Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Governing Board
Co-chairs: Anthony Crump | Nicholas Fox Robbins
Vice Chair: Nora Goudsmit
Treasurer: Lena M. Najarian Kaderali
Secretary: Seth Copenhaver
Meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM
at Ivanhoe Elementary School, 2828 Herkimer St., Los Angeles, CA 90039
Please check calendar for agendas.
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 18 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 Board@SilverLakeNC.org
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MEMBERS OF THE BOARD:
Mark Duncan – At-Large Representative
After UCLA, I moved east and fell in love with the creative energy and artistic community. I have lived in Silver Lake and Los Feliz ever since – nearly 15 years. My family and I purchased a home in Silver Lake and have put down our roots. I want to help make our neighborhood an even better place to live! I currently serve on the SLNC Urban Design and Preservation Committee, the Friends of Silver Lake Library Board, and am involved in many local community groups.
I will push for the city to clean up/maintain Sunset Blvd and our other public spaces, for responsible access to the reservoir without disrupting our neighborhood, and promote more community events that bring Silver Lakers together. We need a strong voice to be heard at City Hall, and I am committed to making sure the city listens to the needs of our community.
Paul Emmons – At-Large Representative
I am a native of Los Angeles. I have lived in Silver Lake for more than three decades and I currently reside on Lake View Av., adjacent to the historic Red Car Line and Silver Lake Avenue stairs. I have been a member of IATSE Local 80 for 23 years and was the first member of my craft to be elected to the Local’s Executive Board. I am currently serving my fourth term as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Pasadena Fire Department EMS Reserves. In 2014, I worked on the campaign for Jimmy Gomez to California’s AD51, which includes Silver Lake. I have been the incident commander for First Aid Services to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses since 2001. In 2008, I was awarded the Clara Barton Award for volunteer leadership by the American Red Cross. I currently serve as co-chair of SLNC Transportation and Public Safety Committee. I have a long history of community participation and connection to Silver Lake. I strongly believe in equality of opportunity for everyone and in the diversity that makes our community unique. It is this very diversity that brings differing points of view to the issues that challenge our decisions and it is important that we are able to discuss these issues with respect and civility.
Lorraine Getz – At-Large Representative
I love Silver Lake and am an involved stakeholder in our community. I have a child who attends Ivanhoe Elementary school and own a home in the neighborhood. I care about our city and know that what makes Los Angeles great are diverse and inclusive neighborhoods like Silver Lake. I graduated from USC with a B.A. in communications, and my work as a local real estate agent keeps me keenly aware of what is happening locally in our city. My work also gives me an opportunity to share what I love about this special place with others.
As a parent, I’ve donated much of my time for local schools, including serving on the board of the Los Angeles Family School preschool. Currently, I chair the annual auction fundraiser for Friends of Ivanhoe, which raises 50K for our neighborhood public school. These experiences have led me to understand the importance of communication between neighbors, businesses, and organizations large and small. Together, we can do so much to make Silver Lake an even better place to live and work. I bring new ideas, energy, and great enthusiasm. As a daughter of a business entrepreneur my entire life and now in business for myself, I particularly look forward to working with and helping showcase our unique local independent businesses.
Nora Goudsmit – At-Large Representative, Vice-Chair SLNC Governing Board
Nora Goudsmit is the current Vice Chair of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council. She ran for an At-Large position on the Council with 5 Top Community Priorities: (1) Safe streets for all community members, (2) A reservoir plan that includes community members at-large, (3) Connecting community members, (4) Improving green space, and (5) Partnering with community organizations for our youth. Nora Goudsmit is looking forward to her time on the SLNC to serve her community.
Elaine Harris Roark – At-Large Representative
Elaine is an enthusiastic Silver Lake resident, environmental attorney, and is trained as a landscape architect. She is focused on preserving the neighborhood’s unique identity while embracing its sustainable and dynamic future. Her personal and professional experiences give her a discerning lens and balanced approach to addressing some of the neighborhood’s forefront issues including growth, economics, climate change and evolving aesthetics. Inspired by the events of 2016, Elaine sought to become more involved in the community and joined the board of Silver Lake Forward to volunteer her expertise in a space she uses daily, the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex. As a newly-elected member of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council, Elaine looks forward to working with stakeholders to create a better community for all current and future residents.
Dulce Stein – At-Large Representative
Samantha Danner – Region 1 Representative
Tina Lin – Region 1 Representative
Barbara Ringuette – Region 2 Representative; Co-Chair Governmental Affairs Committee
Silver Lake is a great community. I began serving as Region 2 Representative in 2012 to help preserve what is special about our neighborhoods and tackle quality of life concerns. For the last two decades I’ve seen how crucial it is to work together on neighborhood and city-wide issues of homelessness, developments that don’t fit our neighborhoods, traffic congestion, and safety. I want to hear our community’s concerns and advocate for our neighbors.
I serve on the Urban Design Committee, as Neighborhood Council Budget Representative, and was co-chair of the SLNC Transportation & Public Works Committee for 4 years. Also, I serve on the Silver Lake Improvement Association Board. My focus is on land use matters, preserving affordable housing, and homelessness. As an elected Neighborhood Council Budget Advocate and committee co-chair, I’ve represented neighborhood concerns and made recommendations to multiple City Departments, Councilmembers, the Mayor and Senator de León’s office.
Ben Cassorla – Region 2 Representative
Ben Cassorla is very proud to represent Region 2. He’s been a small business owner there for 5 years, and a resident for the last 6 months. He’s a daily neighborhood walker with his daughter on the way to Hilltop Nursery School, a frequent Mariela’s and Maury’s patron, and someone who’s sad to see the Happy Foot/Sad Foot sign stop spinning.
He advocates for affordable and supportive housing around the city as a lead organizer with LA Forward, and wants to activate as many Silver Lake residents as possible to take part in local government.
Seth Copenhaver – Region 3 Representative; Board Secretary
I have been a resident of Silver Lake Region 3 for over 10 years. I initially decided to get involved with the Neighborhood Council to meet and interact more with my neighbors, so it was great fortune that I quickly found myself connecting with countless members of the community that already feel like old friends.
I have a firm belief that all Silver Lake issues are important and deserve their due attention, so I love that I am afforded the opportunity to engage with every SLNC Committee as well as an abundance of stakeholders in my positions as Secretary of the Governing Board and Co-Chair of the Outreach Committee.
Anthony Crump – Region 3 Representative, Co-Chair SLNC Governing Board
A resident of Silver Lake for more than 10 years, Anthony is a parent of Micheltorena Elementary School student, past president of Hilltop Nursery School, experienced facilitator and equity/social justice advocate. He represented Region 3 on the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council for five-plus years before taking time off. He also served as Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Co-chair and Treasurer. Professionally, Anthony serves as the Interim Deputy Executive Officer for Community Relations at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He has worked for more than 20 years in community relations, bridging the gap between residents and local government.
Imran Syed – Region 4 Representative
Imran Syed has lived in Silver Lake for over 3 years. Actively participating in his local community is a priority for him. He is constantly trying to learn of new ways that he can contribute to the well being of his neighborhood. Imran personally feels open dialogue and community events are a great tool for healing, and bringing people together.
Ianthe Zevos – Region 4 Representative
Jeremy Black – Region 5 Representative
I ran for Silver Lake Neighborhood Council in order to help preserve the unique culture and community that sets Silver Lake apart from other areas of Los Angeles. I’ve lived around the world in some great places but Silver Lake is the only place that has ever truly felt like home. Its unique style and charm, coupled with its edginess and rich history, make it a perfect place for me to live. I live near the Sunset Plaza Triangle and have been witness to rapid growth and the loss of not just longstanding businesses but also some really iconic architecture and landmarks. I believe that gentrification is inevitable but must be managed responsibly so that we don’t lose what makes Silver Lake special.
I’m proud and honored to be a member of the Board and look forward to working with all stakeholders to make Silver Lake an even better place to live, work and play.
Lena M. Najarian Kaderali – Region 6 Representative, Board Treasurer
Lena Najarian Kaderali is proud to represent Region 6 on the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council. Lena is a local public school parent and has been a vocal advocate for street safety issues. As Treasurer of the SLNC, Lena’s professional experience in securities compliance coupled with her educational background in library and information sciences uniquely informs her commitment to bringing transparency and accountability to the financial affairs of the Council.
Scott Gamzon- Region 6 Representative
I believe that Silver Lake is the best neighborhood in Los Angeles and I am excited to serve on the SLNC representing Region 6. I first got involved in local politics through my work surrounding street safety and mobility issues. As co-founder of Keep Rowena Safe, I am proud that our work in educating the public helped protect the safety mitigations on Rowena Ave. from being removed. I seek to work with stakeholders to make all of the streets in Silver Lake more livable and safer for everyone who travels on them whether they are behind the wheel, on a bike, or on foot.
Outside of the SLNC, I am one of the volunteer coordinators for the Karsh Center Food Pantry in Koreatown and serve on the LGBTQ Diversity Committee of the Motion Picture Editors Guild. I have also served as co-treasurer for Friends of Ivanhoe.
Though it was street safety issues that introduced me to the SLNC, I am interested in hearing from stakeholders about all of their concerns and working to keep Silver Lake the friendly, vibrant and eclectic neighborhood that we all love.
Joanna Pawlowska – Region 7 Representative
Sarah Ullman – Region 7 Representative
Current Liaisons and Reps:
Aging Liaison: Nina Sorkin and Stephanie Vendig
Film Liaison: Paul Emmons and Mark Duncan
Budget Advocate Representatives: Barbara Ringuette and Tony Michaelis
Alliance of River Communities Representative: Barbara Ringuette and John Engelke
Hyperion Bridge Representative: Nina Sorkin
Animal Services Liaison: Taryn Poole
Sustainability Alliance representatives: Sarah Ullman
Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition: TBD
Plan CheckNC LA Liaison: Barbara Ringuette and Ianthe Zevos
DWP MOU Oversight and Advocacy Committee Representative: Sarah Ullman
Public Safety Liaison: Paul Emmons
Homeless Liaison: Samantha Danner and Maebe A Girl
PAST BOARD MEMBERS:
Jennifer Dibs, Region 4, 2019-2019
Doug Reed, Region 2, 2018-2019
Taryn Poole, Region 6, 2016 – 2019
Janis Purins, Region 7, 2018-2019
Heather Carson, At Large, 2014-2019
Jerome Courshon , At Large, 2015-2019
Darius Derakshan, At Large, 2018-2019
Glenn Harrell, At Large, 2016-2019
Anne-Marie Johnson, At Large, – 2019
Scott Plante, At Large, 2016-2019
Antonio Stifano, At Large, 2016-2019
Hannah Anderson, Region 1, 2016-2019
Rebecca Ruben – 2019
Melissa Samuels – 2019
Bob Lisauskas, Region 5, 2016-2019
David Valdez – 2019
Betsy Isroelit, Region 6, 2016-2019
Terrence Jackson, Region 7, 2016-2019
Kathleen Hudson, Region 4, 2017-2019
Stacey Boucher, Region 7, 2016-2018
Elizabeth Torres, Region 2, 2016-2018
Patty Jausoro, At Large, 2016-January 2018
Caroline Pham, Region 2, 2016-2017
Joe Ferrell, Region 6, 2014-2016
Anthony Crump, Region 3, 2010-2016
Matthew Desario, Region 6 2014-2016
Kinoka Ogsbury, At-Large, 2014-2016
Seamus Garrity, Region 3, 2014-2016
Tracey Woolfolk, Region 4, 2016
Joshua Javier Gomez, Region 1, 2014 – 2016
James Bigelow, Region 4, 2014 – 2016
Christine Kantner, Region 5, 2014-2016,
Jeff Wayne, Region 5, 2015 – 2016
Teresa Sitz, At-Large, -2015
Ted Adams, Region 4, -2015
Amy Clarke, At-Large, -2015
Annie Sperling – 2015
Dorit Dowler-Guerrero, 2015
Charles Herman-Wurmfeld – At-Large – 2015
Flor Cruz, Region 1, 2012-2014
Janet Cunningham, At-Large, -2014
Dale Benson, Region 5, -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
Karen Speitel – 2014
Abigail Treanor, Region 6, 2012-2014
Nadine Trujillo, At-Large, -2014
Elizabeth Bougart-Sharkov – At-Large 2003-2012
Scott Crawford, Region 1, 2005-2012
Kim Jones- Region 6 & board secretary, 2005-2009
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