Officers of the Board

Karen PellKaren Pell

Karen Pell is the President of Pell Development Company in San Rafael. The company is a family-owned real estate development company founded more than 40 years ago. It owns and operates real estate in Marin, San Francisco, and the East Bay. Karen is responsible for all day-to-day operations including leasing, financial performance, staffing, and future development opportunities. Karen received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UC Berkeley and her Master’s in Business Administration from San Francisco State University. She has been active on several non-profit boards, most recently at Jewish Family and Children’s Services in San Francisco. Karen was raised and has lived and worked in the Bay Area all of her life. She resides in Kentfield with her partner, Heather, and their two daughters.

Bruce BradenBruce Braden

Vice Chair
Bruce Braden holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and a Master’s in Business Administration, with an emphasis in tax, from Golden Gate University, whose graduate school in taxation is now named the Bruce F. Braden School of Taxation. Bruce has been a successful in the oil and gas industry for more than 25 years with most of his professional experience in natural gas exploration. He currently serves as the President of 1849 Energy Partners, LLC. He was also the founder of Pinnacle Technologies, an engineering service, consulting, and software firm specializing in the optimization of hydraulic fracturing and diagnostics, and of F2 Oilfield Services. Bruce has been a majority owner of six separate exploration or energy-related businesses, with four producing substantial returns for investors. Bruce is also the co-founder of the Braden Diabetes Center with Dr. Linda Gaudiani. Opened in late 2013, the Braden Diabetes Center offers a comprehensive diabetes care and educational program that includes preventive strategies and self-management. Bruce resides in Kentfield with his wife, Cindy.

Sharon EarlySharon Early

Sharon Early has lived in Marin County since 1962. She is a graduate of Redwood High School (1965) and the University of Colorado, Boulder (1969). Sharon was an “Intelligence Analyst” for the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC after graduating college, and returned to the Bay Area in 1972 where she began a 17 year career at Wells Fargo in the Corporate Bank. She left banking in 1989 and one year later began a 21 year career with the Kentfield School District where she served as a classroom instructional assistant to students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Sharon’s volunteer experience includes Marin General Hospital “Pink Lady”; Marin Council of the Boy Scouts of America; BSA Troop 59, Kentfield; Ross Valley Little League Board; Kentfield School District PTA Treasurer; Kentfield School District room parent; Immaculate Conception Academy, SF - Board Member; Guide Dogs for the Blind – Veterinarian Clinic; MarinHealth Hospital Foundation Board; and 1st grade instructional assistant at Bahia Vista Elementary School in San Rafael. Sharon was widowed in 2002. She and John have one son, Michael, who currently resides in Angola, Africa (Chevron) with his wife, Linnsey, and Sharon’s three grandchildren. She also has two step-sons, Jay (wife – Helen) who lives in Naples, Florida, and Patrick, a resident of Los Angeles.

Mike StoneMike Stone

Mike Stone heads Mollie Stone’s Markets, a California company that owns and operates nine grocery stores in Northern California. He was born in Los Angeles in 1953 and was raised in Southern California. He attended California State University, Northridge, graduating with a degree in accounting. He pursued his master’s in finance at Golden Gate University. Mike is a former board member of The National Grocers Association and currently serves on the boards of the Food Marketing Institute of Independent Operators and the Food Marketing Institute in addition to MarinHealth Hospital Foundation. Mike resides in San Rafael with his wife, Sharon. They have two sons, Elliott and Aaron.

Pat AbramsPat Abrams

Pat Abrams and her husband Joe have lived in Kentfield for thirty years where they raised their son Matt and daughter Sarah. Professionally, she has been a bilingual social worker, a Spanish teacher, and an elementary school teacher. Pat has been very involved with numerous Marin County volunteer organizations including the Kentfield School District, Marin Arts Council, and served as a Trustee on the Tamalpais Union High School District. She now enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren who live in Kentfield and Larkspur.

Susan GilardiSusan Gilardi

Susan Gilardi co-founded and operated Gilardi & Co. with her spouse, Dennis, in Larkspur. She also practiced law in San Diego and Sacramento for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and was a high school English teacher in San Francisco. Susan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Dominican College, her teaching credential from the University of San Francisco, and her Juris Doctor degree from Western State University in San Diego. Susan has been a volunteer at St. Patrick’s kindergarten for over 20 years and a sponsor for Twin Cities Little League for over 30 years. She is currently a Trustee at Dominican University of California and active in a number of organizations supporting affordable housing, senior services, higher education accessibility, and equity for women and girls.