The Carmel High School Foundation’s Board of Directors brings a seasoned, well-rounded portfolio of expertise, from a variety of professional backgrounds.
Board of Directors
Marvin Biasotti, Board President
Now retired, Marvin 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 as President of the Carmel High School Foundation Board, bringing decades of administrative experience to continue to help students who are the future of our community.
Lisa Barnett, Board Treasurer
Lisa 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.
Dale DePalatis, Board Secretary and Chair, Scholarship Committee
Dale DePalatis has been teaching English at Carmel High School for the past 23 years, and also serves as Board Secretary and Chair of the CHS Scholarship 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.
Kate Gallaway, Director and Chair, Ron Stoney Educational Pathways Program
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. Gallaway 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.
Patricia Hunt, Director
As the Coordinator for the College & Career Center at Carmel High School, Patricia 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.
Mike Kelly, Director
Mike Kelly, a Carmel native, attended Carmelo Elementary, Carmel Middle School and graduated from Carmel High School in 1984. Kelly attended UC Berkeley where he played baseball for the Golden Bears. Upon graduation from Cal, he returned to Carmel and established his own local insurance company, Michael B. Kelly Insurance Services. Kelly is active in his company and the Carmel business community. Kelly has also been an active coach in the community for youth sports and at Carmel High School. He coached football at CHS from 1989 to 1996 and baseball from 1990 to 2007. Kelly returned to coaching baseball at the high school in 2018 and was named the Head Varsity Baseball Coach in 2019. He and his wife Nicole, also a Carmel High School alumnus ’84, live in Carmel with their three children.
Graeme A. Robertson, Director
Graeme A. Robertson immigrated to Carmel-by-the-Sea in 1965 from Edinburgh, Scotland. He attended Carmel River School, Carmel Middle School and graduated from Carmel High School in 1977. Robertson graduated from San Diego State University in 1982 where he earned a degree in Business Management and played on the tennis team. He has served as President of the Carmel-by-the-Sea Rotary Club along with serving on the Boards of the Carmel Chamber of Commerce, Carmel Public Library Foundation, Church in the Forest, MEarth, Carmel Youth Center, Monterey Peninsula Rotary Fund and the Carmel-by-the-Sea Business District Advisory Committee. He lives in Carmel-by-the-Sea with his wife, Christine Robertson. They have two grown children: Andrew, a United States Marine and his wife Morgan who currently are stationed in Okinawa, Japan, and Austin, currently living in Carmel. Robertson is a Client Associate with Merrill Lynch in Carmel.
Scott Wilsdon, Director
Scott Wilsdon grew up in Carmel and attended public local schools, graduating from Carmel High School in 1978. Scott left the Monterey Peninsula after graduating, first to attend college at Stanford (’82) and, later, law school at UC Hastings (’88) in San Francisco. In between, Scott worked for Leon Panetta in Washington, D.C. After briefly practicing law in San Francisco, Scott moved to Seattle, where he founded a law firm specializing in intellectual property litigation. Scott and his wife Michelle Rico (CHS ’77) returned to Carmel in 2017. That move coincided with the departure for college of the youngest of their five children. Though mindful of the old saw “you can’t go home” because the place you return to won’t be the same as you remember it, highlights of Scott’s return include rekindling friendships from CHS and, happily, living next door to CHS swim and water polo coach Jim Agan. Scott currently practices law in Seattle and Carmel. He looks forward to giving back to a community that gave him so much.
Carola Macbeth Barton, Member Emeritus
Carola Barton served on the board for 3 years as the Managing Director of the Foundation and currently sits on the Emeritus 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.
Diane Lewis Hanger, Member Emeritus
Diane Hanger is a retired Silicon Valley desktop publishing business owner. Carmel-born, Hanger attended Carmel schools from K-12, graduating from Carmel High School in 1951. She received an AA from Monterey Peninsula College in 1953. Hanger then engaged in fourteen years of private music study (piano). She gave piano instruction from 1967 – 1980. Hanger has lived abroad in a variety of places including Melbourne, Australia and Caracas, Venezuela, and speaks fluent Spanish. Hanger's volunteer affiliations include: the CHS Scholarship Committee (2001-2016), 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. Hanger is the author of Eve’s Rib, Eve’s Family, Carmel’s Heroes, and ten cookbooks.
Donna Krasnow, Member Emeritus
Donna Krasnow taught at Carmel High from 1987 until her retirement in 2004. She taught a variety of social studies classes, served as department chair, was a member of the Carmel High School Scholarship Committee and supported the development of the Carmel High School Foundation. She now lives in Portland, Oregon to be close to her grandsons, the joy of her life, and has used retirement to see much of the world.
Ronald J. Stoney, M.D., Member Emeritus
Ron Stoney is the Founder of the Carmel High School Foundation and served as its Chairman for fifteen years. Dr. Stoney is a retired vascular surgeon and Emeritus Professor of Surgery at University of California San Francisco (UCSF). 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. Dr. Stoney 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 trustee for the Myelin Repair Foundation, a health advocacy advisor and a long time member of the CHS Scholarship Committee. Dr. Stoney has a passion for education, and for supporting our local youth through providing academic opportunities that may otherwise not be available to all students.
Jean Stivers has served as a Director on the CHSF Board since 2017. She is also a former Assistant US Attorney for the Central District of CA, and former associate at Latham and Watkins. She is involved with several local 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 tennis team, followed by her JD from SMU Law School. She and her husband David reside in Pebble Beach and have four children.
Ivy Hunt, 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 Texas Discovery Gardens. Ivy is tasked with helping us connect with Alumni and donors via social media and our newsletter.