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Board Members

President, Gabriela Sanchez (

Gabby grew up in Los Angeles, California and moved to the Bay Area for school.  She has lived in Castro Valley for the last 15 years with her husband. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor’s degree in SociologyGabby works full time with Kaiser Permanente.  She has twin daughters who are in 1stgrade at Proctor Elementary.  She loves to spend her free time with her family and enjoys traveling.  She enjoys volunteering and helping out.  

Executive Vice President, Ashley Reintges  (

Bio to come

VP of Programs, Catherine McCarthy (

Catherine grew up in Eureka, CA and graduated from Humboldt State University. She moved to the Bay Area in 2003 after serving in the Peace Corps. Catherine has a background in finance and worked as a buy-side equity stock analyst for over +15 years. She has three children and two of them currently attend Proctor (the oldest graduated last year and is now at Creekside). Catherine served as the auditor for the Proctor PTA last year. She currently leads the Origami and Bulletin Board Club at Proctor and serves as the treasurer for Cub Scout Pack 722. 

VP of Fundraising, Tatiana Ridley (

Tatiana was born in Moscow, Russia and immigrated to the United States as a high school student. She went on to graduate from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, and earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.  Tatiana and her family have lived in Castro Valley for nearly a decade. Tatiana and her husband, Iain, have two daughters, both proud Proctor Patriots, a Newfoundland dog and a cat named Chicken. In her free time, Tatiana can be spotted jogging around Castro Valley. She also loves traveling and spending time with her family.  

VP of Communications & Technology, Keika Lee ( )

Keika moved to the Bay Area when she was 9 years old and considers Castro Valley her hometown. She immigrated to the U.S. from South Korea and moved around the United States before that since her mother was in the U.S. Army. Keika went to college in San Francisco to study animation and had an extensive career in film and games production. She moved back to Castro Valley 6 years ago and established her own animation studio. Keika and her husband have one son who attends Proctor and several pets; a dog, two cats and a Betta fish named Neptune.

VP of Community Enrichment, Vacant  

Please email if you have any interest in filling this position. This role is responsible for coordinating programs and events that provide parent education, as well as encouraging parents to participate in events like Back to School Night and Open House.  The VP also facilitates community outreach efforts such as our Food Bank distribution partnership and annual Juneteenth event.  

Treasurer, Janel Coughran (

Janel Coughran grew up in the Seattle area, graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Comparative Sociology, and then moved to California where she met her husband.  She taught high school American Sign Language until her first son was born, when she quit to stay at home with him.  The family moved to London for nearly three years and came back in 2021 when her oldest started kindergarten at Proctor.  He is now in 1st grade and the youngest is 2.  Anytime her hands are free, Janel is knitting or learning to sew and crochet.  Her dream is to open a yarn shop and teach others to craft.

Secretary,Isle McCarthy (

Bio to come

Financial Secretary, Alex Morales (

Alex was born and raised in Queens, NY and moved to the Bay in '99.  She has lived with her family in Castro Valley for the past 7 years.  She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in Sociology and Latin American Studies, and currently works for the Department of Psychiatry at ZSFG. Alex has a daughter in 3rd grade and a son in 1st grade at Proctor Elementary. This is Alex's first year on the PTA and she looks forward to gaining a better sense of how this exceptional community of parents comes together to help our school succeed and thrive year after year. In her spare time she loves to read (her favorite being historical fiction), listen to podcasts, and binge watch distressing shows, which she then goes out of her way to highly recommend.

Proctor Principal, Jeff Keller (

Jeff Keller is beginning his first year as Principal at Proctor Elementary School. Jeff grew up in Livermore, but has lived and taught in Germany, Honduras, and Guatemala. He was a teacher for ten years (mostly in grades 3-5), an elementary principal for eleven years, and a district director for six years. As a district director Jeff supervised and coached principals, trained administrators and teachers in how to effectively collaborate, and planned district-wide implementation of AVID and Professional Learning Communities. Jeff is married and has five children. His wife and eldest daughter are both teachers, and four of his five children have gone through Dual Language Immersion programs.

Teacher Representative, Kamla Birusingh & Lori Winfrey

Bio to come.

Committee Chair Members

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Health & Safety,  (

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Hospitality, 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, 8 and 11, interior designing, volunteering, traveling, and making memories in the beautiful Bay Area.  

Historian, Vacant 

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Lead Room Representative, Michelle Leonard (

Michelle grew up in the Bay Area and is the mother of a Proctor first grader. She was formerly an elementary school teacher after graduating from UCLA and receiving her MA and credential from SJSU. She is now the primary caregiver of her three children. Her hopes for this year is to be actively involved and to help build a bridge between teachers and families in order to have a thriving community. In her spare time, she enjoys crocheting, traveling, crafting, and baking.

Garden Club, Raquel Mallie-Ramos

Bio to come.

Safe Routes to School, Lauren Beghini 

Originally a Chicago native, Lauren came to the Bay Area in 2013 in pursuit of warmer weather. During the day, she uses her PhD in Civil Engineering for various research applications at the national labs, but outside her day job, she is the proud parent of 1st grade twin girls. She and her family can regularly be found enjoying various outdoor activities, including their daily walks to and from school. She hopes to continue to advocate for safe routes for everyone to commute around town and make Proctor a more pedestrian friendly area.