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Advisory Board

PAT AVILA

PAT AVILA

Christensen Middle School Principal

Pat has been a member of the Livermore Valley Unified School District for more than 22 years serving as an administrator, a swim coach for 20 years, and teaching Physical Education and Leadership. She has worked at Junction Middle School, Christensen Middle School, Livermore High School, and Granada High School. Pat lost her mother at a young age and knows only too well how difficult this time of life can be. She has a personal drive to help young people during this phase of life, during the challenging adolescent and teenage years.

Pat, and her husband, also a LVJUSD principal, have been married since 1980 and have been part of the Livermore community since 1988. Together they raised three children who also attended LVJUSD schools from kindergarten thru high school and are grandparents to five grandchildren.

JACOB BLEA III

JACOB BLEA III

Superior Court of Alameda County Judge

The Honorable Jacob Blea III is a Judge of the Alameda County Superior Court, having been appointed in 1998. Prior to becoming a Judge, he practiced law for 16 years following his graduation from U.C. Berkley School of Law, Boalt Hall. Judge Blea is currently the Supervising Judge of the Gale/Schenone Hall of Justice in Pleasanton where he presides over the Criminal Arraignment calendar. He is also the President of the Alameda County Law Library Board of Trustees.
In addition to his legal work, Judge Blea is also an Instructor in the Paralegal program at CSUEB where he has taught Litigation and Family Law for 25 years and he has devoted numerous hours to the education of children in the dangers of drug abuse and drinking and driving through the DARE and Every 15 Minutes programs in Livermore.
Judge Blea, and his wife Cheryl, married and settled in Livermore in 1983, and they have 4 children.
KELLY BOWERS

KELLY BOWERS

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Superintendent of Schools

Kelly Bowers is a product of Bay Area public schools, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from UC Berkeley, earning her Administrative Credential and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Cal State University East Bay, and now nearing completion of her doctoral studies in UC Berkeley’s Leadership for Educational Equity Program (LEEP). Superintendent Bowers had extensive professional experience as an elementary, middle, and high school teacher in both urban and suburban settings (13 years), as well as fifteen years of site and district level administrative experience in the LVJUSD. She was appointed LVJUSD Superintendent of Schools in May 2010.

She was recognized by the Association of California School Administrators as the 2012 ACSA Region VI Superintendent of the Year, representing all of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Under her leadership, the LVJUSD was selected in both 2012 and 2013 as a Bay Area Top Workplace, based on national industry-wide standards of inclusiveness, communication, confidence in leadership, workplace morale, and meaningfulness of work.