Dr. John Anderson, Advisor
Dr. Anderson has been a resident of Richmond CA for 35 years. He is amember of the West Contra Costa County Unified School District Citizens Bond Oversight Committee. He also served on the Contra Costa County Civil Grand Jury from 2018 to 2020.
John has over 45 years of experience in design and construction of heavy civil works with emphasis on geotechnical and foundation engineering. He has served in various capacities for projects in the US and International including as chief engineer, project manager, technical consultant/expert and design task lead. Has a BS in Civil Engineering, MS in Civil-Geotechnical Engineering and a PhD in Civil-Structural Engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He holds a California license as a Civil Engineer and a California Geotechnical Engineering authority license. He has also served as President and Board Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo-Institute, President of the California Geotechnical Engineers Association, President of ASCE’s Civil Engineering Certification Inc. and President of the Academy of GeoProfessionals. He was co-chairperson of the American Society of Civil Engineers Committee that addressed lesions learned from Hurricane Katrina and served for six years on the California Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Geotechnical Engineering Technical Advisory Committee.
Judy Box, Advisor
Judith Box, a Director of CABOC, is a member of the Membership Recruitment Committee. Judith’s career spans over 25 years as an educator, progressing from Teacher to District Director of Human Resources, while serving school districts in Alameda and Santa Clara Counties. She represents the Contra Costa Tax Payers’ Association as a member of the Walnut Creek Bond Oversight Committee.
Judith has been active in her community by serving on Homeowner Association boards, is an active member of the UC Alumni Association, and has served as Treasurer on two clubs in Rossmoor. For nineteen years, Judith volunteered for the AARP Tax-Aide program, where she taught other volunteers, managed tax preparation sites, and prepared tax returns, a free program for citizens.
Judith holds a Bachelor of Arts, University of California Berkeley; Master in Science – Teaching Mathematics, University of Santa Clara; and a Doctorate in Education, University of California Berkeley.
Retired from Berkeley Unified School District. Worked as an educational administrator in various public-school districts and educational compliance and training organizations in California and Illinois. Served as Manager of Bilingual Education at Berkeley Unified School District, Program Specialist + Master Teacher in Bilingual programs at the Oakland Unified School District, Director for the National Desegregation Assistance Center and Chancellor of the National Hispanic University. While I lived in Chicago, Lori served as Bilingual Education Director of the Asian Resource Center, Chicago Board of Education and Bilingual Education Specialist at the Illinois Office of Education.
Job responsibilities and duties involved planning and conducting staff development and training for school district superintendents, principals, administrators, teachers, instructional assistants and parents of kindergarten to 12th grade students. Focus was on compliance with State and federal guidelines. Curriculum areas included English as a Second Language, Bilingual Education as well as math and science curriculum.
Served as a volunteer to community groups and non-profit organizations including fundraisers. One volunteer project was developing and producing a training video on the role and responsibilities of California Bond Oversight Committees members and Proposition 39. Assisted with design of data bases, performance audit surveys.
Lori has a Master of Science in Education degree in Administration and Supervision, National College of Education, California Administrative Services credential, Bilingual certificate of Competency in Chinese and a California Life Elementary Teaching Credential.
Andrea Dawson, Advisor
Andrea Dawson has been a member of Oakland Unified School District Citizens Bond Oversight Committees for over 10 years. Andrea is currently the Chair of the CBOC committee for the $475 million Measure J Bond and the $312 million Measure B Capital Improvements Program. She is also the Chair of the Peralta Colleges Measure G Bond Program.
Andrea Dawson has worked in California public school construction the past 25 years, in several roles including construction management, bond program and project management. For the past thirteen (13) years she has worked as a senior project manager on the San Francisco Unified School District billion dollar Measure A 2011/2016 Bond Program.
Andrea is an Oakland CA resident whose daughter graduated from Oakland public schools. She in addition to being on CBOC has throughout the past 25 years volunteered in Oakland Schools in many capacities; including School Site Council, PTA President, Budget and Finance Committee volunteer and more.
Andrea holds a marketing and design degree from Bassist College in Portland Oregon.
Sallie DeWitt, Advisor
Sallie attended public schools in the Bay Area and then received two degrees from UC Berkeley, a BA in History and an MBA. She and her husband, Jim DeWitt, have lived in Richmond since 1975. Their children and grandchildren attended WCCUSD schools, and, now, two great grandchildren are at Washington Elementary School. In the 1990s, Sallie cofounded a community group called The Many Hands Project at Washington School.
During this time, she also served on the Board of the West Contra Costa Ed Fund. Starting in 1995, she worked at Chevron as a budget analyst and an Education Outreach Coordinator.
Sallie retired in 2015, and two years later joined WCCUSD’s Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC), wanting to put her experience in business planning, budgeting and variance analysis to work overseeing WCCUSD’s bond program. Her second term on the CBOC began in January, 2019. During her time the CBOC, she has been active on the Audit and Annual Report Subcommittees. Sallie is motivated to ensure all public-school students have an opportunity to achieve their full potential.
Vanessa Hill, Advisor
Vanessa attended public schools in Oregon and California before attending Pepperdine University for her undergraduate degree in accounting and University of San Francisco for her MBA with emphasis in finance.
Vanessa is a certified public accountant and co-founder of Evidentia Consulting, LLP, a forensic accounting and consulting firm with offices in Berkeley and Redwood City.
Her work includes serving as an expert witness on accounting and economic damage issues for business disputes as well as providing economic loss analysis for individuals in wrongful termination, personal injury, and wrongful death litigation.
Vanessa has served in a variety of leadership and governance roles in both her professional and civic community. A strong supporter of public education, Vanessa was a member of the West Contra Costa Unified School District’s Citizens Bond Oversight Committee from July 2018 through July 2020.
She has lived in El Cerrito with her husband since 1999 and her two sons have attended local public schools.
Lorraine Humes, Advisor
Lorraine Humes, West Contra County Taxpayers’ Association, 2019-2021.
Lorraine has been a resident of San Palo for approximately 40 years. She retired after working 29 years as a food microbiologist from the U.S. Department of Food and Drug.
She has no children but knows the value to society in having every child get a good education. She is also a tax payer and want to provide our children with a safe and interesting learning environment at a reasonable price to me.
Lorraine got interested in the CBOC when last school construction bond was trying to be passed and when she heard that there was a committee vacancy. She asked to be the Taxpayers Association representative on the committee. She has represented the West Contra Costa County Taxpayers Association on the West Contra Costa Unified School District CBOC since 3/6/19.
Linda Ruiz-Lozito, Advisor
Linda Ruiz-Lozito served as the Tax Payer Representative on the CBOC,Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, for WCCUSD. Former Board Chair of a charter middle school during major transitions including the successful renewal of the charter. Longtime profession as a freelance graphic artist and artist, www.WildcatArts.com.
Keith Mueller, Advisor
Keith is a professor of engineering with three engineering degrees and an MBA from UC Davis. The courses he teaches include HVAC, electronics, general engineering, materials science, alternative energy technologies, and engineering plumbing. Previously, he worked as an engineer and program manager in the telecommunications industry. He holds a patent on a tunable high frequency oscillators. Before that, he designed robotic highway maintenance vehicles. Aside from his professional experience, he has served as treasurer for many years and for many school boards.
Tom Panas, Advisor
Tom Panas is a resident of El Cerrito. He first served on the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) Citizens Budget Advisory Committee and then in 2015 was appointed to the WCCUSD Citizens Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC.) On the CBOC he was the chair of the Audit Committee and the Reports Committee. Tom was elected chair of the CBOC in January of 2016 and was elected to the WCCUSD Board of Trustees in November of 2016.
Tom has extensive experience with bonds and finance. He has a BS in Computer Science from Cal Poly and an MBA in Finance from UC Berkeley. Tom was awarded his CPA certificate in 1980 and has been the CFO at two software companies. In the community, Tom served on the County Library Commission and is the treasurer and a board member of the Richmond Emergency Food Pantry, the El Cerrito Historical Society, the Latina Center, and the Friends of the El Cerrito Library. He also serves on the Board of the El Cerrito Library Foundation. Tom has lived in West County since 1975 and was added to the El Cerrito Wall of Fame in 2014.
Damian teaches economics at Santa Clara University where he teaches courses in microeconomics and environmental economics. He has a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Berkeley and a BA in economics from Carleton College in Minnesota. He currently serves on the Berkeley Unified School District Bond Oversight Committee and is a member of the Alameda County Taxpayers Association. He lives in Berkeley with his wife and three young children, two of whom attend Berkeley public schools.
Nancy Rieser, Advisor
Nancy is a retired Kaiser Division of Research medical research associate/recruitment coordinator for psychiatric studies. She also taught second grade in Berkeley and served as a clinical social worker for children in foster care in Northern California.
Nancy attended public schools in both Oakland and Orinda. She holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology, Marriage Family and Child Counseling, Lone Mountain College, San Francisco (now part of USF); and a Masters of Arts from San Jose State University, San Jose.
Nancy now lives in Crockett. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Crockett Community Foundation since 2012. Although she is not a member of the local CBOC, Nancy helped start a community watchdog group that has been monitoring the John Swett Unified School District’s Prop P bond construction program since mid-2017.
Ben Steinberg, Advisor
Mission-driven and accomplished senior executive with extensive international and domestic nonprofit management experience in community development, education, and finance.
Blends leadership with teamwork to develop and implement innovative solutions that produce bottom line results. Offers an open, goal-oriented management style that uses strategic vision, analytical capabilities, and financial management skills to help individuals and communities reach their full potential.
Ben served over 15 years as the organization’s senior executive. Implemented innovative community-wide strategic planning process. Drafted strategic and business plans, directing their implementation. Recruited, hired, trained, and motivated staff. Monitored performance against budget and goals. Mobilized internal and external groups, overcoming long-standing divisions, particularly in the Delta. Strengthened relationships with boards. Built external support with funders and other stakeholders. Evaluated program impact to improve performance. Lived and worked overseas for ten years including Central Asia, the former Soviet Union, and East Africa.