Board of Directors
Kevin has been teaching for the past 18 years. He has a BA in Social Studies Education and also a MA in Innovative Education. He first started his teaching career at Vallejo Middle School. He eventuraly moved to Silverado Middle School in the Napa Unitfied School System. He has taught numerious courses such as history, AVID, technology, leadership, and math intervention courses. When he is not thinking of innovative ways of teaching students, you can usually find him running long distance courses on the valley floor. He has completed the Napa Valley Marathon four times and the San Frnacisco Chronical Marathon. His wife is also an educator and currently owns her own business called "Cope Consulting" which helps students and parents navigate the educational system to find success within the school day. His son Jack is a 7th grader at Silverado Middle School.
GLYNDA GRAVES, Director
I have worked in the retail business for 40 years. For the last 14-1/2 years I have worked at the Napa General Store as Office Manager.· As a member of the Napa Business Network for 7 years, I have served on their Board of Directors for 3 years. I am very proud of the fundraising the NBN has been able to do for local charities, with TRCNB being one of our many recipients. After living in Fairfield for 17 years, living in Napa for the last 5 years has been a joy and I now can boast a very short commute!· My husband and I enjoy traveling and wine tasting in our free time.
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.
ROBIN LaBRIE-JACKSON, Director
Robin is the owner of Mira and Associates, Inc. She wears many hats as an Accountant, Bookkeeper, Tax Preparer, and Auditor to name a few. She also is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor consultant specializing in setup, training/seminars, payroll and offers phone and remote access consultations. She has an MBA with an emphasis on Behavioral Science and is currently completing her Doctorate in Business. Her thesis is on successful behavior and human choice as applied to business. She has started and owned several companies, founded a non-profit organization and has consulted and continues to work with many non-profit organizations.
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.
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.
I am a retired teacher having taught in the Vallejo City Unified School District for 32 years. During that time I taught elementary school, developed/ran/taught a motor development program, developed and taught in an elementary physical educarion program, was a Mentor teacher, a Support Provider for beginning teachers, and president of the VEA (the Vallejo teachers' union) for 10 years. I studied at UC Berkeley where I received my bachelors, teaching credential and masters degrees. I am currently the Onsite Coordinator for Vallejo teachers who shop at TRCNB. I have traveled extensively, love to read, knit and swim. I currently serve as the secretary to the non-profit, Friends of Loma Vista Farm in Vallejo.
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, Secretary/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
This community-driven organization depends solely on individuals, businesses, service clubs, church groups – all of whom donate time, money, expertise and/or supplies to makeTRCNB happen and be able to serve our dedicated teachers and wonderful students. It takes a village!