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Trustee Area 1 – Joaquín Rivera
Trustee Area 2 – Amber Childress
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, and portions of Oakland that include North Oakland, Temescal, Rockridge, Downtown, and the northern portion of West Oakland.
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 - City of Alameda and parts of Oakland, including the southern portion of West Oakland, all of Jack London Square and Chinatown, part of Fruitvale, the Oakland hills south of Redwood Rd., and East Oakland south of Seminary Avenue and 66th Avenue.
AMBER CHILDRESS is a marketing entrepreneur, mother, public speaker, and community advocate. She was raised in Oakland and has spent the majority of her life in the East Bay Area, attending Oakland public schools and Mills College to study Liberal Studies. From her school-age years through adulthood, Amber has benefited from programs like Upward Bound, the A Better Chance Program, The Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program, and Emerge CA, which fueled her desire to fight for quality education for all students. The support she received in school and from her extended family taught her to embrace the idea that “It takes a village to raise a child”. Amber is a longtime volunteer with Girls Inc. of Alameda County, serving as a mentor, committee member and class volunteer, and volunteers with other nonprofits in Alameda and Oakland. Amber was selected as the recipient of the 2016 Powerful Women of the Bay Innovator Award for her dedication to the community, tech education, and other entrepreneurs. Amber serves on the Oakland Unified School District Measure G Citizens Oversight Committee and is a Board Member with the East Bay Women’s Network. She also mentors youth through summer internships and onsite school volunteer work.
Trustee, Area 3 - Piedmont and portions of Oakland, including the Oakland hills (from north of Claremont Avenue south to Redwood Road), East Lake, San Antonio, Fruitvale and part of East Oakland (to Seminary Avenue)
KEN BERRICK is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Seneca Family of Agencies, a nonprofit agency founded in 1985 that provides school, community, and residentially-based services for children with serious emotional issues and their families. He’s a Governor’s Appointee on the California Child Welfare Council, a two-time former President of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services and serves on the Board of the California Council for Community Mental Health Agencies. He is a Past-President of the Alameda County Board of Education and Past-President of the California County Boards of Education. He is co-author of the book, Unconditional Care: Relationship-Based, Behavioral Intervention with Vulnerable Children and Families, and serves on numerous policy planning groups at both 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.
Trustee, Area 4 - San Leandro and the western unincorporated communities of Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland (northern portion), San Lorenzo, and Hayward Acres
Trustee, Area 5 - Hayward, Union City, and the unincorporated communities of Cherryland (southern portion) and Fairview
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 portions of Fremont
EILEEN MCDONALD owned 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 over 40 years and has four grown children and 15 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, and Livermore, the unincorporated communities of Sunol and Mountain House, and the southeastern portion 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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