BOARD OF DIRECTORS
California Pacific Charter - Sonoma is governed by the California Pacific Charter Schools Board of Directors. The Board meets regularly to oversee the direction and operation of the school. The Board members bring extensive expertise in the field of education, with many of them having worked at the local, district, and state education levels for many years.
Rickey Trombetta, Board President
Rickey Trombetta was raised in Santa Rosa and spent a majority of her formative years in her Italian father’s garden and her mother’s kitchen. She learned how food you grow yourself can become magic when it hits the table. Rickey’s father, a local doctor with many members of the burgeoning wine community as patients, liked to entertain. His sense of hospitality was handed down to Rickey and her husband, Roger Stancliff, as they became absorbed with a home winemaking group at work. Rickey seized upon an opportunity to work alongside winemaker Paul Hobbs and become involved in all aspects of the process. Her duties ranged from working in the vineyard and winery, to the less-glamorous marketing and sales tasks that are so important to keeping a winery afloat. After taking additional academic winemaking and marketing courses, she felt ready to chart her own course and founded Trombetta Family Wines, with her first release from the 2010 vintage and currently serves as the Proprietor/CEO. In addition to her work at the winery, Rickey has an extensive background and passion for education. She is a graduate at Cal State University Chico and served at Hewlett-Packard in the Human Resources division. She was instrumental in overseeing college recruitment, student employment programs and community outreach. From 1988 - 1994 she served on the PACE (Parent and Childhood Education) Committee at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and led numerous community events and projects such as Music in the Park, Fundraiser for Forestville Foundation, Forestville Youth Park, Boys Scouts and after school programs. Additionally, Rickey has served on the Forestville Union School Board of Trustees. Rickey’s well-roundedness and passion for education, life-long learning, and providing exceptional learning options for our students is a real asset. Furthermore, her relationships with several people, agencies, and community groups in Sonoma County will be an integral part of our long-term growth and sustainability. We are excited that Rickey has joined our board which was effective April 30, 2020.
Kelly Wylie, Vice President
Kelly Wylie, Program Director of District and School Support for the Santa Clara County Office of Education, is a veteran educator with over 20 years of experience. Prior to her work at ACOE, Kelly had been an award-winning middle school administrator, an instructional coach, a GATE coordinator and an award winning classroom teacher. She provides expert practitioner technical assistance in the areas of Professional Learning Communities, Accountability, Multi-tiered System of Supports and ESSA; having presented at the national, state, and local levels. Ms. Wylie studied public relations and English at the University of Nevada, Reno and then went on to receive her multiple subject teaching credential from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she did graduate work in curriculum and instruction. She received her administrative credential from National University where she did graduate work in Educational Leadership. Ms. Wylie lives in the east San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their elementary aged son.
Susan Calandra, Board Member
Susan Calandra is a senior financial executive, known as a creative and innovative thought leader in the higher education arena. She developed deep expertise in higher education finance as a senior leader at Stanford University in the role of Controller and later, Senior Associate Vice President for Finance, when she created and led the Financial Management Services organization. Her vision, combined with her persuasive and resilient style, was instrumental as a transformational catalyst on initiatives including digital transformation of the Stanford financial ecosystem, endowment process redesign, and other key projects. Susan was Chief Financial Officer of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in 2009-10, operated by Stanford for the Department of Energy (DOE). She was a key member of the leadership team which transformed SLAC into a top DOE Science Laboratory at a critical time in its evolution. From September 2019 through August 2020, Susan was a Fellow in the Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford University, a program designed for leaders who wish to prepare themselves for new roles with global social impact. Susan holds a BA in Economics and Business from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. She served as a trustee of the College for eleven years and was recognized with the Distinguished Alumna Award in 2017. In addition to the California Pacific Charter Schools Board, Susan serves on the University of San Francisco Board of Trustees and on the Stanford University SLAC Board of Overseers. She is a member of the Stanford Women on Boards and the University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Women of Impact groups and serves on a number of advisory boards.
Shirley Peterson, Board Member
Shirley Peterson started her career in education as a Biology and Physical Education teacher and pursued her passion for athletics coaching at the high school and college levels. She moved into administration and served as a vice principal and then principal at two high schools. Her focus on classroom instruction and support programs for under-performing students resulted in lower dropout rates and increased college acceptances. Shirley led the development of a reading program at one of her schools which documented gains of two years growth in one year; and secured a grant from the National Science Foundation to integrate technology into all curricular areas in the mid 1990s. As a district-level administrator, she assisted with the implementation of a K-12 Balanced Literacy program and supported a district-wide high school reform initiative. She served two years at the University of Washington as its Center for Educational Leadership began. She taught at the University of San Diego (USD) in the School of Leadership and Educational Sciences (SOLES) and served as a supervisor for aspiring administrators in USD’s Educational Leadership Development Academy (ELDA) and as a coach in the Principals Ongoing Support and Training (POST) program. In 2011 she joined the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) serving in the role of an Executive Coach supporting school and district leaders with a focus on Equity and Excellence for all students.
Tom Baumgarten, Board Member
Tom Baumgarten entered the field of education in 1986 after graduating from the State University New York at Buffalo with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. Growing up in the small town of Hornell, New York he decided to leave western New York and venture out for new adventures in the warmer climate of southern California. Starting his career as an elementary teacher he soon completed his special education credentials to work with students at the elementary and high school level. While teaching, he pursued his master's degree in educational administration and graduated summa cum laude from California State University in San Bernardino in 1993.The first leadership role assignment to Mr. Baumgarten was serving as assistant principal at La Contenta Middle School and eventually led to serving as a superintendent for the Morongo Unified School District. Over the course of the past 35 years he has served in many leadership roles that included being a classroom teacher, special education teacher, principal,director of student services,special education local planning director, assistant superintendent of instructional services and finally as a district superintendent. While as classroom teacher Mr. Baumgarten was awarded the MTA Teacher of the Year award twice. As a school administrator in both California and Arizona he led schools that received both the California Distinguished Schools recognition and National Blue Ribbon status. As educator he has presented at conferences at the state and national level in the field of special education and administration. Currently, he is working with the San Bernardino County Schools Office as a superintendent coach/consultant that serves 33 school districts across the county. Mr. Baumgarten continues to teach as an adjunct professor for California State University at San Bernardino and Brandman University in the fields of special education, curriculum and school administration. Mr. Baumgarten's experience and passion for education has been evident as a lifelong educator who believes in helping all students to achieve success in their college or career path of their choice. While being a strong advocate for all students, he believes that socially disadvantaged students and students with special needs require additional support to reach their full potential in today's ever changing world full of limitless opportunities. A key to reaching these opportunities will be to acquire the technical skills needed for future careers along with the compassion and courage to become the leaders of tomorrow.
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