Board of Directors
A tireless group of dedicated individuals, the REACH Board works to ensure we maintain our mission of creating inclusive communities and independent living for individuals with developmental disabilities through quality and affordable housing in the Tri-Valley.
Patrick O’Brien, Treasurer
Pat is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Leisure Sports and has been involved in many community service organizations in Santa Clara, San Joaquin and Alameda Counties. Pat currently serves as Treasurer for both the Three Valleys Community Foundation and the Alameda County Fair Foundation. He is Chairperson of the Hacienda Child Development Fund, past President of the Alameda County Fair Association and Cal Expo State Fair. He has served on the Family Service Association Board in San Jose and Tracy High School Business/Education Partnership. Pat is very committed to advancing educational programs and promoting partnerships between Education and the Business Community.
Jamie Renton, Secretary
Jamie is currently the Adults with Disabilities Transition Specialist for Pleasanton Adult and Career Education, the Adult School for Pleasanton Unified School District. She coordinates a paid internship program for adults with disabilities. Jamie also works with community partners to develop job opportunities for people with disabilities. She is enthusiastic about helping her interns explore their skill sets and interests to find employment opportunities in our community. Jamie previously worked for many years as a Librarian, assisting under-served people in finding jobs and gaining independence. Jamie serves on the City of Pleasanton Housing Commission and is an active member in the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, a Board member of HireAble, and a member of the Tri-Valley SELPA Community Advisory Council. She has won several awards for her work in Education.
Shelley Despotakis, Board Member
Shelley is an AVP Sales Executive at Fidelity National Title. Prior to joining Fidelity Title Company, Shelley was the CEO of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce. Shelley worked in the nonprofit sector as the Manager of the Valley Care Charitable Foundation. She is currently on the Board of Directors for The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, and has also served for Leadership San Ramon Valley, and the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce. Shelley has deep roots in the Tri-Valley where her extended family also resides, including her teenage cousin with IDD. Shelley’s goal is to see all members of our community thrive and be represented. She wants all families to have the opportunity to relish the joy of seeing their children flourish into proud adults. Shelley volunteers for Homeless Refuge, Open Heart Kitchen, and Tri-Valley Haven.
Brian Gentry, Board Member
Brian is a Vice President and Senior Private Banking Officer and Ambassador with Fremont Bank in the Tri-Valley, having been in banking for over 35 years. He specializes in working with business owners and individuals on their loan and banking needs. He is active in the Pleasanton community, serving on the Board of Directors for Pleasanton Partnerships in Education and Keystone Adult Learning Center for the last fifteen years or more. He was on the Board of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce for 8 years. Brian is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton, having been a member for over 20 years. He coached competitive youth soccer for 16 years for the Ballistic United Soccer Club of Pleasanton and coached Lacrosse for one season also.
Renee Kantor, Board Member
Renee is a strong advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities. For more than thirty-five years she has worked with various local, state and federal agencies to find the appropriate educational, medical, social and residential opportunities for her daughter. Renee holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology, and she currently serves on the Parent Board at the University of San Diego. She has previously served on several Home Owners’ Association boards, and currently manages several personally owned properties. Renee has chaired many charity fund raising events and she has volunteered with numerous non-profit organizations. Renee is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.
Nina Pomeroy, Board Member
Nina is a local business owner and resident of the Tri-Valley. Originally from the East Coast, her career started on Wall Street and then ran a thriving photography studio in New York and Connecticut. Since moving to California, Nina has successfully rebuilt her business and is an Ambassador of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce. She received the Business Philanthropy Community Service Award for donating her time to local charities and nonprofits. Ultimately, she is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities have access to the support and resources they need to lead fulfilling lives.
Diane Warzecha, Board Member
Diane, M.S. OTR/L, is an Occupational Therapist with eight instructional years experience in the Pleasanton Unified School District. She works across four different elementary school sites within the district. Before joining the school district, she worked in a Pediatric OT/PT clinic. Diane is passionate about tailoring the educational environment to accommodate the unique needs and learning styles of each student, empowering them to achieve their full potential.
Tamy Ratto, Advisory Board Member
Tamy has been with East Bay Innovations, a local non-profit working to facilitate Supported Living, Independent Living and Employment Services for individuals with developmental disabilities, for more than 25 years. She is dedicated to empowering others to live lives that are valued and purposeful. Tamy also has a special expertise in assisting people to secure affordable housing and public benefits (SSI, SSDI, MediCal and MediCare). In 2009, Tamy received the Diane Lipton Memorial Award for Outstanding Advocacy.