RioVision Mission: RioVision’s mission is to join together to build, revitalize, energize and beautify the Rio Vista community.
RioVision Board of Directors: The Board of Directors represents the interests of the community and acts as “governors” or “trustees” charged to protect the mission of RioVision. The Board of Directors must advise, govern, oversee policy, provide direction, leadership, and generally promote the organization so as to support RioVision’s mission.
Edwin Okamura grew up in Berkeley, CA and spent his early career in advertising and technology before launching a series of technology-focused marketing agencies, with partners, beginning in 2001. In 2013, he left agency life to be closer to his family, and began providing mortgage brokerage services in town. Edwin and his wife, Vera Sunada, DDS, have also owned a practice in Rio Vista since 1997, and moved to town in 2004. Edwin was formerly the executive director of RioVision and has served on the board since 2013, and currently is the president. He is a member of Rotary Club of Rio Vista, the Planning Commission and is on the Board of the California Association of Mortgage Professionals. He has also served as the Executive Director for a not-for-profit business association, and has volunteered many hours to other civic and senior programs.
Tom Surh has been a resident of Rio Vista since 2011 when he retired and moved from Oakland, CA. Tom joined the RioVision team in 2013 and serves as the Vice President of the Board. A U.S. Army veteran, Tom was an attorney for legal aid, a local bar association, and in private practice with an emphasis on immigration, family law and juvenile dependency. He also served the Alameda County Superior Court as a family law facilitator, and as a judicial officer (Court Commissioner).
Linda Solomon has been active with RioVision from its inception. Serving as artist in residence, Linda is responsible for the mural at 2nd and Main Streets, is the Co-curator for the RioVision Gallery, coordinated (and painted) the 9/11 memorial at the Firehouse, serves on the RioVision Publicity & Communications Committee, assisted with refurbishing City Hall and contributed to many more RioVision projects. She owned her own retail business for 10 years, trained horses and taught riding, and had a working llama farm until she retired and moved to Rio Vista in 2007. Linda was appointed to the RioVision Board of Directors in May, 2017 and became the secretary of the Board in 2019.
ADDITIONAL BOARD MEMBERS
Arthur Darden was raised in the San Francisco Bay area. As a child, he came to Rio Vista to fish from the river bank as part of family day trips. He served in the US Army from 1962-1966. He managed technology support groups for Research and Development teams with large corporations serving diverse industries. He retired as Operations Security Manager for a world renowned amusement park. In Rio Vista he has served as Vice-Chair of the Trilogy Emergency Action Committee educating the community on preparations for an emergency, Chair of the Access Committee addressing community access concerns, and President of the Saddle Rock Village Board of Directors. Art was appointed to the RioVision Board of Directors in April, 2016.
MaryEllen Lamothe moved to Rio Vista in 2005 and saw a charming community with many assets in need of development. She quickly became active in the Chamber of Commerce, Soroptimist International and Rio Vista Planning Commission. MaryEllen has served RioVision since its inception. She was instrumental in writing the application that resulted in the RUDAT study as well as serving as Project Leader for the Main Street Planter Project. MaryEllen owned a women’s clothing business on Main Street for several years and recently managed the renovation and reopening of the Hwy 12 Diner.
Walt Manos has lived in Rio Vista since 2004. During that time he has served on the Board of Directors of Oakmont Village in Trilogy (8 years as President), has been a Delegate for the Master Association, served on the Community Advisory Committee as well as other community organizations. Walt has been involved in a wide variety of RioVision activities such as RE: Church Garden, Riverview “Farms”, Party on the Promenade and is now working on the Flamingo Sign project. Prior to moving to Rio Vista Walt lived in Castro Valley where he owned a small ranch. He retired from a 32 year career with Lucky Stores in all facets of meat management. Walt was appointed to the RioVision Board of Directors in May, 2017.
Jeannie McCormack was born and raised in Rio Vista. She attended Rio Vista schools and then pursued a career in anthropology and sociology. Following her undergraduate degree she joined the Peace Corps and served two years in Malawi, Central Africa, as a public health worker. After receiving a Master’s degree, she spent fifteen years in Africa and the Eastern U.S. planning, implementing and evaluating micro-enterprise projects for women in Africa. Jeannie returned to Rio Vista, and her family ranch, in 1987 and has been active in local and state land-use and agricultural issues, as well as the RioVision Board. Jeannie was appointed to the Board in early 2015.
Richard Pettijohn has lived in Rio Vista since 2008. He is retired with over 40 years of project management experience. Richard assisted in compiling Rio Vista historical documentation in preparation for the R/UDAT study and currently serves as President of Olympic Village in Trilogy and is involved in a wide variety of Rio Vista and Trilogy committees. During his career, Richard was President of Innovation Creations, a technical writing company with Silicon Valley clients and President of Gemological Research Corporation, a company that developed computerized accounting and analytical instruments. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Nebraska. Richard was appointed to the RioVision Board of Directors in May, 2017.
James Pezzaglia was raised in Rio Vista, as a member of a 4th generation Rio Vista family. As an educator he was Doctor of Instruction at the San Bernardino Valley College and then entered the legal field serving as Deputy District Attorney, Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office, Staff Council with Phillips Petroleum Company, and a variety of private law firms, including his own. Jim has a long history of community service to such not-for-profit organizations as Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Arts Vision Task Force, Arts Commission, and Fiscal Health Task Force of Walnut Creek. He was appointed to the RioVision Board of Directors in early 2015.
Amy Schmidt moved to Rio Vista in 2002. She was a pharmacy tech for over 25 years and owned a floor, window covering and decorating business in Ukiah, CA. Just before retiring Amy worked for her nephew in his custom furniture making business in Danville, CA. She was instrumental (and helped paint) the two firehouse murals and Books RioV murals. Amy is the co-curator for the RioVision Gallery on Main St. Amy is very impressed how RioVision has a long term vision for Rio Vista to become a destination city and a possible place to open a business. She is looking forward to being involved with and serving on the RioVision Board which she was appointed to in April, 2019.
Brian Spradling was raised In Rio Vista. He has been involved coaching youth sports including soccer, basketball, baseball and football. Brian has also served as a 4H Project Leader and served on the Board of the Rio Vista Sharks swim team. Brian is the owner and operator of Spradling Construction founded in 1996. During his free time Brian enjoys spending time on the delta with family and friends. He was appointed to the Board in April, 2019.
Chris Quan grew up in Oakland and was a long time resident of San Francisco before moving to Rio Vista in 2008 on a part time basis. Chris graduated from UC Berkeley with a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He immediately went into the tech industry upon graduation. He has held positions as a programmer, consultant, regional sales manager, tech support manager and system administrator. Chris was the co-chair for the Lowell High School Fundraising Committee and also coached youth basketball and baseball. He became a full time resident of Rio Vista in 2015 and supplied the concept for the mural on Books RioV. Chris was appointed to the board in April, 2019.