General email for Volunteering For Oakland

Contact@volforoak.org

General email for Dictionary Day

AdeleG@volforoak.org

Board Members

Kathleen Livermore, AICP

Kathleen Livermore, AICP

President

KathyL@volforoak.org

I am a semi-retired city planner, specializing in sustainable and transit-oriented development. A native of California, I moved from my home town of Altadena and have lived in Oakland since 1987. I met Volunteering for Oakland board members while volunteering on the 2011 President Obama re-election campaign and later while promoting the Affordable Care Act. I joined the board of Volunteering for Oakland in early 2015 and have enjoyed participating in the Annual Volunteer Fair and various Dictionary Day events. The Dictionary Day events, where we give dictionaries to third graders in Oakland schools, have been extremely rewarding and have re-ignited my love for tutoring children.

Adele Grunberg

Adele Grunberg

Dictionary Day Director

AdeleG@volforoak.org

Why am I in VFO? Having volunteered for the Obama Campaign in 2006 through the election in 2008, I was motivated by Obama’s example to do community service. I am originally from NYC and have lived in California since 1971. I have lived in Oakland since 1975 and enjoy being involved in activities that help the local public schools. I attended law school and graduate school in psychology in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have worked as a trial lawyer, as an Administrative Law Judge and as a Mediator.

Vicky Friedman

Vicky Friedman

Secretary

VickyF@volforoak.org

Vicky is a native of Oakland. She headed VFO-affiliated Greening Oakland Homes (GOH) from 2010-12, speaking at workshops co-sponsored by GOH, the City of Oakland and PG&E. She helped organize ACA Enrollment workshops in 2013-14 and has been a Dictionary Day volunteer since 2014. Vicky also volunteers for the Bay Area non-profit Students Rising Above.

Carl E. Holland

Carl E. Holland

Past President, Treasurer

CarlH@volforoak.org

I am originally from Chicago, Ill., moving to California in my high school Sr. year. Upon completing high school in Pasadena, Ca, I served in the U.S. Navy through the late 1960’s. After military service I graduated from the University of Michigan Business School, now known as the Ross School. I enjoyed a broad and rewarding career in the energy industry, as well as being a small business owner and a financial advisor. I have lived in Oakland for over thirty years. My wife and I reared two fine young men, influenced cousins, nieces and nephews, and hopefully inspired other young adults through employment.

Robin Chetkowski

Robin Chetkowski

Board Member

RobinC@volforoak.org

Robin was born in New York, but has spent most of her adult life in Los Angeles, Connecticut, and the Bay Area. For 32 years she taught special education at all grade levels in public and private schools. She wrote special ed curriculum and taught cooperative learning to adult educators. Robin loves Dictionary Day because it brings her back to working directly with children who exude enthusiasm and the joy of new discoveries. Robin’s volunteer activities include work at the Alameda County Food Bank and counseling at a suicide prevention hotline.