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 pursue 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.
Donna Armanino loves living in Rio Vista and enjoys working with everyone. She spent the majority of her married life on the Peninsula – mostly in Sunnyvale (28 years). She started her volunteer work in 1982 at the Catholic school where her children attended (her grandchildren have attended as well). Donna retired in 2009 after a 30 year career adventure working for the Japanese giant, Hitachi. She calls it an adventure since she was a woman working for a company that was a very traditional Japanese male dominated senior management. She gained a lot of on the job training, starting as an order entry clerk, and retired as a Senior Department Manager. She worked in Order Entry, Accts Receivable & Payable, Budget Control, Advertising, Trade Show, Fleet Leasing Management and Facilities. Donna was given several special assignments: writing a 25 year history book of the company, organizing several international trade shows for the parent company in Japan, and was appointed liaison with outside vendors and contractors for the construction build out of a 64,000 sq ft office building. Donna was appointed to the Board in April, 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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).
ADDITIONAL BOARD MEMBERS
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.
Donna Nunes was born and raised in Rio Vista. She graduated from RVHS in 1959, married and had three sons, then went back to college. She has a degree in Business and minored in English. She taught at Antioch High School for 28 years. Over the years Donna has been involved with the swim team and aided in instructing swimmers for about 10 years. She joined Rio Vista Foundation about 7 years ago and served as their secretary for 4 years. With sons who played sports it was a natural that she and her husband were involved with the Booster Club for several years. Donna’s hobbies include reading, knitting and golfing. She belongs to the Trilogy 18-hole Ladies Golf Club. Donna was the membership chairperson for Friends of the Library for about 3 years as well. For local history, Donna went to school with Jim Pezzaglia and his mom was her 8th grade teacher. Donna looks forward to be being of service to RioVision. She was appointed to the Board in April, 2021.
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.
Evelyn Wilson was born and raised in Rio Vista. She is a 4th generation Rio Vistan. She attended all Rio Vista schools. After graduation she moved to Stockton to attend San Joaquin Delta College and Humphrey’s Business School. Upon returning to Rio Vista in 1965 she was hired at Bank of Rio Vista and worked there until November of 2018 as Human Resource Manager and Corporate Secretary. In November of 2018, Bank of Rio Vista was acquired by F&M Bank, and she was re-hired by F&M Bank as Assistant Cashier/Commercial Specialist Administrator. She has always been very active in the community serving as President of the Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce in 2006, as a member of Rio Vista Rotary for 20 + years and as a Board Member. Currently she is serving as a Board Member for the Rio Vista Foundation, as a member of the Rio Vista Moose Lodge and as a member of the Stockton Chapter of the Elks Lodge. She has volunteered and served as a Board Member of Rio Vista Ministries, known now as Rio Vista Food Pantry. She is looking forward to being involved and serving on the RioVision Board. Evelyn was appointed to the Board in April, 2021.