Kathleen Bell

Retired Kindergarten Teacher

Primary Grade Teacher ELD & Reading Intervention Specialist


  • UC Berkeley- B.A. in Sociology
  • Sonoma State – M.A. in Early Childhood Education BCLAD
  • Teacher-Trainer Certificate, High/Scope Educational Research
  • Credential Yoga Instructor, Cyclist and Marathoner with Team in Training

Nancy Cappelloni

Educational Consultant in Private Practice

Kindergarten Readiness Program Director

Retired Kindergarten Teacher, Reed Union School District, Tiburon

  • University of San Francisco, Doctorate of Education
  • Dominican University, Teaching Credential Multiple Subject/CLAD
  • College of Marin, ECE Administrative Credential
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Masters of Dance/Movement Therapy
  • University of Colorado, B.A. with Distinction, Art History

Carol Chivers

Retired Pre-K and Kindergarten Teacher (also volunteer, substitute and CELDT tester)

Franklin McKinley School District

San Jose

  • Sacramento State University, BA in Social Sciences, Emphasis in Psychology
  • Sacramento State University, Standard Elementary Education Credential

Kimberly DeMille

Kindergarten Teacher, Capistrano Unified School District


  • San Diego State University, BA Liberal Studies, Emphasis in Education
  • San Diego State University, Multiple Subjects CLAD Credential

Gennie Gorback

Early Childhood Educator

San Mateo

  • UC Santa Barbara, BA Women’s Studies, Minor in Education
  • UC Santa Barbara, Multiple Subjects CLAD Credential
  • UC Santa Barbara, Masters of Education in Teaching
  • Foothill College, Early Childhood Education units

Michelle Jones

TK/Kindergarten Teacher, Oakdale Joint Unified School District


  • Cal State University, Turlock – B.S. in Liberal Studies
  • Cal State University, Turlock – Minor in Child Development
  • Cal State University, Turlock – Teaching Credential
  • Professional Clear Credential
  • Child Development Program Director Permit
  • CLAD Certificate
  • GATE Certification

Palma Lindsay

Owner of KFUNdamentals


  • California State University Northridge, BA Liberal Studies, Graduate Studies
  • California State University Northridge, Multi-subject, Pre-school, K-12, Adult Ed. Life Teaching Credential
  • College of the Canyons Early Childhood Certificate
  • K-8 Teacher for 37 years

Wendy Sewell

Stay-at-home mom

Former Kindergarten Teacher

Santa Rosa

  • Queens University – B.A. Honours in Language and Linguistics
  • University of Oxford – B.A. Education
  • CLAD Credential


Maria N. Trejo

National/International English Learners and Struggling Readers’ Consultant


  • University of the Pacific, BA Liberal Studies, Emphasis in Languages and Mathematics
  • Sacramento State University, Masters in Arts, Emphasis in Cross-cultural Education, Anthropology
  • University of the Pacific, Doctorate in Education, Emphasis in Curriculum & Instruction; Pupil Personnel Services; School Administration. Minor in Bilingual Education.
  • Credentials: Life in Elementary, Life in Secondary, Life for Community College

Debra Weller

TK Teacher, Capistrano Unified School District

Educational Consultant and Professional Storyteller

Mission Viejo

  • St. Petersburg College, AA
  • Rowen University, BA in Art Education
  • National University, MA in Curriculum and Design, Educational Leadership

Meredith Yeh

Stay-at-home mom

Kindergarten Teacher, San Mateo-Foster City School District

San Mateo

  • University of San Diego – B.A. in Diversified Liberal Arts
  • University of San Francisco – M.A. in Multicultural Education
  • Professional Clear Credential/CLAD Credential


  • President – Kimberly DeMille
  • President Elect – Michelle Jones
  • Treasurer – Nancy Cappelloni
  • Secretary – Kathleen Bell

2017 PK1 Conference Committee Members

PK1 Conference Committee 2015

  • Meredith Yeh, San Mateo – Co-chairperson
  • Kathleen Bell, Oakland – Co-chairperson
  • Jane Anderson, Millbrae
  • Linda Becker, Richmond
  • Mary Cain, Salinas
  • Jadelyn Chang, Foster City
  • Carol Chivers, San Jose
  • Leslie Crews, San Mateo
  • Laura Darcy, Millbrae
  • Cathy Doll, San Ramon
  • Stephanie Figula, Hercules
  • Gennie Gorback, San Mateo
  • Zelda LeFrak, Pittsburg
  • Beth Marsh, Foster City
  • Maureen Perkinson, Aptos
  • Robin Rees, Castro Valley
  • Pat Rees-Miller, Belvedere
  • Marey Richins, San Carlos
  • Carol Seuferer, Berkeley
  • Alicia Solano, Antioch
  • Christine VanDenover, Coulterville
  • Ruth Velasquez, Cotati
  • Kristl Wong, Menlo Park

CKA Staff Members

  • Cristiana Tibbats – Administrative Manager
  • Cindy Romero – Membership Administrator

CKA Past Presidents

  • Nancy Cappelloni – 2015-2017
  • Ada Hand/Debra Weller – 2013-2015
  • Ada Hand – 2011-2013
  • Debra Weller – 2009-2011
  • Carol Nicoli – 2007-2009
  • Armando Wm. Argandona – 2005-2007
  • Joann Arowosegbe – 2003-2005
  • Carol Gossett – 2001-2003
  • Gretchen Ross – 1999-2001
  • Zelda LeFrak – 1997-1999
  • Helen Faul – 1995-1997
  • Violet B. Robinson – 1993-1995
  • Judith J. Brown – 1988-1993

CKA Sponsors 2016-17

  • Heidi Butkus, LaVerne
  • Helen Faul, Camarillo
  • Susie Koon, Monrovia
  • Zelda LeFrak, Pittsburg
  • Harriet Neal, Fair Oaks
  • Carol Nicoli, Arcadia
  • Marilyn Panelli, San Francisco
  • Pat Rees-Miller, Belvedere
  • Mary Schinnerer, Albany
  • Ruth Velasquez, Cotati