“Well, here I go again, spending $500.00 to $1000.00 this school year on classroom supplies for my first graders.”
“I’m already out of paper and it’s only the end of October. The school has informed me that I must pay back the school for anymore paper that I use the rest of the school year.”
“We received a list in the mail before school started of 15 classroom items that our son was to bring to school on the first day back. The school also asked for a donation of $100.00 to cover cost of classroom supplies for the rest of the year.”
The above discouraging comments from two teacher friends and a parent friend of mine planted the seed that has now become Teacher Resource Center of the North Bay.
TRCNB is the first and only free classroom supply store where teachers from all public schools in Napa County and beyond, as we are able, can "shop" for pencils, pens, paper, glue sticks, notebooks and more and spend no money!
TRCNB, a volunteer, community based non-profit organization will thrive because of the generosity of individuals, small businesses and large corporations who believe that our children are our future and deserve the best learning environment we can provide them.
.... Kathleen Montgomery
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
RENEE DIEKROETGER, Director
Renee is a fifth generation Napan. She worked as a Registered Nurse for thirteen years during which she supervised the oncology infusion clinic at Summit Hospital in Oakland. She retired from nursing to become telemarketer in husband Mark's upstart accounting firm in the 1980's. Shortly after Mark's business became established, Renee opened The Payroll Factory in 1990 and continues to oversee general operations while niece Brittani slowly takes over daily operations. Renee's greatest joy as she eases into retirement has been the many friendships she has made over the last 26 years with her clients while serving their payroll and financial needs.
SHEILA GRADWOHL, Director
STACY SOBERALSKI HERSLY, Director
Stacy, as an internationally experienced consultant, has worked with Google (US and EMEA based), MTV Networks, Tribune Company, Omnicom Media Group, along with many successful global startups. Stacy is also the co-founder/owner and general manager of Hersly Wines, a boutique wine label based in Napa. Research, analysis, marketing and business development has allowed Stacy to quadruple the business in just 3 years. Hersly wines are offered at The French Laundry and Morimoto’s to name a few. Since 2006 Stacy has been involved in raising funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital via events in NYC and Napa that have raised over $10 million for the hospital. Stacy and husband Adam were recent honorary guests at St. Jude’s Annual Summit in Memphis. In 2014 Stacy joined the Development/Advisory Committee for Aldea Children and Family Services in Napa. She is also a professional advisor and student mentor at DePaul University, where she holds a BA in Psychology. Stacy has an MS in Occupational Social Work from University of Illinois.
JOHN LEMANSKI, Director
John has enjoyed a long career in Human Resources management, currently working with Clos Du Val Winery as their Director of HR. At Clos Du Val, he has worked to forge meaningful philanthropic ties within Napa and the greater North Bay community. Prior to the winery he spent over 10 years at notable nonprofits in the East Bay, working in education and animal welfare. John served as a founding member of the Social Advisory Board for Youth Uprising, a multi-service community support organization in Oakland. John holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley.
MICHELLE MCMASTER, Director
Michelle attended Napa High, received her BA in Social Science from Chapman University and her teaching credential from National University. In her 16th year of teaching, Michelle teaches at American Canyon High School in an alternative setting. While working in a self contained environment teaching all core subjects, she is actively involved in helping students attain their graduation goals with emphasis on creative and community service endeavors. Along with teaching ESL high school classes, Michelle taught at Napa Valley Adult Education for 13 years. Her volunteer efforts have included Napa Junior Girls Softball, Girl Scouts, 4H, Napa County Resource, STRAW Project and currently A Blanket for Christmas (giving warmth to Middletown fire kids) and The Table.
KATHLEEN MONTGOMERY, Founder/Executive Director
Kathleen retired from a 41 year career as a Registered Dental Hygienist during which time she founded and owned Dental Hygiene Services for 15 years. She served on the Napa Valley Education Foundation Board of Directors for six years, Vintage High School Peer Support Advisory Council three years and Vintage High School Parent/Faculty Service Organization for four years. As Volunteer Coordinator for Playground Fantastico in 2002 , she was instrumental in its building and completion in seven days with the help and dedication of over 1000 plus volunteers. Kathleen received the Soroptimist International Ruby Award for Women Helping Women in 2013. She was honored with the Jefferson Award, sponsored by Bay Area’s KPIX, in 2014 for outstanding public service.
BARBARA PAHRE, Director
Barb is a long-time Napa resident, community volunteer and educator. She retired from Napa Valley Unified School District as Associate Superintendent for Human Resources . She has served on numerous civic and educational boards: Napa Open Space, Fish and Wildlife, Connolly Ranch, Covenant Presbyterian Church Session to name a few. Barb is Adjunct Professor – Educational Leadership at Brandman University, Past President of Napa Valley Retired Teachers Association , Current President of American Association of University Women. She is a Professional Development Presenter, Win-Win Negotiations Trainer and a Professional Meeting Facilitator. Barb has BA in Child Development, MA in Reading and a PhD in Educational Policy, Curriculum and Instruction.
JIM WARREN, Director
Jim has been with TRCNB from its very beginning planning stages in 2009 up to the present. He has done everything from hauling supplies from storage units to TRCNB’s first home at 403 Gateway Road West to serving on the Board of Directors since inception in 2010. He graduated from Cornell University with BS and MS in Engineering. Employed by Caterpillar Manufacturing Management Program and then Trane Company for 41 years. Jim worked in technical sales for 18 years earning Top Ten Club Award. Trustee and Teacher for South Church, Boston, . Junior Achievement Advisor, Soccer Coach, Junior League. Jim divides his retirement time between Napa and his hometown of Andover, Mass.
Kathleen Montgomery, Founder/Executive Director
Kathryn O'Brien, Treasurer
These are the heart and soul of TRCNB. They are people from ages 11 to 92 who help sorting, counting,
displaying inventory, greeting, check-in, check-out teachers, collecting donations from here,
there and everywhere, painting, trucking, shelving and on and on.
Trudie Atchison, Holiday House Project Manager
Susann Evans, New Teacher Orientation
Nancy Fireman, Website/Inventory Control Manager,Teacher Signups
Sheila Gradwohl, Vallejo Education Asociation President/Teacher Liaison
Maria Hoemke, Publicity
Sandra Pena, School Supply Drive Coordinator
Rodney Skillings, Warehouse Manager
Hazel Wilson, Vallejo Onsite Coordinator
This community-driven organization depends solely on individuals, businesses, service clubs, church groups – all of whom donate time, money, expertise and/or supplies to make TRCNB happen and be able to serve our dedicated teachers and wonderful students. It takes a village!