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Current Leadership

CalRTA’s State Board of Directors includes five officers and directors from each of the 12 areas. All members are volunteers elected by the CalRTA membership. CalRTA leaders generally begin with volunteer positions at the division level.

Bill Kipp

President 

Prior to being elected state President, Bill Kipp served as Area II Director, Chair of the State Communications Committee and President of Division 16. He also represented CalRTA at the National Educator Support Network Conference and the NRTA Leadership Conference. Prior to retiring in 1995, Bill served as a teacher at the elementary, junior high and high school levels, and worked as a principal, personnel director, assistant superintendent of instruction and superintendent. He was named Superintendent of the Year by ACSA in 1994. Bill and his wife of 54 years, Dene, have four children and three grandchildren. In addition to CalRTA, Bill’s volunteer efforts include serving as the AARP Regional Volunteer Leader for Northern California, and as a HICAP and long-term care counselor. Bill’s goals for CalRTA include “strengthening the partnerships with NRTA, AARP, ACSA and other educator special interest groups and improving the communication and involvement in CalRTA.”

Ken Hewitt

President Elect

Prior to being elected as CalRTA’s President Elect, Ken Hewitt served as chair of the State Legislative Committee, helped launch the Leadership Development Program and helped lead the CalRTA Advocacy Days. He is a member of the Speakers Bureau and has served as State Treasurer and treasurer for his local division. Ken retired in 1998 from the Ukiah USD. He taught mathematics at the 8th grade, high school and junior college levels. He also served as pastor of the Redwood Valley Community Church. He is married to his lovely wife Beryl and currently lives in Northern California. Ken’s personal goal for CalRTA is that the organization be the leading advocate for retired educators in the state and that every division have a solid group of leaders eager to help the organization move forward.

Peter Paolino

State Treasurer

Peter Paolino held numerous CalRTA volunteer positions prior to being elected State Treasurer including co-director of Area I, division co-president, treasurer and scholarship foundation chair, and a member of the State Nominations and Elections Committee. Prior to retiring in 2001 Peter taught business, Spanish, English, and worked 37 years as a high school counselor. He is a native Californian and has 41 cousins! Peter’s personal goal for CalRTA is for the organization to become a larger, more influential organization on behalf of retired educators.

 Jessie Perry

Jesse Perry

State Secretary

Jesse Perry retired in 1991 after teaching high school English and serving as a District Administrator. He was also president of the National Council of Teachers of English. His volunteer duties for CalRTA have included serving as Division Publicity Chair and Division President. He is married and three wonderful children!  Jesse’s goal for CalRTA is to contribute his skills as State Secretary to the best of his ability for the effective working of the Board.

Joe Dion

Past President

Joe Dion is finishing his years on the CalRTA Executive Committee having served as President Elect and President.  He’s also served as Area III Director, Chair of the State Insurance Committee and as Division 75 President and Treasurer. Prior to retiring in 1993, Joe worked as a teacher and middle school principal for the San Juan Unified School District. He was also President of the ACSA San Juan Administrators Association and President of ACSA Region III. Currently he serves as a member of the Citrus Heights Water District Board of Directors and the Regional Water Authority Board of Directors. Joe has four sons, one daughter and 10 grandchildren. His personal goal for CalRTA is to “seek ways and means to continue to move CalRTA into the 21st century to meet the needs of all its members.”

Betty Silva

Area I Director

Betty Silva’s professional career includes working as a government research librarian/reference librarian for Fresno County Library, a library media teacher for 31 years (20 of which were at Fairfield High School) and an independent training contractor with Follett Software Company. She retired in 2004. She and husband Ray have one dog, a blue merle Australian Shepherd named Pepper. Betty’s favorite quote is “I choose what kind of a day I will have.” Her personal goal for CalRTA is to make CalRTA an active, viable, first choice of organizations that retiring teachers will want to join!

Bob Sharp

Area II Director

Bob retired in 2001 from the Campbell School District where he taught for 32 years. He’s in his second term as Area II Director and is a Past President of Division 51. Bob and his wife Carol are blessed with seven children and 18 wonderful grandchildren. In his spare time Bob likes to play in the small band he started in 1957. In fact, he’s kept the same group going for over 50 years!

Patricia Boyd

Area III Director

Pat is serving as Area III Director. Prior to this position, she was Division 75 President, Treasurer, Chair of Communications and on several committees including social, mini grants, and membership. Pat retired from the Rio Linda Union School District in 1991, having taught Kindergarten and First Grade in Dearborn, Michigan, San Bernardino, Rialto, and North Highlands for a total of 38 years. In addition to CalRTA, Pat volunteers as a surrogate parent for Foster Youth, is Co-Vice-President of AAUW/CHAR, and a Junior League of Sacramento Sustainer promoting Childrens Theatre as a field trip for Kindergarten-Third Graders. Pat loves her son Anson, her golden retrievers Bailey and Murphy, playing bridge, scrapbooking, and having lunch with friends. Her goal as a Director is to encourage retired teachers to join CalRTA and to support the current and future leadership in their Divisions.

Pat Seaman

Area IV Director

Prior to being elected Area IV Director, Pat Seaman served as Area IV Co-chair of Membership and Division 52 President, Membership Chair and Directory Editor. She has also been very active with the Social Security Fairness group and represented them in Washington, DC. Before retirement, she taught art, special education and computers. Most of her experience was at the high school level with the Contra Costa County Office of Education. She was Outstanding Business Teacher in California and Teacher of the Year for Contra Costa County. Since retirement she has taught at Brandman Division of Chapman University. Pat and her husband, Rod, care for his mother who is over 100. Pat also serves on the boards for the American Sewing Guild and the Brewster Kaleidoscope Society. Pat is especially looking forward to using technology to increase CalRTA membership.

Ann Hansen

Area V Director

Ann Hansen currently serves as Area V Director. Prior to her current position she served as Division 6 President and volunteered on the State Nominations and Elections Committee. Before retiring in 1995, Ann taught second, fourth, fifth and sixth grades in the Moreland School District, though fifth grade was her favorite. She was also president of the teachers’ association and on the contract writing committee and the bargaining team for several years. Ann has three children and two grandchildren. After retiring Ann was an artists’ representative for three years representing five artists in the San Jose area. Her personal goal for CalRTA is “for us to really get to know our members. When we know our members, their needs and their talents, we can serve them better. And as we serve our members, we become an even stronger organization.”

Carol Luhring

Area VI Director

Prior to her current position as Area VI Director, Carol Luhring served as Division 34 Treasurer and on several Division committees including Scholarship, Games Day and Newsletter. Before she retired in 1997, Carol taught for 25 years, plus 10 years as vice principal, for the Merced River School District. She has three children and six wonderful grandchildren. Carol’s favorite quote is “Don’t run faster than your guardian angel can fly.” As for personal goals for CalRTA, Carol says “We all appreciate the need for increased membership but my personal goal for the next year is to find ways to increase participation in Area VI’s division meetings and activities.”

 Linda Dawson

Linda Dawson

Area VII Director

Barbara Gera

Area VIII Director

Barabara Gera currently serves as Area VIII Director. Before joining the State Board of Directors she served as Vice President of Programs for Division 71. Barbara retired in 2003 from the El Monte City School District where she taught grades K to 5th including working as a Miller-Unruh Reading Specialist, a Title 1 Teacher, Assistant Principal and Director of Instructional Services. Barbara and her husband John like to line dance and even teach it periodically. Her personal goal for CalRTA is “to fully implement the ‘Membership Marketing Initiative’ and then help accomplish all the other goals.”

Dr. Ralph Villani

Area IX Director

Dr. Ralph Villani currently serves as Area IX Director. Prior to this position he served as Division 89 President and First Vice President. Before he retired in 1991, Dr. Villani worked as a high school teacher, elementary and high school principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. He also was a Board Member for the Santa Monica Community College and worked as a part-time university professor. Dr. Villani is an active member of AARP and currently serves on the Region IV Management Team. He and wife Barbara have two children and five grandchildren. His personal goal for CalRTA is to “increase membership and motivate others to seek leadership roles.”

Judy Smith

Area X Director

Prior to being elected as Director for Area X Judy Smith volunteered many hours for her local Division 42 serving as President and Legislative Chair and serving as Area X Legislative Chair. Her teaching career spanned 38 years in three states including West Virginia, Maryland and California. She retired in 2000. When not donating her time to CalRTA Judy loves to garden and sing in a local chorale group.  Judy’s personal goal for CalRTA is to include members’ feelings when making decisions at the state level; to increase membership; and to continue to make CalRTA known to legislators on both the state and federal level.

Barbara Bethel

Area XI Director

Barbara Bethel is serving her first term as Area XI Director. Prior to this position, Barbara was extremely active in San Diego Division 4 serving as President, Insurance Chair, Treasurer of their Scholarship Foundation, and a variety of other positions for both Division 4 and Area XI. Prior to retiring in 2000 Barbara worked for the San Diego Unified School District for 35 years as an elementary school teacher; math lab/demonstration teacher; district mathematics resource teacher, mathematics curriculum consultant; and elementary school vice principal and principal.  Barbara actively volunteers at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park as a docent and animal interpreter.  Her personal goals for CalRTA are to help the organization achieve its core mission and become the dominant, authoritative voice for all retired California educators.

Tom Collette

Area XII Director

Tom Collette has been very involved in CalRTA prior to his term as Area XII Director. He held many positions within Division 22 including Secretary, Membership Chair, Program Chair, Vice President and President. He’s also served as Membership Chair for Area XII. Prior to retiring in 1994, Tom taught elementary grades including one year at a private school in England. He also worked as a teaching principal for one year. Tom has traveled extensively during his lifetime, visiting over 80 countries. His favorite quote is “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” His personal goal for CalRTA is “to continue to bring in new members to CalRTA and to tell retired educators the important reasons to join.”