SRVEF

Board Of Directors

Gary Alpert
Gary Alpert Executive Board
Gary Alpert
Gary Alpert

Gary joined the SRVEF Board in 2016 and is currently President of the Board of Directors. 

Gary and his wife, Cindy, moved to San Ramon in 1986 from Southern California. They have two children who attended Bollinger Canyon Elementary, Iron Horse Middle, and California High School.  Both then attended UC Davis.  His daughter is currently a teacher in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and his son works for Deloitte Consulting.  While his children were at California High School, Gary served as Vice President for one year and President for five years of Cal High’s Academic Boosters prior to Cal High becoming an affiliate of the SRVEF.

Gary has been a long-time supporter, participant, and volunteer for the Run for Education and is currently chairing the registration committee.  In addition to his service to the SRVEF, he serves on the San Ramon Planning Commission and is Vice-President of the San Ramon Arts Foundation.  He previously chaired San Ramon’s Economic Development Advisory Committee and co-chaired San Ramon’s 150th Anniversary Celebration in 2017. 

Gary has a BA in Economics from the University of California San Diego, an MBA from Cal State Fullerton, an MS in Telecommunications Management from Golden Gate University and is a certified Project Manager.  Gary is a 2015 graduate of Leadership San Ramon Valley.  Gary worked for AT&T for 35 years, holding various management positions in Information Technology, Call Center Operations, Network and Customer Care. 

Gary and Cindy both consider San Diego home, but now consider themselves Northern California transplants and have no desire to leave San Ramon.  In their spare time, they enjoy spending time with family, including their grandson, Auggie.


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Leslie Anderson
Leslie Anderson Executive Board
Leslie Anderson
Leslie Anderson

Leslie is a product of the San Ramon Valley USD and grew up in the Alamo area. She has been a teacher, a principal, and district office administrator serving five districts in the bay area throughout her 40 years in education. Twenty (20) of those years were spent in the San Ramon Valley USD as principal and Senior Director of Educational Services. She retired from Castro Valley USD as Assistant Superintendent in 2014. She joined the SRVEF board in August 2017and is dedicated to supporting the education of students, the staff that provides that education and the parents who are partners in the educational process. In her tenure in San Ramon she helped lead the initiatives in curriculum, assessment and the redesign of special education communication and protocols. Leslie graduated from UC Santa Barbara in English and Social Sciences , received her teaching credential from St. Mary’s College and her Masters (B.S.) in School Leadership from Cal State University Hayward (Cal State East Bay). She currently is an Education Consultant who does statewide Professional Development for School Leadership Coaches and she is a Senior Associate with Lead Learner Associates. Leslie resides with her husband, who also attended San Ramon schools, in Alamo.


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Vanessa Berastain
Vanessa Berastain Executive Director
Vanessa Berastain
Vanessa Berastain

Vanessa has called San Ramon home since 1992 when she moved to the USA from her native Peru. She is a longtime local volunteer and education advocate. Vanessa has served as president of the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs (Parent Teacher Association) — the largest PTA in Northern California. When her two-year presidency ended in 2015, she took a position on the council's Inclusion and Diversity Committee. Her work in the community includes supporting the City of San Ramon by hosting a Multicultural Festival during the 15th annual Art in the Park, and most recently as chair of the city-wide Culture in the Community Celebration for the City of San Ramon 150th anniversary. She is a graduate of the Leadership San Ramon Valley program, class of 2016. Vanessa has more than two decades of managerial experience in the private sector and has held fundraising positions at all school levels. As an immigrant, she has a special affinity for outreach and inclusion of families from diverse cultures and backgrounds in the San Ramon Valley community. She and her husband have a daughter who attends the University of Redlands and a son who is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara. Vanessa graduated from the Instituto San Ignacio de Loyola in San Isidro, Peru with a degree in Computer Analysis and Programming. She joined the SRVEF board in August of 2017.


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Lisa Blackwell
Lisa Blackwell Board Member
Lisa Blackwell
Lisa Blackwell

Lisa volunteered with the San Ramon Valley School District for over twenty years. She was very
involved with PTA serving as President at Greenbrook Elementary and San Ramon Valley High
School. She also was the founder and President of the Eagle Fund at Greenbrook, The Charger
Fund at Charlotte Wood and the Wolf Fund at San Ramon High School. Lisa has a passion for
education and served as a mentor for ten years for an organization called “College is Real” that
helps underserved youth at Richmond High School get into college. For the past eight years,
Lisa has served on the Town of Danville’s Parks and Leisure Services Commission and the Town
Council where she served as liaison to Street Smarts and the San Ramon Valley Unified School
District among other committees. Lisa has an Economics Degree from the University of Notre
Dame and completed graduate studies at the University of Colorado-Denver. Lisa and her husband Brad raised their three daughters in Danville and they all attended San Ramon Valley schools.
Today, they have three grandchildren who live in Danville and are beginning their journey
through San Ramon Valley schools as well. Their middle daughter, Katie Cummings, is a third-
grade teacher at Greenbrook Elementary School. In her leisure time, Lisa loves to travel with
her husband in their new Sprinter van, hike, walk around town with their two dogs, and play
with their grandchildren!


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Cliff Buxton
Cliff Buxton Board Member
Cliff Buxton
Cliff Buxton

Cliff is a native of the East Bay and he, his wife and two children have lived in Danville for the past 24
years. His kids enjoyed and greatly benefited from their 12 years of education in the SRVUSD; both
having gone on to enjoy equal success in higher education. Cliff began his professional career in
aerospace after graduating from Northrop University in Los Angeles. Ultimately he ended up with Rolls Royce Engine Services responsible for supporting a wide spectrum of customers, including US and
foreign militaries, local municipalities, law enforcement agencies and general aviation. In 2000, after several years at California Shock/Trauma Air Rescue, he changed professions and began a second career as a stay at home dad. Soon after he became active in supporting schools by serving on the PTSA at
Sycamore Elementary School and Diablo Vista Middle School, the Site Council at Diablo Vista Middle
School and the Foundation/Academic Boosters at Monte Vista High School. He also served four years on
the SRVUSD Bond Measure “A” Facilities Oversight Committee and was employed by SRVUSD for over
10 years performing campus supervision at two schools. Cliff is active in emergency preparedness and
he’s currently serving in the Office of Emergency Management for the City of San Ramon.


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Denise Clemetson
Denise Clemetson Board Member
Denise Clemetson
Denise Clemetson

Denise grew up in Danville and is a proud alumnus of San Ramon Valley Unified Schools, having attended K-12 within the district. Denise moved back to the valley with her husband, Chad, in 2002, and they currently live in San Ramon with their two sons, Zachary and Tyler. Both boys currently attend California High School. 

Denise and her husband have been actively involved in the community and SRVUSD since their sons’ started at Walt Disney Elementary School, having volunteered in classrooms, on the PTA, for the school education funds, on the sports fields, and for the Boy Scouts of America.  

Professionally, Denise has more than 20 years of experience working for media, data, and technology companies. She has excelled in, everything from early-stage start-ups to Fortune 500 companies where she has held a variety of sales and management roles. Denise graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. In her free time, Denise enjoys hiking, traveling, playing the ukulele, karaoke, and spending time with her family.


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Gayle Israel
Gayle Israel Board Member
Gayle Israel
Gayle Israel

Gayle is Chief of Staff to Contra Costa County District II Supervisor Candace Andersen. She has lived in San Ramon since 1996 and has two grown daughters who attended San Ramon Valley schools. She has served in many community leadership roles over the years, including; PTA school site Vice President, Dougherty Valley High School Site Council and Athletic Boosters Vice President, District wide Diverse Reading Curriculum committee, and San Ramon Soccer Club Board of Directors. Gayle graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Journalism, Public Relations and a minor in Marketing.


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Jenny Jensen
Jenny Jensen Executive Board
Jenny Jensen
Jenny Jensen

Jenny is a California native; she and her husband Dave moved to San Ramon in 1999 from San Francisco. Her two daughters graduated from California High School. One graduated from Loyola Marymount University and the other is attending UC Davis. Jenny graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Finance/Marketing and currently works in Danville at Regalia & Associates, CPAs. She works on audits and taxes for non-profit organizations. Jenny has been involved in SRVUSD schools since her girls started at Country Club Elementary School. She has served on PTA Boards as the Treasurer or Auditor for 12 years at all school levels, for the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs and the 32nd District PTA, which oversees all of the PTAs in the County.  In addition to serving on the PTA, Jenny worked as a substitute teacher for several years in the school district.  For fun, Jenny enjoys playing volleyball in the San Ramon Adult League, biking, hiking and spending time with her family.


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Winton Jew
Winton Jew Board Member
Winton Jew
Winton Jew

Winton joined the SRVEF Board in 2017 after getting involved with the Run for Education committee, where he is currently serving as the Race Course Director. He is a Bay Area native, and his wife Trang and him moved to San Ramon in 2005, where they reside with their two daughters, Kayla and Kassy. Winton’s affiliation with the Run for Education stemmed from his passion for running with dozens of marathons and half marathons to his resume, including accomplishing in 2017 the exclusive Abbott Six-Star World Marathon Majors (Boston, New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Berlin, and London). Winton has a BA in Political Economies of Industrial Societies from the University of California Berkeley and an MBA from Golden Gate University, where he also served on the Alumni Board. In his professional career, Winton is a 25+ year high-tech sales veteran, working in various Sales and Sales Management positions in Silicon Valley companies, including Palo Alto Networks, Abuba/HPE, EMC, and Symantec.


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Jerald Marrs
Jerald Marrs Board Member
Jerald Marrs
Jerald Marrs

Jerald N. Marrs (Jerry) joined the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation in 2018.  Jerry has a law practice in San Ramon where he focuses on estate planning, elder law issue, employment law, and workplace investigations.  He is also a mediator and enjoys helping individuals resolve disputes in an amicable and respectful manner.  Jerry is very active in the San Ramon valley.  He is a 2018 graduate of Leadership San Ramon Valley, a member of the Rotary Club of San Ramon, involved in both the San Ramon and Danville Chambers of Commerce, has been active in the San Ramon schools since 2005, and spent the last thirteen years coaching for Canyon Creek Little League. Jerry has a diverse and interesting background.  He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and attended law school at the University of Colorado.  He served in the US Air Force as a Vietnamese linguist, was a federal investigator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, worked as a business analyst, and has experience in the insurance industry.  Jerry is married to Dana and has 2 children, Scott and Isaac.  Scott is a 2018 graduate of California High and Isaac attends Iron Horse Middle School.  In his free time Jerry enjoys coaching, playing tennis, hiking and cooking.     


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Scott Roberts
Scott Roberts Board Member
Scott Roberts
Scott Roberts

Scott joined the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation in 2017 as a proud alum of the SRVUSD school district. Scott is currently a Managing Director for the Bay Area offices of WestPac Wealth Partners. Scott brings over 17 years of relevant leadership experience to the SRVEF board of directors including: business development for Arthur Andersen LLP's Transaction Advisory Services (M&A); procuring debt financing for Silicon Valley technology companies while at Morgan Stanley; and portfolio management while at Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management. While a former software startup executive, Scott structured and completed millions in private placement financing, which led to business expansion across the US and internationally into Dubai, UAE, and other parts of the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Scott is a San Francisco Bay Area native where he earned his BS degree from the University of San Francisco. Scott currently serves on the board of directors for the De La Salle High School Alumni Association, the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA), and the Alvarado Home Owners Association as Treasurer. Scott's hobbies include playing ice hockey, soccer and chess, writing music, and international travel. Born in Petaluma, CA and raised in San Ramon, supporting youth in the SRVUSD is like coming home. He's happy to be able to give back to the community in which he grew up.


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Rob Stockberger
Rob Stockberger Board Member
Rob Stockberger
Rob Stockberger

Rob Stockberger was born and raised in Danville, attending Green Valley, Vista Grande, Los Cerros and Monte Vista. Rob earned a Bachelor’s Degree from San Jose State University and a Master’s Degree from the University of San Francisco. Rob taught and coached at California and Monte Vista High Schools and served as Assistant Principal at San Ramon Valley High before serving as Principal of California High. He then went to the SRVUSD District Office where he worked as Director of Secondary Education for fourteen years. In 2013 Rob was selected to serve as Superintendent of the John Swett Unified School District. Rob retired from JSUSD in 2017.  Rob still resides in Danville and joined the SRVEF Board as an opportunity to give back to his community and his school district.  


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Christine Williams
Christine Williams Executive Board
Christine Williams
Christine Williams

Christine spent 40 years in education serving her last 15 years as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Service in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. During her tenure in the district she was an active participant and supporter of SRVEF and the Endowment Committee. She retired from the district in December 2013 and joined the SRVEF Board in fall 2016. Being on the board of SRVEF gives her the opportunity to give back to the school community that she worked in for so many years. Working closely with SRVUSD’s dedicated principals and staff, she helped introduce and support many innovative district programs such as the Reading Writing Project, 1:1 Computer Initiative, AVID, Science Initiative, School Loop, and BTSA. She is proud that during her leadership, student achievement results rose every year and nearly all schools were recognized as State Distinguished Schools and/or National Blue Ribbon Schools. Christine is a native of California and a graduate of Cupertino High School. She earned her BS in Elementary Education from University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Masters in Educational Administration from Colorado State University, Ft Collins. She continues to maintain her California teaching and administrative credentials. Christine and her husband Mike reside in Walnut Creek. They have two married daughters and four grandchildren. One of her grandsons attends an SRVUSD school.


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