Governing Board

Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Governing Board

Meets the 1st Wednesday of each month
at 7:00 PM

Micheltorena Street Elementary School Auditorium
1511 Micheltorena Street
Silver Lake, CA 90026

The 21-member Governing Board supervises and authorizes the activities of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council and its committees. There are two board members for each of the seven regions of the SLNC, and seven members At Large, elected to represent all of Silver Lake. Any stakeholder 14 years of age or older is eligible to run for a seat on the Governing Board.

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Janet Cunningham - At-Large Rep and Chair, Parks & Beautification Committee

Paul Michael Neuman - At-Large Rep and Co-Chair, Governmental Affairs Commitee -

My mission is making certain that your ideas are heard, your questions are answered accurately and your concerns addressed satisfactorily. As a current board member and past co-chair, I strongly believe in grassroots neighborhood empowerment. I’ve also worked in four different L.A. City Council offices, including the one that championed creating neighborhood councils. Working with people faithfully and fairly, I always prioritize getting facts and resources out of City Hall and to our community. On issues ranging from preventing crime and overdevelopment, to the fate of the Sunset Junction Street Fair, to helping start a Silver Lake solar initiative, to founding a coalition of numerous neighborhood councils to build bridges and increase our clout, my constant goal is to strengthen the voice of the community.

Charles Herman-Wurmfeld - At-Large Rep, Urban Design & Preservation Committee, Parks & Beautification Committee - Filmmaker –

Charles Herman-Wurmfeld arrived in Los Angeles in 1998 on his bike.   Since graduating from Oberlin College he has directed a vast array of theater, rock operas, documentaries, and narrative films.  His breakthrough film came in 2001 with the beloved indie, Kissing Jessica Stein, which won the audience award at The Los Angeles Film Festival, garnering international commercial and critical acclaim.  Taking his turn with studio fare, he helmed Legally Blonde 2 starring Reese Witherspoone and Sally Field,  delivering the popular sequel  about corruption in Washington, DC just in time for the 2004 election cycle.  Transitioning smoothly back to independent films, Charles directed The Hammer (which sold to The Weinstein Company in 2007),reinterpreting Adam Carolla as a modern day Humphrey Bogart. He then produced Hollywood, je t’aime – a Franco-American (silver lake/ paris)  co-production that premiered in competition at The Los Angeles Film Festival in 2009.  Je t’aime has played over 50 film festivals worldwide, is available in the US and five markets internationally and represents Charles’s first role as a producer since his 1995 directorial debut, Fanci’s Persuasion.

Charles’ focus is urban design – the greening and farming & recreational use of our city space; the facilitation of living streets and generally re-interpretting/re-creating our public spaces; energy and H2O independence for silver lake; equal rights for pedestrians and bicycles;  public transportation;  air and noise pollution   – please contact the council person with ideas/input at

Charles lives and works on Micheltorena Street, by the school where he can be found playing the piano in his driveway – please drop by if you hear the music.  He is a yogi,  devoted partner to Jason Bushman, avid cyclist, musician (piano/banjo/didgeridoo/dan moi) and gardener.

Anne-Marie Johnson - At-Large Rep and Co-Chair, Executive Committee,

A Silver Lake native and Micheltorena Street School, Thomas Starr King, John Marshall and UCLA graduate, Miss Johnson continues to have a very busy career on television, films and union and local politics.She starred in several successful television series, including, In The Heat of the Night, What’s Happening Now, In Living Color, Melrose Place etc…  For five seasons she portrayed Congresswoman “Bobbie Latham” on CBS’s hit military drama JAG. Miss Johnson appeared for two seasons on the hit UPN comedy Girlfriends as “Sharon Upton Farley. Her feature credits include Hollywood Shuffle, Strictly Business, Imo Git U Sucka, Robotjox, True Identity, Down in the Delta, Pursuit of Happiness, Legacy Of A Hit Man,  L.A. Riots Spectacular, starring Snoop Dog, Emilio Estevez, Ron Cox, T.K.Carter and Charles Dutton. She starred as “Donna Cabonna” on The Disney Channels hit television series, That’s So Raven. Currently Anne-Marie has a recurring role on Tyler Perry’s TBS hit sitcom, The House Of Payne and recently guest starred on TNT’s Leverage and USA’s Fairly Legal.  She will soon be seen in the independent feature film, About Fifty. Ms. Johnson is entering her 14th year as a Screen Actors Guild National Board Officer. For four years she served as the Senior Advisor to the President and just completed her fourth term as SAG’s First Vice President, making her the first African American to be elected to that position in the Guild’s 78 year history. Ms. Johnson also holds a seat on the AFTRA national board.

Nadine Trujillo - At-Large Rep -

I have lived in Los Angeles since 1956, opened my business in Silver Lake in 1995 and bought a home here.  I am Co chair of the SLNC Public Safety Committee and Board Member  representative at Large.  Earthquake/Disaster Preparedness and Crime Prevention are the focus of our committee. Traffic, Housing for our growing homeless population,Neighborhood/Business Watch programs,  Alternative forms of Transportation are Important to us all as our community grows. I want to help your viewpoints and concerns heard by our City Government.   Public Art and Pocket Parks Are needed.  I want to help realize our visions for our future.

Scott Plante – At-Large Rep -

I am an architect who moved here from Boston to attend an urban design program at SCI-Arc, and have lived inSilver Lake since 2009. While working for a large Los Angeles firm, I also have a small consulting business in Silver Lake.I became interested in improving the neighborhood while walking the Micheltorena Street steps. My business partner and I decided to propose repairs, and both the Neighborhood Council and Urban Design Committees supported our efforts. We raised private funds, and are working with the City to obtain permits. We are coordinating with the Friends of Micheltorena Street School’s project to make a safer student pedestrian experience.

While working on the steps, I realized you can make a difference and became a member of the Urban Design Committee. I would like to use my experience on the Neighborhood Council while working together to help make our community even better.

Teresa-SitzTeresa Sitz – At-Large Representative and Co-Chair of Education Committee -

Teresa Sitz has served the last three years as Community Representative at Downtown Magnets High School and at LAUSD’s Parent Community Services Branch. She has served as secretary on the Compensatory Education Advisory and English Learner Advisory Committees, Shared Decision Making, School Site Councils and WASC Accreditation work group. She also serves as a member of Project SPIN, a collaboration between LAUSD and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center to reduce school bullying and teen suicides.

She’s lived in Silver Lake for 15 years with her husband and son.

Flor Cruz – Region 1 Rep -

My name is Flor Cruz, I’ve been a resident of the area for over 15 years, I also own property, and therefore, I know the needs and concerns of the neighbors such as parking, safety, beatification. Most importantly the future of our beautiful lake. I underhand the mix of cultures. I have ideas of parking, street cleaning and promote the neighborhood.

Clint Lukens – Region 1 Rep -

Clint Lukens, a native of Texas and USC Alum, has lived in the Silver Lake area for over ten years. You can find him daily at his office at 1621 Silver Lake Blvd where his company, Clint Lukens Realty, helps income property owners in the Silver Lake area with sales and property management. He is happily married to Rachel and the proud father of Jonah & Zoe, who can be seen running around the Silver Lake Rec Center daily. He is honored to serve his community through the SLNC Board and looks forward to making his home a better place.

Barbara Ringuette – Region 2 Rep -

My husband and I moved to Silver Lake 24 years ago and fell in love with the community.  We set out with neighbors to stop graffiti, gang activity and crime. With SLIA, the City and the Police we had success.  We’ve seen our neighborhood improve immensely.I worked as an administrator for Children & Family Services, Los Angeles County.

My job is to relay your voice to the City to make certain you are  heard. Let me help address your neighborhood concerns as I work with several committees and as Co-chair of Transportation & Public Works. I am bringing Adopt-A-Street to Silver Lake.

We have a vital community and my dream is to get even better – to beautify the public areas, find parking solutions and bring a Saturday TROLLEY along Sunset Boulevard.

What do you think I should try next?

Amy Clarke – Region 2 Rep and Co-Chair of Arts & Culture Committee -

A native Washingtonian and graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Amy Clarke moved to Silver Lake from Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2007 and immediately fell in love with the diversity and community. As a musician (pianist, keyboardist, vocalist, & percussionist), composer, songwriter, performing & recording artist, Amy’s music has been featured on TV & radio, and she has performed across the country at major festivals, clubs, and venues including SXSW, Burning Man, Los Angeles & San Diego Burning Man Decompression, Sunset Junction, The Viper Room, The Bitter End, The House of Blues, King King, the Derby & Tangier, and was the Social Media Ambassador for Lilith 2010 in Washington, DC. Amy received her 5th ASCAP Plus award in 2011, and released the single “We Are The Web” in time for Winter Solstice 2012. More about her music and work can be found via her website:

Passionate about sustainability, permaculture, community & green space, Amy also produces mixed media, arts, outdoor and educational events through her developing initiative Gaia Grove ( to benefit local communities, non-profits, and the environment ~ helping to heal the earth and living in greater harmony with nature. Amy has worked with Tree People, the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, the Amazon Conservation Team, Direct Relief International and more, volunteers in the Micheltorena Community Garden, and envisions similar spaces in Silver Lake in the near future.

On the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, Amy is a Representative for Region 2 and a Co-Chair of the Arts & Culture Committee. She owns a home on the south side of Silver Lake with her partner & daughter with a magical garden & studio, where she lives and works – creating, growing community, & planning future events.

Anthony Crump – Region 3 Rep and Co-Chair, Executive Committee

Since 2009, I’ve represented Region 3 on our neighborhood council and, since 2010, served as Treasurer. I’d love to keep working for you and I hope that you’ll give me that opportunity.Here’s what I bring to the table:
- Knowledge and experience navigating the maze of city government. In fact, I was part of the team that helped get approval and funding for Sunset Triangle Plaza (aka Polka-dot Plaza).
- 10+ years of experience in community engagement and facilitation working with residents on planning issues and helping to identify solutions.
- A level headed and pragmatic approach to our quality of life issues.
- A commitment to celebrate and protect the diversity of our community. From renters to homeowners, wealthy and just getting by, I believe that our diversity is what makes our neighborhood special.

Maidel Luevano – Region 3 Rep -

As a resident of Region 3 for the past three years, I look forward to working alongside my Silver Lake neighbors, to continue making our community a vibrant place for all of us to enjoy. I have a professional background in urban planning, which I try my best to combine with my passion for supporting the arts.

My goals as a neighborhood council rep would focus on supporting ideas of inclusive local governance, sustainable urban development, supporting arts and culture initiatives, and working hard to voice the opinions and ideas of Region 3 among the broader Silver Lake community.

Gale Jaffe - Region 4 Rep  -

Gale moved to Silver Lake in 1987. She worked as a teacher,counselor and administrator for Los Angeles Unified School District. She became interested in the Neighborhood Council when a proposedvdevelopment on Maltman Ave. would have destroyed one of the first works of architect, Rudolf Schindler. The neighborhood organized and saved his fine work. Gale collected e-mails from neighbors and kept them informed. Several members of the SLNC helped in that struggle. When elections came up, Gale felt it was time to give back. Since that time, she has continued to be involved in neighborhood issues– the latest was partnering with the Silver Lake Improvement Association (SLIA) to obtain a grant from CD13 to clean blighted areas on Silver Lake Blvd. She still sends weekly e-mail blasts on topics of interest, and continues to be active in neighborhood preservation and building a sense of community. To that end she is a member of the Urban Design and Preservation Committee as well as the SLIA.

Rusty Millar - Region 4 Rep and Co-Chair, Executive Committee and Chair, Transportation Committee -

It is a privilege to serve the stakeholders of the Silver Lake in Region 4. It is a position that I enjoy and work hard to do. The input from all stakeholders help make Silver Lake a better place to live. During my tenure on the SLNC I have been a leader on environmental issues that impact all of us on a daily basis. I have successfully worked with other NC leaders to stop an 18% water rate increase. I activily work to include alternate transportation modes to be included in city planning. For five years I helped shape the Highway 2 terminus project to include mitigating measures to address air quality and local traffic needs. Some people talk, I get results for Silver Lake. Please vote for Rusty Millar on Oct 6, thank you.

Dale Benson- Region 5 Rep and Transportation & Public Works Committee - Civil Engineer, Filmmaker, Urban Farmer, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advocate. Silverlake resident – 15 years -

People of rich cultural diversity, wonderful architecture, lakes, gardens, animals, nature, thriving businesses and active residents, are all nestled together in the hills of Silverlake.As a representative of the Silver Lake neighborhood Council Area #5, I work to represent the local stakeholders in working for the community’s best interest. I am especially interested in improving the quality of life here by tackling environmental justice (air, noise, water, pollution), social justice (low-income housing) transportation (transit connections, bicycles and pedestrians), safety (traffic, crime, emergency preparedness), stewardship (care for what we have), preservation (historical fabric), and City accountability (stop wasteful spending practices).

Together we can can work for a more livable, sustainable Silverlake.

Dorit Dowler-Guerrero – Region 5 Rep and Treasurer, Executive Committee, and Co-Chair of Education

As a member of the SLNC, I bring my 25 years of professional (social work) and community activism to serve all the people in Silver Lake, especially region 5.My focus is on supporting local schools, helping Silver Lakes homeless to get off the streets, bicycle/traffic safety, increased public transpiration, preserving Silver Lakes history and “livability issues”.

During my 15 years as a Silver Lake resident, I started a fundraising group at Micheltorena Street School, served on the School Site Counsel at Micheltorena and Thomas Starr King Schools, served on the Belleview Park Advisory Board, participated in People Assisting the Homeless Silver Lake Homeless population inventory, got a traffic light installed at Hyperion and Sunset, and participated in forming the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council.

I have worked closely with CD13 and CD4, received the 2011 SHero award from Senator Curren Price and been honored by LAUSD and CD13.

Lawrence Faljean – Region 6 Rep -

There comes a time when you realize that someone has to speak for those who can’t. There also comes a time when you realize that person is you. The city is an ever changing melting-pot and everyone deserves to have a safe and healthy place to live in. Let’s keep Silver Lake great for years to come.

Abigail Treanor – Region 6 Rep -

I recently moved to Silver Lake in 2011, but I have been a resident of Los Angeles County for over thirty years. After attending USC for my political science degree and then UCLA for my law degree, I began practicing as an attorney in the Los Angeles area, mainly on behalf of employees and others who are often in lesser bargaining positions than their opponents. I have a fresh perspective on the issues that affect Silver Lake, such as safety, traffic, and the development and maintenance of public areas. My special interest is in the continuing betterment of the Silver Lake Reservoirs as an area where the entire community can gather, play, run, and socialize. I’m here to work with the community to improve these and other pressing issues that affect our neighborhood.

Renee Nahum - Region 7 Rep and Chair, Friends of Silver Lake Animals -

I have lived in and loved Silver Lake for 25-plus years, and as co-chair of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, I always emphasize civility and community empowerment. Working with dedication and determination, I show up whenever asked and wherever there’s an issue and a need. And we have gotten things done — powerfully speaking the community’s views to City Hall regarding the Sunset Junction Street Fair, solving public safety problems, protecting the community from harmful projects, successfully requesting city services, championing environmental causes, and promoting local businesses. I’m also co-chair of the Friends of Silver Lake Animals and the Reservoir committees and have championed the well-being of animals and the enhancement of the reservoir property. I’m a Cal-Arts graduate — to me, a good neighborhood council, and ours is one, is a work of art but always a work in progress!

Michael Masterson - Region 7 Rep and Co-Chair of History Collective &  Reservoir Complex Committees -, 213.760.1176

Michael, originally from Oklahoma, has been a Silver Lake resident for 24 years after living in London, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. He has almost 30 years experience in advertising, marketing and strategic planning in the photography, publishing and design industries, currently focusing on business development and recruiting for creative companies through Masterson Consulting.Michael’s original involvement with the SLNC was through the History Collective Committee on which he still serves as co-chair. Additionally, he is the national president of the American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) whose members come from the photography industry nationwide.

Sarah Dale
Leonardo Chalupowicz
Elizabeth Bougart-Sharkov – At-Large 2003-2012
Scott Crawford
Susan Hutchinson
Annemarie Ralph
Adam Marvel
Claudia Vazquez – At-Large 2009-2011
Amanda Berman – Region 5 2009-2011
Crissi Avila – Region 3 2008-2010
Peter Choi – At Large 2003-2005
Glen Dake * – At Large 2005 – ?
Barbara Dakin – At Large 2003 – 2005
Laura Dwan * – At Large 2006 – 2010
Bea Gold – At Large 2006 – 2010
Martin Hittelman * – At Large 2003 – 2006
Lorraine Kells – At Large 2004 – 2006
Luis Lopez * – At Large 2005 – ?
Jason Lyon * – At Large 2003 – ?
Cherie Miller * – At Large 2005 – ?
Jane Renahan – At Large 2003 – 2005
Salvador Sanchez * – At Large 2003 – 2004
Marian Aguilar – Region 1 2003 – 2004
Judith Borstein – Region 1 2004 – 2006
Addie Daddio * – Region 1 2005 – ?
Michael Locke * – Region 1 2003 – 2005
Joshua St. Thomas – Region 1 2006-?
Rebecca Guzman-Franco – Region 2 2006 – ?
Roberto Haraldson * – Region 2 2003 – 2005
Jens Kohler – Region 2 2005 – Present
Jacqueline Rivera * – Region 2 2004 – 2006
Charles Wiggington * – Region 2 2003 – 2004
Robin Dakin – Region 3 2003 – 2005
Lewis Myers – Region 3 2003 – 2004
Jeff Hradec – Region 3 2004 – ?
Michael Lopez – Region 3 (appointed) 2006 – 2006
Kristopher Walin – Region 3 2006 – Present
Peter Choi – Region 4 2005 – 2006
Alvin W. Hopkins – Region 4 2004 – 2005
Sandra Ruiz – Region 4 2003 – 2004
Genelle Le Vin * – Region 5 2004 – 2006
Luis Lopez * – Region 5 2003 – 2005
Michael Menjivar – Region 5 2006 – 2009
Darren Morton – Region 5 2003 – 2004
Luther Wentzel * – Region 5 2005 – ?
Robert Brooks – Region 6 2003 – 2004
Bea Gold – Region 6 2004 – 2006
Patricia McGrath – Region 6 2006 – 2010
Jeremy Rothe-Kushel – Region 6 2005 -?
Garry Willis – Region 6 2003 – 2005
Loren Colin – Region 7 2006 – 2009
Douglas Dickstein * – Region 7 2005 – ?
Laura Dwan * – Region 7 2003 – 2005
Michaeljohn Horne – Region 7 2003 – 2004
Gena Nason * – Region 7 2004 – 2006

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