Board of Trustees
Lake Tahoe School is fortunate to have an outstanding Board of Trustees, dedicated to creating a superlative independent school in the Lake Tahoe region. Lake Tahoe School’s trustees represent a balance of skills, interests, and experience that together provide an essential environment of effective governance and a philosophical foundation for the future growth and success of the school.
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.
Dana Kirkland, Secretary
Dana has an undergraduate degree in Theatre from UC San Diego and earned her J.D. from Santa Clara University. She practiced civil defense law in Santa Rosa, California before her family moved to Incline Village in 2007. She has been a prolific volunteer at Lake Tahoe School, including serving on the Parent Association board and the Crystal Ball Auction committee for several years. She has been a room parent and committee co-chair for Trail of Treats, helped with teacher appreciation activities and End of School BBQ, and volunteered in the classroom and on outdoor education trips. Most recently she helped establish the Newcomer Committee. After years of volunteering, Dana is looking forward to bringing that diversity of experience to the Board of Trustees and fostering positive connections in the LTS community. Dana resides in Incline Village and has one child enrolled at the school and another who graduated from LTS.
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 Incline Village and have had two children enrolled at Lake Tahoe School since 2012.
Brad Bergstrom, or Coach Brad as he is known by many, was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Brad attended 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 their 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.
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 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.
Rebecca is a partner with Gilbert LLP. She is an experienced litigator who represents large and small businesses, policyholders, contractors, employers, executives, and entrepreneurs in a variety of litigation and advisory matters. Rebecca’s seventeen years of experience includes insurance recovery, exclusively representing policyholders in coverage disputes, in the purchase, renewal, and evaluation of coverage, in analyzing potential claims that may trigger coverage, and, when in the best interests of the client, negotiating resolutions with insurers. Originally from Minnesota, Rebecca and her husband Kevin spent 12 years in the San Francisco Bay Area before relocating to Incline Village. Rebecca has three children at Lake Tahoe School.
Shawn has 20 years of management and entrepreneurial experience developing software platforms used by hundreds of millions of people. Most recently Shawn was President of Opera Mediaworks and spent his early career with Openwave, Critical Path, and Visto. Shawn and his wife Kristen lived in San Francisco for 10 years before moving to Incline Village in 2013. They are now proud parents of three young children; two attending LTS, and a third Bobcat in training. Shawn was born and raised in Toronto and earned Engineering and MBA degrees from Queen’s University, Canada.
James Uyeda is a nonprofit and fundraising professional and is currently the Director of Development with the National Hemophilia Foundation. James has over 10 years of experience in various nonprofit organizations helping each organization. Previous to working at the National Hemophilia Foundation, James worked as the Director of Annual Giving and Parent/Alumni Relations at Sierra Nevada College, where he successfully re-established and led many successful giving campaigns. Prior to working in fundraising, James was a special education teacher with an emphasis on students diagnosed with autism. He is a proud graduate of the University of San Diego.
Jennifer spent twelve years building and managing innovative and global online and mobile products. Jennifer co-founded and launched a mobile payments company in Singapore, heading product management. Jennifer later held product management roles in PayPal, Inc.’s International, Global Trust & Safety, and Global Merchant Services teams. At Wells Fargo, Jennifer worked as a Vice President in its Digital Channels Group (“DCG”), where she and her team oversaw product strategy and management of various consumer and small business online and mobile payment products. She also led the integration of digital payments products for the bank’s merger with Wachovia and supported a new cyber threat strategic initiative within DCG.
Jennifer spent her early career in higher education, working in college admissions and in the Education & Training department of a Washington D.C-based non-profit in International Education. She most recently served as Vice President and Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Tahoe’s Connection for Families.
Jennifer earned a B.A. in Spanish and Religion at Bucknell University, an M.A. in Hispanic Civilization from New York University in Madrid, Spain, and an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Jennifer and her husband reside in Incline Village and have two children, one currently enrolled in LTS.
Robert E. Graves (ex officio)
Head of School at Lake Tahoe School, Mr. Graves has been involved with independent school education for over thirty years in locales as diverse as California, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Virginia, and now, Nevada. Mr. Graves holds both B.A. and M.A.T. degrees in history from the University of California/Davis. Graduating high school in Bishop, California, he is looking forward once again to the different seasons’ mountain living has to offer. Mr. Graves’ hobbies include spending time with his family, golf, and reading history.