High-Tech Executive Takes California Board Position

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

An administrator at the private Woodside Priory school and a former high-tech executive have been appointed to the Portola Valley School District board to replace board members who resigned this month.

The two new members are Caitha Calvello Ambler, the Priory dean of middle school who also has taught at the private school and in the Vallejo School District; and Karen Ann Tate, a former executive at two software companies and a former strategic consultant.

The women were among five candidates considered for appointment by the school board at a special April 16 meeting. They replace Scott Parker, who also was a dean at the Priory before resigning to take a position in Sonoma, and Ray Villareal, who cited a busy work-related travel schedule in his April 5 resignation letter.

The new members were appointed by a 3-0 board vote. The three other candidates were Matt Richter, Terry Lee and Richard Murphy.

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