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Seven hopefuls remain for San Mateo County Community College District Board appointment
June 05, 2013, 05:00 AM By Heather Murtagh Daily Journal

Seven of the original 12 applicants remain in the running to fill a short-term vacancy on the San Mateo County Community College District Board created by the departure of longtime trustee Helen Hausman.

Hausman, who stepped down April 30 due to health problems, was set to finish her term in November. Twelve applied to fill the vacancy. On Monday, the board held a special meeting to discuss the process from here. As a result, five of the applicants — Christopher Allen Miller, Joshua Becker, Natalie Gore, R. Brian Irion and Victor James — received notification Tuesday morning that they would not be asked to come in for the interview.

“As a part of the discussion [Monday], the board determined that candidates who indicated either that they would not run or they were undecided about running for the full term in November would not be asked to interview for the position. The board made this determination because of the need for continuity beyond the interim period and the substantial investment made in the training and orientation process for a new trustee,” according to the email sent, which included a thank you for the person’s interest.

By law, the board has until June 29 to make a provisional appointment. If the board doesn’t act by June 29, the county superintendent of schools will order an election. The application indicates candidate interviews will take place on June 5 and June 12, after which a decision will be made.

Here’s a bit about each of the remaining candidates from their applications.

Barbara Noriko Jabba, a Redwood City resident, has more than 25 years of experience in real estate transactions, asset management, land use, nonprofit development, volunteering and community relations, according to her application.

Genevieve Jopanda, executive director of SF Hep B Free, is a Daly City resident who said community colleges offered benefits to herself and siblings that she would like to ensure are available for others.

Ravi Kapur, a Redwood City resident who owns and operates television stations in San Francisco and Chicago, said his professional successes were reached using skills he honed as an adult attending the College of San Mateo and Skyline College.

William Lock, a retiree from South San Francisco who worked with Wells Fargo for 36 years, has, along with this wife, been focusing on health, family and community.

Thomas Mohr, a San Mateo resident, has worked locally in education in 1961 starting as a high school chemistry and math teacher and most recently serving as the president of Cañada College — a position he held for six years through June 2011.

San Mateo resident Stan Watkins has worked for nearly 30 years with Bank of America focusing on corporate finance.

Lastly, South San Francisco resident Alvin Zachariah has been in the medical profession for 12 years but also has a background in IT and a master’s degree in computer science.

Interviews will start 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 at the District Office board room, 3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo.

(650) 344-5200 ext. 105



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