Board of Directors

Shanks, Arthur (Art), Executive Director

Slivka, Andrew - Board Chair
Marketing Political Representative
Union #713 Carpenters

Braxton, Lavern, Treasurer
Certified Public Accountant

Bartalini, The Hon. Richard (Ret.)

Bert, Alicia - (PGE)
Government Relations Manager

Braxton, Laverne - CPA

Carolan, Sean - Hensel Phelps
Project Manager

Dumas, Jonothan
City of Oakland

DeSilva, David - DeSilva Gates Construction
Executive Vice President

Giuntini, Russ - Esq.

Lamar, Steve - Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc,
Director of Diversity & National Facilities Services

Moore, Charles (Rick) - Swinerton Inc.
VP, Director of Community Relations

Gonzales, Rafael
Laborers’ International Union No.CA Local 304

Perez, Luis
BIM Manager, Pankow

Reagan, Bernida - Esq.
Director. of Communications & Client Relations
Merriwether & Williams Insurance Assoc.

Van Buren, Obray
Pipe Trades Association

Vasey, Margaret D. (Meg)
Executive Director
Tradeswomen, Inc

Sean Carolan,
Sean Carolan is a 14 year veteran of Hensel Phelps Construction Co. and currently serves as a project manager in the company’s Northern California District. In this role, Mr. Carolan serves as Hensel Phelps’ lead management representative on the projects he is assigned. During his career, Mr. Carolan has completed a wide variety of projects including exclusive hotels/resorts, correctional facilities, office buildings, courts, and most recently, a new Central Health Services Building inside the prison walls of San Quentin.

Mr. Carolan is a strong advocate of the local and small business community in Alameda County, and played a significant role in Hensel Phelps’ successful outreach, mentor-protege, bond assistance, and youth internship programs on the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center project. He remains dedicated to the development of Alameda County businesses and the local workforce as a board member of the Cypress Mandela Training Center, which is a community resource dedicated to training and educating community members for careers in the construction industry.

Mr. Carolan graduated from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management and is a registered LEED Accredited Professional.

Judge Bartalini
Judge Bartalini is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley (Political Science) and U.C. Hastings College of the Law.  While attending Cal and Hastings, the Judge worked as a carpenter and was a member of a Local union 36.  He is now a retired member of Carpenters local Union 713.

He began his legal career as a prosecutor with the Alameda County District Attorneys office.  As a member of the County bar Association, he developed a Youth and Law program to educate high school students on their rights and responsibilities as young adults.

The Judge has served as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the U.S. Department of Education.  He has served as a member of the President’s Council on youth Opportunity and the National Council on Mental Health and Retardation.

Judge Bartalini recently retired as a judge of the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda.

He has been a community volunteer for over sixty years, with an emphasis on organizations supporting children and young adults.  He worked successfully to have the Boy’s Club of America open its membership to girls, and to change its name to Boys and Girls Club of America.

The Judge was a sponsor and organizer of the Bay Area School of Enterprise, an alternative charter high school.  He is, and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Cypress Mandela Training Center from its inception.  He served on the Advisory Committee of CMTC/WIST, the predecessor of CMTC. 

Alicia Bert
Alicia Bert is currently the Governmental Relations Manager for the Oakland headquarters of Pacific Gas and Electric Company.  Ms. Bert serves as a primary political contact for assigned cities, counties, and local offices of State and Federal representatives in the East Bay region, managing issues that arise before assigned political bodies and coordinating company analysis and response.  Prior to this, Ms. Bert worked in the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, analyzing the impact of public policy issues on the community with regard to economic and community development, and redevelopment and land use issues.  Ms. Bert was also a Public Policy Advisor for the City and County of San Francisco where she developed and pursued legislative and budget priorities as the Chair of the State Legislation Committee.  Ms. Bert represented the Mayor of San Francisco between 1999-2004 on the Board of Administration for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). 

Ms. Bert has a Masters in Business Administration from San Francisco State University and receive her Bachelors in International Relations from the University of California, Davis.

Laverne Braxton, Treasurer
Laverne Braxton is a Certified Public Accountant who has been established in Berkeley, California for over thirty years.  Ms. Braxton received her BS in Accounting from California State University East Bay.  Ms. Braxton’s firm has extensive experience in providing financial audits, tax preparation and consulting services to small businesses and non-profit organizations.  In the past, she has been the treasurer for the Center for Family Counseling and Centerforce, Inc. where she was also the Chair of the Fiscal Management Committee.  She was the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the now defunct Bay Area Feminist Federal Credit Union.  Braxton has developed and facilitated seminars focused on tax-related issues for community financial education.

Jonothan Dumas
Jonothan Dumas has more than 30 years experience working with Community Based Organizations and building and construction trade unions preparing youth and adults to take advantage of employment and training opportunities in the building and construction trade industry, and monitoring compliance with business utilization and local employment programs.  He began his work in 1972 at the Apprenticeship Opportunities Foundation in San Francisco preparing individuals for the screening examinations administered by building trade apprenticeship programs.  Mr. Dumas is a journeyman carpenter and a journeyman steamfitter having completed the apprenticeship for the United Association of Steamfitters and Plumbers. 

Mr. Dumas has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Education from San Francisco State.  He has designed, developed, and implemented outreach and job training programs for the Contra Costa Building and Construction Trades Council, and the City of Richmond, California.  For ten years he was the Employment Program Manager for the City of Richmond in charge of the Youthbuild Richmond Program, and implementing the local hire program for the City of Richmond.  For the past five years he has served as the Employment Services Supervisor for the City of Oakland’s Department of Contracting and Purchasing Department, Social Equity Division where he supervises the City of Oakland’s Local Employment Program and 15% Apprenticeship Program.

Russ Giuntini
Mr. Giuntini is the Chief Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.  Mr. Giuntini has been instrumental in starting and/or working to establish meaningful reentry programs in both San Francisco and Oakland.  As Chief Assistant DA in San Francisco, Mr. Giuntini has worked with DA Kamala Harris to create the Back on Track reentry program that has become a national model adopted by the National District Attorney’s Association.

Mr. Giuntini has worked extensively with public agencies to reduce violence and homicide in Oakland with a focus on reducing juvenile violence and supporting youth social rehabilitation.  Mr. Giuntini drafted the MOU that became the basis for the Mentor Diversion Program for first time, non-violent drug offenders.  He was on the Safe Passages Board and helped set up the Pathways to Change, a program designed to reduce violence in the Oakland community with a focus on curbing youth violence.  Mr. Giuntini also helped revamp the Mentor Diversion program by adding high tech pre-apprenticeship training to the program for 18-24 year old first time drug sellers which also includes a 24 month program of educational and vocational training for first-time offenders.  Mr. Giuntini received his Bachelors degree from St. Mary’s college and went on to receive his Juris Doctor from San Francisco Law School.  Mr. Giuntini’s professional associations include being a member of the California Bar Association, California District Attorney’s Association and the San Francisco Bar Associations.

Bernida M. Reagan, Esq.
Ms. Reagan is the Director of Community and Client Relations with Meriwether Williams Insurance Services.  Ms. Reagan directs Merriwether Williams’ social responsibility programs, including technical assistance to small, local and minority businesses, and policy and program development related to social, economic and environmental justice.

Prior to joining the Merriwether firm, Ms. Reagan served as the founding Director of the Port of Oakland’s Division of Social Responsibility.  In that capacity she was responsible for directing the Port’s community benefit and social equity programs which are designed to increase local participation in employment and business opportunities.  She was also responsible for environmental policies and programs related to the Port’s activities. Ms. Reagan also served as the founding Director of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC).  Established in 1988, EBCLC is a non-profit legal service office providing free legal services to low-income clients in the areas of housing, health, and economic justice.  Ms. Reagan is passionately committed to equal opportunity and diversity and lectures frequently on social justice, human rights and economic development.

Meg Vasey
Meg Vasey has been working with Construction Workforce and Project Labor Agreement issues for thirty years.  She began an apprenticeship as a construction electrician in 1980 and was the eighth woman in her local union to graduate to journey level.  She worked with the tools for eighteen years, primarily in the local oil refineries.  In 1998, Ms. Vasey enrolled at the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.  While in law school, she worked with the East Bay Community Law Center and Oakland community groups on the Port’s emerging Maritime and Aviation Project Labor Agreement (MAPLA) and its ground-breaking Social Justice Program.  Upon graduation, she worked with the Port of Oakland’s Division of Social Responsibility on MAPLA oversight and related projects. Ms. Vasey is currently serving as Executive Director of Tradeswomen, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to outreach, recruitment, retention, and leadership development for women in non-traditional trades. Ms. Vasey is a member of the California State Bar.

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