RUSD Board of Education
Mrs. Gayle Cloud, President
Gayle Cloud has been involved in education at the state and local levels for over fifteen years. She has a B.A. in English from Chapman University and a current California elementary teaching credential. Her interest in reading has led her to tutor children and adults in basic reading skills.She has six children: a son who is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Buffalo in New York; a daughter who is attending college in New York; and four young adult children who live in Riverside. She also has five grandchildren, three of whom live locally. Mrs. Cloud has been involved in curriculum issues at the state level and has served on several panels including the Instructional Materials Advisory Panel. She is an active community volunteer, giving her time to the Path of Life Ministries, an organization which provides housing and services for the homeless. She also is active with the YMCA. She loves to read, write, and stay active in the community.Mrs. Cloud can be reached by email or by phone at 951.788.9394.
Charles L. Beaty, Ph.D, Vice President
Thirty-five years ago Chuck came to Riverside as principal of John W. North High School, having recently completed a PH.D at the University of Iowa. Prior to settling in Riverside, Chuck served as a middle school and high school teacher, department chair, Curriculum Director of Social Studies and English K-12, vice principal and principal for Shawnee Mission Public Schools, a 45,000-student district in suburban Kansas City.
After eight years at North, Chuck went on to become Deputy and Acting Superintendent of the District before retiring in 1993 with 32 years as an education professional.
Following retirement from RUSD, he was elected three times as Riverside City Councilman for Ward One. In November of 2005 and again in 2009 Chuck was elected to the RUSD Board of Education. In addition to serving on the RUSD Board, Chuck serves on the Boards of Directors for the Mission Inn Foundation, Downtown Partnership, Friends of Mt. Rubidoux, Mt. Rubidoux Manor, and the Riverside Opportunity Center. Recently he agreed to join the boards of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery and the International Relations Council of Riverside.
With his wife Sally, the Beatys enjoy an active and rewarding family life (six children, fifteen grandchildren), travel, entertaining and attending community events, hiking, and reading.
Dr. Beaty can be reached by email or by phone at 951.787.8984.
Mrs. Kathy Y. Allavie, Clerk
Kathy Allavie has a long history with RUSD schools. Her grandmother attended Riverside’s All-Girls High School. Her father was class president at Old Poly. She herself attended Emerson, Alcott, Victoria and Benjamin Harrison Elementary Schools, Chemawa Middle School and Poly High School. Her three daughters (Erin, Kellyn and Jaclyn) have attended Poly High School, King High School and John W. North High School! After graduation, she attended USC, graduating with a degree in Journalism/Public Relations in 1976. She married her husband, John Allavie, a local ophthalmologist, in 1978.
As a longtime volunteer, Mrs. Allavie has chaired the City of Riversides Youth Action Plan and sat on the RUSD Measure B Citizens Oversight Committee. She has served on over 25 community non-profit boards, and been president of the Junior League, the National Charity League and the Riverside Arts Foundation, as well as PTA President at three schools. She has been awarded the 2004 YWCA Woman of Achievement award, the 2005 Family Services Family of the Year for volunteerism and the Junior League Silver Raincross. She has been Volunteer of the Year at Earhart Middle School (twice) and John W. North High School. She was honored by the City of Riverside with the ‘Spirit Award’ for outstanding volunteerism in September, 2011.
Mrs. Allavie is a big believer in the fine arts, and supports music, art and theater in the community and in the schools. She currently volunteers for the Riverside Art Museum, the Fox Riverside Theater Foundation, the Mission Inn Foundation, the California Riverside Ballet and has supported the Riverside Philharmonic.
Mrs. Allavie can be reached by email or by phone at 951-784-7377.
Mr. Tom Hunt, member
With his father’s 1963 transfer to March Air Force base, Tom, a self-affirmed `Air Force brat,` landed in Riverside on his 7th birthday and began his life-long commitment to our community. Attending elementary, middle, and high school in Riverside, Tom attained his AA degree from then Riverside City College before transferring to UCLA and graduating in 1978 with a B.A. in Political Science.
Following the focus of his degree, Tom relocated to Louisiana where he joined a campaign team that saw the election of the states first Republican governor since Reconstruction. Tom served on the Governors executive staff before his appointment, at age 27, as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Urban and Community Affairs. Later, Tom entered private business in Baton Rouge but his roots in Riverside soon led him to reunite with, and soon after marry, his La Sierra High School sweetheart, the former Geri Diane Pepiot.
In 1987, the couple returned to Southern California when Tom was recruited to head up a state-wide business association. In 1994, Tom founded his own consulting firm, Hunt Public Relations, which serves the public affairs and strategic planning needs of Inland Empire-focused development interests. In March, 2007, Tom joined PSOMAS, a 65-year old civil engineering, planning, construction management and design firm, with offices throughout four western states and some 650 employees, as Vice President in the Inland Empire Offices.Tom remains active in local organizations including serving on the Board of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, KSGN radio station, Riverside Poly High School Girls Water Polo Boosters, and Riverside Educational Enrichment Foundation. Tom and his wife Geri have two daughters, Whitney and Taylore. Taylore is in Poly High School’s class of 2009 and Whitney graduated from Poly High School in the class of 2006.
Tom can be reached at 951-565-8006 or by email.
Patricia Lock-Dawson, member
Patricia Lock-Dawson, a Riverside native, was elected to the Board of Education in 2011. She has a long history of involvement in Riverside's schools as an active parent of three daughters who are enrolled in the high school, middle school, and elementary school levels.
Education has always been a priority to Patricia, who holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of California, Riverside, and a Master of Science degree in wildlife from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Patricia owns her own environmental consulting firm--PLD consulting -- and created the Santa Ana River Trail and Parkway Partnership, bringing together decision makers from Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties focused on completing a 100-mile recreational trail stretching from the mountains to the Pacific.
Patricia also is highly involved in community and government organizations. She has served as Chair of the Riverside City Planning Commission and is a gubernatorial appointee to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. She also has served as President of Inland Empire Chapter of California Women Lead, and has served on the Board of Directors of the California Water Education Foundation, the Riverside Land Conservancy, California Riverside Ballet and National Charity League.
She also was an appointee to the RUSD Budget Advisory Committee and a member of the Citizens Oversight Committee for Measure B and is active with the Raincross Group and several other community organizations.
Patricia and her husband, Scott, enjoy spending time with their daughters Clara, Olivia, and Martha Rose.