Meet the Executive Board


Nancy Phan ’12 & Sean Kohles ’09

My name is Nancy Phan (left). I am your co-president of the Alumni Association. I graduated from Skyline in 2012. I am a full-time student pursing my Psychology BA at Cal State East Bay while working full-time for a non-profit, Youth Together. We have a youth center that is based at Skyline that offers during school day resources on top of after-school programming. It’s almost like I never left Skyline because I’ve worked for the youth center since the summer after I graduated. My goal for the alumni association is to bring awareness and also building a community for the bigger whole. I want to be able to bring all the generations together to build community. I hope to keep this association going so that we can pass it on, keep it alive and continue to grow in numbers.

Sean Kohles (right), class of 2009, is a proud Oakland native. Currently serving as the leadership teacher and activities director at Skyline High School, he is excited to lead the Alumni Association project alongside co president Nancy Phan. While not running around campus he serves as the head track & field and cross country coach and is dedicated to preparing students to accomplish all their personal, social, academic, and athletic goals.


Don Routh ’70

Don Routh graduated from Skyline High in 1970 and from University of California, Berkeley in 1974 with a BS degree in Accounting and Finance.  He is a retired CPA and Partner from PricewaterhouseCoopers where he lead the Financial Services Consulting Practice. During his career he consulted to financial institutions on six continents and was also an executive with Wells Fargo Bank and IBM. In addition to serving on the Skyline Alumni Board, Don is active on many Boards for non profit organizations serving the disabled community.  Among these are the Wheelchair Foundation and School of Imagination.  Don is committed to giving back to Skyline and, along with his friends from the classes of ’69 – ’72 he has supported the golf, football and basketball teams as well as the yearbook and newspaper.


Jack Nelson ’72

As proud Skyline Alumni, Jack has spent much of his life in the field of education, 32 years to be exact. He taught at Saint Joseph Notre Dame High, Berkeley High, Junipero Serra High, John Muir Middle, and San Leandro High School. As a retired teacher, he now donates his teaching hours to substitute at Skyline High. At Skyline he was an avid athlete who played varsity baseball and varsity basketball for all three years. As a master fundraiser, his greatest accomplishment was running from Sacramento to the Bay Area to raise money for orphans affected by 9/11.  Jack says “It’s an honor to be a Titan and curse to be a dragon!”


Javier Alvarado ’07

Javier Alvarado is a born and raised Oakland native and Skyline High School Alumni Association’s Secretary since 2017. After obtaining a degree in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University, Javier returned to Skyline as a coach of the very successful Titan’s boy’s and girl’s cross country and track & field programs. In his spare time, Javier has jumped around the native plant restoration world and the public health world in the East Bay as a grant writer, volunteer coordinator, and project manager.

Co-Outreach Coordinators:

Alan Marcus ’74 & Joyce Jones ’76

Alan Marcus (left), Skyline Class of 1974. Father of 2008 and 2010 graduates.  I have always been active with my class reunion committee.  We will be celebrating our 45th reunion in October.  My involvement with Skyline began when my oldest son started Skyline in 2004.  Was active in the PTA and served as the Beautification Committee Chairperson for 6 years.  Became involved with the basketball, cross country and track teams my sons participated in. But my involvement didn’t stop there, as I did multiple projects for the football and baseball teams while also supporting the performing arts.  My recent involvement has been with assisting in forming an Alumnae Association.

Joyce Jones (right) is an Oakland native. She went away for 25 year but her Titan soul brought her back to the line. She was known, as still is, for carrying a camera and taking the best photos around. She is the proud mother of 3. One of whom is also an alumni and the other is a current Titan, class of 2020.

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