Board of Directors
The Ross Valley Paramedic Authority (RVPA) is governed by a Board of Directors made up of representatives from constituent public agencies. RVPA is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) comprised of eight governmental jurisdictions within the Ross Valley. RVPA provides Advanced and Basic Life Support emergency ambulance service to a population of approximately 53,000 residents across more than 20 square miles.
Larry Bragman is a trial lawyer in private practice in San Rafael, and has served on the RVPA Board since 2003.
He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 1977, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence at the University of San Francisco in 1980.
Larry has been very active in the community in volunteer or elected roles, including serving on the Fairfax Town Council, the Board of Directors of the Marin Telecommunications Agency, and the Board of Directors of the Community Media Center of Marin.
He has been very pleased with the quality of emergency medical service provided over the years, stating that “RVPA delivers the highest and most compassionate standard of modern emergency care available.”
He worked at Baker and Hamilton in San Francisco from 1966-1969, as a prelude to his local career in the hardware business. Baker & Hamilton started in a tent near the ‘Mormon Island’ claim above Fort Sutter east of Sacramento in 1849, supplying ‘miners’ hardware’: picks, shovels, knives, saws, hammers, axes and nails. By 1860 B&H had a thriving block-long store in Sacramento, and in 1867 they opened their first store in San Francisco.
He is a Retail Hardware Store owner in business with his family in Larkspur since 1954, Jim Corbet’s Ace Hardware. Bruce is also a Board member of the Kentfield Fire Protection District, and a long-time member of Rotary International.”
Thomas J. Finn
Representing the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District
Thomas Finn is a Ross Valley native. He completed his undergraduate schooling at the University of California at Davis, and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He has served on the Sleepy Hollow Fire Protection District Board of Directors since 1999. His service on the Ross Valley Paramedic Authority Board began in 2006, and included a term as president of the Board from 2009-2011.
Representing Marin County Service Areas
Dennis Gilardi is a third-generation native of Larkspur. He has served on the RVPA Board for over eight years, and describes the quality of emergency medical services provided as “excellent.”
Dennis is a graduate of St. Marys College and the University of Santa Clara, receiving his M.B.A. in 1971. He became a CPA and a partner in a major accounting firm, working primarily in consulting and financial auditing in the healthcare and real estate industries. He went on to start his own business in 1984, Gilardi and Company, providing services in the Class Action industry. He is a widely recognized class/mass action Due Process expert, and a Court-accepted Expert Witness.
He has been and continues to be very active in the community in volunteer roles. This has included serving as Chairman of the Board of not only RVPA, but also Hospice of Marin. He has served in leadership roles for many years in the Interfaith Housing Foundation, Life House, and is a long-time member of the Larkspur Association of Volunteer Firefighters.
Representing the Town of Ross
Bruce Hart has a long and dedicated history of public service. In addition to being a long-time Board Member and Former Chairman of RVPA, he has served as a Town Councilman and Mayor for the Town of Ross. He has also been a Director for the Herbst Foundation, a Trustee for Golden Gate University, a Trustee for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a Director for Marin General Hospital, an Overseer for the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, and a Trustee for the Branson School in Ross.
Mr. Hart holds a B.A. from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has been involved in various aspects of both private and public sector real estate development since 1977. He is currently a Vice President for the Parsons Corporation Educational Program Management Division and serves as Program Director for San Francisco Unified School District’s $890 million Proposition A School Modernization Bond.
Representing the City of Larkspur
Dan Hillmer has been a Larkspur resident since 1987. He has served on the Larkspur City Council since 1992, including three terms as Mayor. Dan is a licensed Architect and urban designer and a principle in the firm of Gast Hillmer, Urban Design, based in Larkspur.
He currently represents Larkspur on the Twin Cities Police Authority as President of the Twin Cities Police Council. Dan is past President of the Marin Telecommunications Agency, a joint powers authority composed of the 11 towns and cities within the County of Marin. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he completed his Masters degree in Architecture and Urban Design. Dan has taught at the University of Illinois and served as guest design lecturer at Stanford University.
Representing the Town of San Anselmo
Janice Przibylski has served on the board of RVPA for many years representing the Town of San Anselmo. She is a graduate of the School of Nursing at D’Youville College, and received her Master’s in Nursing from the University of Rochester. In addition, she completed her MBA at Golden Gate University.
She works at Kaiser as a Department Leader in Recuperation Skills and Transitional Care in the Telemonitoring Department. She has served as a public health nurse, a school nurse teacher, and an Assistant Professor of Nursing at various colleges in New York and California. She has also worked as a Medical Staff Nurse in Sugical and Pediatrics, and a Nursing Manager.
Representing the Town of Corte Madera
Michael Lappert is a long-time resident of Corte Madera, and has served on the Town Council for many years including time as Mayor. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and also serves as a Volunteer Firefighter in the CMFD and a reserve Police Officer in the Twin Cities Police Department. He has also served as the Chair of the Twin Cities Police Council. He is currently the CEO of Lapperts Ice Cream, based in Richmond.