Board of Directors
Monya Lane is a retired mechanical engineer from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where she led a variety of energy, environment, and national security programs. She eventually became the Associate Director for Engineering, where she led a diverse organization of approximately 1600 that provided engineering science and technology to ensure the success of the Laboratory’s programs and institutional goals. Much of the work involved the simultaneous integration of multiple technologies—from large-scale, complex applied physics systems to microscale engineering. She also currently chairs the Livermore Commission for the Arts, which advises the City Council about cultural arts needs, activities, facilities and programs, and is on the Board of Trustees at UC Merced.
Alan Burnham is a chemist with 45 years of professional experience and about 250 professional publications. He worked for 31 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on a variety of energy and national security projects. He was then Chief Technology Officer for American Shale Oil and led a pilot test project of in-situ oil shale retorting in Colorado. He has consulted with numerous oil companies and is currently an adjunct professor in the Energy Resources Engineering Department of Stanford University. He is also a former CEO of Partners for Change Tri-Valley, which seeks to lift people out of poverty through life-skills training and mentoring.
Vaughn Draggoo is a retired physicist and technical manager with a more than 30 year career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. His principal technical experience is lasers and optics with a particular emphasis in the construction, integration and operation of industrial scale equipment and facilities. He also serves as a docent at the Chabot Space and Science Museum, is a science mentor volunteer in Livermore schools, and is on the LJUSD Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee responsible for monitoring bond finances to ensure the public that the money is being spent properly.
Jay Davis is a nuclear physicist, trained at the Universities of Texas and Wisconsin. In his career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, he built accelerators for research in basic and applied science, culminating with the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (CAMS), making possible research in forensics, climate change, materials research and medical and biological sciences. He served as a United Nations nuclear inspector in Iraq after the first Gulf War and as the founding director of DoD’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency. In Livermore, he has been Chairman of the Board of the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Board of Tri-Valley Innovation, and of the Board of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. He is the incoming President of the Rotary Club of Livermore. In retirement, he grows head-trained Petite Syrah grapes on a one acre vineyard.