Clayton Valley Charter High School

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About the Board



From left to right: Kevin Christiansen, Sarah Lovick, Katie Dresdow, Kristy Downs, Margie DiGiorgio, Barbara Holmes, Jennifer Lauricella

A Charter School Governing Board is a highly effective team, strategically assembled to bring the skills, expertise, temperament and time to govern a multi-million dollar public enterprise, the charter school.

The Charter document is a contract awarded to the Governing Board, not the CEO, Executve Director, teachers, students or administrative staff.


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:

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 (Staff)

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.


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.


Jennifer Lauricella (Parent)

Jennifer has been an active volunteer at Mt. Diablo Elementary, Diablo View Middle School, Clayton Valley Charter, and within the broader Clayton community for 15 years. She has held multiple volunteer leadership positions, including serving on the Mt. Diablo Elementary Parent Faculty Club Executive Board and the role of Diablo View Middle School Parent Faculty Club President for seven years. Professionally Jennifer has worked in the Communications field for more than 20 years advising Fortune 500 and start-up companies throughout the Bay Area. Jennifer currently manages internal and external communications at Kaiser Permanente. Jennifer has two students attending Clayton Valley Charter, one in middle school and one in preschool. Jennifer’s weekends typically are spent attending kids’ baseball, basketball, and soccer games or shuttling kids to Scouts and other activities. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, reading, and spending time outdoors.


Barbara Holmes (Educator)

Barbara’s time is spent with her husband, four beautiful daughters and two sons who have special needs. Barbara and her husband adopted their two sons from the foster care system and then served as foster parents to other children with special needs for a short while. Currently, they have a freshman and a sophomore attending CVCHS. One of their daughters graduated last year (2019) and their youngest will begin attending this fall (2020). Barbara hold a Master’s degree in Special Education and has been teaching in the same position for 16 years. Barbara loves her job and truly believes she found her true calling in the field of Special Education. Barbara feels blessed that she has been able to make an impact on the lives of so many extraordinary individuals and their families.