Robin Wilson is a founding Board Member and Executive Director of West County READS. Her employment at the University of California, Berkeley included work at The Bancroft Library, the Graduate School of Education, MESA, and the Lawrence Hall of Science. She also worked as a Library Media Specialist serving as elementary librarian at five schools in five days at the West Contra Costa Unified School District. In 2011, Supervisor John Gioia named her El Sobrante’s Woman of the Year as an advocate for children’s literacy. She became Executive Director in 2014, and supervises all programs and events.
Sherry Drobner is a veteran in the field of adult literacy, beginning her involvement in 1988. She received her doctorate from UC Berkeley in Literacy, Language and Culture in 2002. Her background includes community organizing, adult education and literacy program development, and since 2006, taking the lead for the Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP) for the City of Richmond.
Kevin Hufferd is the Director of Property Development at UC Berkeley. His career at Cal (and prior to that at the City of Santa Barbara), has focused on using public private partnerships to develop complex building projects that meet public objectives.He has a masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Hufferd co-founded West County Reads, an all-volunteer community organization devoted to family literacy in Richmond in 2001. He currently serves on the boards of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce and Livable Berkeley.
Inocencia Dacumos is an ESL teacher and the Family Literacy Coordinator at West Contra Costa Adult Education. As a West County resident and teacher, she saw and admired the great work West County Reads did for the community, and in 2010 she joined the board. A strong advocate for family literacy, she received a California Council for Adult Education (CCAE) Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013, in part to recognize her initiative and efforts to continue the Family Literacy Program at WCCAE when funding was drastically cut.
Summer Brenner is a poet and novelist, the author of a dozen books, including Richmond Tales, Lost Secrets of the Iron Triangle, which received an Historic Preservation award and a Human Rights award from the City of Richmond, and was selected for 2015 Read Across America by the California Teachers Association.
Tana Monteiro, a San Pablo resident, is currently the family engagement coordinator at Richmond College Preparatory School. Previously, Tana served as the Community Wellness Coordinator at YES Families from 2013 to 2016 after serving as a parent organizer and community liaison at Richmond College Preparatory School for seven years. Tana led YES’s Wellness Program and coordinated 15-20 adult Wellness Navigators annually to advocate for health and wellness in their communities. Tana loves working with families and strives to make their voices heard as they work together to make a safer, healthier, happier community. She has lived in Richmond and nearby San Pablo for the past 19 years and is raising four sons.
Marin Trujillo has been the Community Engagement Coordinator for West Contra Costa USD for the past 12 years. He is deeply knowledgeable about Family Partnership, Community Engagement and K-12 Education. In this position Marin has been responsible for the implementation of family partnership initiatives designed to increase two-way communication, build relationships, support academic proficiency at-home, strengthen parent leadership, and increase professionalization of School Community Workers (a.k.a. parent liaisons). Marin is a frequent panelist and presenter on Family Partnerships for the California Department of Education, Statewide conferences for educators such as CSBA, CABE and the Title-I Conference. Most recently Marin was part of the developing team for the California Parental Involvement Framework in 2011. Marin has also served as the WCCUSD’s Public Information Officer, and coordinated the assessment and identification process of English learners.