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Trustee Area 1 – Joaquín Rivera
Trustee Area 2 – Marlon L. McWilson
Trustee Area 3 – Ken Berrick
Trustee Area 4 – Aisha Knowles
Trustee Area 5 – Fred Sims
Trustee Area 6 – Eileen McDonald
Trustee Area 7 – Yvonne Cerrato
Trustee, Area 1 - Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont, and portions of Oakland that include North Oakland and Chinatown/Central
JOAQUÍN RIVERA has represented Area 1 on the Alameda County Board of Education since July 2010. Joaquín brings to the Board a strong record of dedication and advocacy for public education, its students and teachers.
Since 1990 he has taught chemistry at Skyline College in San Bruno. He has served as President and Chief Negotiator for the San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers, President of the Academic Senate and Vice President of the California Federation of Teachers. In 1996, he was elected to the Berkeley School Board. During his 12 year tenure on the Berkeley School Board, Joaquín distinguished himself in the areas of academic quality, student achievement and fiscal responsibility. He was president of the Board for three terms and was elected by the other school board members in Alameda County to represent them in the California School Boards Association (CSBA) delegate assembly.
He holds a Masters in Governance from CSBA. He also served on many CSBA committees including the Policy Platform, Nominating, and Legislative committees. Joaquín graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez with a B.S. degree in Chemistry. He obtained a Masters Degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.
Joaquín is committed to ensuring students’ success by providing quality health and educational programs based on rigorous standards and high expectations in a safe environment.
Trustee, Area 2 - Alameda and portions of Oakland that include West Oakland, East Oakland, Elmhurst, and Millsmont south to Shefield Village
MARLON McWILSON is passionate about education. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where he played football on an athletic scholarship.
During Marlon's tenure at UC Berkeley, he realized his calling to education, community work and mentorship. He was an integral part of a mentoring program at McClymonds High School in West Oakland through Stiles Hall. These experiences lead him to go into the teaching profession in the Oakland Unified School District where he taught at the elementary and high school level. Eventually, Marlon would move on from teaching to consulting and the non-profit sector.
Currently, he is a business owner in Oakland and the Associate Academic Liaison for Cal Football, returning to his Alma Mater to help a new generation of student-athletes realize their academic potential and the influence they have in underserved/underrepresented communities. Marlon is committed to community and education, which is why he is PROUD to serve the people of Alameda County.
Trustee, Area 3 - Oakland hills from Claremont south to Redwood Road in the northeast, to portions of Chinatown Central, San Antonio, Fruitvale and East Oakland in the south
KEN BERRICK is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Seneca Center, a nonprofit agency that provides school-based, community-based and residentially-based services for children with serious emotional issues and their families. Since its inception in 1985, Seneca has provided unconditional care and support to thousands of Alameda County children struggling with learning disabilities and life circumstances that interfered with their capacity to succeed in school. Seneca currently partners with families, school districts, and counties throughout the Bay Area to provide the critical supports and services that children and families need to succeed in their homes, communities, and schools. Mr. Berrick is a member of the California Child Welfare Council, as well as the president-elect and an Education Committee member of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services. His advocacy work on behalf of children, youth and families includes serving on several policy planning groups at both the county and state levels. Mr. Berrick has been a resident of Alameda County since 1983. He lives in Oakland with his wife, Jill, and their two children, both of whom attend public school.
Trustee, Area 4 - San Leandro and the western unincorporated communities of Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, San Lorenzo and Fairview
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Trustee, Area 5 - Hayward, Union City, and the unincorporated area of Mt. Eden and Hayward Acres
FRED SIMS is a former Psychology professor and student counselor at Chabot College in Hayward, where he worked for 32 years. He is also an assistant track coach at Chabot. A native of Colorado, Sims earned his bachelor's degree from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., and master's degree from Western State College in Gunnison, Colo. Sims has served on the Board of Directors at the Community Resources for Independent Living, and on the Board of Directors, the Emergency Shelter Program for Battered Women. He was also a coach for the YMCA’s co-ed youth basketball team. Sims is an avid runner, swimmer and golfer. He and his wife Sheila have lived in Hayward since 1968 and have two daughters and two grandchildren.
Trustee, Area 6 - Newark and the northern and western portion of Fremont
EILEEN MCDONALD owns a small local business and has taught in several programs in the Bay Area which include Fremont Unified Regional Occupational Program (ROP), Ohlone for Kids, and Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas. She holds a B.A. from Cal State East Bay (formally Cal State Hayward) in Speech Communication and a Master's level classes in Correctional Education. She has used that training to serve the community on the Board of Directors for Second Chance and on the Alameda County Safety Corridor Committee. Trustee McDonald was a member of the Newark Unified School District Board of Education from 1992-2003 where her dedication to students who were "slipping through the cracks" led her to the county board who administers educational services for the Juvenile Justice System. She has gone on to become a specialist in Relapse Prevention from the University of Utah and Chemical Dependency Studies from Cal State East Bay. She holds Master's of Governance and Master's of Boardmanship certification from the California School Board's Association. Trustee McDonald has traveled extensively and enjoys sharing her "Geographic Journeys" at local elementary schools. She lives in Newark with her husband of 35 years and has four grown children and five grandchildren. Although she has set foot on all seven continents home is still her favorite place to be!
Trustee, Area 7 - Tri-Valley cities of Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore and the unincorporated community of Sunol, and the southeastern portions of Fremont
YVONNE CERRATO was elected Area 7 Trustee of the Alameda County Board of Education in March, 2002. She earned a California multiple subject elementary school teacher credential, and also holds a Clear Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development Certification and a Language Development Specialist Certification. She is a Dean's List Scholar from San Jose State University where she received her B.S. degree in business marketing.
During her eight years of teaching, she gained experience in five different grade levels and worked hard to develop literacy programs and raise test scores in her school. Her dedicated participation in public school leadership is illustrated by her record.
The mother of four boys, she has been intensively involved as a school volunteer for thirteen years, which includes serving for two years on the school site council and one year on the executive board of the staff parent organization. Together with her husband of eighteen years she has continued her path of lifelong learning while raising an active family in the public school system she has pledged to improve and support.
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