RUSD Board of Education
Mrs. Kathy Y. Allavie, President
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 Riverside's 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 and an Outstanding Leader of Riverside by the Raincross Group.
Mrs. Allavie is a big believer in the fine arts, and supports music, art and theater in the community and in the schools, and has created such arts fundraisers as GHOSTWALK Riverside and the Giant Orange Project, to name just a few. She loves Riverside history, and supports the Mission Inn Foundation, the Fox Theater Foundation and the Evergreen Memorial Historic Cemetery. She believes that good Riverside schools are the foundation for our success as a city.
Mr. Tom Hunt, Vice President
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. As the grandson of a Louisiana sharecropper, Tom was the first member of his family to obtain a college degree. (He notes, however, that older sister, Lindajoy, returned and now has two Master's degrees focused on education). While college was the course for him, his wife and their daughters, Tom believes that our RUSD K-12 program must now tailor itself to meet the varied college & career preparatory opportunities that our RUSD students have to select from in a varied and modern global economy. He believes that “one size does not fit all.“
Following the focus of his college studies, Tom relocated to Louisiana where he joined a campaign team that saw the election of the state’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction; David Treen. Tom served on the Governor’s 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, yet his roots in Riverside soon led him to reunite with, and soon after marry, his La Sierra High School sweetheart, the former Geri Pepiot. In 1987, the couple returned to Southern California when Tom was recruited to head up a state-wide energy producers association. In 1994, Tom founded his own consulting firm, Hunt Public Relations (HPR), which serves the government relations/public affairs, and strategic planning needs of Inland Empire-focused land development interests.
Entering his 7th year as an RUSD Trustee,Tom has advocated for District compliance with the California Voter’s Rights Act, increased accountability by the Board by live streaming (and eventually televising) of Board of Trustee meetings, improved athletic facilities at all of our high school campuses, and the establishment of District of Choice programs such as the Riverside STEM Academy and Dual-Language Immersion. With the State offering “Local Control”, Tom contends that since the 1960’s era of desegregation there is no more exciting time to be involved with the reshaping of our local schools system than there is presently.
Tom and Geri have two daughters, Whitney and Taylore. Both are Riverside Poly High graduates (’06 & ’09 ). Whitney is a graduate of San Francisco State University and now works for Calvin Klein. Taylore earned her BA at the University of Arizona (’13) and is currently undertaking her Master's at the University of Westminster, London, as recipient of the International Rotary Scholarship .
Tom can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 951-788-7135, ext. 80417.
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Brent Lee, a lifelong resident of Riverside and proud graduate of the Riverside Unified School District, was elected to the Board of Education in 2013. A student at Washington, Gage and graduate of Poly High School (1999), Brent earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations (BA) with a minor in Spanish from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree in management (MBA) from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Riverside.
As real estate broker and the co-owner of Windermere Tower Properties, Brent knows that the education provided by our local schools is the foundation for good quality of life for all residents.Brent’s firm helped usher a partnership between RUSD and Realtors with the At Home in Riverside program which informed fellow Realtors of our amazing schools, the programs offered, and the teachers inspiring our students. Brent believes that a strong educational foundation can be the nexus for stronger neighborhoods, economic development and greater prosperity for our region.
Brent is a seasoned community leader with a commitment to service. Brent is the co-founder and past president of the Pick Group, the leading young professionals organization in Inland Southern California. He is a graduate of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Leadership Riverside program and has served on the City of Riverside’s Charter Review Committee, the Parking,Traffic and Streets Commission, International Relations Council, YWCA Board of Directors, and the Riverside International Film Festival Committee.
Brent currently serves on the Riverside Medical Clinic’s Charitable Foundation Board, Pick Group Executive Board, CBU Dean’s Executive Council, College of Allied Health and Board of Visitors, and the Historic Evergreen Memorial Cemetery Board of Directors. Brent married his wife Ana in 2008 and they have three children.
Mrs. Gayle Cloud, Member
Gayle Cloud has been involved in education at the state and local levels for over fifteen years. She has a bachelor's degree 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 at email@example.com or by phone at 951-788-7135, ext. 80417.
Mrs. 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.