Board Members

President Rachelle Sherris-Watt

Bio coming soon ...

Vice-President Eileen Nottoli

Ms. Nottoli has been a Kensington resident since 1990. She has a J.D. from the University of San Francisco as well as a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University and a B.Chemisty from the University of Minnesota. She has been in private practice as an environmental attorney for many years where she assisted companies in complying with a wide range of environmental laws. Prior to obtaining her law degree, she was a research chemist for Chevron Research Company and Chevron Chemical Company.

A volunteer with Guide Dogs for the Blind for many years, Eileen has fostered over 70 dogs in various stages of transition. She has also been an active volunteer with the California Section of the American Chemical Society. She has chaired the Section for two terms and has been active in helping to bring resources to K-12 science and high school chemistry teachers. She is responsible for the Section’s annual program to award $500 to an outstanding high school chemistry teacher as well as $500 to the school’s chemistry department.

She has participated in programs to enrich middle school students at Family Science Nights, girls at Expanding Your Horizons events, the public at Earth Day events held at the John Muir home, and more recently at Hilltop School. She is the coordinator of the Chemistry Olympiad for northern California and works with high school teachers to administer the local exam, coordinates the administration of the national exam, and prepares certificates and letters for all students taking the exam.

She has also made dozens of quilt tops and quilts for the East Bay Heritage Quilter’s Children’s Quilt Project which provides quilts for kids in need and to bring a little joy to them.

Director Len Welsh

Len has lived in Kensington since 1996. He holds a J.D. from Hastings College of the Law, an MS. from U.C. Berkeley’s School of Public Health, and a B.A. from Rutgers University. For most of his career, he was counsel for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), serving also as Special Counsel, Deputy Chief for Health and Engineering Services, and finally Acting Chief and Chief of Cal/OSHA for his last eight years with the agency.

During those eight years, he successfully balanced budgets of over $100 million, including federal matching funds, and left the agency fiscally stronger than it had ever been, thanks to negotiating a new funding structure independent of the General Fund. During his final year of employment with the state he served as Acting Chief Counsel for the Department of Industrial Relations. During his tenure with the state, he testified at numerous legislative hearings on workplace safety and labor law, spearheaded the adoption of new safety and health legislation, and managed the adoption of a number of critical safety and health standards for Cal/OSHA, many of which were the first of their kind in the nation or the most protective of workers in the nation.

Currently, he holds the position of Consultant to the President for Workplace Safety at California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund, works as a litigation strategy consultant for labor-management partnerships, and volunteers substantial time to animal rescue, donating heavily to the Milo Foundation and Good Newz Pittie Pups Rescue. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Good Newz.

Len applied to fill a vacant seat on the KPPCSD Board in January, 2013, became President of the Board in December 2014, was officially elected to the Board in November 2015, and completed his third year as president at the end of 2016.

His accomplishments while on the Board include, among other things, negotiating final settlement of litigation with Bay View Refuse and Recycling that was initiated prior to his tenure on the board, reinstating a positive relationship between Kensington and Bay View, negotiating the new contract with Bay View that Kensington is currently party to, initiating an ad hoc committee to control vegetation on Kensington Park grounds to reduce fire hazards, raising the issue for study of the possibility of unifying the Kensington Policy Protection and Community Services District and the Kensington Fire Protection District, and directing the Chief of Police/General Manager to modernize the District’s Police Force weapons and officer safety policies.

Director Sylvia Hacaj

Ms. Hacaj has lived in Kensington since 2008. She has served on the Boards of the Kensington Property Owners Association and Kensington Education Foundation.

In a career spanning twenty-five years, Ms. Hacaj has been leading advocacy efforts and developing strategic priorities for nonprofits, foundations and progressive businesses. She has also served on a variety of national and local boards.

Her career began in Washington, DC as a legislative analyst for the U.S. Congress where she helped establish the AmeriCorps national service program. She was later appointed Deputy Director of Government Relations for the Corporation for National and Community Service.

In subsequent senior management roles at a public affairs firm and international nonprofit Save the Children, she improved advocacy efforts of organizations dedicated to the environment, public health, consumer protection and education; secured funding for children’s literacy and health programs; and worked to establish the National Commission on Children and Disasters.

She continued to work for Save the Children after moving to the San Francisco Bay area and then joined the World Affairs Council of Northern CA as a Vice President, spending 4 years co-curating and producing its annual Global Philanthropy Forum.

In 2014, Ms. Hacaj established a consultancy and coaching practice assisting organizations and individuals to identify and leverage core strengths, sharpen leadership and other professional skills, and achieve enterprise or personal goals.

Ms. Hacaj has a BA from The American University and certificates from Indiana University and San Francisco State University.