diablo for three years, managing a resource center for pregnant and parenting teens and advocating for reproductive health services. She has also been a Health Educator and coordinated mentor and academic advising programs for youth. She received her Master's in Public Health from the University of Michigan in Health Behavior and Health Education, with an emphasis in Reproductive and Women's Health.
She obtained her Bachelor's in Psychology from UC Berkeley. She lives in Oakland, where she enjoys gardening, baking, being crafty and practicing qigong. She also loves to travel and visit family. (top)
Sheila Gilson is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center. As the COO, Sheila facilitates, directs, and coordinates operational activities and programs relative to the day-to-day hospital operations of the medical center. And in her CNO role, she provides strategic leadership as the patient care executive responsible for all nursing and other designated patient care functions/services within the hospital organization. Sheila holds a bachelors degree in Nursing from California State University and a Masters of Science in Management from Notre Dame De Namur University. She also is Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP) by the American Organization of Nurse Executives.
Sheila and her husband, Marty grew up in the Bay Area and resides in Daly City. They have two adult children; daughter, Shannon lives in Washington, DC and son, Martin lives in Los Angeles.
Michael Guingona is a charter member of the Skyline President's Council. He is a criminal defense attorney, now in private practice. He joined the San Francisco Public Defenders Office in 1990, where he remained for nine years.
Michael was the first Filipino elected to the Daly City Council. After serving for three years, he was elected as mayor in 1996. At that time, he was the youngest mayor in the history of San Mateo County. He has since served two additional terms as mayor.
In 2005, Michael was inducted into the Skyline Stars: Transfer Student Hall of Fame, established to honor former Skyline College students whose lives are exemplary for their accomplishments and their contributions to the community. Michael transferred from Skyline College to UCLA, where he got his BA degree in History. Michael obtained his JD degree at USF. (top)
Giuliana M. Halasz, MSW, is the publisher of California's Children News Service, Inc., an independent nonprofit news aggregate for professionals, advocates, legislators and volunteers who serve the fields of juvenile justice, education, health, immigration reform, and welfare. For over 40 years, Giuliana has developed and administered programs dedicated to improving the quality of life for California's children, assisting families to achieve permanency and self-sufficiency. Fluent in Italian, Spanish, and English, she has published numerous articles, and given speeches at conferences and workshops. She has taught college courses, consulted on mental health and community development (including leadership development in the Latino community), and children's services, and was a counselor and coordinator for the special needs community in Los Angeles.
Volunteering internationally, she is a foster grandparent at Casa Hogar Santa Julia Home for Girls in San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.. Giuliana holds a BS in Sociology from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Caracas, Venezuela, and a Masters in Social Work from San Diego State University. An active advocate for children and families, she served as California State Leader and a member of the Western Region Steering Committee for the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), along with other service to CWLA.
Scott Hart is the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) local government relations representative to Northern San Mateo County. Scott’s career spans 20 plus years.
Prior to joining PG&E he worked as a political campaign consultant and small business coach. Scott brings organizational development and strategic communications expertise to the President's Council. He is also a San Bruno Rotarian and serves on the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Scott lives in San Francisco with his wife, Erin and has served on the President’s Council since 2012.
Judy James works for Allied Waste Services as Community Affairs Manager. Judy's career spans more than 25 years working in public and community relations, including 15 years as Executive Director of a 2,000 member non-profit organization. She has been an adjunct instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College for the past 15 years. Judy is active in the Daly City Host Lions Club, Daly City/Colma Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Seton Medical Center Foundation Event Committee.
Earsie recently retired, after 17 years with the Administrative Services Department at the South San Francisco Conference Center. Prior she was employed with the IRS. Earsie attended school in San Francisco, and completed coursework at City College of SF, CSM, and Skyline College, with an AA Degree from CCSF. She holds certificates in IBM computer courses, music, and special awards for singing and playing the piano. She is a former member of Toast Masters.
Earsie is an 11 year member of Soroptimist International Club, which supports many organizations through fundraisers and scholarships. She served as President from 2010 to 2011, and is now acting as Director. She was instrumental in working with the Black Student Union at SSF High, and sponsored a special bus trip to the historic town of Allensworth. Earsie served on Seniors Advisory Committee, San Mateo Transit Citizens Advisory Board, volunteered with Senior Members - OMI Program, and has served as the youth director at church.
A South San Francisco resident for over 38 years, Earsie has 2 grown daughters, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She enjoys gospel and jazz music, singing, playing piano, cooking, attending theater & concerts, and sporting events.
Alex Khalfin joined the Skyline College President's Council in 2013. He is a graduate of South San Francisco High School (1999) and Skyline College (2002). After graduating from Skyline College, Alex transferred to University of California, Davis, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Relations. Upon graduating from UC Davis, he joined the Governor's Office working in both legislative and constituents affairs. After four years of serving the Governor, he attended The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, where he earned a Master's Degree in Government. Currently, Alex serves as the Government Affairs Officer for Amtrak – West. Additionally, he served for three years on the South San Francisco Parks and Recreation Commission and is currently serving his first term on the South San Francisco Planning Commission.
Maritess (Tess) E. Lagandaon has been serving with the President's Council since 2004. Tess is currently working in a non-profit while studying for a graduate degree in Public Administration. Tess also serves as a founding Board member of the Daly City Public Library Associates. Her work experience includes managing a local government/economic development program, helping people start and grow microenterprises, organizing events, and writing for a weekly community newspaper for many years. (top)
A President's Council charter member, Carolyn was the first recipient of the “Skyline Shines Award.” Her contributions began in 1964 as North County chairwoman of the first bond campaign to build the college and precinct chairwoman of the second bond issue in 1968. She was a member of the first graduating class in 1971, and inaugural Skyline Alumni Association.
Currently a San Mateo County Times columnist, other professional experiences include: insurance auditor, marketing, export clerk, lecturer, tour guide, and classified advertising sales. In 2004, she was inducted into the San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame. She is president of the Avenue of Flags Committee for Golden Gate National Cemetery; a board member of SMC Jobs for Youth and the Sequoia High School Alumni Association (recognized with the 2006 Unsung Hero Award, the Sequoia Tea Garden restoration and Veterans Memorial Committee). She is also involved with the USO/SFO.
Carolyn served on the San Bruno Citizen's Crime Prevention Committee for 25 years, including four as chairwoman. She retired from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in 2006 after 25 years of service including being a past commander. Her varied personal interests include nature's beauty. (top)
Dave Mandelkern is a trustee of the San Mateo County Community College Board of Trustees. He was elected to the Board in November 2003. Dave is also a charter member of the President's Council. Previously, he served on the San Mateo County Office of Education Internet Access Task Force and is currently a trustee and vice chair of the California State Parks Association, as well as an active volunteer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Dave was 2001 Silicon Valley Man of the Year. He previously has been a board member of the Volunteer Center of San Mateo County and was a member of the 1997 San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury. Dave is the President & CEO of QwikHealth, Inc. which makes high quality medical care affordable and convenient. He has more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience with Silicon Valley startup companies. (top)
Steve Martinez has over 20 years of experience in the field of Human Resources. He has worked in corporate, government, non-profit, and private consulting settings and has volunteered or worked at non-profit organizations that include the San Francisco Conservation Corps, United Way of the Bay Area, La Raza Information Center, Center for New Citizens, College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, and the Friends of the San Francisco Library.
He seeks to assist organizations with the delivery of services to limited English speaking communities and promote the use of learning institutions in order to better one’s life thereby benefiting one self, one’s family, and the community where one lives and works. (top)
Will Minnich joined DeVry University in May 2008, as Center Dean, to open and manage a new location in Daly City. Prior to joining DeVry University Will has worked with several institutions of higher education. Most recently, as Campus Director for InsideTrack Inc., he managed retention and admission coaching services at eight locations for the University of Redlands.
Will is originally from Buffalo, NY where is family resides. He now lives in Sausalito, CA with his wife Rebecca and son Ethan. Aside from being passionate about helping students succeed in higher education he loves to spend time with his family, golf, hike, enjoy the outdoors, and exercise. (top)
Jamie Monozon is the Chief Executive Officer of the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce. Jamie has 27 years of entrepreneurial business leadership experience from owning her own business while working her way through college to being recruited to work for a large title company in 1991 which began her long corporate career. She started in customer service for a fortune 500 company and was quickly promoted to sales and management, and ultimately County Manager and Executive Vice President. Having worked her way up the corporate ladder and trying to balance education with a demanding job, the community college atmosphere has served her well. Jamie has always been interested in helping others and has strong philanthropic ties. Her community involvement spans over 23 years of service with several non-profit organizations such as the SAMCAR Foundation, Shelter Network, Pop Warner, Rotary Club International and Relay for life. She is currently a member of the President’s Council of Skyline College, Measure A Oversight Committee for San Mateo County, participated in the CSBA Small Business Advisory Council for Assembly Member Mullin and continues to support ways to improve our communities both locally and nationally.
William Nack is the Business Manager/Executive Officer of the Building and Construction Trades Council of San Mateo County, AFL-CIO. He has served in this capacity since March 1, 1999, and has primary responsibility for implementation of all actions and positions taken by the Council. The Building Trades Council comprises of 24 local construction unions with a total membership of 16,000 union construction crafts men and women. The Building Trades Council's primary mission is to monitor and advocate for environmentally and socially responsible projects using the highest quality materials and construction methods.
William currently participates as a member on the following boards and commissions: San Mateo County Housing Endowment and Regional Trust Board of Directors, San Mateo County Housing Leadership Council Board of Directors, serves as the Vice-President of the San Mateo County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and is a member of the of the Peninsula Coalition Board of Directors.
William is a 45-year resident of San Mateo County. (top)
Kirsten Pinochi is the General Manager for Recology San Bruno. Recology San Bruno provides garbage and recycling services to the residents and commercial businesses in San Bruno. Kirsten received her AA from Skyline College and from there graduated from San Francisco State University with her BS in Business Administration with a focus in Management. She has worked in a management capacity with large corporations, like Citibank and Oracle. She is on the Board of Directors with the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce and is a proud member of the San Bruno Rotary Club. Kirsten was born and raised in San Bruno. She is raising her family in San Bruno with her husband David. She enjoys spending time in Clear Lake, scrapbooking and spending as much time with her kids as possible. (top)
Teresa Proaño was born in San Francisco and has lived in Daly City all her life where she and her husband have raised their family. She currently works as the assistant to the president for Duggan’s Serra Mortuary, the largest family-owned funeral home in Northern California. As an employee with Duggan’s, she has been active in various outreach programs, generously supporting the community.
A graduate with honors from Skyline College in 1999, two of her three children also attended Skyline College. Her daughter, Melissa, transferred to UC Davis and is currently completing her studies at SF State; her son, Esteban transferred to UCLA graduating in 2009. Her oldest son Nick is a graduate of UC Berkeley, class of 2003.
Teresa currently participates as a member on the following boards and commissions: vice-chair, Recreation Commission for the City of Daly City; "Friends" Committee, Seton Medical Center Foundation; Daly City Host Lions Club; vice-president, Hillside Homeowners Association; and treasurer, North Peninsula Food Pantry and Dining Center of Daly City. She has also served a number of years as board member of the Daly City-Colma Chamber of Commerce.(top)
Jackie T. Rauh is the Director of Human Resources at ProTrials Research Inc. Jackie is a certified Senior Human Resources Professional, with more than 15 years of experience working in the Life Science industry. As a Human Resources Professiona,l she appreciates the value of an educated workforce to our local economy. Jackie, a native of San Francisco, grew up in Daly City. Jackie and her husband have lived in South San Francisco for over 20 years where they raised their 2 grown children. Jackie enjoys reading, music, and old movies. (top)
Carrie Ridge has served on Skyline College's President's Council since joining the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation as Director of Development in 2008. Carrie has 13 years of nonprofit experience, including a former position at the San Mateo County Historical Association.
Carrie is a true native to the Bay Area, born in San Francisco and raised in San Mateo County. She has a particular affinity to North County, as her formative years were spent growing up in Pacifica. Later moving to Millbrae she attended Capuchino High School in San Bruno. She is a USC graduate, earning her BA degree in Communication Arts and Sciences. She has a diverse background administratively and educationally as she is a former elementary school teacher with a Multiple Subject Credential from Notre Dame de Namur University and was a lead administrator at Stanbridge Academy.
Carrie utilizes her fundraising experience serving on Boards throughout our community including the Bay Area Educational Theater Company's Board and Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School Board of Trustees. Carrie and her husband Bret have two sons and a daughter. Carrie loves spending time with her children, family and dogs, is a Bay Area sports enthusiast and enjoys traveling.
Jennifer Flores Tasto served as the 2010 President of SAMCAR (San Mateo County Association of Realtors). She has been in the real estate business since the early 1980s. In addition to her active real estate practice, Jennifer is a certified instructor with CAR (California Association of Realtors) and with NAR (National Association of Realtors), teaching various courses for professional certification and continuing education credits. Jennifer graduated from UC Davis with a BA in Sociology and a MA from San Francisco State University in Interdisciplinary Studies in Education.
Jennifer states: "Serving on the Skyline President's Council has been an extremely gratifying experience. What a great way to give back and support this energetic Skyline College community." (top)
For the past nine years Mr. Young is a Business Services Representative for the SMC Workforce Development Department at PeninsulaWorks Daly City. Keith served as a Workforce Development Manager at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce for four years. He is the President of Young Enterprises Limited (YEL), a self published author and youth mentor. Keith founded, A Helping Hand (AHH) Community Service Program, is a co-founder of, People Helping People Community Volunteer Program and longtime member of the NAACP San Mateo Branch. He is a past Board Member of the San Mateo Police Athletic League (PAL), Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Francisco and is a member of the Seven Gallon Donor Club at Blood Centers of the Pacific. Keith's daughter Kalea is a part time student at Skyline College. (top)