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Board of Directors

The current OMI Board consists of ten members. Each board member brings significant experience and a strong commitment to OMI.

The current members of the Board are:

William Bowen Chairman, Consultant
Major General David Baldwin The Adjutant General, State of California Military Department, California National Guard
Vice Admiral Jody Breckenridge US Coast Guard Vice Admiral, Retired
Buzz Breedlove, Secretary  Former Charter school Executive Director
David Clisham Principal, Clisham and Sorter, LLC
Brigadier General James Gabrielli California National Guard, Commander of the Youth and Community Programs Task Force
Arnold Grisham, Chairman Chairman President & CEO, Tri Valley Bank
Steve Samuels President, Design Visionaries
Baxter Rice, Vice Chairman Consultant
Joe Wire, Treasurer CFO, Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District


Board Biographies:

Arnold Grisham
Chairman, President and CEO of Tri-Valley Bank since 2011. President and Chief
Executive Officer and organizing founder of Alta Alliance Bank in Oakland, California
and Executive Vice President of its holding company, Western Alliance Bancorporation,
from 2006 to 2010; previously President and Chief Operating Officer of Civic Bank of
Commerce; from 1981 to 1999 held a series of management positions at Wells Fargo,
including Executive Vice President from 1994 to 1999; Board member of the Federal
Reserve Bank of San Francisco, 2008 to 2010.




William G. (Bill) Bowen


USAF Academy – Bachelor of Science (1966)
Georgetown University – MA (Political Science; 1967)

Military Experience

– Air Force Intelligence Officer – Vietnam (1967-1968); Defense Intelligence Agency – Washington, D.C. (1968-1970)
– Staff Officer – Office of the Secretary of Defense/International Security Affairs – (1970-1972)


Business Experience

–  Pabst Brewing Company, Milwaukee Wisconsin – VP Logistics; Information Systems; Strategy; Personnel. (1972-1985)
– Kraft Foods, Northbrook, Illinois – VP Logistics; Purchasing. (1985-1998)

Other Interests

– Glendale Wisconsin Board of Education (1974 – 1980)
– San Francisco Civil Grand Jury (Foreman, 2001-2002)
– SF Chapter, California Grand Jurors’ Association(2004-2011; President – 2004-2007)
– Presidio Golf Club (President, 2006)
– Sacramento Seminar – Member (1999-2011)
– Lincoln Club of Northern California (2010-2011)
– Oakland Military Institute College Preparatory Academy Board of Directors (2010-present)
– Weekly political blog at www.RightinSanFrancisco.com
–  Author of political thriller, The Target


–  Wife – Susan; Daughters Sarah and Julia; 5 Grandchildren


Major General David S. Baldwin, The Adjutant General, California Military Department

Major General David S. Baldwin was appointed as the 46th Adjutant General on 16 April 2011. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. recalled General Baldwin from his second deployment to Afghanistan, where he served as Deputy Commander of the 101st Airborne Division Tactical Command Post and Senior Mentor to the Commanding General of the 201st Afghan Army Corps, to assume command of the California National Guard. As the Adjutant General, he leads the largest, most tasked National Guard force in the United States, with an authorized strength of 23,000 personnel. He is responsible for the operation of the State Military Department, which consists of the California Army and Air National Guard, State Military Reserve, and California Youth Programs.

General Baldwin enlisted as a medic in the California Army National Guard in 1982. He was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) in 1984. His military assignments include Rifle Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Scout Platoon Leader. He commanded a rifle company that deployed to the Los Angeles Riots in 1992. He served as aide-de-camp for the Commander, California Army National Guard before being assigned as the Operations Officer and then Executive Officer of 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry. General Baldwin commanded that same battalion when it deployed troops to Kuwait in the fall of 2001 in support of Operation DESERT SPRING. Following his assignment as a student at the Army War College, General Baldwin deployed to Afghanistan where he served as the Civil-Military Operations Officer and then the Executive Officer of Combined Forces Command. In January 2007, General Baldwin assumed command of the 79th (previously 40th) Infantry Brigade Combat Team, California Army National Guard. General Baldwin’s full-time assignments on State Active Duty include Emergency Plans and Operations Officer, Legislative Liaison Officer, and Director, J3. From 2009 until he deployed in early 2010, General Baldwin served as the Chief of Staff of the California National Guard’s Joint Staff.


General Baldwin’s military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer’s Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. His civilian education includes a Baccalaureate of Science Degree in Medical Microbiology from Stanford University in 1985, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California in 1996, and a Master of Strategic Studies Degree from the United States Army War College in 2003.

General Baldwin’s military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Combat Action Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.





Vice Admiral Jody Breckenridge



 Vice Admiral Jody Breckenridge, US Coast Guard (RET) Vice Admiral Breckenridge retired in 2010 after 34 years of service in the US Coast Guard.  Her last assignment was Commander, Pacific Area with responsibility for all Coast Guard operations in the Pacific.  Since retirement, she consults and continues to serve others through membership on a number of boards/advisories including Vice Chair of San Francisco Fleet Week, Mission Readiness, Red Cross, Association for Rescue at Sea, Veterans Research Institute, Marines Memorial, and the Governor’s Military Council. In 2014, the Governor appointed her as Board of Directors Chair for the Water Emergency Transportation Authority.




Buzz Breedlove


 Mr. Breedlove is the former Executive Director of the John Muir Charter School where he directed an innovative statewide charter high school that provided high school services to 1,500 former dropouts in youth development programs, such as the California Conservation Corps. Under his leadership, Muir raised individual student performance an average of two grade levels per year through rigorous assessment and individualized classroom instruction. He collaborated closely with Muir's client agencies that provided students with jobs, vocational and life-skills training, and community service. Created and maintained a sophisticated and transparent budgeting process, which allowed Muir to enhance program offerings, maintain high teacher / student ratios, and sustain significant but prudent reserves despite statewide funding reductions. He formerly served in the California Conservation Corps (CCC), as the Assistant Director of Education and Program Evaluation (2001-2003). Improved education outcomes of participants in the Corps through precise tracking of individual corps member outcomes. Strengthened CCC partnership with John Muir Charter School by enhancing the ability of the CCC and school to evaluate each student's strengths and challenges, interests, and learning styles. Ensured CCC and high school programs responded to each student's needs. Prior to that, Mr. Breedlove served in the Legislative Analyst's Office as the Coordinator, Higher Education Unit. (1996-2001). Managed a staff of six in evaluating budgets and programs of California public higher education and student financial aid for the California State Legislature. Co-authored major studies of enrollment growth, year-round education, and remedial coursework in higher education. He also served in the California Research Bureau, as Assistant Director of Environment, Natural Resources, and Transportation Unit (1991-1996) and with the Senate Office of Research, as a Senior Consultant on Environmental and Resources Programs (1986-1991) where he provided non-partisan analyses to all members of the Senate. He has authored numerous analyzes of major environmental and natural-resource programs.



David P. Clisham



David P. Clisham has been an OMI Board member since 2009.  He received undergraduate and law degrees from the University of San Francisco and a Masters Degree in Education from San Francisco State University.  He is a former high school English teacher and counselor at Lincoln and Mission High Schools in San Francisco and has had an active law practice representing public employee unions in the Bay Area since 1981.









BG (CA) James L. Gabrielli 



BG Gabrielli was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in June 1977 after earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Sacramento.  He served 8 years active duty as a helicopter pilot and flight instructor for the Marine Corps before returning to Sacramento to join the California Army National Guard and continue his civilian education. BG Gabrielli is an experienced educator having served as both a middle school teacher and elementary school principal from 1985 to 2000 while simultaneously serving as a traditional guardsman. As a company grade officer with the California National Guard, BG Gabrielli’s assignments included tours as Aviation Maintenance Officer and Company Commander.   As a field grade officer, he served as Battalion Maintenance Officer, Battalion Executive Officer, Battalion Commander, Director Security, Plans and Operations, Director of Surface Maintenance and the Director of Information Management before retiring federally in August 2005.  BG Gabrielli was appointed on State Active Duty as the full-time Director of Youth Programs in March 2002.  In April 2011, BG Gabrielli was re-assigned as the Commander, Youth and Community Programs Task Force.  BG Gabrielli was promoted to his present rank on June 2, 2011.  He is married to the former Merri Lynne Hogan from Fairfield, California.  Together they have four children and three grandchildren.



Stephen Samuel


Stephen Samuel PE, Founder and President of Design Visionaries in San Jose, has over 22 years of experience in developing and using high-end CAD tools and mentoring its users. During a ten-year career at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, he implemented advanced CAD/CAM technology in a design and manufacturing environment. He has trained thousands of engineers in Unigraphics NX, written self-paced courses in UGNX Advanced Modeling and Best Practices, and performed design work for numerous Fortune 500 companies.








Baxter Rice



 Following service as the chief regulator for alcoholic beverages in California, Baxter Rice has been a consultant on such issues for the past thirty years.  Prior to that, he was an intelligence analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington DC and a trust administrator with a California bank. He is a product of Oakland parochial grammar schools, high school in San Francisco and undergraduate and graduate degrees from Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington. In addition to serving on the OMI Board, he has served on a number of non-profit boards, including PICO, a national network of congregation-based community organizations, Episcopal Senior Communities providing both market rate and affordable housing for seniors in northern California and Self-Help for the Elderly, a Chinese social services agency for low-income Chinese seniors in the bay area.





Joseph Wire



Mr. Wire has served for the past eleven years as the Chief Financial Officer and Auditor of the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, where he supervises financial operations for one of the world's largest transportation agencies.  Prior to that, he served in the White House Executive Office of the President Office of Management and Budget as a senior policy advisor from 1989-1997. Mr. Wire brings tremendous experience with the world of financial management and assists OMI with the development, implementation, and monitoring, of effective financial practices.







The Board has a strong record of leadership, stability, and fiscal responsibility. The academic success, strong and stable management, seven successive years of unqualified audits, and healthy fiscal reserves, are reflective of the leadership that will also guide the next five years of OMI. The Board is fully responsible for the operation and fiscal affairs of OMI including but not limited to:

1) Recruiting, hiring, and evaluating the Superintendent;

2) Financial and operational management of OMI;

3) Adoption of OMI’s annual financial budget;

4) Overseeing receipt of operating funds by the school in accordance with the terms and procedures of the Charter Schools Act;

5) Overseeing solicitation and receipt of grants and donations to OMI;

6) Developing and implementing Personnel policies and procedures and employee disciplinary matters;

7) Approval of hiring and dismissal recommendations made by the Superintendent;

8) Approval of contracts with outside entities or persons;

9) Financial audit oversight;

10) Relations with the chartering entity;

11) All matters related to charter approval, amendment, or revocation; and

12) Defend OMI from any adverse legal actions.

The Board may initiate and carry on any program or activity, or otherwise act in any manner which is neither in conflict with, nor inconsistent with, nor preempted by, any law and which is not in conflict with the purposes for which charter schools are established. The Board may execute any powers delegated to it by law and will discharge any duty imposed by law upon it and may delegate to any employee any of those duties. The Board, however, retains ultimate responsibility over the performance of those powers or duties so delegated. The Board will defend OMI from any adverse claims or legal actions.

The Board will address program concerns regarding the operation and improvement of OMI. The Board is the final policy-making authority for OMI. The Board will recommend programs, policies, and schedules designed to meet the evolving educational needs of OMI’s students, parents, and teachers. All Board meetings are held in accordance with the Brown Act and are open to the public and each agenda includes time for community input with regard to OMI. However, the Board reserves the right to meet in closed session and discuss items for which closed sessions are permitted under the Brown Act. Decisions made in closed session will be reported in open session at the conclusion of the closed session. The board meetings are held in compliance with the Bylaws.


To contact a member of our board, you may send correspondence to the following address: 3877 Lusk Street, Oakland, CA 94608 or you can send an individual email to them (email addresses are provided at the beginning of their bio).