NCPF Board Members

Brent BaxterKaren BrajkovichKathy FrattiniLinda Loza
Jim McClellandPaula MolgaardTodd SilvaMary Wardle

Advisory Committee

Ralph AustinTim JochnerMichael StarkSandy VillersKassie Wenzell

Our Northgate community is unique and fortunate because of the commitment of our community volunteers. Without the passion and focus of our Board and Advisory Comittee members, none of the transformative capital projects at Northgate High School would have been possible. If you or somebody you know is interested in being a part of the change, contact us at info@northgatepride.org.


NCPF Board Members

Brent Baxter, CFO/Treasurer
Brent has been a resident of Walnut Creek since 1993. Brent and his wife Kristin have two children who attend Northgate High School and Foothill Middle School. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a partner in the firm of Comyns, Smith, McCleary & Deaver LLP in Lafayette, California.

Karen Brajkovich, Communications
Karen Brajkovich has been a Walnut Creek resident since 2002, and a Bay Area resident since 1995. She re-established the softball program for both Continental and Walnut Creek Little Leagues, building the program from one team to eleven teams within 5 years. Karen has also coached softball teams for 7 years, and has served on the board of directors for the local Little Leagues for 9 years. She has been on several committees at local schools, including the Tile Wall committee in 2006, and the Carnival committee in 2006 & 2007 at Valle Verde Elementary, and the Landscape committee at Foothill Middle School. Karen currently works at the California Farmers' Market Association, which organizes the Diablo Valley Farmers' Market in the Shadelands in Walnut Creek, as well as 15 other farmers' markets across the Bay Area. Karen and her husband, Leo, have a son and a daughter at Northgate High School.

Kathy Frattini, Bookkeeper/Donations
Kathy and her husband John have lived in Walnut Creek since 1998. They have three sons who attended Northgate High School. Kathy has served as Treasurer on the Parent Faculty clubs at Valle Verde Elementary, Foothill Middle School, and Northgate High School. She also serves on the Northgate Choral Music Boosters board and the Woodlands Swim Team board. Kathy currently works at Saint Matthew Lutheran Church in Walnut Creek.

Linda Loza, Fundraising
Linda and her husband Ron have lived in Walnut Creek since 1989 and have two children who attended Northgate High School. Linda is Director of Store Development and Facilities for Pet Food Express and has been in the Corporate Real Estate field for over 25 years. Linda has served in many volunteer positions from Parent Faculty VP at Walnut Acres Elementary School to Site Council member at Northgate High School and a member of both the 2002 and 2010 Bond Oversight Committees for the Mount Diablo Unified School District. In addition, Linda is a former board member of The Creek, an after-school program serving middle school students and a former Trustee of The Seven Hills School, a private school located in Walnut Creek.

Jim McClelland, Aquatics Center Committee Chair
Jim McClelland and his family moved to Walnut Creek in 1997, after relocating to the Bay Area from southern California in 1990 to open an architectural practice. Jim and his wife Shirley's two children graduated from Northgate in 2001 and 2004. Active in area and Northgate aquatics, Jim became involved with the aquatics center feasibility studies in 2003 and has continued to assist with the design criteria as the facility begins construction.  He served as the boys' varsity water polo head coach for the 2005 through 2010 seasons, and was elected to the Northgate Community Pride Board in 2008. Jim brings his ongoing experience with northern California aquatics competition to Northgate so that its aquatics programs continue to flourish and be competitive with the top area programs.

Paula Molgaard, Parliamentarian
Paula and her husband, Peter, have two students attending Northgate High School. Paula is an owner and CEO of a small insurance administration business in San Francisco. She currently is a board member of the non-profit organization, Defying Gravity Foundation, an after-school dramatic arts program. Previously, Paula donated her time for eight years as a Girl Scout Troop Leader in the Diablo Valley, and was also a volunteer for the Marin County Sheriff Search and Rescue Unit.

Todd Silva, President
Todd has lived in Walnut Creek since 2000, and has been a Bay Area resident since 1992. Todd and his wife Leigh have four children who attend Northgate High School, Foothill Middle School and Walnut Acres. Todd is a Certified Public Accountant and a partner in Ernst & Young LLP's Assurance practice in San Francisco. He joined the Northgate Community Pride Board in 2012, having been introduced to the organization as the Walnut Acres liaison. Todd has been active in local sports as a soccer and baseball coach and volunteer for nearly a decade.

Mary Wardle, Fundraising
Mary has been a resident of Walnut Creek since 1993 when she decided this would be a great community to raise her family. She now has two grown children who attended Northgate High School with her youngest graduating in 2014. Mary's passion for youth sports and sports facilities has kept her heavily involved in the local community by serving on numerous boards and coaching several sports since 1996. As a graduate of Campolindo High School she has a desire for Northgate to have the same facilities as other High Schools to give kids the opportunity to play sports and also attend as fans in a fun and safe environment. Professionally she is the Sales Manager - Western Region for Steelscape LLC a division of NS BlueScope Coated Products - North America.

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Advisory Committee

Ralph Austin
Ralph Austin has lived in Walnut Creek since 1972 and graduated from Del Valle High School in 1974. Ralph and his wife Sydney have three children who all attended Walnut Acres, Foothill and Northgate. He has owned and operated Surebuilt Construction Company, a high-end residential construction firm since 1980 and has been a partner in ProSiding, Inc., a siding installation company, since 2002. Ralph has coached both soccer and baseball since 1997 including the Northgate freshman girls' soccer team the past three years. Over the past decade Ralph donated his time to help project manage the construction of the Northgate HS Stadium all weather turf and track, lights and bleachers including design, bids, construction and close out documents completed in 2008. Ralph has also been intricately involved in the Aquatics Center and Sports Medicine Facility Project through each of its project phases as well.

Tim Jochner
Tim Jochner was born and raised in Walnut Creek and has resided in Walnut Creek ever since. He and his wife Courtney attended Walnut Acres, Valle Verde, Foothill and Northgate. While at Northgate Tim lettered in baseball and wrestling and sat first chair on the Jazz band as a senior. Tim and Courtney have two girls; one attends Northgate and one is a Northgate graduate. Tim is currently President and Chairman of Superior Financial Group LLC, Walnut Creek, California. He owns and operates Shadowbrook Winery in Walnut Creek, California as well as Diablo Vineyards, a vineyard planting and management company. Tim has owned and operated 3 successful businesses in the financial services industry, two of which were separately honored by Entrepreneurial magazine as top 100 fastest growing companies. Tim has volunteered in many of his children's school functions and serves as Chairman of the board of the Northgate Baseball dugout club (www.northgatebaseball.com). Having enjoyed much business success Tim is dedicated to improving the Northgate area schools so that the current and future students can have the best opportunities for success. Tim's goal for the Northgate Community Pride Foundation and the reason he joined the Board is to improve all of the school's "outside the classroom" activities that he believes are just as important as the "in classroom" activities in a young person's growth and development. "Producing good citizens will enhance our community and give our children a foundation for success."

Michael Stark
Michael Stark is the owner of The Marcom Group, a full service marketing, advertising and design services firm in Walnut Creek. Established in 1998, The Marcom Group is a boutique shop committed to serving clients with a comprehensive approach to marketing from research and strategic planning to complete design concepts and advertising campaigns to media buying and web development and e-marketing solutions.
Prior to establishing The Marcom Group Mike served as Vice President of Account Services at Compass Marketing where he was responsible for business development and account service for some of the firm's leading accounts.
Prior to working on the agency side, Mike was Director of Marketing Communications at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, one of Westin Hotel and Resorts flagship properties. As Director, he was responsible for advertising, promotions, public relations and community relations. Prior to this role, Mike was also the Director of Public Relations and Marketing Manager for the St. Francis. He also served as the Director of Public Relations for the San Francisco Hilton.
Mike and his wife Susan have lived in the Northgate neighborhood for over 20 years and have been very active with coaching, schools and the community. Their oldest daughter Katie is part of Northgate High School's class of 2012 and younger daughter Meghan is a recent graduate with the class of 2014.

Sandy Villers
Sandy and her husband Marc have been Walnut Creek residents since 2001. They currently have two students who attended Walnut Acres Elementary and Foothill Middle School and are now proud to call themselves Northgate Broncos. After retiring from her "first career" as a project manager/consultant for a small Bay Area technology firm, Sandy began donating her time as a volunteer, serving on the PFC boards for both Walnut Acres Elementary School and Northgate High School. Sandy strongly believes a good student is one that is well-rounded, and is pleased to support Northgate Pride in its efforts. Sandy has a BA from Harvard University and a certificate in Project Management from UC Berkeley.

Kassie Wenzell
Kassie and her husband Mike have been Walnut Creek residents since 1995; relocating from New Jersey. The three Wenzell children graduated from Northgate High School in 2005, 2007 and 2009. Kassie served on the Sports Complex project committee since its inception until 2011. Her belief that strong extracurricular programs build pride among the student body motivated her to work to improve facilities at Northgate High School and its feeder schools. A corresponding belief that community members should invest in the youth from their neighborhoods kept her involved after her children graduated. Kassie has a BS in Business Administration from Rider University.

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