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.

 Lori Chinn, Advisor

Retired from Berkeley Unified School District. Served as Manager of Bilingual Education at Berkeley Unified School District, Bilingual Program Specialist at the Oakland Unified School District, Director for the National Desegregation Assistance Center and Chancellor of the National Hispanic University, Bilingual Education Director of the Asian Resource Center, Chicago Board of Education and Bilingual Education Specialist at the Illinois Office of Education.

Planed and conducted staff development and training for kindergarten to 12th grade administrators, teachers, instructional assistants and parents.  Covered State and Federal compliance.  Curriculum included English as a Second Language,  Bilingual Education, math and science. Volunterred at community groups, non-profit organizations and fundraisers. Developed and produced a training video on the role and responsibilities of California Bond Oversight Committees members and Proposition 39.  Helped design data bases and 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.

Christine Coradaro, Advisor

Christine has experience in both for-profit and non-profit sectors including 25 years in venture capital investing as a General Partner and in the biotechnology sector as a scientist and business development professional. Since retiring from the for-profit sector she has devoted over 10 years to teaching ESL/Life Skills/ Citizenship/Community Engagement to low literacy adult immigrants through a program she created in partnership with Chinatown Community Development Center in San Francisco. Christine is involved in civic initiatives to change the SFUSD Board of Education governance structure, supporting the newly formed CBOC through data analysis and research and involvement with the Literacy Committee to change the reading curriculum and improve student outcomes.

   Andrea Dawson, Advisor

Andrea Dawson, Director is a member of the Legislation Standing Committee.   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.

Alison B. Henry, Advisor

Alison is an investment manager at Violich Capital Management which is a Registered Investment Advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission that focuses on serving individual and institutional investors and is based in San Francisco, California. She volunteers in activities with education at Colorado College as “City Champion” for San Francisco and reports directly to President and Board of Trustees. Also volunteer for Vida Verde on fundraisers to provide of free education for inner city/underprivileged children in the San Francisco area.

  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, 2019-2022. 

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.

    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 an El Cerrito Resident, 2015-2016 Chairperson of the WCCUSD CBOC and was chair of the CBOC Audit Subcommittee and Reports Subcommittee.  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, he is the treasurer and a board member of the Richmond Emergency Food Pantry, the El Cerrito Historical Society, and the Friends of the El Cerrito Library.

Tom also serves on the Board of the El Cerrito Library Foundation.  He has lived in West County since 1975 and was added to the El Cerrito Wall of Fame in 2014. Tom served on the WCCUSD School Board 2016-2020.

   Barbara Pisching, Advisor

Barbara Pisching, a resident of Suisun City in Solano County, has been actively serving on the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Measure J Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee since the bond passed in 2016.  She is the taxpayer organization representative on the committee from the Central Solano Citizens Taxpayer Group that operates in Fairfield.  She wrote the CBOC’s first annual report, and now edits the report annually.  Barbara routinely writes an editorial in the local Fairfield newspaper about the status of the school bond projects and finances, identifying any questionable project spending practices. 

In March 2019, Barbara was appointed to and still serves as Vice-Chair on the Suisun City General Transaction and Use Tax Oversight Committee, which oversees the usage of a special sales tax with restricted purposes.  She attends City Council meetings, representing the committee as well as the public interest. 

Barbara had a multi-phase career in computer systems implementation and taught classes on systems analysis and design at UC Berkeley Extension.  She compiled a course materials workbook for her classes for use in determining solutions to real business needs.  She has an MBA in International Management from Golden Gate University, and a California Community Colleges Instructor Credential in the subject matter areas of business and industrial management. 

Barbara has a background in residential construction, with an associate degree in Construction Management.  She founded a remodeling project management consulting service that advised homeowners in construction methods, materials purchasing, and universal design concepts.  

For two years, Barbara volunteered as an adult literacy tutor for the Solano County Library Literacy Program.

   Rex Ridgeway, Advisor

Rex Ridgeway is the former Interim Chair of the San Francisco USD, CBOC.  The District’s CBOC members reached their term limits in August 2018.  As a result of the efforts of a group of citizens, including Rex Ridgeway, a new CBOC was appointed by the District in May 2021.  Rex Ridgeway was appointed to the new CBOC and served as Vice Chair and Interim Chair.  Mr. Ridgeway provided leadership to challenge illegal bond expenditures successfully, changed the process for appointing CBOC members, drafted bylaws to make the CBOC independent, submitted to the public the first annual report since 2019, reviewed prior audits for fiscal years 2020 and 2021, and supported revitalizing the CBOC as an effective bond oversight committee.

Rex Ridgeway is also CABOC ‘s 2022 Member of the Year Award as an active member committed to ensuring the independence of the bond oversight committee.

Amadeo Rodriguez, Director, California Association of Bond Oversight Committees

Amadeo Rodriguez, a decorated U.S. Marine and father to three students from Bassett Unified School District.  His strong public service background as a Marine and federal employee, and hands-on experience with educational programs make him an ideal CABOC as a Director.

Amadeo enlisted in the United State Marines Corp in September, 2002, he deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in 2005, and was Honorably Discharged in September, 2009.  After serving our country as a Marine, Amadeo became a security contractor with the Federal Protective Services. In 2010, he was recruited by the Social Security Administration to serve as a Claims Representative. He attended Devry University and University of Phoenix.   

Amadeo has been a resident of the city of La Puente for over 10 years. Amadeo has been an active community member with Bassett Unified School District as a volunteer parent with Child development, Cheer and Band member supporter with their fundraising committee and also part of the Bassett USD Bond Oversight committee

 Linda Ruiz-Lozito, Advisor

Linda served as the Taxpayer Representative on the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, for the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD).  She was the Board Chair of a charter middle school during major transitions including the successful renewal of the charter.   Linda was a plaintiff in a Voting Rights Act (VRA) lawsuit against the WCCUSD with a settlement agreement that in 2020 they would finally follow the VRA after about a year of stalling. Her longtime profession is as a freelance graphic artist and artist,

   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.