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Council Members

Member List

Ron Derenzi, Chair Michael Guingona, Esq. Maritess Lagandaon Dave Mandelkern
David Canepa  Damian Guzman  Mark Leach  Steve Martinez 
Greg Cochran  Giuliana M. Halasz  Daisy Li  Jamie Monozon 
Michele Enriquez-DaSilva  Earslie Johnson  Carolyn Livengood  Kirsten Pinochi 
      Theresa Proaño

Member Biographies

Ron Derenzi, Chair

Ron Derenzi 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.

David Canepa

David CanepaA 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.

Canepa earned a degree from the University of San Francisco. He lives in Daly City with his wife Ana.

Greg Cochran

Greg CochranGreg 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”.

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Michele Enriquez-DaSilva

Michele Enriquez DaSilva 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.

Kimberly Gillette

Kimberly Gillette 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.

She obtained her Bachelor's in Psychology from UC Berkeley. She lives in Oakland, where she enjoys gardening, baking, being crafty and practicing qigong. She also loves to travel and visit family.

Michael Guingona, Esq.

Michael Guingona ImageMichael Guingona is a charter member of the Skyline President's Council. He is a criminal defense attorney, now in private practice. He joined the San Francisco Public Defenders Office in 1990, where he remained for nine years.

Michael was the first Filipino elected to the Daly City Council. After serving for three years, he was elected as mayor in 1996. At that time, he was the youngest mayor in the history of San Mateo County. He has since served two additional terms as mayor.

In 2005, Michael was inducted into the Skyline Stars: Transfer Student Hall of Fame, established to honor former Skyline College students whose lives are exemplary for their accomplishments and their contributions to the community. Michael transferred from Skyline College to UCLA, where he got his BA degree in History. Michael obtained his JD degree at USF.

Damian Guzman

Damian Guzman

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_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.

Earsie Johnson

Earsie JohnsonEarsie recently retired, after 17 years with the Administrative Services Department at the South San Francisco Conference Center. Prior she was employed with the IRS. Earsie attended school in San Francisco, and completed coursework at City College of SF, CSM, and Skyline College, with an AA Degree from CCSF. She holds certificates in IBM computer courses, music, and special awards for singing and playing the piano. She is a former member of Toast Masters.

Earsie is an 11 year member of Soroptimist International Club, which supports many organizations through fundraisers and scholarships. She served as President from 2010 to 2011, and is now acting as Director. She was instrumental in working with the Black Student Union at SSF High, and sponsored a special bus trip to the historic town of Allensworth. Earsie served on Seniors Advisory Committee, San Mateo Transit Citizens Advisory Board, volunteered with Senior Members - OMI Program, and has served as the youth director at church.

A South San Francisco resident for over 38 years, Earsie has 2 grown daughters, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She enjoys gospel and jazz music, singing, playing piano, cooking, attending theater & concerts, and sporting events.

Maritess Lagandaon

Maritess Lagandaon 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.

Daisy Li

Daisy LiDaisy 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.

Carolyn Livengood

Carolyn Livengood A President's Council charter member, Carolyn was the first recipient of the “Skyline Shines Award.” Her contributions began in 1964 as North County chairwoman of the first bond campaign to build the college and precinct chairwoman of the second bond issue in 1968. She was a member of the first graduating class in 1971, and inaugural Skyline Alumni Association.

Currently a San Mateo County Times columnist, other professional experiences include: insurance auditor, marketing, export clerk, lecturer, tour guide, and classified advertising sales. In 2004, she was inducted into the San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame. She is president of the Avenue of Flags Committee for Golden Gate National Cemetery; a board member of SMC Jobs for Youth and the Sequoia High School Alumni Association (recognized with the 2006 Unsung Hero Award, the Sequoia Tea Garden restoration and Veterans Memorial Committee). She is also involved with the USO/SFO.

Carolyn served on the San Bruno Citizen's Crime Prevention Committee for 25 years, including four as chairwoman. She retired from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in 2006 after 25 years of service including being a past commander. Her varied personal interests include nature's beauty.

Dave Mandelkern

Dave Mandelkern 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

Steve MartinezSteve 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

Jamie_MonozonJamie 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.

Kirsten Pinochi

Kirsten PinochiKirsten 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

Teresa ProañoTeresa 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.

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