Board of Directors

Gary Conner, President and Chairman

Mr. Conner served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Field Artillery and afterwards graduated from Hastings School of the Law in 1979. He practiced law as a tax attorney and transactional attorney, and co-authored a book on small business success, as well as a series of articles for the San Francisco Examiner on the 1986 Tax Act. Mr. Conner was the first president of the Hospice of Contra Costa (now Hospice of the East Bay), and has initiated several charitable enterprises.

Isa Campbell, Chief Operations Officer

Dr. Campbell has over 35 years of experience in the social services field, building leadership development in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. She holds a Ph.D. in organizational behavior and a Master’s in rehabilitation counseling. Dr. Campbell recently retired from the FAA after 13 years as an organizational psychologist, and served on the board of directors for the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), which provides drug and alcohol research. She is a certified executive coach and recognized national speaker.

 

Vince d’Assis, Office of the CIO

Mr. d’Assis earned a BA from Bowdoin College in history and religion, and completed his Masters in special education with a specialization in behavioral disorders and best-practice program evaluation at the University of Maryland. He currently is the co-principal at The Meher Schools in Lafayette, California. Mr. d’Assis, a former teacher at the school sits on the school’s Elementary Leadership Team, Special Needs Task Force, Administrative Leadership Team, and WASC Accreditation Team.

Lorraine Granit, Board Secretary

Dr. Granit completed her doctoral studies in social science research and clinical psychology at UC Berkeley. In addition to her clinical practice and teaching, she has trained and managed employees and volunteers throughout her over 40-year career. She managed two psychiatric clinics, one a multi-racial clinic in Oakland, and the other, a private psychiatric clinic in Walnut Creek, which she established. She has spent more than 10 years training and managing volunteers for a wide variety of programs for Sufism Reoriented.


James N. May, CFO & Board Treasurer

Mr. May is a certified public accountant with over 30 years experience as the CFO for non-profit as well as for profit organizations.  Mr. May has extensive experience in budgeting, cash flow management, audit and internal control, as well as board development, and managing joint ventures and key banking relationships. Mr. May holds a B.A. in philosophy from the Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in accounting from Georgetown University.

 

Cindy Gershen

Ms. Gershen is the owner of the Sunrise Bistro and Catering of Walnut Creek, a leader in innovation, farm-to-table, and nutrition. She is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher, and Teacher on Special Assignment integrating nutrition into education, and has received multiple state and local awards for her health and wellness advocacy, including the California Assembly District 14 “Woman of the Year”. Within MDUSD, Ms. Gershen is leading the collaboration with Workforce Investment Act, Diabetes Coalition of California, Youth Empowerment Support, and LGBTQ programs.

Brad Smith

Mr. Smith has been in commercial real estate investments since 1979, and has been involved in a number of businesses and non-profits within Contra Costa County. In addition to the collaborative formation of the Vocari HUB in Pleasant Hill, he was involved in the formation and operation of two technology companies housed at the HUB. Mr. Smith currently serves on the boards of WPE, the two technology companies, and that of Kaiperm Diablo Federal Credit Union.  

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