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We are grateful for the gifts of time and talent from the members of our skilled and dedicated working CLCS Governing Board. Governing Board Members represent our key stakeholder groups including Parents, Alumni, Learners and Community Members.

To contact individual Board members, please click on the underlined name next to their photo below.


Kymberly Miller, President 2018-19, Community Member

Photo of Kymberly Miller, CLCS Board PresidentKymberly Miller is a Senior Director at Girl Scouts of Northern California. As a Senior Director, she is accountable for the comprehensive design, development and implementation of innovative strategies to serve girls, ages 5-17 and she brings 8 years of that experience to CLCS. She is knowledgeable in 21st century skill development, non-profit business management and innovative techniques to keep up with the changing landscape of education and work-readiness.

The youth development philosophies of Girl Scouts and CLCS are very similar and Kymberly is excited to explore how she can apply her work experience to support the growth and foundation of Nea and ACLC.  

Kymberly and her family moved to Alameda from Oakland in 2012, and she is thrilled to contribute as a community member in Alameda and for CLCS.

Alphonso Mance, Vice-President 2018-19, Nea Parent

Photo of Al Mance, Board Vice-PresidentAlphonso Mance is committed to education that values differentiated learning, allows children to incorporate their own interests and develop at their own pace, and places priority on nurturing the whole child.

He is also committed to maintaining open communication among various stakeholders, and ensuring that underserved communities, such as low-income families, families of color and English language learners are engaged with and well served by CLC Schools.

As a public defender trial attorney, Alphonso’s ability to communicate complex ideas, negotiate and problem-solve with diverse constituents, champion the interests of disadvantaged populations, and build collaborative working relationships are strong contributions to the CLCS Board. He also brings valuable skills in non-profit strategic planning, fundraising, and organization and facilities management.

Alphonso is the parent of a daughter in Nea’s Lower Village. 

Philip Milestone, Secretary 2018-19, Nea Parent

Image of Philip MilestonePhilip Milestone is a proud parent of two Nea learners and has been a resident of Alameda since 2010. Philip is committed to strong communities and local control of important decisions. He believes service on the CLCS Board is a singular opportunity to fulfill our mutual obligation to leave the world a better place than when we arrived.

As a transactional attorney and litigator for small businesses, Philip brings experience in both creative problem solving and informed advocacy to the Board. He was a Board member at large in 2016 and served as Secretary of the Board in 2017.

Cheryl Taylor, Treasurer 2018-19, Community Member

Cheryl Taylor portrait

Cheryl Taylor and her family have lived in Alameda since 2006. Currently, she leads her daughter’s Alameda-based Girl Scout troop and chaired the parent organization at her daughter’s school for the past three years. Cheryl has served the Bay Area community in a variety of ways. She co-founded an Oakland community-based federal credit union and is a former supervisory committee member at the San Francisco Federal Credit Union.

Cheryl has a strong interest in good governance through sound financial management, gained from her two decades of professional experience in the public and private sectors. Currently, she is a financial analyst with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, where she has coordinated efforts to launch the organization’s clean electricity program. She played a key role in the SFPUC’s cost recovery efforts in the wake of the 2013 Rim Fire. In March 2014, she and three colleagues received the SPUR Public Managerial Excellence Award for their leadership. She has also served as a reviewer for the Government Financial Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Program since 2010.

Cheryl holds an A.B. from Stanford University in U.S. History and a Master of City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ann-Marie Gamble, Nea and ACLC Parent

Ann-Marie Gamble portrait

Ann-Marie Gamble has been working in the field of education for the past two decades. From an elementary school volunteer to becoming a credentialed teacher, she has dedicated her adult life to working with children. Ann-Marie has an intense desire to contribute to the empowerment and advancement of today’s youth by ensuring learners a challenging and preeminent education. Her teaching philosophy centers around providing learners with engaging, relevant and authentic project-based learning tasks.

Engaging families and the community in the development of both Nea and ACLC is one of the primary reasons she has joined the CLCS Board. Having an extensive background in education as well as being the parent of both a Nea and an ACLC learner gives her a unique perspective on our schools. These roles contribute to her personal mission of developing the minds and character of our future leaders.

Janasha Higgins, Community Member and ACLC Alumna

Janasha HigginsJanasha Higgins currently serves as the Research, Evaluation, and Data Manager for a collaborative education institute that seeks to realize transformative educational equity. Her work focuses on working with multiple stakeholders in five Bay Area school districts to help ensure that more students have meaningful pathways to college and career options. Partnering with high schools, community-based organizations, and postsecondary institutions, Janasha uses data to implement and improve interventions at the student, school, and system levels.  

Prior to her current role, Janasha served in a similar role with two other community-based initiatives that worked to promote the school and college readiness of children and youth. Both her commitment to educational equity and her wish to give back to a school that was instrumental in her own success are reasons that Janasha chooses to serve as a CLCS Board member.

Annett Pilz, Nea Parent

Annett Pilz is the parent of a Nea learner. She appreciates Nea's educational model of project-based learning and how it creates a dynamic non-competitive learning community. This supports her desire for children to actively discover their own unique potential while recognizing their own value and worth within the practice of responsibility to their community. She supports the school's efforts to provide an alternative educational experience that encourages educational equity.

Annett is also actively involved with in her children's co-op preschool where she participates in the classroom and helps with running the school. She loves being able to contribute directly to her children's education. She is dedicated to continuing her involvement through being an active part of the CLCS community and having a voice in the overall management of the CLC schools. With more than 10 years experience as a finance manager in hospitals, her fiscal expertise is a welcome addition to the CLCS Board.

Noah Foster, ACLC Learner

Photo of Noah FosterNoah Foster has attended ACLC since the 6th grade and will graduate with the class of 2020. In addition to serving as ACLC's Learner Representative on the CLCS Board, Noah is a Judicial Clerk for the ACLC Judicial Committee. He also co-leads the Student Organization and Civic Engagement (SOCE) club. Some of Noah's favorite aspects of ACLC are the emphasis on learner empowerment and voice, and the culture of openness and acceptance. Noah enjoys road biking and skiing.

Tytus Witt, Nea Learner

Image of Tytus Witt, CLCS Board MemberTytus Witt has attended Nea since the 2nd grade and will graduate with the class of 2020. In addition to being Nea's Learner Representative on the CLCS Board, he is a Red Cross Club member, a second-year participant in High School Leadership and a past member of Nea's Judicial Committee. He also takes multiple college classes at both Laney and the College of Alameda. Tytus appreciates Nea's diversity, project-based focus and tight-knit community. Outside of school, he enjoys playing basketball, watching sports, drawing, and spending time with his family and six turtles. 



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