In Napa County, where most children enrolled in state-subsidized preschool are native Spanish speakers, educators
Peg Maddocks, Ph.D. has served as Executive Director of NapaLearns, effective January 3, 2012. Maddocks is responsible for advancing NapaLearns’ innovative programs to improve the educational outcomes of students in public schools throughout Napa County. She works collaboratively with the Napa County Office of Education and with the five school districts to plan and provide funding to deploy the latest computer technologies and inquiry-based curricula, training and coaching to classroom teachers, and a robust data analysis capability to measure the effectiveness of the tools and teaching practices introduced to the county’s classrooms.While Dr. Maddocks has spent most of her career in private sector leadership positions, she began her professional life as a teacher, principal and program director in a K-12 public school district. Peg worked at Cisco Systems for 14 years as Director of Technical Training and Development, and in 2005, she led the company’s largest philanthropic initiative for 21st century schools in the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. In that capacity, she was responsible for creating a process for distributing $80 million in program dollars, professional services and technology to improve the performance in 132 schools in Mississippi and Louisiana by creating student-centered, technology-enabled learning environments.Most recently, Dr. Maddocks served as CEO of Maddocks Learning, a consulting practice focused on accelerating educational change through the redesign of classwork to enable successful integration of technology. She has also worked with numerous nonprofits over the years, including serving on the leadership team of the Council for Continuous Improvement in Silicon Valley; serving as a trustee on the board of a pre-K-8 private school; and participating in program development for the Schlechty Center for School Leadership, Strategic Learning Initiatives, Resource Area for Teachers and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation.Peg holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education/Special Education, Supervision and a Master’s of Education in School Administration from Rhode Island College, as well as a Ph.D. in Instructional Psychology from Michigan State University.o.
Chuck McMinn and his wife, Anne, are the owners of Vineyard 29 of Napa. Prior to Vineyard 29, McMinn spent over 25 years developing, managing and advising startup high technology companies. He has also managed his own consulting firm, Cefac Consulting, and was a consultant at Gemini Consulting. Most recently, he was the Chairman of Covad Communications, which he co-founded in 1996. Additionally, McMinn was the President & CEO of Visioneer Communications and a general partner at the venture capital firm, InterWest Partners. He began his Silicon Valley career at Intel and received a BSEE from Brown University in 1974, an MSEE from Syracuse University in 1976 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1978.
Rick Jones is the proprietor of Jones Family Vineyards in the Napa Valley that he co-owns with his daughters. His time is spent supporting a number of non-profit organizations throughout the Bay Area: He is a past President of the Napa Valley Vintners and Auction Napa Valley and currently serves as vice-chairman of Raising a Reader and on the boards of the Napa Valley Community Foundation, the St. Helena Hospital Foundation and Governing Board, Clinic Ole and NapaLearns. Jones received a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. After a dozen years at McKinsey & Company, he joined Safeway, Inc. in 1983 as Executive Vice President where he continued to work until his retirement in 1997. His home is in Calistoga, California, overlooking the Jones Family Vineyards.
Kimberly graduated from University of California, Davis with a BS in Managerial Economics. She gained auditing experience at Arthur Anderson and then went on to become a CPA while working for her father’s firm. She excels in nonprofit consulting and accounting, acting as liaison between the Executive Director and Board of Directors as well as budgeting and forecasting, trustee services, and auditing. Kim is an active member of the CalCPA, AICPA, Cemetery and Mortuary Association of California, and serves on the board of a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships for underprivileged youth.
Trevor G. Jackson is admitted to practice before all State and Federal Courts in California. After graduating from Napa High School, he attended the University of California, Santa Cruz where he obtained his baccalaureate degree. Mr. Jackson then worked in the South Bay and Peninsula regions in the fields of business, technology and education. He then attended Golden Gate University School of Law, where he graduated with academic distinction. Mr. Jackson returned to Napa in 2007 and established the Law Office of Trevor G. Jackson. His practice focuses on families, children, and businesses that are committed to proactive and positive outcomes. And he is known for his experience and dedication to this end.
Ken Burkhart has been an educator in various capacities since 1998. He earned his BA in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa and his MA from California State University, San Bernardino. He is currently working on his EdD from Creighton University with a focus on Organizational Leadership. Mr. Burkhart teaches full-time as the 7th and 8th grade teacher, also working as the principal and superintendent at Pope Valley Union Elementary School District. He previously worked in a similar teacher/principal/superintendent capacity for the Flournoy Union Elementary School District in Tehama County for eight years. Mr. Burkhart has a love for technology that dates back to his youth when he started a business setting up, repairing, and teaching people how to use computers. He enjoys painting, home repair, writing, and “really loud music with a good beat”.
In 1997, Paul was recruited to Napa New Technology High School and immediately saw the benefits of working in an environment that allows for block scheduling, team teaching, and, of course, a technology rich classroom. While at Napa New Tech High, he helped define the school’s curriculum model, assessment practices, and technology tools that have become the hallmark of all New Technology High Schools. As the school gained a reputation for innovation and hosted hundreds of visitors each year, he became a strong advocate for school restructuring and educational reform. In 2000, Paul was selected as Napa County Teacher of the Year. Paul went on to help form New Tech Network in order to take the vision and mission of Napa New Tech nationally. Paul moved from coaching to leadership to ensure that New Tech can continue to reimagine teaching and learning throughout the country.
Lydia Dobyns has combined careers as a technology entrepreneur and executive with education policy and non-profit service. Dobyns’ corporate career includes experience as CEO of goodcompany.com and VP and General Manager for AOL and VP of Corporate Marketing for Ashton-Tate. As President of New Technology Network (NTN), she oversees the organization’s strategic direction, school development and operations. Among the chief initiatives for New Tech are expanding its network of 62 high schools and further development of the learning management platform, NTN Echo. Lydia’s career includes work in the high technology, online services and consumer products industries. She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.
John Glaser retired in July of 2010 after serving for seven and a half years as Superintendent of the Napa Valley Unified School District. During his tenure he was actively devoted to student-centered and technology-rich learning that has become NapaLearns. Glaser is senior partner of Glaser and Associates, a consulting firm that he formed with his wife Carol. He also served for three years as an Associate Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne. In 2005, he published a book through Corwin Press entitled Leading Through Collaboration. Glaser’s degrees include a BA from Stanford University, an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an Ed. D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dave Kearney is a seasoned Silicon Valley tech executive who recently sold his digital marketing company, Boomerang.com. Currently Dave is providing management and technology consulting services to businesses and organizations in the San Francisco bay area. Living in Napa, he is utilizing his management and technical skills to help NapaLearns bring more innovation into the classrooms and the community. Since joining NapaLearns, he started the NapaTechChallenge.org, a satellite version of the The Tech Challenge from The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. He is also the chair of NapaLearns’ Makerspace Committee working to enhance children’s education with more engaging learning environments and experiences. Dave has four kids, the youngest of whom is a student at Napa’s New Technology High School. He is passionate about finding new ways to engage and motivate kids of all economic backgrounds to be more curious and creative.
Dr. Ronald Kraft serves as the Superintendent/President of Napa Valley College in Napa. He assumed office on May 9, 2013. Previously in higher education, Dr. Kraft served as President of Southern California University of Health Sciences in Whittier, California. He also served as President of the Washington State Community & Technical Colleges Alliance leading the state’s 34 colleges in workforce and economic development activities. Earlier in his career, he served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Lord Fairfax Community College. He also served as the Director of Community Outreach Programs at the Hispanic Serving Institution of Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, California. Dr. Kraft’s career began as a business instructor in the secondary school system before moving to the community college level in California where he became a tenured faculty member and department chair at Southwestern Community College. Dr. Kraft holds a bachelor’s degree in business and master’s degree in education as well as a Ph.D. in higher education leadership from Capella University in Minnesota.
Dorothy Lind-Salmon is a long-time civic and business leader of economic and community development in Napa County. The first woman President of the Napa Rotary Club, Lind-Salmon has been a proactive leader during the crucial organizational and developmental phases of the Napa Valley Opera House, the Napa Chamber of Commerce, The Napa Valley Economic Development Corporation, The Napa Valley Community Foundation, The Napa Land Trust, Friends of the River, If Given A Chance Foundation and SC21 Napa. She and her husband John host the 70-plus member Napa Valley Leadership Council, a cross-section of Napa. Additionally, she hosts the KVON Monday morning radio talk show focused on community partnerships and spends as much time as possible with her seven grandchildren.
Dan Lynch, 67, is a private investor. He is the founder of Interop, now a division of United Business Media. As a founding member of the Internet Society, Lynch is active in computer networking with a primary focus in promoting the spread of the Internet. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Fe Institute, the Bionomics Institute and is an investor in a number of startup companies in the Internet arena. He was a founder of CyberCash, the technology behind PayPal. Lynch puts the bulk of his current energy into serving on the boards of mental and physical health agencies worldwide, including Clinic Ole in Napa and CorStone in Sausalito, CA.
Laura Masters is a Learning Specialist and the owner of The Masters Company for Learning, Inc. She earned a special education degree from the University of Alberta, Canada, in 1984. Currently, Masters tutors one on one with her clients, specializing in tutoring learning and study skills, math, writing, language arts, dyslexia or specific curriculum support, and is also a motivating learning coach. For more than fifteen years, she studied closely with Pat Wolfe Ed.D., an educator who speaks world-wide bridging the gap between neuroscience and education. From this association, Masters has created a curriculum for classrooms, based in neuroscience, which teaches students how their brains work, and to master a variety of solid learning strategies based on established brain research.
Dr. Esmeralda Mondragon began her public education career over 28 years ago. She is a passionate educational leader with a solid background in building the systems that promote effective practices. Dr. Mondragon has served as classroom teacher, High School assistant principal; Junior High School principal; Elementary School principal, and Business Office administrator. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of La Verne, her Master’s Degree from San Jose State University, and her Bachelor’s Degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Mondragon values and believes in the importance of building professional relationships based on trust, which aims to provide youth with a quality educational experience that is student-centered and focused on high expectations.
Dr. Barbara Nemko has served as Napa County Superintendent of Schools since 1997, and is currently in her fourth term. She served on the advisory board for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson’s Kitchen Cabinet, and was a member of his Transition Team. Locally she is on the Workforce Investment Board, NapaLearns, the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, and the P-16 Council. When not working on her education duties Nemko has been a co-host with her husband, Dr. Marty Nemko, on his radio show, Work With Marty Nemko, for the last 24 years. She is a member of the Dreamweavers Theatre board, appearing in some of their productions. Lastly, she is the proud grandmother of two girls!
Melissa Patrino has been with Puertas Abiertas since April 2014. Responsible for overseeing the activities conducted at the organization, and for managing the organization’s financials, grants and reports. She has over seven years of working with the Latino community in the Napa Valley through her work with Congressman Thompson, where she worked as a Field Representative. She is a graduate of the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Leadership Institute, and was a board member of the Napa Valley Community Foundation from 2009-2014. Melissa holds a Master’s degree in Political Management from George Washington University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Anthropology from Brandeis University. She is bicultural/bilingual (English and Spanish). She was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of eight.
Pamela A. Redmond is a professor and chair of graduate studies in the School of Education at Touro University-California, in Vallejo. Listed in The Handbook of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPCK) for Educators, Redmond has been a contributor to and guest editor for the journal Issues in Teacher Education. She served as co-chair for the Spring 2010 conference of the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE). As a member of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) Committee on Innovation and Technology, she joined in the collaborative development and publication of a joint paper with Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), “21st Century Knowledge and Skills in Educator Preparation”.
Dr. Patrick Sweeney came to the Napa Valley Unified School District in July 2010 from the Patterson Unified School District, where he served as Superintendent for 15 years and Director of Education Services for 2 years. He has been extensively involved in the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and in 2008 was recognized as ACSA Region 7 Superintendent of the Year. In addition, he is active in the American Association of School Administrators, Association of Mexican American Educators, California Association of Latino Superintendents and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Dr. Sweeney earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of La Verne and Master of Arts from San Jose State University.
Dr. Cindy Toews is currently serving as the Superintendent in the Howell Mountain Elementary School District. She has worked in the field of education for 24 years at the K-12 level, university level and as an educational consultant. Dr. Toews is passionate about building educational systems that provide the optimal learning environment for students based on high expectations and ensuring students have the necessary skills to compete in the 21st century. She earned her Master of Science degree at California State University, Fresno and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership in a joint doctoral program between the University of California, Davis and California State University, Fresno.
Elena Toscano has been an educator for 36 years, currently serving as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD). She has also served as an elementary site principal, a high school Dean and as a teacher with many years of classroom experience. As one of the authors of NVUSD’s Project-based Learning Initiative, Toscano is committed to authentic inquiry-based learning experiences for all students with training and coaching for instructors. One of the most exciting projects of her career to date was providing input on the design of NVUSD’s new American Canyon High School. Current projects include establishing virtual learning online classes for credit recovery and expanding electronic supplemental intervention options.
Dr. Marylou K. Wilson is the recently appointed Superintendent, St. Helena Unified. She comes to St. Helena from Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, where she served as Assistant Superintendent Human Resources and was a member of the Superintendent’s Executive Cabinet. Dr. Wilson taught at the Elementary and Middle School levels in Cajon Valley Union School District. She has also served for ten years as a principal in various school districts throughout Southern California. With a Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Arts in Education from San Diego State University, Dr. Wilson completed her Doctorate at the University of La Verne. Dr. Wilson remarked, “St. Helena Unified is a school community that places high achievement and student success at the forefront of its priorities. I am so looking forward to joining the St. Helena team. Working together, we will continue to serve students well while preparing them with 21st century skills for their future”.