MSD Governing Board
(L-R) - Kristin Kraetsch, Martha White, Janelle Chng, Richard Severy, Larry Jacobs
Janelle Chng - Board President - Term Expires December 2024
Janelle is in her second term on the Board, after first starting her service in May 2019. Education has always been a passion for her, starting with her own educational experience where she was inspired by many amazing educators and administrators. She has spent over a decade volunteering in the Moraga School District, including on the LP PTA Executive Board from 2014 to 2019. During her time there she was involved in a wide variety of activities including organizing Room Parents, creating the LP yearbook, chairing the LP Science Fair, serving as Communications Chair, and finally culminating her service as PTA President for two years. In addition, she has served on the Committee for Measure V in 2016, chaired the community canvassing efforts for Measure M in 2020 and served on the MEF Communications Committee.
Janelle grew up in Minnesota, where she received her undergrad, and later moved to Arizona and completed her MBA at the University of Arizona. She works in Finance at Saint Mary's College of California. Janelle and her husband David have lived with their children in Moraga since 2011. Their two children both attended LP and are currently students at JM and Campolindo. In her spare time, she loves a good podcast, enjoys cooking, and is an avid gardener. She and her family are also actively involved in volunteering with ALS Golden West to continue the work to support current patients, advocate, and support research to find a cure for ALS.
Martha White - Board Vice President - Term Expires December 2026
Martha was elected to the Moraga School Board in November 2022. She grew up in Orinda and attended Orinda schools, including Miramonte High School. She has a B.A. in Political Science from UC Davis.
Martha has been an active volunteer in the Moraga Schools since her son started in kindergarten at Los Perales Elementary. For the last 12 years, Martha has worked in the educational field, first as the assistant secretary at Camino Pablo Elementary and currently managing the Biology, Chemistry, EES, and Biochemistry departments at Saint Mary’s College of California. She is passionate about equal education for all and special education at all levels of learning.
She and her husband Michael have lived in Moraga since 2002 with their 4 children who have all attended Moraga schools, Los Perales, Joaquin Moraga, and Campolindo High School.
Kristin Kraetsch - Board Member - Term Expires December 2026
Kristin is a labor and employment attorney working at a San Francisco-based company. She came to California after graduating from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where she met her husband, Neil. Originally from southeastern Massachusetts, California's sunny shores summoned her to leave behind the snowy winters and she loves living in the semi-rural Moraga community. Kristin and Neil have two boys, ages 7 and 4. Their older son attends Los Perales Elementary School, where Kristin is active in the PTA; their younger son will begin kindergarten in 2024. Kristin also enjoys engaging in various pro bono activities in her legal capacity, where she has served as a board member for San Francisco Suicide Prevention Agency, and represented clients in domestic relations cases and youth seeking refuge in the U.S. under federal immigration law.
Richard Severy - Board Member - Term Expires December 2024
Richard Severy has been a member of the Moraga Governing Board since 2016. He has volunteered on parcel tax and bond campaigns, serving as co-chair of Moraga’s successful Measure V bond campaign in 2016 which resulted in essential upgrades and modernization projects in Moraga schools.
Richard has served on the Delegate Assembly of the California School Boards Association since 2018, representing school districts in Contra Costa County. He has also been a member of CSBA’s Legislative Committee and represents Moraga on the Contra Costa County School Boards Association.
Richard is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Catholic University Law School. He had a lengthy career in telecommunications regulation and policy as an attorney with the federal government, in private law practice, and with two major telecom companies.
His volunteer activities include leadership positions in industry trade associations and his neighborhood homeowners’ association, coaching youth sports, and representing individuals seeking asylum in the United States. He and his family moved to Moraga in 1990, where his two children attended our local schools.
Larry Jacobs - Board Member - Term Expires December 2026
Larry has worked in residential real estate sales for the last 18 years in Lamorinda and the previous 12 years in industrial operations management in Oakland and Berkeley. Larry was born in Moraga and is a product of the Moraga School system, where he attended all 13 years of schooling. He has a BA in biology/ecology from UC Berkeley and an MBA from St. Mary’s College.
He has deep ties to the community. He currently serves as president of the Contra Costa JCC and is a member of the Moraga Valley Kiwanis. He is a past board member of the industrial arts educational organization the Crucible in West Oakland, and past board VP of the Sanders Ranch HOA.
Larry was appointed to the Moraga School Board in November 2020 and was elected in 2022. Prior to joining the board Larry, had served as the chair of the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee from 2017-2020, the "Yes on Measure V Committee," the Camino Pablo and Joaquin Moraga School Site Councils, the MSD Coordinating Council, The Campolindo School Advisory Council, and was the parliamentarian and legislative rep for the JM PTA.
He and his Wife Alexia have lived in Moraga since 2003 with their two children who both attended Camino Pablo, Joaquin Moraga Intermediate, and Campolindo High School.