Board Members

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President, Jillian Cardona (

Jillian has lived in Castro Valley a combined 35 years. She has a 2nd grader and two 1st graders at Proctor this year. Jillian has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Cal State University, East Bay and has recently completed her AA in Allied Health at Chabot College. Jillian has previously sat on the Castro Valley Parent Nursery School Board as both the Orientation 2nd VP Chair (2017-18) and as the Membership VP Chair (2018-19). Jillian currently works for a local Real Estate Group as the Marketing and Office Manager and is in the process of getting her Real Estate License. Her passions include music, crafting, continued education and reading.

Executive Vice President, Dr. Nripesh Dhungel (

Nripesh has a family of four that has lived in Castro Valley for the past four years. He is from the mountainous country of Nepal (home of Mt. Everest!) and came to the US in 2002. He has a 6 year old daughter who is in 1st grade at Proctor and a 4 year old son who can't wait to go to Proctor! Nripesh has a Ph. D. in Molecular Genetics from The Ohio State University and is a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University in the Department of Genetics. He is currently a Product Development and Marketing Scientist for a Biotech company in the UK. In his spare time, Nripesh along with his wife run a parent driven Nepali language co-op school on the weekends, go hiking & camping with kids, and read books. Nripesh also loves to cook and thinks he is an ok gardener (although he needs more skills there)!

1st VP - Programs Director, Sarah Micek (

Sarah is a mother of three active boys. The two older boys attend Proctor and are in 4th grade and kindergarten the youngest is 1. They love exploring and learning about the world through music, art, and reading. Sarah enjoys her job working in the Castro Valley community as a Dental Hygienist. In her spare time she loves to explore local hiking trails, visit museums, read, and eat good food with good people.

2nd VP - Fundraising Director, Ebony Omelagah (

Ebony grew up in sunny Southern California but came to her husband's hometown of Castro Valley in 2007. She is an All American track athlete and has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Cal State University, Stanislaus.

When not busy working in her family business, she enjoys spending time with her two rambunctious boys, 6 and 9, interior designing, volunteering, traveling, and making memories in the beautiful Bay Area.

3rd VP - Communications & Technology Director, Ben Fendel(

Ben is a Bay Area native and has lived in Castro Valley since 2013, with his wife Jude and daughter Phoebe (Proctor class of 2022). He has a B.A. in Economics from UCLA (‘99) and a Masters in Education from SFSU (‘07.)

Ben works in the field of Instructional Design, with a range of experiences developing corporate training content for a range of industries and companies. His hobbies include travel, biking, softball, guitar, singing, and he’s a avid sports fan of the A’s, 49ers, Warriors, and UCLA.

4th VP - Community Enrichment Director, Brad Pyles (

Brad Pyles has boy/girl twins in the 2nd grade. He grew up in Honolulu before moving to Los Angeles to attend UCLA, where he graduated with a B.A. in Business Economics and a minor in Math. He works as an equity research analyst, with specializations in macroeconomics, equity market cycles, and emerging markets. He also taught the after school Public Speaking class for 1st - 3rd graders at Proctor Elementary last year. In his spare time, he enjoys learning new things with his kids, reading, hiking, and camping.

Treasurer, Tina Pyles (

Tina Pyles has lived in Castro Valley on and off for 27 years. She attended Palomares, Marshall, and Independent as an elementary school student. She has boy/girl twins in the second grade. Tina graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in International Economics and a minor in French. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, baking, sewing, knitting, painting, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

Secretary, Emily Hull (

Emily Hull grew up in Southern California but fell in love with the Bay Area when she attended UC Berkeley where she graduated with a BS in Chemistry. She has lived in Castro Valley since 2008 and has a third grader at Proctor, and a sixth grader at Creekside. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, baking and running, not necessarily in that order.

Financial Secretary, Dayna Aragon (

Dayna has 1st grade twin daughters at Proctor this year. Dayna has an B.A. in Development Studies (International Studies, with a focus on Latin America) from UC Berkeley and a M.S. in Environmental Science from UC Santa Barbara, and works as an Environmental Scientist. She loves to hike, see live music, be creative with her daughters, and garden.

Parliamentarian, Sarah Rees (

This is Sarah’s 2nd year serving on the Proctor PTA Board as Parliamentarian. She is finally starting to understand what a Parliamentarian does, which makes her uniquely qualified for this position. She has two girls, a 4th grader and a 2nd grader at Proctor. Although her home life isn’t always orderly, she hopes that with her help the PTA meetings will be.

Proctor Principal, Heather Ghereben (

Heather Ghereben is beginning her third year as Principal at Proctor Elementary School. She has lived in Castro Valley for more than 28 years, and is a mother of three children, two of which are CVHS graduates (one just this past May) and a CVHS Freshman this year. This October she will celebrate 22 years of marriage to her incredibly supportive husband. Before becoming an administrator years ago, Heather served in a variety of teaching and educational leadership roles over the past 20 years, primarily in the Hayward Unified School District. Some of the roles she has held include classroom teacher, literacy coach/staff developer, district GATE coordinator, and most recently a K-5 Assistant Principal at James Dougherty Elementary, in the Dublin Unified School District.

Teacher Representative, Lori Winfrey (

Committee Chair Members

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Lead Room Representative, Maria Reyes (

Maria Reyes is originally from Singapore, and lived in Hawaii while pursuing her undergraduate degree from Hawaii Pacific University and finally ended up in the Bay Area in 2009. She has a 4th and a 1st grader at Proctor. Maria works in marketing at a tech company. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, painting, cooking, traveling, movies, spending time with her friends and family but her biggest passion of all is eating. So if you love food and have a place to recommend, or an amazing go-to recipe, she would love to hear about it.

Rachael Sanders, Hospitality Chair (

Rachael was born and raised in Oakland, California. She attended UC Santa Cruz for her undergraduate degree and San Jose State University for her graduate degree where she received a Masters in Social Work. She worked for the Veterans Administration with homeless veterans from 2002 to 2016. She decided to pursue her passion for homemaking full time in 2016. Currently, Rachael has a fifth grade son and second grade daughter at Proctor Elementary School, and a preschool aged daughter who is excited to become a Proctor Patriot in the Fall of 2021. Rachael is a proud wife of an Oakland Fireman, Captain Anthony Sanders. She enjoys baking pies and treats for her family and friends in her spare time.

David McPartland, Health & Safety Chair