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About the Board

Left to right:   Kevin Christiansen, Megan Kommer, Sarah Lovick, Margie DiGiorgio, Katie Dresdow, Kristy Downs, Diane Bailey, Jeff Anderson

CVCHS GOVERNING BOARD

Clayton Valley Charter High School is a directly funded independent charter school and is operated as a California non-profit public benefit corporation pursuant to California law. A copy of our charter and our corporate bylaws can be found via a link to the right.

The CVCHS charter provides for a governing board that functions much like a school board. On September 1, 2011, teachers, classified staff and parents gathered at Clayton Valley High School to elect their respective representatives of the new governing board. Those elected members then selected, as provided for in the CVCHS charter petition, two community at-large members and a retired teacher to fill out the initial governing board.

The current governing board is composed of the following members:
 
Diane Bailey (Classified Staff)

Diane has been with Clayton Valley/Clayton Valley Charter H.S. in the fiscal office for the past 20 years.  She has served as a volunteer for several local non-profit organizations and is a board member for a local state-chartered credit union.  She is a native of Concord and graduated from Concord High School, and has continued business and financial education with an emphasis in accounting and bookkeeping.  She is passionate about the Charter School movement and believes families deserve a choice in public school education for their children.  Diane and her husband Eric have raised six children and have fourteen grandchildren, and love spending their free time with family and friends.


Jeff Anderson (Administrator)

Jeff is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and has been in education since 1997. After college, Jeff decided to go into teaching and requested to do his student teaching at Clayton Valley. Once certified, Jeff became a high school teacher for 10 years and then worked as a site and district administrator for almost twenty years. He received his MA degree in Educational Leadership from Sonoma State University in 2000. He has worked in a variety of different educational environments, from culturally and economically diverse places in Napa and Albany California to affluent high achieving environments, on the upper west side of New York City and Saratoga California. From those experiences, Jeff has deduced that there is more that connects students than sets them apart.


Katie Dresdow (Parent)

Katie has one child that currently attends Clayton Valley Charter, two that graduated from Clayton in 2016 and 2018 and two in middle school.  She has been an active volunteer at all schools that her children have attended. She has lived in the Bay Area for 23 years. She graduated from Newport High School in Bellevue, WA and attended The Master's University in Santa Clarita, where she earned a BA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in elementary education.  Katie works for Costco Wholesale in their Northern California Buying Office.  Katie's weekends consist of attending kids' soccer games and in her free time, she enjoys traveling and home decorating.


Kristy Downs (Community-At-Large, Chairperson)

As a twenty-year resident of Clayton, Kristy has been active in the community by volunteering in leadership positions at Mt. Diablo Elementary, Diablo View Middle School, and Clayton Valley Charter. She served for five years on the Board of Directors at a nonprofit organization in Lafayette, where she also chaired a committee on Early Childhood Education. She taught in the Oakland Hills/Berkeley area for many years, helping to found a private school in 1988. She has three children; her oldest is a CVCHS 2017 graduate. She has served on the Governing Board since January 2016 and as Chairperson since January 2017.

 

Sarah Lovick '96 (Teacher)

Sarah is a proud 1996 Clayton Valley honors graduate. She received an English Literature degree from Cal State Hayward and then received her teaching credential from Chapman University. In 2002 she became a full-time English teacher a Clayton Valley, and in 2004 she started the Public Service Academy. During the first year of the Charter she launched the AVID intervention classes. She now teaches AVID, Coordinates the 4-day Link Crew Summer program for incoming 9th graders, teaches the year-long Link Crew class, coordinates the homework help program, and takes CVCHS 10th-grade students on a yearly trip to eight universities in Southern California. In her personal time Sarah's hobbies include reading, photography and raising her 3 young children.


Kevin Christiansen (Parent)

Kevin has been a resident of Clayton for over 20 years and has served in various organizational leadership roles. He served on the Clayton Valley Little League board of directors for ten years, including three years as President. Kevin has also been a member of several corporate boards over the course of his 25-year career in Global Business Strategy for technology companies. He is a graduate of California State University, Chico with a BA in Journalism. Kevin and his wife Lisa have three children, with 2 attending CVCHS, and 1 in middle school.

 

Megan Kommer (Community-At-Large)

As a lifelong resident of the Concord/Clayton area, Megan graduated from Concord High School and went on to obtain a degree in both English and Economics from UC Berkeley.  She has a career in the retirement plan industry and was initially hired with her current Walnut Creek based CPA firm in 1993.  Her four daughters have all graduated from Clayton Valley. She was an active member of the steering committee for the initial approval of the Clayton Valley charter and was one of the founding board members.  She also enjoys her backyard farm and practicing yoga.

 

Margie DiGiorgio (Teacher)

Margie DiGiorgio has served in a variety of secondary schools as a math teacher for 20 years. She has worked in both traditional and charter schools and has served in a multitude of capacities. She has served on several boards. Her love of charter schools and the positive momentum of Clayton Valley Charter motivated her to take a seat on the Board. Seeing students succeed and achieve their life goals is why she’s in education. Ms. DiGiorgio is also a proud parent of a 2019 CVCHS graduate.