Board of Directors
Christine Baker - Board President (acting)
Christine has an extensive background and a keen understanding of California workers’ compensation having worked with Labor and Management on the Governor’s reform of the California system. She has served as the Chief of the Division of Labor Statistics and Research, the Deputy Director for the Division of Workers’ Compensation, and as the Executive Officer of the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation from its inception in 1994 until April of 2011. Ms. Baker is ex-officio member of the State Fund Board of Directors as well as a member of the Self Insurance Security Fund. Ms. Baker holds a Master’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Education.
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S. Jamila Buckner - Vice President
S. Jamila Buckner joined the PBA Board in the late fall of 2015. She currently serves as the Vice President and the Recruitment Liaison for the day school. Jamila comes to the board with over 25 years of board experience in professional, community, and philanthropic organizations. She currently is a Director in the Human Resources Department of Saint Mary's College. She has one son enrolled in the PBA day school and one daughter in college. She enjoys enriching the lives of youth while working in the community. She is also an avid music lover and enjoys the repertoire of the Pacific Boychoir.
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Munis D. Faruqui - Academic Committee Chair
Munis is the father of Sivan (Class of 2018). He joined the Board in the Fall of 2015. Munis is a historian and Associate Professor in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley. In 2014, he was one of three recipients of UC Berkeley's most prestigious honor for teaching, the Distinguished Teaching Award. The award recognizes teaching that "incites intellectual curiosity in students, engages them thoroughly in the enterprise of learning, and has a lifelong impact." Munis also is the co-chair of two campus-wide initiatives: Berkeley Urdu Initiative and Berkeley Pakistan Initiative. He brings both teaching and administrative experience to his role on the PBA Board.
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Bruce Kerns - Treasurer
Bruce Kerns became a big PBA fan when his son David joined the school in 2007. David attended the Athenian School for high school, and is now a senior at UCLA. Bruce assisted PBA parents with tour travel arrangements for several years and took videos of many PBA concerts in Italy, China, Argentina and Spain. He has extensive management and sales experience in technology and manufacturing industries across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and is currently a business development executive for KPMG in Silicon Valley.
Rick Nelson - Secretary
Rick Nelson has spent many years working in the Bay Area software industry. He has been involved with PBA since his son (PBA Class of 2009), now in college, joined the choir at the age of 7. He is a former board president and vice president and is currently the board secretary.
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Suzanne Reinfranck - Board Officer
Suzanne is a business and administrative professional focused on delivering exceptional and accountable leadership. She is a Project Manager with the State of California. Suzanne is passionate about music and education and has served on youth chorus and elementary school boards as Vice President and V.P. Volunteer Coordinator. She earned a Master’s in Teaching degree and has experience in curriculum design and school management.
Suzanne is a choral singer and has sung and toured with Bay Area choirs. Her son is a graduate of the Pacific Boychoir Academy day school and currently sings with the high school Changed Voices. Suzanne enjoys community building and has been involved with PBA for over eight years in various volunteer roles. She looks forward to assisting the Board carry out the Pacific Boychoir Academy’s mission and maintain the high level of excellence the organization has created.
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Marcia Roy - PBA Founder and Artistic Program Manager
Ms. Roy is a founding member of Pacific Boychoir Academy. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Music from California State University, Hayward, and has been the organist at Montclair Presbyterian Church in Oakland for over 20 years. Formerly, Ms. Roy served as choral conductor at Holy Names High School in Oakland and the San Francisco Girls Chorus. She has worked with professional boychoirs in the Bay Area for the past 25 years. Ms. Roy serves as school music instructor, assistant director of the Intermezzi group, vocal coach, and accompanist, and is also the Music LIbrarian for the PBA's 500+ titles.
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