June 17, 2013

Our Advisory Board

We are so appreciative of the dedication and guidance the Pledge to Humanity Advisory Board gives us. The following are the members who comprise the PTH Advisory Board:

PTH Board 3 150x225Cybille Scott – Cybille Scott was born in Naples, Italy and moved to Orange County California as a child. She is also bilingual, thanks to her French mother. She received her Bachelor of Arts at California State University, Long Beach. Cybille worked as an art consultant and Gallery Director in Newport Beach, CA. She has traveled extensively and has a passion for people and their cultures. Cybille met her husband, Larry, in France and later moved to London, where they married and started their family. They moved back to the United States in 2003 and located to St. Petersburg, Florida. Cybille now resides in Danville, CA as of 2009. She is a full time mother to her three children and is an active volunteer. She is an active supporter and contributor to the ADL ( Anti-Defamation League), Women’s Sports Foundation, Moms Demand Action and Envision Education. She enjoys traveling, cultural outings and art, playing tennis and being with her family and friends. She is honored to be part of the Pledge to Humanity team.


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Maggie Oetgen – Maggie Oetgen is from the midwest. After finishing school at the University of Illinois-Chicago, she was actively involved with The Field Museum, serving on the Junior Board there, and with The Junior League of Chicago. She also served on the Junior Board of Directors of Private Arts, a literary and arts periodical. Aside from spending much of her time involved with different philanthropies, she worked with the City Office of Governor Jim Edgar, where she assisted with his special events planning and frequent trips to the Chicagoland area. After 10 years in Chicago, Maggie decided it was time for a change of scenery (and weather!) and moved with her husband, Stephen, to sunny Alamo, California, where she is busy raising her two sports-obsessed sons, Mitchell and Mason, and her daughter Evan Kate (who, sadly for her mother, has already left the family “nest” and attends boarding school outside lovely Santa Barbara). Maggie has been a regular contributor to the Seven Hills School, has served as parliamentarian and secretary to the Dorris-Eaton Parents Association, has been a member of the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Napa Valley Festival del Sole. In her spare time, she enjoys the best food & wine that Napa Valley can offer and enjoys playing USTA tennis (and most recently, bocci ball) at Round Hill Country Club in Alamo.

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Lisa Miller – Lisa Miller was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Secondary Education.  After living in Cave Creek, AZ; St. Louis, MO and Vevey, Switzerland with her husband, Matt, and three children, Tommy, Sarah and Katelyn, her family has settled in Alamo.  Lisa has been actively involved in Alamo Elementary School and Stone Valley Middle School PTA and Education Fund Boards for the eight years she has lived in the area.  Lisa enjoys traveling, reading and planning fundraising events.




FullSizeRenderBeth McKnight–Beth is the parent advisor for the San Ramon Valley High School Pledge To Humanity Club which her daughter Kailey McKnight started in 2014. Beth is very proud of the fact that the club has over 140 members and that the club has quickly become the largest and fastest growing club on campus. The club offers volunteer opportunities to its club members most weekends at Soup Kitchens like Glide Memorial, Loaves and Fishes, Martin De Porres and St Vincent De Paul Oakland. They also have a partnership with Habitat for Humanity where the high school kids build homes for low income families. The club has also held a number of collection drives for folks in need (Foster Kid Gift Card drive at Christmas, and Easter supply drive for St. Vincent De Paul’s most needy families in West Oakland).

Their favorite activity is working with Special Olympics athletic events and Challenger baseball where they are able to help mentally/physically challenged kids play baseball. The clubs goal is to make a difference in the very community they live.
In addition to helping with PTH Beth has her own Marketing Consulting business called Category Insights where she actively consults for Consumer Packaged goods clients like Clif Bar, Ghirardelli, Peet’s Coffee, Lindsay Olives and many others in the bay area. Beth lives in Alamo with her husband, Brett and two children Kailey and Cole (who both go to San Ramon Valley High School in Danville).

PTH Board 7 150x225Julie Lowe – Julie was born in Santa Clara and raised in Los Altos, CA. She received a B.A. degree from UCSB in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations. After college, she worked in the field of sales for the Eastman Kodak Company for 8 years. She and husband Alan are parents of 17 year old triplet sons who attend San Ramon Valley High School. Julie was a member of Rancho PTA from 2001-2007 and during that time, ran various student based fundraising events. She was also a member of the Stone Valley Middle School Education Fund Board 2008 – 2010 and helped fundraising efforts for Class Size Reduction Campaigns, Parent /Teacher Socials, and Fitness Challenges. Julie is a supporter of the non-profit organization Students Rising Above, which is dedicated to sending underprivileged high school students to college. Most are the first in their families to attend college. Julie has served as a Pledge to Humanity Board member since 2009. She is also a member of the San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church.


1Erin Kelly – Erin Kelly was born in Norwalk, CT and raised in Northern California. After attending St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA, Erin enjoyed a fulfilling career traveling the world as a flight attendant for US Airways for twelve years. She resides in Alamo, CA with her 10-year-old daughter where she owns her own successful business, Sublime Spaces, a residential and commercial organization company. Erin enjoys all-things-outdoors including gardening, surfing and hiking, while taking time for her creative endeavors of writing and painting. Blessed with a compassionate heart and a desire to contribute, Erin’s humanitarian efforts are what feed her soul.




Mazi Ghorbani – Mr. Ghorbani has been a serial entrepreneur and inventor, founding and leading several successful companies including being the founder and president of Advance International, Inc. and co-inventor of the Seavior System, Advance Protein Powder, and Super Omega 3 oil manufacturing. He is also the co-founder of Pledge to Humanity, a non-profit organization dedicated to humanitarian relief around the world. He has pioneered innovative companies in various fields, such as AVA (Advanced Vehicle Armory) inventing numerous unique manufacturing methods and devices for executive protection vehicle manufacturing and Diamond Seal & Keytronics Vehicle Security Systems. His main passion is his efforts in fighting global starvation and malnutrition among children around the world. 


Carrie Barlow – Carrie Barlow is an experienced community leader, involved in many different organizations and campaigns around her home in the East Bay area of California. She graduated with a BA in Communications / Public Relations and a Minor in Business Administration from California State University, Chico. She has spent several years on the Lafayette Library Board with the communications, events, and development committees. In addition to her work at the library, she has been involved with the Oakland Zoo California Trail Official Opening Patron Party Committee and other fundraising efforts. She has helped raise funds for many local school auctions and has been team parent of several sports teams including JV Volleyball and Varsity Lacrosse. She has a passion for the kids in her community and has put a lot of hard work into local organizations!



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Brianna Lane – Brianna was born in Walnut Creek, CA and is currently attending University of Southern California. She grew up working in the East Bay community through service organizations. In summer of 2015, Brianna was Pledge to Humanity’s full-time intern and accompanied us on our annual summer service trip to India. Currently, Brianna works part-time with Pledge to Humanity and is implementing Pledge to Humanity outreach programs in Los Angeles to help meet the needs of that community. She is excited to be a youth advisor after volunteering her time at Pledge to Humanity starting back in elementary school.




IMG_6228Taylor James – Taylor is a former dual sport Division 1 athlete at the University of California Berkeley, continuing her education in the Masters of Sports Management program at Columbia University in New York City. Her passion for helping others started at a young age and grew significantly with the opportunities of Cal’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee. From her leadership roles at Cal to those at the PAC-12, and NCAA level she recognized that the ability to help others was something that can be addressed at all ages. As a member of the Youth Advisory Board for Pledge to Humanity she looks forward to teaching high school and younger generations about the opportunities they have to give back and how it can affect their outlook on the world and their future.