Members of the Skyline College President's Council are leaders in the community the college serves. With backgrounds in business, innovation, public service, healthcare, nonprofits, law and more, these individuals donate their time to help shape the course of Skyline College and secure the college's future, influencing the lives of countless students in the process. Their work underscores a deep commitment to their community, and especially to the students, faculty and staff of Skyline College.
|Ron Derenzi, Chair||Christina Dunham||Mark Leach||Leila Perreras|
|William J. Bowdle||Michele Enriquez-DaSilva||Cliff Lentz||Kirsten Pinochi|
|David Canepa||Karen Ervin||Daisy Li||Theresa Proaño|
|Bill Chiang||Kimberly Gillette||Juslyn Manalo||Charles Schuler|
|Greg Cochran||Damian Guzman||Dave Mandelkern||John Paul Verzosa|
|Ronald Derenzi||Giuliana M. Halasz||Steve Martinez||Tykia M. Warden|
|Monica G. Devincenzi||Michelle Jester||Jamie Monozon|
|Jim Diaz||Maritess Lagandaon|
In Memorium - Carolyn Livengood
With great sadness and deepest condolences to family and friends, we share the news that Carolyn Livengood, a founding member of the President's Council passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 peacefully in her home surrounded by family. Carolyn was a longtime supporter of so many organizations throughout the region, including Skyline College, where she has made a lasting impact. She served on the first bond oversight committee when the college was built in 1969 and she was part of the first graduating class. As an alumni, she was a proud charter member of the President’s Council, providing 18 years of dedicated service. Carolyn was particularly committed to serving Veterans and was a regular supporter of the Skyline College Veteran’s Resource Center.
Carolyn was journalist, writing the “Livengood” column for the San Mateo County Times in print, and then online. We can take comfort in the fact that so many lives in this county, including our students’ lives, are better because of her passion, volunteerism and talents she so willingly and consistently gave.
Ron Derenzi, Chair
Ron Derenzi was born and raised in Excelsior District of San Francisco, and is a graduate of Balboa High School, class of 1959. Ron received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from San Jose State University in 1964. He met his future wife, Marie, while attending San Jose State University. Marie has a Teaching degree from SJSU. Ron and Marie have lived in South San Francisco for 42 years, and have been married for 45 years.
Ron received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Navy Reserve in 1970. Ron completed a 42 year management career in retail banking. He held positions as a Branch Manager for some 25 years and Regional Officer for some 9 years before retiring in December 2006. Ron continues to volunteer his time serving on six non-profit boards and four associations.
In his retirement, Ron enjoys history, sports, vacations, lunch with friends, and
supporting St. Veronica Church in South San Francisco. Ron and Marie have two married
daughters and three granddaughters.
William "Bill" Bowdle
William (“Bill”) Bowdle joined Kaiser Permanente in 2010 and currently provides senior level leadership of facility operations for the South San Francisco medical center area. Oversight responsibilities include site and building operations and maintenance; environmental, health and safety; environmental cleaning services; nutritional food services; and security.
Prior to his current role, Bill was the Executive Director for National Facilities for the Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States region. His responsibilities included regional-based leadership of facilities operations, as well as oversight of real estate and capital improvement programs.
Bill brings to Kaiser Permanente more than 30 years of experience in the real estate and construction industry. A significant part of his career has been providing expertise in facilities planning, design, and construction of complex facilities across a multitude of high-tech industries.
Bill has a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from California Polytechnic
State University, is an American Hospital Association Certified Healthcare Facilities
Manager (CHFM), and a Project Management Institute certified Project Manager Professional
A peninsula native, born, bred and educated in the Bay Area, David Canepa has been serving the people of Daly City since he was sworn in as a member of its City Council in 2008. He has worked hard to bring more jobs to the city. Canepa has also worked to maintain beaches and streets hosting clean-ups throughout the year. He is committed to engaging residents in local government by working with city staff on the Citizens Academy which educates the public on how Daly City functions.
In addition to the Daly City Council, Canepa has served on several San Mateo County regional boards dealing with transportation, housing, homelessness and infrastructure. Specifically, he has served on C/CAG (City/ County Association of Governments San Mateo County), HEART of San Mateo County (Housing and Endowment and Regional Trust), HOPE of San Mateo County (Housing our People Effectively), and the Grand Boulevard Initiative. He also sits on the North San Mateo County Sanitation District as a Board of Director.
Previously, he worked for both houses of the California Legislature.
Greg Cochran is a charter member of the President's Council and 2007 recipient of the “Skyline Shines Award.” His involvement with the college began as Food and Beverage Director at a hotel in South San Francisco where Skyline College held meetings. Through that connection, he got involved supporting the college’s athletic programs. His commitment has grown from there.
Greg has always been an entrepreneur and leader with expertise in networking, bringing together the right people and resources. His career began starting successful restaurants and night clubs in the Napa Valley. Relocating to the Peninsula, he shifted into the Food and Beverage role, later becoming Executive Director for the South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.
Greg currently serves on the Peninsula Coalition, the Pacifica Parks Beaches & Recreation Commission, and has been a director on the Bay Area Water Transit Authority Board. Greg is president of the Pedro Point Surf Club and works with both the Ride-a-Wave Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Association.
He is a member of the South San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Daly City-Colma Chamber
of Commerce, Pacifica Beach Coalition, SurfRider Foundation, and Pacifica State Beach
Taskforce. An avid surfer, you will often find Greg “hitting the waves”.
Monica Devincenzi has been in the solid waste industry for over 20 years, focusing on community relations and public education and outreach. She joined Allied Waste/Republic Services in Daly City in July 2015 as the Municipal Relationship Manager, working closely with the community, businesses and residents to sustainably divert as much material from the landfill as possible. Most recently, she served as the Recycling and Outreach Sustainability Manager for RethinkWaste (South Bayside Waste Management Authority). Prior to joining RethinkWaste, Monica worked for Waste Management for over 11 years.
She has been involved in various community groups and organizations throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties over the years. In addition to the President’s Council, Monica is a current Board Member of the North Peninsula Food Pantry & Dining Center of Daly City and is actively involved in the Daly City/Colma Chamber of Commerce. In addition to her public education and community relations experience, Monica has a journalism background. She is also currently serving a second term as a member of the Board of Directors for the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA), California’s statewide recycling association.
James R. Diaz arrived in San Francisco in 1968 and joined the small architectural firm of Kaplan-McLaughlin where he retired after 49 years. The practice has grown in size to become internationally recognized for design excellence and innovation. Jim has been the leader of the firm's healthcare group, designed hospitals all over the world, became a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Healthcare Architects.
Jim's daughter, Lari María is also a principal in the firm and served as the programmer and planner for the Social Science and Creative Arts expansion at Skyline College. Jim's spouse and extended family live in San Francisco and Pacifica. Since 1983, Jim has dedicated great time and effort as an officer of the Union Española de California and the Patio Espanol Restaurant on Alemany Boulevard, which play hosts to many social and cultural events for residents and organizations in San Francisco and the Northern Peninsula.
Christina has been in sales and marketing for over two decades, developing acquisition, activation, and engagement programs for startups, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies. As Director of Business Development/Marketing at ANX, she oversees the Account Management Team and leads all sales and marketing efforts for home healthcare and hospice, including branding, content, and web strategy. Previously, Christina headed the marketing communications team at HealthTap and developed customer marketing campaigns at fitmob and Sterling HSA.
Her left brain strategic/analytical side is balanced by her right brain creative side, which she expresses through writing, performing, and martial arts. She has written numerous lifestyle articles on food and entertainment for local and national publications; has hosted dance shows and news & entertainment programs on television; and currently sings lead for an SF-based rock band as well as a Silicon Valley Tech Exec cover band. She also holds a first degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and was formerly a member of the Tournament and Demonstration Team at Yong In Martial Arts Academy.
Christina holds a B.S. in Marketing and International Business from Salisbury University, Maryland and an MBA from California State University Hayward, attending her last semester of graduate studies at the Academy of National Economy in Moscow, Russia, the leading training and research institute for top-level managers in Moscow.
Michele Enriquez-Da Silva is the Business Development Officer for San Mateo Credit Union. Michele is originally from San Jose, California and currently resides in San Mateo with her husband, Denis. She got her B.S. in Business Management from Menlo College where she received a scholarship to play softball. She worked in corporate sales before taking her current position at SMCU.
Michele is the current President of the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and serves on the Daly City Youth Health Center Development Council as well as the College of San Mateo Outreach Advisory Board. In her spare time, she volunteers as a volleyball coach at St. Gregory Catholic School in San Mateo, and as a softball coach for the Fillies of San Bruno Softball League.
Karen has worked in the fields of molecular and cell biology for over twenty years. Originally she started in the neurobiology field studying neurotransmitter release and intracellular vesicular trafficking in Richard Scheller's lab at Stanford University. In 2001, she came to Genentech with Richard and continued to study the molecular mechanisms involved in membrane trafficking and vesicular transport, as well as many projects involved in early stage drug development at Genentech.
In 2014, Karen moved to Product Development Regulatory Oncology on a one-year rotation where she managed Regulatory activities in all phases of clinical trials. In 2015, she moved back to Research and is currently a Senior Project Manager for the Research Review Committee.
Karen is very active as a public servant as well, serving on the Pacifica School District Board of Trustees from 2006-2010, and she was elected to the Pacifica City Council in 2012. In 2015 she served as Mayor of Pacifica.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Genetic Engineering from UC Santa Barbara.
Kimberly Gillette is the Director of the Daly City Youth Health Center. This health center offers health education, primary health care, mental and vocational services to Northern San Mateo County youth. She is responsible for managing the youth programs, fundraising and budgeting.
Her previous position at the Community Clinic Consortium provided her experience with grant writing and organizing programs for clinics. Kimberly worked at Planned Parenthood: Shasta-Diablo for three years, managing a resource center for pregnant and parenting teens and advocating for reproductive health services. She has also been a Health Educator and coordinated mentor and academic advising programs for youth. She received her Master's in Public Health from the University of Michigan in Health Behavior and Health Education, with an emphasis in Reproductive and Women's Health.
Damian Guzman is a corporate attorney in Silicon Valley who focuses on corporate mergers and acquisitions and startup transactions. Damian has recently returned to the Bay Area from New York City, where he practiced law at a major international law firm and worked in-house at Sesame Workshop (best known for Sesame Street).
After graduating with high honors from Skyline College, Damian transferred to Cornell University where he earned a degree in industrial and labor relations with a focus on law and policy. Damian earned his juris doctorate from Columbia Law School where he served as articles editor and production editor of the Journal of Gender and Law. Damian’s hobbies include working out, playing piano and computer programming.
He seeks to assist students who may be interested in pursuing a similar higher education or career path.
Giuliana M. Halasz
Giuliana M. Halasz, MSW, is the publisher of California's Children News Service, Inc., an independent nonprofit news aggregate for professionals, advocates, legislators and volunteers who serve the fields of juvenile justice, education, health, immigration reform, and welfare. For over 40 years, Giuliana has developed and administered programs dedicated to improving the quality of life for California's children, assisting families to achieve permanency and self-sufficiency. Fluent in Italian, Spanish, and English, she has published numerous articles, and given speeches at conferences and workshops. She has taught college courses, consulted on mental health and community development (including leadership development in the Latino community), and children's services, and was a counselor and coordinator for the special needs community in Los Angeles.
Volunteering internationally, she is a foster grandparent at Casa Hogar Santa Julia Home for Girls in San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.. Giuliana holds a BS in Sociology from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Caracas, Venezuela, and a Masters in Social Work from San Diego State University. An active advocate for children and families, she served as California State Leader and a member of the Western Region Steering Committee for the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), along with other service to CWLA.
A native Californian, Michelle has spent her career in Marketing/Sales helping businesses find their potential customers while staying up-to-date with market trends and technologies. Her passion is to see a business celebrate their success. She is excited to bring this knowledge to the President’s Council and work with the dynamic team to impact the future.
Spare time is spent with non-profit organizations as diverse as Lion Clubs International and Gay Games: Team San Francisco, reading and enjoying athletic pursuits.
Maritess (Tess) E. Lagandaon has been serving with the President's Council since
2004. Tess is currently working in a non-profit while studying for a graduate degree
in Public Administration. Tess also serves as a founding Board member of the Daly
City Public Library Associates. Her work experience includes managing a local government/economic
development program, helping people start and grow microenterprises, organizing events,
and writing for a weekly community newspaper for many years.
Mark Leach started his career in the Navy, spending six years in the service traveling the seas and maintaining complicated electronic weaponry. As a Veteran he utilized his education benefits enrolling in Community College in Santa Monica California. He successfully completed the transfer curriculum with a GPA that afforded him the opportunity to attend UCLA. Graduating magna cum laude with a degree in History he once again began traveling the country. Growing up in a military family and serving in the Navy Mark has moved continuously throughout his life, in his working career Mark has lived in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Oregon, Washington, and California but upon his arrival in the Bay Area in 1996 Mark declared that he had found his permanent home.
Accepted into the San Mateo County IBEW Electrical Apprenticeship Mark returned to electricity and tools until his Union Sisters and Brothers elected him to serve as Local President. Mark also serves as Vice President of the San Mateo Central Labor Council, on the Executive Board of the Building and Construction Trades Council, he is Vice President of the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo, a member of the Grand Boulevard Initiative, on the Advisory Board of UC Berkeley Labor Center and is very proud to be serving his community with the members of Skyline President’s Council.
Cliff Lentz grew up in South San Francisco, where he graduated from El Camino High School in 1983. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communications from San Francisco State University, while also earning All-American and Academic All-American honors as a member of the Gator Wrestling Team.
Cliff started working at the young age of 15, hawking food and souvenir products in the stands at Candlestick Park during Giants and 49ers games. He later parlayed his work as a vendor by starting his own promotional products company, Red Dog Productions, creating merchandise for companies such as Levi’s, Oracle and Genentech.
After fifteen years of self-employment, Cliff sold his business in 2008 to spend time with family and rethink a new career path. It didn’t take long before Cliff found himself in St. Louis County working for the Obama Campaign. It was this experience that led him to run for the Brisbane City Council, where he won a seat in 2009 – a post he currently holds today.
Besides Cliff’s work as a public servant, he has also given back as a wrestling and cross country coach at his old high school, El Camino. Cliff and his wife, Karen, have two daughters, Katelyn and Claire.
Daisy Li is a small business owner and humanitarian. In 1991, Daisy started the popular Moonstar, an upscale seafood buffet restaurant, in San Francisco on Market Street, created a joint venture with her husband Paul in 1997, and later in 2006, opened another Moonstar restaurant in Daly City. Daisy also started Moonchef catering to provide nutritious warm meals to thousands of seniors around San Francisco daily through Self Help for the Elderly.
Born in Hong Kong, Daisy attended Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada and received her degree from Oklahoma State University in Hospitality Administration and Management. She worked for a number of years in Dallas, Texas, managing various restaurants and honing her business skills.
She has received a variety of awards and accolades for her work in the community, including recognition from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
Daisy's philosophy is that when you succeed, it is necessary to give back to the community and help those less fortunate. She is also a two-time breast cancer survivor and has been cancer free for more than three years.
Juslyn Manalo has an innate passion to help others. This was realized when she worked as a Community Service Worker early in her career providing direct service to the Filipino World War II Veterans. Alongside this role, she helped in pushing legislation for equity for the "Veteranos" within a national campaign. Juslyn also managed the Bill Sorro Housing Program (BiSHoP), a program that linked affordable housing opportunities to low-moderate income individuals and families.
Currently, Juslyn serves as Vice Mayor of Daily City. She is also a Community Engagement Associate for the 5M project of Forest City, a mixed use development in South of Market, San Francisco. She knows the community development opportunities that will bring real tangible affordable housing, jobs and youth development in the neighborhood her mother immigrated to in 1973. She is passionate to create meaningful partnerships with the private sector and nonprofits for positive changes and support for community endeavors.
Juslyn currently volunteers for the SamTrans Citizen Advisory Committee as Chairwoman, Senior & Disability Action as a board member, South of Market Business Association board member and actively involved with the Filipino American Democratic Club of San Mateo.
Dave Mandelkernis a trustee of the San Mateo County Community College Board of Trustees. He was elected to the Board in November 2003. Dave is also a charter member of the President's Council. Previously, he served on the San Mateo County Office of Education Internet Access Task Force and is currently a trustee and vice chair of the California State Parks Association, as well as an active volunteer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Dave was 2001 Silicon Valley Man of the Year. He previously has been a board member
of the Volunteer Center of San Mateo County and was a member of the 1997 San Mateo
County Civil Grand Jury. Dave is the President & CEO of QwikHealth, Inc. which makes
high quality medical care affordable and convenient. He has more than 20 years of
entrepreneurial experience with Silicon Valley startup companies.
Steve Martinez has over 20 years of experience in the field of Human Resources. He has worked in corporate, government, non-profit, and private consulting settings and has volunteered or worked at non-profit organizations that include the San Francisco Conservation Corps, United Way of the Bay Area, La Raza Information Center, Center for New Citizens, College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, and the Friends of the San Francisco Library.
He seeks to assist organizations with the delivery of services to limited English
speaking communities and promote the use of learning institutions in order to better
one’s life thereby benefiting one self, one’s family, and the community where one
lives and works.
Jamie Monozon is the Chief Executive Officer of the San Bruno Chamber of Commerce. Jamie has 27 years of entrepreneurial business leadership experience from owning her own business while working her way through college to being recruited to work for a large title company in 1991 which began her long corporate career. She started in customer service for a fortune 500 company and was quickly promoted to sales and management, and ultimately County Manager and Executive Vice President. Having worked her way up the corporate ladder and trying to balance education with a demanding job, the community college atmosphere has served her well. Jamie has always been interested in helping others and has strong philanthropic ties. Her community involvement spans over 23 years of service with several non-profit organizations such as the SAMCAR Foundation, Shelter Network, Pop Warner, Rotary Club International and Relay for life. She is currently a member of the President’s Council of Skyline College, Measure A Oversight Committee for San Mateo County, participated in the CSBA Small Business Advisory Council for Assembly Member Mullin and continues to support ways to improve our communities both locally and nationally.
Leila Perreras has been in Sales, Marketing, and Community Relations for over twenty years. Leila received her B.S. Degree in Marketing at CSU, Sacramento. In 2007, Leila founded her own marketing firm, Circle Communications, to have more time to spend with her second child. Circle Communications produced the Circle of Women conferences, one in partnership with the US Government for women's financial literacy.
Leila went back to the corporate world including San Mateo Credit Union for a few years and recently restarted Circle Communications. Leila's large scale event portfolio includes grand opening events for Cheryl Burke's Dance Studios and the recent San Mateo County Pride Center. Leila is an Ambassador for the Redwood City Chamber of Commerce, and Board Secretary for HIP Housing. She loves working with nonprofits to help them with their mission through their communications efforts. Leila resides in South San Francisco with her husband and 2 children. She is excited to be back on the President's Council to give back as she was a student of the community colleges.
Kirsten Pinochi is the General Manager for Recology San Bruno. Recology San Bruno
provides garbage and recycling services to the residents and commercial businesses
in San Bruno. Kirsten received her AA from Skyline College and from there graduated
from San Francisco State University with her BS in Business Administration with a
focus in Management. She has worked in a management capacity with large corporations,
like Citibank and Oracle. She is on the Board of Directors with the San Bruno Chamber
of Commerce and is a proud member of the San Bruno Rotary Club. Kirsten was born and
raised in San Bruno. She is raising her family in San Bruno with her husband David.
She enjoys spending time in Clear Lake, scrapbooking and spending as much time with
her kids as possible.
Teresa Proaño was born in San Francisco and has lived in Daly City all her life where she and her husband have raised their family. She currently works as the assistant to the president for Duggan’s Serra Mortuary, the largest family-owned funeral home in Northern California. As an employee with Duggan’s, she has been active in various outreach programs, generously supporting the community.
A graduate with honors from Skyline College in 1999, two of her three children also attended Skyline College. Her daughter, Melissa, transferred to UC Davis and is currently completing her studies at SF State; her son, Esteban transferred to UCLA graduating in 2009. Her oldest son Nick is a graduate of UC Berkeley, class of 2003.
Teresa currently participates as a member on the following boards and commissions:
vice-chair, Recreation Commission for the City of Daly City; "Friends" Committee,
Seton Medical Center Foundation; Daly City Host Lions Club; vice-president, Hillside
Homeowners Association; and treasurer, North Peninsula Food Pantry and Dining Center
of Daly City. She has also served a number of years as board member of the Daly City-Colma
Chamber of Commerce.
Charles Schuler is the Director of Communications for the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) with primary responsibility for the airport’s internal and external communications functions, including: planning and strategy, social media, airport staff and tenant communications, newsletters, integrating marketing technology, web & app content and development. Charles also contributes to marketing, new route development, customer service and other working groups across the airport.
Prior to joining SFO in 2011, Charles developed a broad understanding of the travel,
transportation, and tourism industry with experience in the airline and hotel industries.
Having worked for major brands like Air New Zealand, Emirates, Hilton, and United
Airlines in a variety of capacities, he also has experience in strategic planning,
business development, revenue management, inventory forecasting, aircraft scheduling,
destination marketing, sales, and sales strategy & planning. Charles holds a Master
of Tourism Administration from the School of Business at George Washington University
and a B.S. in Finance with a concentration in Scandinavian studies from the University
of Maryland, College Park.
John Paul Verzosa
J.P. has over two decades of experience in the financial services industry. J.P. has worked at such firms as Morgan Stanley-Dean Witter, Franklin Templeton Investment Services and Citibank in financial advisory and managerial roles. Currently J.P. is Vice President and Area Manager for Bank of the West in the San Francisco Peninsula. He provides overall leadership for cluster branch sites to achieve profit, growth, referrals and service objectives. J.P. is a past President’s Council member and Co-Chair of the President’s Breakfast.
J.P. is a Native San Franciscan. Born and raised in San Francisco’s Excelsior District, J.P. attended Corpus Christi Elementary School. J.P. is a graduate of Lowell High School and now resides with his wife and two daughters in South San Francisco. He is a die-hard 49er, Warrior and Giants fan. In his spare time he coaches his daughters’ basketball and volleyball teams.
Tykia M. Warden
As the Interim Executive Director, Tykia is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction, operations, financial management, and community relations of the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation. Tykia is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and directs SMCCC Foundation’s fundraising campaigns for the benefit of scholarships and special programs.
Previously, Tykia was Director of Advancement for the Smithsonian Institution and has ten years of experience in fundraising, government relations, and nonprofit management. Tykia received her bachelor’s degree in communications and African-American studies from Indiana University, Bloomington and a master’s degree in communications from Bowie State University. Tykia is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.back to top