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.  Send an email to the entire SLNC Governing Board at

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hc_pic_slncHeather Carson – At-Large Representative & Co-Chair Arts & Culture Committee Heather.Carson@silverlakenc.orgI first got involved when a board member obtained the SLNC’s backing for a zoning variance on his personal property despite 320 neighbors protesting against it. Ultimately the neighbors prevailed. Then I discovered 4 of the Board Members present for his hearing neglected to attend a Special Board Meeting a few hours later to vote on funds for our community. $3500 in funds was returned to the city. Twice I went before the board to state this for the Public Record and twice the 4 erased their names from the Minutes. I got involved again when a motion was proposed to ban Short-Term Rentals. In 3 days we gathered 4000 signatures in LA -975 signatures in SL alone- in support of regulated Short-Term Rentals. I want a Neighborhood Council that serves the neighborhood and not the council. Member: SLNC Urban Design & Preservation Committee Silver Lake Time Bank Nurture Council

ac-amandalopez-laweekly2013Amy Clarke – At-Large Representative; Co-Chair SLNC Governing Board & Executive Committee –

A native Washingtonian & Georgetown University School of Foreign Service graduate (BSFS; Culture & Politics in International Affairs), Amy Clarke moved to Silver Lake from Williamsburg, NY in 2007 and quickly fell in love with the community. An indie songwriter/musician (keyboardist, vocalist, percussionist) & performing/recording artist who released her self-produced EP “After The Fall” to notable acclaim, TV/radio coverage & breakout success, she has played across the US at major festivals, clubs, & venues including SXSW, Burning Man, Burning Man Decompression, Sunset Junction, The Viper Room, The Bitter End (NY), The Black Cat (DC), The House of Blues, King King, Fais Do Do, Los Globos, and more; she was also Social Media Ambassador for Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith 2010 in DC. Amy received her 5th ASCAP Plus award in 2011, released the single “We Are The Web” for Winter Solstice 2012, and continues to create, compose & perform ( Passionate about sustainability, Amy also produces eclectic arts & music events through Gaia Grove to heal the earth & benefit local communities and the environment.

For the SLNC, Amy is currently an At-Large Representative and Co-Chair of Governing Board & Executive Committee. In the neighborhood, she works with Micheltorena Garden (Teaching/Gardener/Volunteer), Silver Lake Improvement Association, Make Music LA, Music Box Steps Day, Silver Lake Time Bank, the Silver Lake JCC (Native Plant Garden), neighbors, businesses, community, and with CD13 and other Representative offices. “Thinking globally, acting locally”, she envisions co-creating a more peaceful world with more green space, arts, & creative education along with cooperative values of equality, tolerance & open-mindedness. She owns her own home & magical garden in Silver Lake where she lives, works & plays with her partner and daughter, and believes that water and love are our planet’s most valuable resources.

Charles_Herman_Wurmfeld_Reg7_SLNC_2014Charles Herman-Wurmfeld – At-Large Representative; Co-Chair SLNC Governing Board & Executive Committee –

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 Witherspoon 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-interpreting/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 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 Representative, Co-Chair Governmental Affairs 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.

David-Modern-R7_SLNCDavid Modern – At-Large Representative -

David has lived in Silverlake for 17 years. He recently began attending Neighborhood Council meetings out of a concern over a small lot development on his street. After helping organize neighbors in opposing the project, the Council rejected the proposal, making it clear to him the need for participation in the process by people willing to speak up and take action. He has the temperament to be an effective advocate for the community. David is an independent thinker who has strong convictions. Even-tempered and fair-minded, he is an excellent listener. An engineer by training, who was born and raised in Germany, David is rational, logical and honest. He is skilled at using humor to diffuse tension and can be seen riding his bicycle all over LA.

kinoka_smallKinoka Ogsbury – At-Large Representative, Co-Chair Outreach Committee Kinoka.Ogsbury@silverlakenc.orgKinoka Ogsbury is a mother, designer at a SL apparel company, and a resident of this beautiful oasis for the past 7 years. Kinoka Onnah means “Blue Sky” in the Lakota Sioux language., and her love of the green outdoors instilled growing up in Boulder Colorado is what drew her to Griffith Park and the Silver Lake Reservoir. Kinoka is wrapping up her EMBA at UCLA Anderson in May of this year and believes that the sharing economy is one of the few positives injecting creativity and resources into our community, especially in these tough economic times.”I feel very strongly that the neighborhood council should reflect the prevailing beliefs and values of our community, and I feel equally disappointed that it has failed too often in this charge. We need to elect people that show compassion, respect, and generosity to all they claim to represent, not just their friends.”

Teresa-SitzTeresa Sitz – At-Large Representative, Board Secretary, Executive Committee and Co-Chair of Education Committee –

Teresa joined the SLNC in 2012. She re-established the Outreach Committee and co-founded the Education Committee. Working with SLNC and community members Ms. Sitz authored/co-authored more than 20 motions and 2 bylaws amendments. Through the Education Committee Ms Sitz co-produced a bike rodeo for neighborhood youth, a workshop on bullying, and with the Echo Park Neighborhood Council, established a joint subcommittee on Hunger and Homelessness.

Ms Sitz volunteers with the Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic and helped produce Silver Lake’s Christmas luncheon for needy families. Ms. Sitz knows empowered people are Silver Lake’s most valuable asset. The LAPD, City Attorney’s Office, and even the City Council can’t solve our problems without our help. Neighbors communicating and working together are the key to safe and secure communities.

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

joshua-gomez-3Joshua Javier Gomez – Region 1 Representative, Co-Chair Education, Youth & Families Committee

Hello my name is Joshua Gomez, 17 years old, attending to John Marshall HS as a junior. I’ve been living in Silver Lake for 7 years and loving it. I live with my mother, a single mom. The concerns that I have around the community of Silver Lake are graffiti works, irresponsible driving, bike safety. Recently a student at John Marshall was killed in bicycle accident, which concerned many young bicyclists about safety on the road. I know what the Gang Injunction is and it would be great to talk to families who are effected by this. I would like to represent the people of region 1 and represent the youth in this and all of Silver Lake. I am part of the Boy Scouts of America working to acquire the Eagle rank and love to do volunteer work.

helenphoto4Helen De La Paz Dion – Region 1 Representative, Co-Chair Education, Youth & Families Committee

Helen Dion immigrated to the US from El Salvador in 1984, living in Silver Lake the last 7 years with her three children. Dion has worked as the community representative at Micheltorena Elementary School the last 3 years, forming partnerships with non-profit agencies to bring services to students and their families.Dion volunteers at the Micheltorena Community Garden and the Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic. She is an advocate for children and families dealing with food and housing insecurities and worked to form the Joint Subcommittee on Hunger and Homelessness under the Education Committees of the SLNC and GEPENC (Echo Park). She managed the kitchen staff, serving more than 250 needy families at the annual Christmas Luncheon.
Dion speaks English and Spanish and is a well-respected community organizer. She regularly attends SLNC committee and Governing Board meetings, engaging parents in SLNC issues. Dion supports the shared economy and social justice.

Georgene-Smith-Goodin-Silver-Lake-NCGeorgene Smith Goodin – Region 2 Representative, Board Treasurer, Budget & Finance Committee, Executive Committee

An East Coast transplant, Georgene Smith Goodin has lived in Los Angeles since 1995. In 2010 she moved to Silver Lake, where she and her husband have been restoring a 1909 bungalow with obsessive attention to detail. As a result, she has developed a deep interest in Silver Lake’s unique history. Her professional career has run the gamut from special ed substitute teacher to television producer, and she currently works as a sales management consultant.
A new member of the council, she is proud to represent Region 2 and to serve as the Council’s Treasurer. She would like to build a cohesive strategy for spending Council’s funding and would like input from all stakeholders on how to shape the budget.

Passionate about community gardens, she has been instrumental in the relaunching of the community garden at the Salvation Army Alegria House on Sunset Blvd. If you’re interested in getting your hands dirty and helping this garden grow, please shoot her an email.

Karen-Speitel-R7_SLNCKaren Speitel – Region 2 Representative, Co-Chair Community Liaison Committee

After recently opening a Pilates studio in the Silver Lake neighborhood in May 2013, Karen has been fortunate to meet many of the stakeholders in the area. They have voiced their opinions and concerns of our growing neighborhood and their ideas to keep the area the eclectic, diverse and bustling city it has become.

As a council member, Karen will be able to present these ideas and concerns directly to the council. Karen is passionate about the safety of our city and how to prevent crime and keep the neighborhood walkable and bike friendly. She also wants to work with the council and stakeholders to find solutions to the graffiti on buildings and abandoned trash on sidewalks and walkways.

Lastly, Karen is committed to finding ways to bring more positive businesses to our area and how we as a neighborhood can support those businesses so they remain in our area.

Anthony Crump – Region 3 Representative

Since 2009, I’ve represented Region 3 on our neighborhood council, and was Treasurer from 2010-2013.  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.

Seamus_GarritySeamus Garrity – Region 3 Representative, Co-Chair Public Safety Committee

 I’ve lived in Silver Lake since 2004. I met my wife in region 3 in the year 2000, and in 2010 we were married in our front yard on Tularosa Drive. Many of our neighbors attended the service and we are now raising our daughter here. I am a piano teacher by trade and I drive all over Los Angeles and the surrounding cities throughout the week. Silver Lake is home.As a family man public safety is always a priority. Not just regarding crime but traffic is also a concern of mine.
As an educator, another one of my main concerns will be regarding education in our neighborhood. Outside of the Ivanhoe school district, opportunities are not necessarily great for everyone, and I want to make sure we are doing all we can to make things better.
I will work hard and be an active listener to all stakeholders.

TedAdamsPictureSLNC Ted Adams – Region 4 Representative, Board         Vice-Chair, Executive Committee -

I have made Silver Lake my home for eight years, openly embracing its progressive and amicable character. I am honored to be the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s current Vice-Chair.

I am a passionate community builder and facilitator with a bachelor’s degree in Planning, Public Policy and Management, and a Master’s of Social Work. I work at a local mental health agency where I conduct therapy with children, adults, and families. Prior to settling down in Silver Lake, I spent several years working for non-profits in India (The Dalai Lama Foundation) teaching in schools serving children growing up in slums, and in Guatemala (UNICEF), administering a food distribution program.

James_BigelowJames Bigelow – Region 4 Representative, Co-Chair Public Safety Committee -

 I care deeply about community, service and action. I’ve worked with children for 13 years; doing behavioral work and coaching parents. I work predominately with “at-risk” youth in homes, schools and community, and currently with the LAUSD. I’ve been a renter in Region 4 for 2.5 years. I think it’s important renters have a voice. I hope to advocate for other renters, and open dialogue in the community about landlord/tenant relations. I’m a volunteer teacher and gardener at Micheltorena School community garden. I teach Radical Empathy (a needs-based process for language that facilitates connections and effectively mitigates conflict) every Tuesday in the community. I will work for a council that prioritizes listening and collaborating with the community. I will work for a community that recognizes and promotes our shared humanity, prioritizes listening over speaking, direct action, restorative justice, consensus-based decision making, developing networks of mutual aid, and free association.

region 5

ChristineKantnerSLNMCChristine Kantner- Region 5 Representative
Native Angeleno, Commercial film & photography producer, Architectural preservationist, Open space conservationist,  CD13 Honoree, Los Angeles Conservancy Member, Marin Agricultural Land Trust member, International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees (Local #871), member,  B.A., Art History, University of Southern California. Wife, Mother, Curator.

Interests include Urban Design & Preservation and neighborhood outreach.

Dorit Dowler-Guerrero – Region 5 Representative, and Co-Chair of Education Committee –

As a member of the SLNC, I bring my 25 years of professional (social work) and community activisSilver-Lake-NC-Region5 annexedm 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 Bellevue 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.

joe_1_higher_contrastJoe Ryan Ferrell – Region 6 Representative, Co-Chair Urban Design & Preservation Committee

Joseph Ferrell recently completed a Master’s program in Public Policy at USC. He currently works in the Office of the Mayor and helped save Los Angeles and its resident’s tax dollars through a number of completed projects. Ferrell’s love for policy led him to join the SLNC Urban Design and Preservation Committee, where he effectively advocates for the local community and fellow stakeholders.Ferrell recently represented more than 100 neighbors at SLNC meetings by urging developers to work towards a more sustainable solution for a proposed small lot development. He also helped nominate an architecturally significant home in Silver Lake for historical monument status. Silver Lake is a highly sought after neighborhood attracting large development projects. Ferrell is dedicated to preserving our neighborhood, challenging out-of-scale development that runs counter to the unique characteristics of Silver Lake, and seeks to guarantee that all stakeholders are properly represented in decision making.

MattDesarioSLNCMatthew Desario – Region 6 Representative

Matthew Desario has lived, owned property, and run a tech firm in Silver Lake for 7 years. Four times he’s fallen in love–with his wife, two daughters and this wonderful neighborhood. Silver Lake and its residents continue to inspire with their empathy and compassion for their neighbors. Matthew is a staunch believer in the sharing economy and green eco-friendly alternatives to conventional travel like home and ride-sharing. He supports regulation that empowers and protects our residents, while giving each compelling viewpoint a voice.”If I had to identify one word that best sums up my philosophy for the time I intend to spend on the neighbors council, it would be Empathy. Some issues will personally move me, and some will appeal more to my friends and neighbors. My job, and the job of all our elected representatives is to represent both types of issues with equal tenacity, effort, and objectivity.”

john_2John Wingler – Region 7 Representative, Co-Chair Reservoir Complex Committee & Community Liaison Committee

I have been active in Silver Lake community affairs as a volunteer since moving to my home in 1991. This participation as a governing board member of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council is my first elective office. My interests are community preservation and responsible growth, improved public transportation alternatives including safe bike and walking routes, neighborhood appreciation opportunities, and the safety and well being of all neighbors.

My husband Lee and I are committed to the growth and health of the Silver Lake Time Bank, a network of members who exchange services for time credits and share their resources, building inter-dependent trust relationships among neighbors.

I graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Mathematics and , received my Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Before retiring, I managed large technical departments within the health care industry and formed my own real estate improvement company.

Hope_ArnoldHope Taylor-Arnold – Region 7 Representative, Co-Chair Reservoir Complex Committee

I am Hope Taylor. I was born and raised in Northern California. I have resided in Los Angeles for 23 years. I have been in slncregion7maprevSilver Lake for 16 of those years.  I am an actress, home owner, landlord, business owner and author, daughter, friend and fighter. My focus and concerns, to name a few include; responsible building by celebrating the green space that surround the site and following the structure of homes in our neighborhood, public safety at home and on our streets including safer sidewalks, bike paths and neighbor involvement. I am pro small business growth but believe it should benefit the direct neighborhood to which it wishes to exist. I care about all people and wish for success in any form an individual can find it. I believe in short term rentals and the sharing economy at large. I believe too often the moment people find success there is someone waiting there to put a wrench in their spokes. I think support not judgement and jealousy is the corner stone of a strong neighborhood. I am a fair person, I always see both sides and work to find fairness however if I decide one way is more fair I do stand by my opinion and I believe I was elected to do just this and elected, in fact, because I am not afraid to stand behind my ideals even if I support the few.

I ask for your patience, help, mutual respect and laughter to get us all through the transition of a new board and new ideals. Silver Lake is an area hampered at times by politics but I and ,believe we, as a board strive to reach past that and solve issues you ask us to help with.

Your ideas are respected and welcome. I have recently been approached with a few ideas from some people in region 7 and they are on their way to fruition. Please feel free to join in all committees and help us realize a peaceful, productive and fruitful community without elitist political agenda.
COMMUNITY MEMBERS SERVING THE SLNC:Budget Advocate Representatives: Barbara Ringuette. Board member Matt Desario is also a Budget Advocate Representative.
Alliance of River Communities Representative: Marshall Van Wormer
Hyperion Bridge Representative: Matthew Mooney
Sergeants-at-Arms: Karina Andrade and Jeff Wayne

Dale Benson, Region 5, -2014
Flor Cruz, Region 1, 2012-2014
Janet Cunningham, At-Large, -2014
Lawrence Faljean, Region 6, -2014
Gale Jaffe, Region 4, -2014
Maidel Luevano, Region 3, 2012-2014
Clint Lukens, Region 1, -2014
Michael Masterson, Region 7, -2014
Rusty Millar, Region 4, 2004-2014
Renee Nahum, Region 7, -2014
Paul Michael Neuman, At-Large, -2014
Scott Plante, At-Large, 2012-2014
Barbara Ringuette, Region 2, -2014
Abigail Treanor, Region 6, 2012-2014
Nadine Trujillo, At-Large, -2014

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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