NorCal Association Board & Directory

Northern California State Board of Directors

Association Director

Bruce Mackinlay – Email 

Association Assistant Director

Marilyn Tamura – Email 


Cinde Ayers – Email 


Wendy Thomas – Email 

Assistant Treasurer

OPEN – Email 

Membership Director

Cameran Haire – Email 

Communications Director

Kristen Friend – Email 

Team Director

Jessica Fusco – Email 

Volunteer Director

OPEN – Email 

Officials Director

Caroline Lebar – Email 

Events Director (Tournaments)

Isabel Gervis – Email 

Emeritus AD

Diedre Girod – Email 

State Problem Captains:

Problem 1

Nicholas Young – Email 

Problem 2

Cheri Meadows – Email 

Problem 3

Sunil Dhar – Email 

Problem 4

Jonathan Drogin – Email 

Problem 5

Kristen Friend – Email 

Score Captain

Paul Jacobs – Email 

Spontaneous Problem Captain

Cathy Parker – Email 

***Thank you to all these volunteers for helping make the program strong for the students of Northern California.***

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