Board of Directors
Jean Caramatti joined the Palcare Board in 2006 and is now serving as Board Vice President. Jean is the Airport Commission Secretary for the San Francisco Airport Commission, City and County of San Francisco. She is a Charter Member and Treasurer of the San Francisco International Airport Rotary Club. Jean also serves as the Airport’s liaison to The San Francisco Aeronautical Society, a 501c3 established to assist San Francisco International Airport’s Aviation Museum in its efforts to preserve the history of aviation.
Ronda Chu is an Airport Economic Planner for San Francisco International Airport. Prior to joining the Airport Commission, she worked as a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton and Jacobs Consultancy in their aviation practice. Ronda holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a MS in Financial Economics from the University of London.
John Delaney is the Board President and Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors for Palcare. He is Senior Vice President and Manager of the Burlingame Office of Boston Private Bank & Trust Company. Mr. Delaney is responsible for the overall management of the office, business development and community relations. Prior to joining Borel, John worked for Wells Fargo Bank for 8 years in the Consumer Credit Group as a Market Development Manager and also held positions in Strategic Marketing. John also held various management positions at Citibank for 17 years including Branch Management, Financial Analysis, Community Marketing and Customer Service. John holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration and Economics from St. Mary’s College of California. He has also acquired Series 7 and 63 Investment Licenses as well as completing advanced Marketing courses from the University of Chicago. John is a member of the Burlingame Rotary Club. John is married with two daughters.
Nicole Harvat Armstong Is Vice President of the Palcare Board of Directors. Nicole is the founder of Bespoke Employment Law Strategies, a Bay Area-based employment law and HR consulting practice specializing in providing legal advice, counseling, workplace investigations, and compliance training on all aspects of the complex employee relations issues impacted in today's global workplace. A few short years ago, she briefly traded her business suits and legal briefs for safety lines and leaps of faith, after being chosen as one of the 16 contestants striving to win an apprenticeship with Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Brand. While she didn't win the grand prize, she can say that she is one of a handfull who successfully crossed a plank between two hot air balloons 7,000 feet above the English countryside, among other crazy feats. In addition to serving as Co-Vice President of the Board of Directors, she is the mother of two rambunctious young boys (who have attended Palcare since they were infants) and two very stubborn Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.
Jamie Hui joined Palcare Board of Directors in 2016. After completing my undergraduate degree I was not sure what I wanted to do as a profession. I knew I wanted to work with children at some capacity. I come from a family of educators, public workers, and entrepreneurs. My aunt introduced me to this world and so I went back to community college to complete units in early childhood education. I became a student teacher at a community college child development center, where I would work my way up to teacher. Realizing I wanted to do more in the field, I decided to earn my master's degree in early childhood education. I then went on to do non-profit and public work in San Francisco. And after 10 years, I am now working at Cañada College as the Early Childhood Education/Child Development Retention Specialist. I get to go college everyday and work with students that will become the next generation of educators.
Scott Johnson is the Deputy Director of Human Resources for San Mateo County. Scott has been with the County for past six years. Before joining San Mateo County, Scott worked in the commercial insurance business and is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter, (CPCU). Scott graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance, Accounting and Economics. Scott is married and resides in San Francisco with his wife Diane, who is a Speech Pathologist for the San Mateo Office of Education.
Joseph Miller joined the Palcare Board in 2011. Joe is employed with Redwood Electric Group as a Site Superintendent. Among his most recent projects, Jose supervised the recent renovation of San Francisco International Airport's Terminal 2. Currently he is involved with the construction of a local medical facility. He is a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 617. Joe attended Chico State University. He is married with two children.
Mary Murphy joined the Palcare Board in 2016. Mary earned a teaching degree from the University of London, England and taught at Winston Churchill Secondary School. She moved to the Bay Area soon after and became a real estate professional assisting sellers and buyers of residential property in San Mateo County. Her commitment to the real estate community includes teaching and sharing best practices with other Realtors. Mary is a long time member of the San Mateo Association of Realtors where she Chairs the Technology Committee. She is also a member of California Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, and a member of Top Agent Network. Mary is a past-president of the Burlingame Rotary Club and currently serves on its board of directors as Executive Secretary. Her interest in early childhood education stems from her teaching background, and she is passionate about quality child-care.
William Pitney joined the Palcare Board in 2009 and is nowing serving as Secretary. William participates on the Finance Committee. William founded the financial planning and advisory firm William Pitney Advisory Services in 2003. From day one, he has been an advocate of the consultative approach to planning. His previous work experience includes three years at Agilent Technologies as a Market Research and Business Intelligence Manager. He also worked four years at Hewlett Packard, holding various finance positions including, Senior Financial Analyst, Business Consultation and Transition Project Manager.
William earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Kentucky in 1992 and an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from The University of Arizona in 1996. He has earned his Series 7 and 66 Investment Licenses, California Life Insurance License as well as the prestigious CFP®, AIF®, and RFC® professional designations.
William recently relocated from Santa Rosa to Foster City, with his wife Denise of 12 years and their infant son. In his free time, watching spectator sports and volunteering to organizations focused on children and families. He has served as Treasurer for organizations including Live Oak Preschool in Healdsburg, Restorative Resources in Sebastopol, and the Adult Literacy League of Sonoma County.
Melinda Ramzel has over 18 years of experience working with children, families and early educators. Her experience in the field ranges from a preschool teacher in Head Start programs and laboratory schools on the east coast to adjunct faculty teaching courses in educational theory, adolescent development and community health. She received her BA in Child Development from Tufts University and her Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She has also a Ph.D. in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University where her dissertation focused on race and ethnic stereotype formation in young children, preschool teacher training, and Anti-Bias education. Melinda joined Palcare Board of Directors in 2016 and has a son who attends the program.
Steven Ross is the Executive Director, Human Resources at Cengage Learning in San Francisco. Steven has been at Cengage for one year and was at Visa for ten years prior to that. Steven graduated from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia with a BA in English. Steven and his two children live in San Mateo. Both children are enrolled at Palcare.