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David Darlington Joins LVEF Board

The Livermore Valley Education Foundation (LVEF) has added David Darlington to its Board of Directors.

Darlington has been extremely active in community and civic affairs since moving to Livermore in 1984. He served eight years on the City of Livermore’s Environment and Energy Committee, one year on the General Plan Update Committee, and two terms on the City Council’s Growth Review Board. For 17 years he provided environmental education services to Livermore public and private schools.

He presently serves as the Livermore School District’s Conservation Consultant. He has volunteered with the Boy Scouts for 15 years, including serving as Eagle Scout Advisor. His two sons attended Rancho Las Positas Elementary School.

Darlington says he is passionate about the importance of education and looks forward to serving on the LVEF Board to put that passion to work. “Education is the bedrock of civilization,” says Darlington. ” All great strides in human endeavor begin with education.”

Other LVEF Board members are Founder Bill Dunlop, Sally Dunlop, Treasurer Sally Esser, Dave Haberman, Karen Hutchinson, President David Jonas, Jamie Mason, Joe Romagna, Past President Vicki Schellenberger, Secretary Charity Shehtanian, and Jon Williams.Darlington

Wente Foundation Donates $8,334 to LVEF


The Wente Foundation for Arts Education (WFAE) has just announced a $8,334 donation to LVEF, with the funds to be allocated to the digital arts education programs at Granada and Livermore High Schools. The funds were raised at the 2015 Livermore Valley Wine Auction.

Thank you WFAE for your generosity and for all of the great work that you do in the community. To learn more about WFAE click here.

LVEF, Rotary Award Education Mini-Grants

In partnership with the Noon Livermore Rotary Club, LVEF is delighted to award the following education mini-grants (recipient teacher’s name in parentheses):

Head set microphones – Christensen School (Lydia Oey)

Air Rocket Kit – Jackson Avenue School (Terry Greenaway)

Review Books for Calculus Camp – Livermore High School (Susan Johnston)

Caldecott Award Winning Books – Marilyn Avenue School (Marfel Kusko)

Digital camera, printer, ink, paper – Joe Michell School (Kate Malson)

Ipad, cover, Apple TV for science & math – Jackson Avenue School (Viki Yearby)

Sand volleyball courts – Granada High School (Douglas Harwood)

Drum Stands – Livermore High School Band Booster (Charity Sehtanian, parent)

Pro Type Football Helmets – Livermore High School (Roger Ogee)

Camera, mats, tape, photo developing – Marilyn Avenue School (Sharon Abri)

Thank you Rotary for partnering with LVEF on this fantastic program!

Rotary & LVEF Announce Funding Partnership

The Morning Rotary Club of Livermore Valley and the Livermore Valley Education Foundation (LVEF) have joined forces on a new grants program for Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) schools.

The program will provide grants of up to $1,000 for qualified school projects. The Morning Rotary Club & LVEF will contribute equally towards each funded project. The intent of the program is to provide supplemental funding for  initiatives that fall outside LVJUSD funding channels.

Rotary has a rich tradition of supporting public schools. “Rotarians believe deeply in the importance of education for the entire community,” says Morning Rotary Club President Charles Crohare. “We look forward to partnering with LVEF to enhance and enrich our children’s educational opportunities.”

LVEF President David Jonas welcomes the collaboration with Rotary. “Teaming with Rotary will allow LVEF to expand the scale of our mission to achieve Straight A’s for Academics, Arts, and Athletics in Livermore,” says Jonas. “Our administrators and teachers have so many great ideas, and we want to do our part to reward innovation and out-of-the-box thinking.”

For more information about the grants program visit

LVEF Adds Four to Board of Directors

The Livermore Valley Education Foundation (LVEF) has elected four new members to its Board of Directors: Karen Hutchinson, Jamie Mason, Joe Romagna, and Charity Shehtanian.

Hutchinson joined LVEF because “I believe that a great public school experience should be provided for every student, and that education is the gateway to opportunity. I value the programs that LVEF supports, and am excited to be a part of an organization that helps the students of Livermore achieve a quality education.” Hutchinson is a Senior Manager at Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Mason’s family moved to Livermore almost 30 years ago. “Livermore has been the perfect place to raise our family. All of our children attended Livermore schools and participated in many after-school activities.  Keeping students active and engaged is paramount to a healthy community and I feel it is best served by giving my time to LVEF.” Mason works for the Livermore School District Payroll Department.

Romagna “joined the Board as my children are students at Arroyo Seco Elementary School, and I wanted to take a more active role in helping to generate additional resources to support their learning and the learning of all students in Livermore.” Romagna is Principal at John Green Elementary School in Dublin.

Shehtanian joined the Board to “help fundraise, and be part of the decision making process on how funds are disbursed to support many valuable but underfunded programs in our school district.” Shehtanian is a Loan Officer with Cal Coast Financial Corp.

The new Board members join Bill Dunlop, Sally Dunlop, Sally Esser, Dave Haberman, David Jonas, Vicki Schellenberger, and Jon Williams.

LVEF is a non-profit 501C3 organization staffed entirely by volunteers. Since its inception in 1991, LVEF has raised over $3.8 million for Livermore schools through individual and corporate donations. LVEF supports a broad spectrum of school programs, reflecting the Foundation’s mission to promote Straight A’s in Academics, Arts, and Athletics. For more information visit