The Carmel High School Foundation’s Board of Directors brings a seasoned, well-rounded portfolio of expertise, from a variety of professional backgrounds.
Carola serves as Managing Director of the Foundation and is a member of the Board. She has worked in the non-profit sector in numerous capacities, including as Director of Commitments for the Clinton Global Initiative in Asia, working with philanthropists and business leaders to identify projects for support, Executive Director for the Global Institute for Tomorrow, providing training for emerging leaders in Hong Kong, and Vice President of Saga Foundation. She has been key in business development for a non-profit television station, two medical research organizations, and consulted for a variety of other domestic and international organizations. She has also worked with philanthropists on strategies for social change.
Carola had a 16-year career in wealth management with Morgan Stanley, providing advisory services to institutions and individuals. She earned a B.A. and M.S. in Psychology from San Jose State University. She currently serves as Trustee for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, and also advises organizations focused on rural health care in Africa, as well as international development projects for women. She is passionate about student empowerment through education.
Ivy, a Carmel High School alumni, serves as our Marketing
Assistant. Ivy holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource
Management from Colorado State University, Fort Collins and is
currently the lead educator at the Dallas Discovery Gardens. Ivy is
tasked with helping us connect with Alumni and donors via social
media and our newsletter.
Board of Directors
Now retired, Biasotti was the Superintendent for the Carmel Unified School District for 15 years. During his tenure, he oversaw major district-wide renovations, including: a new library, science wing, performing arts center for Carmel High School; a classroom at the MEarth Hilton Bialek Habitat at Carmel Middle School, and several other projects that revitalized schools throughout the district.
Biasotti now serves the Carmel High School Foundation Board, bringing decades of administrative experience to continue to help students who are the future of our community.
Jean Stivers, Board Vice President
Jean Stivers is a former Assistant US Attorney for the Central District of CA, and former associate at Latham and Watkins. She is involved with several boards, including the Gen Giammanco Foundation, the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, and the Carmel Public Library Foundation. Stivers also served as Attorney Coach for the Carmel High School Mock Trial team. Stivers has worked in operational and fundraising capacities for a variety of local youth organizations. Raised in Seattle, Washington, Stivers received her BA in Political Science and Rhetoric from Occidental College, where she competed on the National Championship team, followed by her JD from SMU Law School. She her husband David reside in Pebble Beach and have four children.
Kristin DeMaria is an attorney practicing in Monterey as an equity partner at the firm of Hudson Martin Ferrante Street Witten & DeMaria PC, devoted to business and real estate issues. Born and raised in Carmel Valley, she obtained her BA in Law & Society and Philosophy from the University of California at Santa Barbara. DeMaria graduated from Monterey College of Law in 2004 and worked as a Real Estate Broker in Carmel during and after law school. She has been a Board member and past Community Vice President of the Junior League of Monterey County and a Board member of the Monterey County Women Lawyer Association. She lives in Carmel Valley with her husband and their son.
Barnett graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Accounting, and worked for Ernst & Young prior to moving to Carmel Valley, where she worked for Fresh Choice Produce as Director of Strategic Planning and Analysis. She then joined River Ranch Fresh Foods as Corporate Controller, before joining Fresh Network as Controller. Barnett was also a partner at Pessagno Winery. She has served the Board of the National Charity League, with volunteer work including the American Cancer Society, (organizing a team for Relay for Life); Art Docent, Proctor for extracurricular math class, and Board member of Carmel High Athletic Boosters. She enjoys competitive tennis, and other outdoor activities with her husband and their six children.
DePalatis has been teaching English at Carmel High School for the past 23 years, and also serves as Chair of the CHS Scholarship and Educational Opportunities Committee. He loves students and is committed to doing everything he can to help them develop healthy lives. Part of that is doing anything possible to encourage the development of the Carmel High School Foundation, in order to increase the quantity and dollar amount of college scholarships.
Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, DePalatis received a B.A. in English and Italian Literature and an M.A. in English Literature from Stanford University. He has a passion for languages, literature and culture, and has lived and studied in Italy, Japan, and China.
As the Coordinator for the College & Career Center at Carmel High School, Hunt works with hundreds of students and their parents, helping them to navigate the path to higher education and bring as many scholarship opportunities to our students as possible. As a mother of two college graduates, she understands first-hand the stress associated with college applications and admissions. Helping families defer the rising cost of higher education is a challenge Hunt takes very seriously. She also co-chairs three successful fundraisers: the Super Bowl Raffle, Family Day for Charity, and the Empty Bowls Project. Hunt enjoys hiking, horseback riding, knitting, and spending time with her husband and two daughters. Hunt received a BA from UC Santa Barbara, and has served as the coordinator for the College & Career Center at CHS since 2010. In addition, she is the past president of CHS Padre Parents and a CHS/CMS School Site Council member.
Sharon Tucker is a licensed mortgage loan consultant and Certified Senior Advisor, with Pacific Home Lending. Tucker also serves as Program Manager for the Harry Singer Foundation, helping to launch educational programs. She also runs a business called Writer’s Mark, assisting nonprofits with more effective marketing. Tucker is also a published author, with two books available on www.amazon.com. In addition, she serves on several boards: the Carmel High School Foundation; Monterey Women’s Council of Realtors, Daughters of the American Revolution, Commodore Sloat Chapter, Central Coast Writers and Harry Singer Foundation. She helped launch the Cornerstone Campaign for the restoration of the San Carlos Cathedral, an historic national landmark. Her efforts helped raise over $80,000, with project completion in January 2009.
Tess Arthur, Director
Tess Arthur is originally from Carmichael, CA and is one of nine children. She attended private schools from 1st-12th grade, earning a degree in Journalism and Philosophy from CSU, Chico. Upon college graduation, she moved to the Monterey Peninsula where she landed a job in the Golf Division of the Pebble Beach Company. It was there that she met her husband, with whom she has two children. Arthur works as a Special Ed Aide for Tularcitos Elementary School in Carmel Valley. She spearheaded the Operation Padre campaign, which raised over $650,000 for the Carmel Unified School District. This helped subsidize the build-out of a multi-sports facility for the students of CHS. Arthur is excited to be part of the Carmel High School Foundation, continuing to make a difference in the lives of our students.
Kate Gallaway, a Monterey Peninsula native, has strong background in serving our community. Involved with the PTA at Carmel River School, she is also a founding member of the Monterey Tribe Lacrosse Club, where she served on the Board for four years. Gallaway began her career in education as a third-grade teacher, with a desire to help struggling students. She was the Math Coach for Carmel Unified School District for eight years. Today, she serves in the same capacity for Pacific Grove Unified School District. Kate received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California Los Angeles, her teaching credential from Chapman University, and a master’s degree from San Francisco State University. She is also a published author of four resource books for teachers on differentiated instruction. Gallaway lives in Carmel with her husband and two sons.
Ronald J. Stoney, M.D., Founder Emeritus
A retired vascular surgeon and Emeritus Professor of Surgery at University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Ron serves as the Board Chair for the Carmel High School Foundation. He is a graduate of CHS, class of 1951, attended Santa Clara University with a B.S. in biology in 1955, and received his M.D. from the University of California San Francisco in 1959. Ron is the Trustee and co-founder of Pacific Vascular Research Foundation, an organization dedicated to preventing death and disability from vascular diseases. He is a member of the CHS Scholarship Committee, a trustee for the Myelin Repair Foundation, and a health advocacy advisor. Ron has a passion for education, and for supporting our local youth through providing academic opportunities that may otherwise not be available to all students.
Diane Lewis Hanger, Member Emeritus
Diane is a retired Silicon Valley desktop publishing business owner. Carmel-born, Diane attended Carmel schools from K-12, graduating from Carmel High School in 1951. She received an AA from Monterey Peninsula College in 1953. Diane then engaged in fourteen years of private music study (piano). She gave piano instruction from 1967 – 1980. Diane has lived abroad in a variety of places including Melbourne, Australia and Caracas, Venezuela, and speaks fluent Spanish.
Diane's volunteer affiliations include: the CHS Scholarship Committee (2001-present), and Auke Bay Elementary School, Juneau, Alaska (1968-73). She was also involved in the development of the new library, where she selected and purchased initial book titles for the Juneau/Douglas (Alaska) Arts & Humanities Council. There, she served as President from 1975-76, and Secretary from 1973-75. Diane is the author of Eve’s Rib, Eve’s Family, Carmel’s Heroes, and ten cookbooks.