Meet the Board Members
Kate Acuff, Chairman
Jack Jouett Magisterial District
Kate Acuff was elected to the Albemarle County Public School Board in November, 2013 as the representative from the Jack Jouett Magisterial District.
Ms. Acuff, who is a health policy consultant, serves on the Board of the University of Virginia Physicians Group, on the Board of Mental Health America-Charlottesville/Albemarle and on the Steering Committee of the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition. She previously was a consultant to the Virginia Supreme Court’s Commission on Mental Health Law Reform, an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Emory University’s School of Public Health and a Vice President of Policy and Education with the National Public Health and Hospitals Institute.
Given her expertise and interest in health issues and policy, Ms. Acuff is an especially strong advocate for providing safe and healthy learning environments in schools. Among her priorities is to support collaborative programs among students, parents, school staff and other members of the community to continue the division’s progress in its bullying prevention programs. Ms. Acuff also believes that access by students to pre-K instruction should be expanded to reduce the opportunity gap among children in Albemarle County.
A native of the Midwest, Ms. Acuff is a graduate of the University of Tulsa. She received her Master’s in Microbiology & Immunology from the University of Colorado and her Ph.D. and a M.P.H. in Public Health and Public Policy and Management from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She also earned a J.D. from Georgetown University.
401 McIntire Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Rio Magisterial District
Coming from a family where both of her parents dropped out of high school, Katrina Callsen has an up close and personal perspective on the importance of one of the most significant issues in public education today—the compelling need to provide all students with full equity and access to learning opportunities.
It was a need that came up often at the doors of the thousands of constituents who were visited by Ms. Callsen during her 2017 campaign for the Rio Magisterial District seat on the School Board. Those conversations reinforced her belief that equity and access are not just terms that apply to families that face economic challenges; they apply to all families in which children face any one of a multitude of barriers to learning.
Ms. Callsen believes it is the role of the public education system to provide all children with clear pathways to educational and career success. She’s an example of that herself—having earned full scholarships to Yale University and the University of Virginia Law School. She holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Yale and is a UVA Law School graduate.
Professionally, she used these opportunities to support children, representing their interests as a contributor to the University of Virginia Law Child Advocacy Clinic. She previously served as an intern in a Child Protection Unit and locally, has been a Court-Appointed Special Advocate for Children.
Her community service ethic extends to her family. Together with her two sons, she is active in Kids Give Back, a volunteer community service organization and her husband is a past volunteer with Computer for Kids.
By the way, Ms. Callsen’s mom later returned to school and earned her college degree. She’s now a teacher.
935 King William Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Rivanna Magisterial District
Jason Buyaki is a 1996 graduate of Central Michigan University with a B.S. in education majoring in government and history for secondary education and is employed as a sculptor, model-maker, and artist at Gale Force Nine. He has 4 children, two of which attend Stony Point Elementary. Jason has served on Parent Council as a representative for Stony Point and continues to serve on the Stony Point PTO and the Stony Point Ruritan club. His additional Board duties include serving on the School Board Disciplinary Committee.
401 McIntire Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Samuel Miller Magisterial District
Graham Paige was elected on November 3, 2015 to fill the unexpired term of Eric Strucko in the Samuel Miller District. That term extends to December 31 of 2017.
Paige is well known to many residents of the district from his 24 years of service as a science teacher at Western Albemarle High School and Jack Jouett Middle School. He has been a member of several advisory boards for the school division, helping to select school principals, review long-range capital program plans and determine how schools and communities can benefit one another. He also tutors children at Yancey Elementary School, is an active participant in the work of the Piedmont Housing Alliance and on behalf of New Green Mountain Baptist Church.
Paige counts as the most helpful and enjoyable part of his campaign, the opportunity to meet with so many members of the Samuel Miller District and to talk with them about the issues in education that are at the top of their list. His focus as a Board member is to support improvements in the quality of education provided to students and providing parity among all students in the quality of education they receive, ensuring that Albemarle is able to attract, develop and maintain excellent teachers and to continue building strong partnerships between schools and the communities they serve.
A lifelong resident of the Esmont community, Paige is a graduate of Hampton University and received his master’s in education from the University of Virginia.
7314 Porters Road
Esmont, VA 22937
Scottsville Magisterial District
Mr. Koleszar was born in 1946. He is a retired accountant and has lived, with his wife Marilyn, in Albemarle County since 1982. Both of his sons, Luke and John, graduated from Albemarle High School. He has served on the Board since January of 1996. He graduated from Washington and Lee University with a BA in European History.
142 Scarborough Place
Charlottesville, VA 22903
White Hall Magisterial District
Attorney David Oberg was elected on November 3, 2015 to represent the White Hall Magisterial District on the Albemarle County Public School Board.
A native of Kenai, Alaska, Dave’s professional career has stretched from the far western reaches of his home state to the suburbs of New York City and now south to Virginia. He won his first case as a “contract lawyer” in the sixth-grade, representing the loser in a ping pong match. From there, he has gone on to successfully represent many of the nation’s leading corporations and now has a practice in Crozet, specializing in civil litigation and employment law.
Dave made no secret during his campaign for the School Board that among the issues he is most passionate about is the heavy influence that standardized testing has on how education is delivered to students. He strongly supports project-based learning, which focuses on the development and application of skills that support a child throughout their lifetime. During his campaign, he talked a great deal about the importance of empowering teachers to be thoughtful and creative in the classroom, freed from having to “teach to a test.”
Both Dave and his wife, DJ, long have had an interest in the law and in education. Both have clerked for judges in their careers and DJ served for two years as the President of the school division’s Parent Council. Their daughter Kendra attends Henley Middle School, where DJ now serves on the PTO Board.
1527 Ballard Drive
Crozet, VA 22932
Jonno Alcaro, Vice-Chairman
Jonno Alcaro was elected to the at-large seat on the Albemarle County School Board on November 3, 2015.
A financial services professional for more than 30 years, Alcaro has always had a deep personal appreciation for the value of education. That stems from his dad, who was the first person in the family to obtain both college degree and medical degrees. His mom went back to school after Jonno graduated and earned two master’s degrees and a PhD. at the age of 75. She published her first book at the age of 79 and taught and lectured for many years thereafter.
Alcaro’s interest in giving back to public education dates back 25 years and, having sold some of the businesses he founded, he now has the time to devote to ensuring that Albemarle County Public Schools continues to excel in preparing students for lifelong success. Among the needs he sees as most important for the school division is providing adequate learning spaces and resources as student enrollments increase each year. Also high on his priority list is parity in the learning resources and opportunities that are available to students in each one of the division’s 26 schools. On that front, he notes the value of the division’s current program to provide broadband access to students who live in areas of the county not served by Internet providers.
Alcaro grew up in Morristown, NJ, and attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, earning a B.A. (Government) in 1974 and a M.B.A. in 1976. He spent the next 34 years in the western part of the country before relocating to the Charlottesville area in 2010.
Alcaro lives with his wife and daughter (a sophomore in the school division) in the Crozet area.
4881 Parsons Green Lane
Charlottesville, VA 22903
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