Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees at Lake Tahoe School is the guardian of the school’s mission. It is the Board’s responsibility to ensure that the mission is relevant and vital to the community it serves and to monitor the success of the school in fulfilling its mission. As a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Lake Tahoe School’s Board adheres to the following standards and procedures:
- Adopts a clear statement of the school’s mission, vision, and strategic goals and establishes policies and plans consistent with this statement.
- Reviews and maintains appropriate bylaws that conform to legal requirements, including duties of loyalty, obedience, and care.
- Assures that the school and the Board operate in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, minimizing exposure to legal action. The Board creates a conflict of interest policy that is reviewed with, and signed by, individual trustees annually.
- Accepts accountability for both the financial stability and the financial future of the institution, engaging in strategic financial planning, assuming primary responsibility for the preservation of capital assets and endowments, overseeing operating budgets, and participating actively in fundraising.
- Selects, supports, nurtures, evaluates, and sets appropriate compensation for the Head of School.
- Recognizes that its primary work and focus are long range and strategic.
- Undertakes formal strategic planning on a periodic basis, sets annual goals related to the plan, and conducts annual written evaluations for the school, Head of School, and the Board itself.
- Keeps full and accurate records of its meetings, committees, and policies and communicates its decisions widely, while keeping its deliberations confidential.
- Reflects the strategic expertise, resources, and perspectives (past, present, and future) needed to achieve the mission and strategic objectives of the school.
- Works to ensure all its members are actively involved in the work of the Board and its committees.
- Engages proactively with the Head of School in cultivating and maintaining good relations with school constituents as well as the broader community and exhibits best practices relevant to equity and justice.
Rob Alston, Chair
Rob Alston was born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii. He and his wife, Amy, have two children, Turner and Kieran, at LTS. They moved to Incline Village in 2010. Rob is the Chief Executive Officer of Access Information Management, a high growth, private equity-backed acquisitive information management company. In addition to his executive management responsibilities, Rob focuses on driving Access’ growth strategy, including over 100 acquisitions. Rob has over 15 years of experience with private equity and in the information management industry. Rob is also a member of the board of directors of the OASIS Group, European records, and information management provider. Rob has also served as the President of the Domestic Violence Action Center in Hawaii, Hawaii Chapter of ARMA International and held a position of Director for PRISM International through December 2013.
Rebecca Kassekert, Vice Chair
Rebecca is an attorney and partner of San Francisco based PMRK Law, LLP. Rebecca’s litigation practice focuses primarily on recovering insurance assets and proceeds for her clients in complex insurance coverage disputes. She also advises her clients in the purchase, renewal, and evaluation of insurance coverage and in analyzing potential claims that may trigger coverage. Originally from Minnesota, Rebecca and her husband Kevin spent 12 years in the San Francisco Bay Area before relocating to Tahoe. Rebecca is passionate about the arts, with an extensive background in dance and theater. Rebecca and her family are also deeply committed to environmental causes and are thrilled to call Incline Village, with Tahoe’s world-class setting, home. She has three children at Lake Tahoe School.
Keith R. O'Donnell, Treasurer
Keith O’Donnell is a co-founder and Managing Director of Castle Crow & Company, a merchant banking group with offices in San Francisco, Incline Village, and Atlanta. Keith has over 25 years of investment banking, private equity, and venture capital experience and has been responsible for all operational functions of the firm including transaction sourcing, structuring, negotiating, working with portfolio companies and maintaining relations with institutional investors.
Prior to co-founding Castle Crow in 2001, Keith played an integral role in the growth and success of the Arch Group, a private equity merchant banking firm in Northern California and spent over six years with Graham Partners, the Philadelphia based private equity, M&A and corporate finance arm of the privately held Graham Group.
Keith is currently a board member of Stuhlmuller Vineyards & Winery and is a graduate of the Villanova University School of Business. Keith and his wife, Kristen, reside in Reno and have had two children enrolled at Lake Tahoe School since 2012.
Karen Hovorka, Secretary
Karen is an HR transformation consultant who provides advisory services to corporate clients to optimize and transform their human resources capabilities. She has over 20 years of cross-industry talent strategy experience with Fortune 500 and startup companies throughout the United States and the Asia Pacific region. Outside of her professional career she is an active nonprofit volunteer and served as a Board member for over 15 years for various nonprofit organizations whose missions range from early childhood development to the arts to immigrant employment. Karen earned a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. An upstate New Yorker by birth and a West Coaster by choice, Karen has resided in Incline Village since 2004 with her husband, Kevin. They have one child enrolled at Lake Tahoe School.
Sabrina Belleci is the Broker/Owner of RE/MAX North Lake, a boutique real estate brokerage located in Incline Village and Crystal Bay focusing on residential and luxury real estate here in the Lake Tahoe basin. Sabrina serves as a consultant and coach for her agents and is a thought leader for her team. As the 2019 President of Incline Village REALTORS, Sabrina is very active in the industry working on state and national committees as well as working hand in hand with our local municipalities and lobbyist to monitor and influence the protection of private property rights. Growing up in a real estate family, Sabrina left the Bay Area 10 years ago to study Global Business, Finance, and Economics at Sierra Nevada College where she was heavily involved in extracurricular activities becoming the first female student body president, Chair of the Presidential Ambassadors, and competing and winning several statewide business plan competitions. Since becoming an Incline Village community member in 2009, she is very involved with various local community organizations and local nonprofits.
Brad Bergstrom, or Coach Brad as he is known by many, was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Brad attended the Oregon Institute of Technology where he played football and later joined their coaching staff. He completed his education at Portland State and founded B4 Logistics, a transportation and technology company in 2004. B4 Logistics has expanded its operations throughout the western United States, and Brad currently serves as their CEO. In addition to his business success, Brad has always managed to find time to be involved in his community as a coach and mentor. Brad has four children and he currently resides in Incline Village with his partner Karen, his daughter Brittany and his grandchildren Evee, Micah and Elana. Evee and Micah currently attend Lake Tahoe School. Brad is looking forward to serving on the Lake Tahoe School board of trustees and hopes his diverse background and experience will continue to strengthen our community.
Amy Berry is the CEO of the Tahoe Fund, where she leads efforts to secure private funding and support from individuals, foundations, and corporations for environmental improvement projects that will restore and enhance Lake Tahoe. Prior to joining the Tahoe Fund, Amy was director of marketing and communications for the North American arm of renewable energy giant ACCIONA. In this role, she was a member of the management committee and responsible for corporate branding, internal communications, and product marketing. She earned her undergraduate degree at Brown University before moving to New York City to start her career in advertising. In 2003 she wised up and moved West to Lake Tahoe. She can often be found outside enjoying the hiking, biking and ski trails of the area. Amy has one daughter enrolled at Lake Tahoe School.
Pete Garcia is Chief Financial Officer (CFO), of PDL Biopharma, Inc., the only publicly-traded company located in Incline Village. He has over 22 years of experience as a CFO having raised over $1 billion for public and private biotech and companies. Pete has led multiple merger and acquisition transactions and managed multiple functions including finance, accounting, treasury, investor relations, corporate communications, IT and facilities. Prior to becoming a CFO, he was a senior finance executive with Amgen. Pete holds a B.A. in economics and sociology with honors from Stanford University and an MBA with an emphasis in finance and accounting from UCLA. He is currently a Board Member with Noden Pharma DAC and Moraga Biotechnology Corp. He currently volunteers as the chairperson for Stanford University’s Northern Nevada OVAL program which interviews prospective high school applicants and previously served as Site Council chair and other positions in the Palo Alto Unified School District, and as Director of Palo Alto National Junior Basketball.
Pete and his wife, Kim, lived in Palo Alto for 17 years prior to moving to Incline Village in 2013. They have 3 adult children, all of whom reside in California.
Jason is a Manager of NextG, LLC. a family office located in Incline Village. He is responsible for investment strategy, asset allocation, and performance of a diversified pool of assets. He is also responsible for all tax, accounting, and finance functions at NextG and various related entities. Prior to joining Hallador, Jason held several positions within Hewlett Packard and related subsidiaries. Jason earned a B.A. in Business Administration at Oregon State University and an MBA with a concentration in Finance and Securities Analysis at the University of Oregon. Jason and his wife Melissa reside in Incline Village and have two children enrolled in Lake Tahoe School.
Robert E. Graves (ex officio)
Head of School at Lake Tahoe School, Bob Graves has been involved with independent school education for over thirty years in locales as diverse as California, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Virginia, and Nevada. Beginning his career as a history teacher and coach, he has also been a Dean of Students, and Upper School Director, prior to his tenures as Head of School. Mr. Graves holds both B.A. and M.A.T. degrees in history from the University of California/Davis.