CABOC Board of Directors

 Jack Weir, Chairman & Co-Founder, California Association of Bond Oversight Committees

Jack Weir is the Co-Founder of the California Association of Bond Oversight Committees. The Association of Bond Oversight Committees was chartered to provide training, guidance and support services to citizens responsible for oversight of school bonds throughout California.

Previously, Mr. Weir served as the Executive Director of the Contra Costa Taxpayers Association while also serving on local citizens’ bond committees to ensure good governance of taxpayers’ dollars. A retired executive for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph, Pacific Telesis Group, Jack has served the community on the city council for Pleasant Hill. Jack is the founder and principal of Change for the Better, an organizational and information systems consultancy. In addition, Jack has held leadership positions for the Contra Costa County transit agency and New Directions Counseling Agency.

Carolyn Castillo, President, California Association of Bond Oversight Committees

Carolyn Castillo is President of the CABOC Board of Directors.  Currently, Carolyn serves as President of the El Rancho Unified School District School Board and as President of the Tri-Cities Regional Occupational Program School Board. Prior to being elected, Carolyn served on the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.

Retired from Boeing’s Defense, Space and Security (BDS) business unit, Carolyn was a Program Management Specialist. In that capacity, Carolyn was responsible for deploying program management processes across various business units and identifying improvement opportunities. Additionally, Carolyn conducted internal organizational effectiveness assessments and served as an external assessor for the California Council for Excellence (CAPE)

Carolyn is a published author of peer reviewed papers relating to Business Continuity. In addition, she was a contributing author for the Facilities Design and Management Handbook published by McGraw-Hill. Ms. Castillo served on the editorial board of the Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Management from 2007 through 2011. 

Ms. Castillo holds a Master of Management from the University of Redlands, a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology and Bachelor of Arts, Psychology from California State University Long Beach. Other training includes Six Sigma Green Belt and Lean+ Executive Training and Standard Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) and Appraisal Method (SCAMPI) In addition, Ms. Castillo is a member of the International Facilities Management Association where she was a speaker at its World Workplace Conference in 2003.

Anton Jungherr, Executive Director, Secretary/ Treasurer and Co-Founder of the CABOC

Anton Jungherr, Co-Founder, Executive Director, Secretary and Treasurer of the California Association of Bond Oversight Committees Anton Jungherr, along with Jack Weir, co-founded in September 2019 the California Association of Bond Oversight Committees (CABOC). Anton is a member of the committees for FAQ, best practices, conference, legislation, operations, and executive.

 

Mr. Jungherr was a member of the West Contra Costa Unified School District Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) where he has served various terms for a total of ten years. He served on the audit, annual report, bylaws, and cost savings subcommittees. He participated in the 2015-16 forensic accounting investigation of the $1.8 billion school bond construction program. This investigation, at a cost of $1,070,961, resulted in 112 recommendations for improvement. In July 2021 he was rejected by the School Board for a position on the new Measure R $575 million CBOC.
 

Anton testified before The Little Hoover Commission in September 2016 about online training for CBOC members and performance audits. The Commission issued their report in February 2017 including recommendations for online training and performance audits.

He was the Co-Founder in 2008 of the California League of Bond Oversight Committees (CaLBOC). They filed a Nonprofit Certificate of Dissolution on January 15, 2021. With the dissolution of CaLBOC the CABOC is the only statewide nonprofit organization existing to address the recommendations of The Little Hoover Commission on bond oversight.

Anton has extensive experience in school district and city management. He was the Chief Financial Officer for six school districts including Anchorage, AK and San Francisco, CA and two cities including Newark, NJ.

He also started and operated and accounting/tax business for seven years and then sold it to return to the public sector.

Mr. Jungherr is the author of Operational PPBS* for Education: A Practical Approach tEffective Decision Making, Harper & Row, New York. (*Planning, Programming, Budgeting System) He earned his Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from  Columbia University, and received a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse University. Mr. Jungherr also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business and accounting

 

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Thomas A. Rubin, CPA, CMA, CMC, CIA, CFM, CGFM, Chair of Audit Committee, California Association of Bond Oversight Committees                

Tom Rubin has been a senior executive, consultant, and auditor for well over  governmental agencies, primarily in California, over four decades. 

For seventeen years, he was the consultant to the Los Angeles Unified School District School Construction Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee doing oversight over all aspects of its $28 billion school construction program that built 131 new schools and did thousands of capital renewal and replacement and enhancement projects for several hundred schools. 

He worked in all aspects of the program, from assisting in preparing the ballot measures going to the voters to property tax revenue estimates to planning, design, construction, procurement, the project stabilization agreement, small business enterprise program, inspection, and external grants funding.  

He organized and led the welcoming session for new BOC members, did tours, special studies, met with senior executives, worker bees, Board of Education members, covered public meetings.  He also did reports on Charter Schools (LAUSD has 228 Charter Schools, over 15% of LAUSD K-12 students attend Charter Schools, and over 60% of LAUSD Charter School students are on LAUSD-funded school sites.)  He had a major role in preparing the Memorandum of Understanding between LAUSD and the BOC, as well as the BOC by-laws.

  Les Bronte, Director, California Association of Bond Oversight Committees

Les Bronte, formerly 40 years Founder ARC Innovation, LLC, a textile manufacturing and importing corporation of home textiles.  He is also a co-partner in a financial firm dealing with commercial and residential property investments.  Les is the chairperson of the Beverly Hills Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, the Beverly Hills Active Adult Association president, and the president of the Beverly Hills Chapter of Meals on Wheels.  Les is the President of the Beverly Hills CPR Program servicing since 2008.  He is an avid volunteer and has received numerous awards and recognition for his service in the Beverly Hills community.

   Marc Carrel, Director, California Association of Bond Oversight Committees

Marc Carrel is a nonprofit executive and attorney. He serves as the President & Chief Executive Officer of Breathe Southern California, which focuses on education, advocacy, and research to reduce air pollution and improve lung health, and the Emphysema Foundation of America, which provides advocacy, education, research, and patient support for those with emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). He provides strategic direction and manages the day-to-day operations for both organizations. In October 2021, he was appointed by the Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education to their Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.  The Committee is tasked with overseeing bond proceeds, expenditures, and audits to repair, retrofit, upgrade and replace equipment, classrooms, and facilities in the district’s schools.  The bonds were approved by the voters of Beverly Hills under Measure E ($334 million bond measure approved in November 2008) and Measure BH ($385 million bond measure approved in June 2018).


 

Marcus Crawley, Director, California Association of Bond Oversight Committees

Marcus recently retired from his California General Contractor business after 50 years of experience in all phases of the building trades. The complications of construction performance and collections provided grounding in ‘do-it-yourself’ actions.  Marcus plans to bring this ‘Can-Do’ attitude to all his civic responsibilities.

As President of the Alameda County Taxpayers Association, Mr. Crawley serves on the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee at Peralta Community College and the Alameda County Budget Oversight Committee.

The cities, schools and agencies have developed a wide array of strategies to undermine accountability.  Marcus is dedicated to ensuring that voters are well informed before tax measure elections and that after the election the tax expenditures comply with the will of the voters.

Marcus holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Nebraska.

 

Chris Hanson, Director, California Association of Bond Oversight Committees.

Chris Hanson is a member of the Training Materials Committee. Chris has served as an At Large Member of City College of San Francisco Bond Oversight Committee as well as serving on the Report Sub Committee; Public Comment Little Hoover Report 2017.

Chris’ career ranges from an Equine Body Worker; therapeutic riding horse handler, negotiator representing Skyline Stables opposite San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and creator of a Community Outreach Program for new horse stables. Additionally, Chris served as a Production assistant at Global Business Network, a scenario planning consultant firm and network.

     Jason Hunter, Assistant Treasurer, California Association of Bond Oversight Committees.

Jason Hunter is the Co-Chairperson of the Legislation Committee.  Hunter has served as both a member of the of the Riverside Unified School District’s Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee and as past chair of the Riverside Community College District’s Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.  He is well-recognized locally as an ardent government watchdog, advocate for taxpayer, ratepayer, and fee-payer interests, and community activist.

Hunter serves on various other public and private boards and committees in the Riverside County area.  He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a degree in civil engineering and earned his Masters in Business Administration, with a Finance concentration, from the University of Texas at Austin.

After two decades working in the private and public sectors for the engineering and utility industries and overseeing multiple billion-dollar budgets, Hunter is now owner of a management consulting company specializing in energy, finance, and government operations.

    David Lyell, Director, California Association of Bond Oversight Committees

David Lyell is the Owner/CEO of ABSIHC INC. This non-medical homecare company provides support services for seniors and newly discharged patients allowing them to recover or age in place with dignity and grace.

David spent 40 years at Stater Bros. Markets with a brief break to try his hand at real estate and loans. He spent 35 of those years in management, where he chose to do the right thing even if it was unpopular.

He is also a certified notary for the state of California.

David is interested in the school bond oversight because school districts and school boards need to be accountable for taxpayer money. The proper allocation of resources is imperative to provide the education our children need. He is also interested in running for the school board in the future and feels this will help him become an advocate for his community.

 

Ourania Riddle, Director, California Association of Bond Oversight Committees

Ourania Riddle, is responsible for Public Relations.  Ourania is an active member and a volunteer of Californian’s Aware, a government watchdog that helps reporters and citizens understand their rights, in order to hold government open and transparent.   Because of her continued fight for the Taxpayers in her hometown of Dixon and the State of California Ourania was named the “2015 Tax Fighter” of the Year by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

Ourania authored Measure N, the Dixon Open Governance Initiative, which was placed on the November 2012 ballot, but was defeated largely due to misrepresentation from its opponents.

Born and educated in Athens Greece, her family immigrated to the United States in 1967 and made San Francisco their home. Her husband’s employment gave her the opportunity to live and visit many places overseas. They worked and lived in Italy, Saudi Arabia, Greece, and Germany. Living and traveling in Europe and the Middle East gave her the opportunity to experience firsthand, the many social and economic differences that exist in different countries and parts of the world.  She has gained an appreciation of the freedoms and opportunities unique to the United States and the diversity of the American culture.

A volunteer for several different organizations, Ourania has served on the Solano County Grand Jury for two terms, served on the Board of Directors of the California Grand Jurors Association, was Editor of the Grand Jurors’ Journal and was a trainer for statewide county grand juries. Currently she is the secretary of the Solano County Taxpayers Association.

   Laura Santos, Director, California Association of Bond Oversight Committees

Laura Santos attended school in Bassett Unified School District and then earned a degree in Political Science from UCLA and a JD from UC Davis.   After practicing law for ten years, she began a career in public relations, media, and promotions.  She has decades of experience in community engagement and organizing. Much of her career has been spent in disadvantaged communities addressing equity and justice issues in education, health, water, and the environment. 

She sat on the Bassett USD Bond Oversight Committee before being elected to the Bassett USD board in 2007. She also served on the La Puente Valley ROP board, and in 2013 she was elected to the Mt San Antonio College, which has a billion-dollar construction program.