Governing Board

Silver Lake Neighborhood Council Governing Board

Co-chairs:   Pending |  Pending
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.

Governing Board Agendas and Governing Board Minutes

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



Mark Duncan – At-Large Representative

Bio Pending

Paul Emmons – At-Large Representative

Bio Pending


Nicholas Fox Robbins – At-Large Representative

Nicholas Fox Robbins (At-Large) is a native Angeleno and a resident of Silver Lake for ten years. He cares deeply about the wellbeing of the city of Los Angeles and its people. He was involved with Unite Here! Local 11 for five years as a shop steward because he understands the power of collective action, personally knows the struggles of the service-industry class, and is dedicated to helping marginalized community members, particularly people of color who feel underrepresented. As a renter who would not be in Silver Lake if it weren’t for rent control and who has seen his creative, LGTBQ, and Latinx neighbors pushed out because of rising rent costs, he understands the importance of renter’s rights and keeping Silver Lake accessible to all, and not just the wealthy. While these are important issues to him, equally important to him is a functional representative democracy and he is honored to represent all of Silver Lake and will do so with dedication, civility, passion, empathy, and integrity.


Lorraine Getz
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.


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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

Dulce Stein was born in Mexico City to an artist mother and an engineer father. The family moved to Ensenada prior to emigrating to the United States. At the age of 20, as a young mother, she settled in Hawthorne, California. Dulce became very active in education, civic activities and the local Catholic church where her mother was appointed painter of saints and virgins. Dulce has lived in the city of Hawthorne for 26 years where she earned her degree as a medical assistant and a professional family mediator for at risk youth and families. She has served on the boards of the Friends of the Hawthorne Libraries and The Hawthorne Woman’s Club. As an educator, Dulce received a state award for her work with English learners in her program “Art@thepark” where she offered art classes through the summer months for English learners to help them retain and strengthen their English language vocabulary. Dulce is very passionate about English as a second language as she was self-taught to speak, read and to write as a young immigrant mother. As a mediator, Dulce served as one of two bilingual mediators trained by the honorable Kenneth Cloke for the Centinela Valley High School district serving over 300 families in the two years she served as a mediator.
Today, she works diligently as an art curator. Dulce curated her first exhibition under the supervision and instruction of Mat Gleason in April of 2015. Since 2015 Dulce and her team have curated over 100 exhibits, involving over 1,500 artists and nearly 3,000+ pieces of artwork. Some of her curatorial projects have included venues such as Red Pipe gallery in Chinatown, Coagula Curatorial, KGB gallery, Phantom galleries, The Verdugo Adobe museum, Tag gallery, Jill Joy gallery, Eklectomania, and more.
Currently Dulce is chief curator at the Neutra Institute Museum gallery in Silver Lake, where since 2015 she has been curating 17 shows a year. In 2017 Dulce was invited to the board of the Latino Art Museum in Pomona as a curator and membership strategist. To further enhance her education about Latino heritage and culture, she is currently under the instruction of honorable professor David Hayes- Bautista director of Latino studies in UCLA. In 2018 Dulce was appointed Curator for the Chicano Resource Center at The East L.A County Library.
Additional community activism includes leading a group of volunteers at the Boyle Heights Farmers’ Market with the “Artgarden Table” where children can create artwork at no expense under the instruction of volunteer artists. Dulce is very passionate and grateful about her contributions in the art world and extremely proud of her immigrant background which is demonstrated in the work she does in her community and beyond. Dulce also is currently the Co-chair of the Silver Lake Arts & Culture Committee where she will serve for a two year term.

Samantha Danner
Samantha Danner – Region 1 Representative

After recently moving from East Hollywood to Silver Lake, I am thrilled to be able to continue my neighborhood council service in my new community. I am currently a postdoctoral scholar researching speech and communicative interaction in the Linguistics department at USC, the same department from which I earned my PhD in Linguistics in 2017. My background is in research and quantitative analysis, and I plan to bring my skills to my work as a Region 1 representative for the SLNC by thoughtfully considering the issues brought before the SLNC, by carefully listening to the voices and needs of SLNC stakeholders, and by helping make sound, equitable decisions on behalf of our community.
I have a longstanding interest in improving public policy around the very visible and related issues of homelessness and housing affordability in Los Angeles, having been a member of community homeless advocacy and outreach groups like Hollywood 4Wrd and SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition, and founding and chairing the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness. As a renter, I have seen how the rights of tenants are often overlooked, and I want to help minimize tenant harassment and baseless evictions. I am excited to continue my involvement in the SLNC’s Homelessness and Housing and Tenants’ Rights committees as a board member and as a Homelessness Liaison. I am looking forward to serving the Silver Lake community with dignity and respect.


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Tina Lin – Region 1 Representative

Tina Lin is a Southern California native who is a homeowner and has lived in Silver Lake for the last 7 years. With a background in real estate, finance, and non-profit organizations, she hopes to connect individual neighbors, non-profits and other community organizations and commercial businesses to each other. She is sensitive to issues of gentrification and was formerly a board member of Public Counsel (nation’s largest probono law firm) and Asian Pacific Women’s Center (domestic violence shelter).
“I want to get the word out about important quality-of-life issues in our community like the Silver Lake Reservoir Complex and retail and housing development concerns, but I also want to encourage fun neighborhood gatherings and beautification ideas that will positively reflect on the work of the neighborhood council and give Silver Lake a strong sense of place.”



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.


VACANT SEAT – Region 2 Representative


Seth Copenhaver – Region 3 Representative; Board Secretary

Bio Pending


Anthony Crump

Anthony Crump – Region 3 Representative

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.


Jennifer Dibs – Region 4 Representative

Bio Pending



Ianthe Zevos  – Region 4 Representative

A Silver Lake resident for the last 10+ years, I’m excited to serve on the Board representing Region 4 and give back to our eclectic, unique neighborhood. Silver Lake, like all of Los Angeles, continues to evolve and I am deeply committed to helping our neighborhood be the best it can be for all our diverse stakeholders.
Access, transparency, outreach and most important of all, listening and keeping a consistent dialogue with Silver Lake residents and businesses are my priorities, ensuring that everyone is heard and gets the attention and services they deserve.


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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.


Maebe A. Girl – Region 5 Representative
Bio Pending


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.


VACANT SEAT- Region 6 Representative


Joanna Pawlowska – Region 7 Representative

Bio Pending


Sarah Ullman – Region 7 Representative

Sarah Ullman is proud to represent Region 7 on the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council. She is a freelance director and the founder of One Vote at a Time, a team of filmmakers that makes free campaign videos for candidates who believe in gun safety legislation. Last year, her team of 56 female filmmakers served 191 gun sense candidates in 11 states. In the 2019 cycle, the One Vote team will serve 40 candidates from their Silver Lake production office.
Locally, Sarah has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the foster care system for 3 years. She joined the Advisory Board of Silver Lake Forward upon its founding and cares deeply about making the Reservoir Master Plan process inclusive and equitable.
Sarah holds regular “office hours” at Silver Lake coffee shops where you can meet her to share your ideas, suggestions, and concerns. For dates and times, check her Facebook page, Sarah for Silver Lake.


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
Sergeants-at-Arms: TBD
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



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
Sarah Dale
Leonardo Chalupowicz
Elizabeth Bougart-Sharkov – At-Large 2003-2012
Scott Crawford, Region 1, 2005-2012
Susan Hutchinson
Annemarie Ralph
Kim Jones- Region 6 & board secretary, 2005-2009
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