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NapaLearns Staff

NapaLearns is fortunate to be represented by a committed staff. Feel free to get in touch with us.

Peg Maddocks
Executive Director

As Executive Director, Peg Maddocks, Ph.D., is responsible for advancing NapaLearns’ innovative programs to improve the educational outcomes of students in public schools throughout Napa County. While 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. After working for Cisco Systems for over 14 years, Maddocks served as CEO of Maddocks Learning, a consulting practice focused on accelerating educational change through the redesign of teaching and learning to enable successful integration of technology. Maddocks holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education/Special Education. 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.

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Mario Piombo
Director of Innovation

As Director of Innovation, Mario coordinates program design, implementation, and support for all NapaLearns programs. He also supports Napa County districts and schools with the integration and evaluation of new and innovative tools that support the next generation of teaching and learning in Napa. As a digital native and multimedia enthusiast Mario is passionate about technology integration as a means to redefine learning opportunities for students and leaders. Before working at NapaLearns, Mario worked in the San Francisco Unified School District’s Curriculum and Instruction Division as an Educational Technologist and Learning Systems Coordinator. Prior to working in San Francisco, he served as Site Technology Coordinator at Napa Valley Language Academy, a dual immersion charter school.

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707 332-7605

Susie Gallo
Director of Operations

Susie Haffey Gallo, Program Director, is a graduate of Hamilton College and the Radcliffe College Publishing Program. She has a decade of experience in sales and marketing for Harvard University Press, Yale University Press, MIT Press, and University of California Press. Susie also coaches girls lacrosse for the Sonoma Youth Lacrosse Club.

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Pat Haines
Director of Communications

As Director of Communications Pat Haines is responsible for showcasing NapaLearns’ work through storytelling and stakeholder engagement. Pat has spent her career in high-tech marketing roles in Silicon Valley. In addition to providing marketing leadership in Fortune 500 companies, including Palm, Microsoft, and Intel, she has launched a number of innovative start-ups. Most recently she worked for Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. As senior director of marketing, Pat was responsible for leading the marketing efforts, for designing effective messaging, branding, and PR strategies, and for establishing the center as the leader in global social entrepreneurship. Pat has a BS in Organizational Behavior from University of San Francisco. She is an avid Giants baseball fan, and loves being outdoors and spending time with her family.

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Board of Directors

The NapaLearns Board consists of community members, parents, local partners, and all Napa County Superintendents of education.

Officers

Chuck McMinn
Board President

Owner, Vineyard 29

Chuck McMinn and his wife, Anne, are the owners of Vineyard 29 in Saint Helena. Prior to Vineyard 29, McMinn spent over 25 years starting, developing, managing and advising high technology companies the last being 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. In Napa Valley, McMinn splits his time between the winery and several non profits which he chairs including the Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition, and RADNapa as well as NapaLearns.

 

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Rick Jones
Vice President

Owner, Jones Family Vineyards

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 serves as chairman of OLE Health and serves on the boards of the St. Helena Hospital Foundation and Governing Board, NapaLearns and Raising a Reader.  Jones received a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. 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.

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Peg Maddocks
Executive Director

As Executive Director, Peg Maddocks, Ph.D., is responsible for advancing NapaLearns’ innovative programs to improve the educational outcomes of students in public schools throughout Napa County. While 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. After working for Cisco Systems for over 14 years, Maddocks served as CEO of Maddocks Learning, a consulting practice focused on accelerating educational change through the redesign of teaching and learning to enable successful integration of technology. Maddocks holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education/Special Education. 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.

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Susie Gallo
Secretary

Susie Haffey Gallo, Program Director, is a graduate of Hamilton College and the Radcliffe College Publishing Program. She has a decade of experience in sales and marketing for Harvard University Press, Yale University Press, MIT Press, and University of California Press. Susie also coaches girls lacrosse for the Sonoma Youth Lacrosse Club.

 

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Kimberly Jones
Treasurer

Kimberly Jones, NapaLearns treasurer, 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.

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Trevor Jackson
Legal Counsel

Trevor Jackson, General Counsel for NapaLearns and Napa High School graduate, 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. Ultimately, he attended Golden Gate University School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree with academic distinction. Mr. Jackson returned to his hometown of Napa in 2007 and established the Law Office of Trevor G. Jackson. His practice focuses on, and is committed to, the achievement of proactive and positive outcomes for individuals, families, children, and businesses. Mr. Jackson, who was on the mock trial team in high school, now volunteers his time as a scorer for the Napa County Mock Trial competitions.

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Directors

Ken Burkhardt
Pope Valley Elementary District

Superintendent, Pope Valley Elementary School

Superintendent and Principal Kenneth Burkhart joined Pope Valley Union Elementary School District in 2015. Burkhart hails from Rancho Cucamonga, CA and holds a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa and a MA in Educational Administration from CSU San Bernardino. During his over 20 years as an educator, Burkhart spent all but one as a classroom teacher and over 14 years as concurrent teacher/principal or principal/superintendent. He currently lives on the shores of Lake Berryessa, and finds that the personal nature of such a community really speaks to him, “rural schools and communities provide a deep sense of family while also foster individuality and independence.” Burkhart also serves on the Board of Directors for Project Graduation/Napa Grad Nite.

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Bob Cushman
Pacific Union College

President, Pacific Union College

Robert (Bob) Cushman, Ph.D. is President of Pacific Union College. He earned his doctorate in Geology at the Colorado School of Mines; his M.S. in Geology at Loma Linda University, and his B.S. in Biology at Walla Walla College. Dr. Cushman served as Vice President for Academic Administration at Walla Walla College and served at Department Chair and Professor of Paleobiology there as well. He also taught Biology, Chemistry, Physics, computer Science and History while coaching men’s basketball at the El Dorado Adventist School in Placerville. Bob is passionate about Seventh-day Adventist Christian education, and is committed to partnering with faculty and staff to provide students opportunities to develop marketable skills for global citizenship and servant leadership.

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Lydia Dobyns
New Tech Network

President, New Tech Network

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.

 

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Ladan Dalla Betta
Community Member

Ladan’s career developed in Silicon Valley in Finance and continued on to executive decision support as an Information Designer.  After obtaining her high school diploma in Tehran, Iran, Ladan earned her Accounting B.S. at San Jose State and her MBA at Haas UC Berkeley.  She has 10+ years management experience creating profitable solutions for Fortune 500 organizations such as Amazon, Apple, Sun Microsystems, as well as many years managing Finance and administration operations at startup companies.  Ladan lives with her husband in Napa. Ladan is passionate about helping the next generation find satisfying careers through proper education.

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John Glaser
Retired Superintendent

Retired Superintendent, Napa Valley Unified School District

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. He is the author of Leading Through Collaboration, published by Corwin Press. 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. He is currently a policy fellow for the Center for Applied Policy in Education at the University of California, Davis.

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Dave Kearney
Boomerang

CEO, Boomerang

Dave Kearney is a seasoned Silicon Valley tech executive who recently sold his digital marketing company, Boomerang.com. Currently Dave is the Vice President of Engineering at HULFT, a Silicon Valley software company providing enterprise integration tools. In addition, he provides 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. 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, two of whom graduated 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.

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Ron Kraft
Napa Valley College

President, Napa Valley College

Dr. Ronald D. Kraft, is President of Napa Valley College.  His doctorate in higher education leadership is from Capella University; M.A. in Education and B.A. in Business are from San Diego University. He is a graduate of a California Community College. Dr. Kraft has served as President of Southern California University of Health Sciences; and President of the Washington State Community Technical College System Alliance for Corporate Education, representing the 34 college’s career education throughout the state. His roots are in teaching and administration, with a long service as an elected trustee of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. Dr. Kraft has also served in private industry as a CEO with several national firms in organizational development, consulting technology, finance and travel companies. He serves on numerous college, community and industry foundations.

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Dan Lynch
Lynch Winery

Owner, Lynch Winery

Dan Lynch, 77, is a private investor and retired bum. He is a co-founder of CyberCash, Inc.. He also founded Interop which highlights the technology of the Internet. As a member of ACM and ISOC, Lynch is active in computer networking with a primary focus in promoting the unfettered spread of the Internet.

He was Director of Computing Facilities at SRI International in the mid to late 70’s. He formerly served as manager of the computing laboratory for the Artificial Intelligence Center at SRI, which conducts research in robotics, vision, speech understanding, automatic theorem proving and distributed databases. While at SRI he performed initial development of the TCP/IP protocols in conjunction with Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN).

As Director of Information Processing Division for the Information Sciences Institute in Marina del Rey (USC-ISI) Lynch led the Arpanet team that made the transition from the original NCP protocols to the current TCP/IP based protocols. He directed this effort from 1980 until 1983. It was the last corporate job he ever had. Things were happening out in the world and he wanted to be in that new game. A few “educational” stumbles occurred before he started Interop in 1986.

Lynch received undergraduate training in mathematics and philosophy from Loyola Marymount University in 1963 and obtained a Master’s Degree in mathematics from UCLA  in 1965.

Dan now lives full time in St. Helena, California where he is enjoying the life of a retired bum. He devotes much of his time serving on boards of nonprofits such as OLE Health Foundation, NapaLearns and CorStone.

 

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Laura Masters
Masters Learning Company

President, Masters Company

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.

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Rosanna Mucetti
Napa Valley Unified

Superintendent, Napa Valley Unified School District

Dr. Rosanna Mucetti is Superintendent of the Napa Valley Unified School District. Her previous districts include Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services in the San Leandro Unified School District (deputy superintendent for Educational Services), Hayward Unified and San Jose Unified. Previously, she has served as a Spanish bilingual elementary classroom teacher, instructional coach, principal, district administrator and director at an educational nonprofit.

She also spent two years at the Buck Institute for Education, working with school districts seeking to redesign schools to support innovation, technology integration and project-based learning.

Dr. Mucetti has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.S. in Educational Leadership from CSU East Bay. She attained her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a focus on social justice from CSUEB. She also has her certification in school business and finance management from the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education.

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Barbara Nemko
NCOE

Superintendent, Napa County Office of Education

Dr. Barbara Nemko was reelected in June, 2018 for her sixth term as Napa County Superintendent of Schools. She served on Tom Torlakson’s Transition Team, Technology Task Force, Blueprint and Blueprint 2.0 for Great Schools, and was honored as Public Policy Advocate for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in 2014, Computer Using Educators (CUE) Legislative Advocate in 2013, and Digital Promise’s Digital Innovation Learning Award (DILA) in 2014.

Barbara is passionate about helping teachers and administrators to implement digital resources to close the achievement gap, and has spearheaded a very successful countywide program that put iPads in the hands of preschool English learners. This program won the Collaboration Nation grand prize in 2015 and the ACSA Family Engagement award in 2016.

Barbara worked closely with the ACLU and CCSESA beginning in 2015 to clarify how districts could go digital and meet the Williams mandates, resulting in a 2017 joint memo to the field. In her spare time she enjoys doing community theater and has played roles including a Swedish psychic, a jealous Italian wife, a Jewish mother from New York, and a has-been Hollywood star, among others. She has 2 granddaughters, ages 9 and 7, and will happily tell you stories and show you pictures until you can escape her clutches.

 

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Pamela Redmond
Touro University

Chair, Graduate School of Education, Touro University

Dr. Pamela Redmond is Professor of Learning Innovation and Chair of Graduate Studies in the School of Education at Touro University California where she directs the Learning Innovation Lab that hosts teacher investigations and action research and reinventing the landscape of learning for the 21st century.  As a former special education teacher, she believes that that the true purpose of technology is to enable unfettered access to information and personal expression.

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Erin Smith-Hagberg
Calistoga Joint Unified

Superintendent, Calistoga Joint Unified School District

Superintendent Erin Smith-Hagberg joined Calistoga Joint Unified School District in 2017 after having served 12 years as superintendent in the Lakeport Unified School District in Lake County. Prior to becoming superintendent in Lakeport, Ms. Smith-Hagberg was a middle and high school English teacher, middle school principal, and elementary principal in Lakeport. Smith-Hagberg has a BA from UC Davis and an MA from the University of San Francisco. She and her husband, Dave, enjoy traveling, hiking, cycling and the outdoors.

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Janet Tufts
Howell Mountain School District

Superintendent, Howell Mountain Elementary School District

Dr. Janet Tufts is a superintendent and principal for the Howell Mountain Elementary School District. She is active in the Association of California School Administrators and has developed several master’s-level courses for teachers and administrators. She previously spent seven years as superintendent of the Happy Valley Elementary School District, where she conducted two successful bond campaigns, developed and implemented strategic plans, and forged relationships with the school community. Tufts has extensive and very successful experience as a superintendent-principal, she is committed to small school districts and has amazing, positive energy.

“Dr. Tufts is a professional administrator with a deep love for educating students,” the district said in a statement. “She comes to Howell Mountain with a vision for Howell Mountain Elementary that will result in new collaborations with valuable stakeholders, increasing our ability to provide services to the community of Angwin.”

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Mary Ann Valles
Napa Valley Unified

Mary Ann Valles has been assistant superintendent for instructional services at Napa Valley Unified School District since July 2017. She oversees all educational programs and services to more than 17,000 students from transitional kindergarten through adult learners.

She has a degree in psychology from California State University Los Angeles and master’s degrees in counseling and educational leadership from San Francisco State University.

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Mary Lou Wilson
St. Helena Unified

Superintendent, St. Helena Unified School District

Dr. Marylou K. Wilson is serving her fifth year in St. Helena Unified as Superintendent. Dr. Wilson taught at the Elementary and Middle School levels in Cajon Valley Union School District. She also served for ten years as a principal in various school districts throughout Southern California. She holds a Bachelors of Liberal Studies,  Masters of Curriculum and Instruction, multiple credentials and Doctorate from the University of La Verne in Organizational Development. Dr. Wilson is passionate about education and works diligently to ensure that every child, every day has what they need to be successful.

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Alternates

David Damico
Napa Valley Unified

Executive Director, Innovation and Instruction, Napa Valley Unified School District

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Paul Curtis
New Tech Network

Director, New Tech Network

 

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Tom Lee
Pacific Union College

Education Department Chair, Pacific Union College

Tom Lee is an Associate Professor of Education at Pacific Union College in Angwin, CA, where for the past 12 years he has been teaching students who are earning their teaching credentials. Tom finds it gratifying to prepare these teacher candidates to go into the PreK-12 classrooms that he enjoyed for so many years prior to coming to PUC.  Science education has been is his primary interest. Tom grew up in Central Iowa, then migrated to the West Coast where he & his wife, Jo raised their three boys in Western Washington. They miss the rain there but sure enjoy the beauty of Napa County.

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Mark Morrison
New Tech Network

Director, New Tech Network

 

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