Impressive Group Joins Board of Regents

Saint Mary’s has five new members on its Board of Regents, bringing the total number of active regents to 44. Following are brief biographies of the new members:

Joseph A. Motta '84.

Joseph (Joe) A. Motta ’84 is a partner at Rueb Motta Manoukian in Concord. He graduated from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento in 1987 and was a Contra Costa deputy district attorney from 1988 to 2004. He also testified before state Assembly and Senate committees regarding new legislation. In 2003, Joe was elected president of a newly formed prosecutor’s association. He is on the board of the 100 Club of Contra Costa, a nonprofit that gives financial support to survivors of fallen firefighters and police officers. Joe lives in Alamo with his wife, Donna, and two children. He was nominated by Regent Mark Bongi ’84.

Lauren Speeth MBA '89.

Lauren Speeth MBA ’89 is the CEO and creative director of the Elfenworks Foundation, which provides innovative support to nonprofit organizations. She is a trustee of Mills College, her undergraduate alma mater, and is a regular guest lecturer in Mills’ Graduate School of Business. Lauren is also a musician, playing violin for the Peninsula Symphony since 2000. As a director and producer, Lauren captures the performances of classical and jazz musicians on CD and on camera. She is the author of a recently published book, Tracks of Hope. Lauren was nominated by Ron Turner ’79.

James M. Wood '70.

James (Jim) M. Wood ’70 is a partner at Reed Smith in Oakland. For more than 30 years, Jim has focused on representing manufacturers of prescription medicines and medical devices. He co-authored a book, Recalls of Prescription Products: A Proactive Primer. Jim also serves on a task force seeking to develop a national policy for the development of and liability protection for vaccines. Jim has received numerous awards for pro bono work. He graduated in 1973 from the University of San Francisco’s law school. He and his wife, Cynde, live in Berkeley. Jim was nominated by Brother President Ronald Gallagher ’69.

Richard J. Callahan HON.

Richard (Dick) J. Callahan HON is a partner in the Lafayette insurance firm of Kosich and Callahan and a familiar voice to hundreds of thousands of sports fans. He has been an announcer and broadcaster for such teams as the Gaels, the Golden State Warriors, the University of California Golden Bears and the Oakland A’s. Dick is a graduate of St. Jerome’s College at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He lives in Moraga and has three daughters. Dick was nominated by Ken Vincent ’52 and Lloyd Schine III ’98.


Derek J. Smead '02.

Derek J. Smead ’02 is president of the Walker Foundation, an independent foundation established in 1998 which makes grants to arts and youth organizations in Northern California, with an emphasis on the Monterey Bay area. He is married to Kelly (Breen) Smead ’02. They live in Lafayette. Derek was nominated by Brother Dominic Berardelli.