Board of Directors


The Board of Directors is elected annually for a two year term. Any resident of Ocean Park may be nominated and run during the annual at-large election. Ballots are submitted and tabulated at the Annual Winter meeting, typically held the second Saturday of December. If you intend to run for the Board of Directors, please send an email to contact@opa-sm.org by November 1 to be included on the ballot.

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Jim Lawson  
President



Jim has been a Los Angeles resident since his graduation from Brown University in 1979 where he majored in Economics and Political Science. Jim has two grown children and he has been a resident of Ocean Park since 2009.

Jim enjoys the spirit of Ocean Park and he feels very fortunate to live in an area where people travel from around the world to visit. He is an avid cyclist and he is thrilled about the steps that Santa Monica is taking to enhance that activity.

Jim is a new member of the OPA Board (2011) and he is very excited to be involved in ways that make visitors and new residents feel as welcome to Ocean Park as he does.

Jim is an independent insurance broker who specializes in working with small businesses. His office has been in Beverly Hills (Wilshire and La Cienega) since 1983.













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David Auch Co-Vice President



David has lived in Ocean Park since 1988. He loves it here and looks forward to helping preserve and improve our neighborhood. David became involved with OPA in 2007 because of his interest in Ocean Park Boulevard. He feels we have a great opportunity to improve the beauty and functionality of this key roadway, and show our neighborhood as a leader in green development. As a biker and walker, and living across the street from SMASH, David also sees daily the need to make Ocean Park Boulevard more bike and pedestrian friendly.

Born and raised in Michigan, for the past 15 years David has worked in the fields of marketing and advertising in the Automotive industry. Prior to that he was a banker. Until he came to his senses!

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Andrew Gledhill  Co-Vice President



Andrew has lived in Santa Monica since 1997 and is delighted to be serving on the OPA board. He recognizes that this little area is one of the most desirable places on earth in which to live, but that it can't be expected to stay that way without loving care and attention from residents, whether they're home owners or renters.

Andrew has worked in a variety of advertising/marketing companies on the Westside and in the UK, which is where he spent his formative years. He walks, cycles and practices T'ai Chi in Ocean Park. Andrew's a big fan of Our Fair City's Farmers' Markets and of the Big Blue Bus, especially if there are bags to be carried from 3rd and Arizona.

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Patricia Godon-Tann
  Treasurer



Patricia Godon-Tann is a recent member of OPA but a long time resident of Ocean Park living in the southern Borderline Neighborhood for over 35 years. For the past decade Patricia has worked diligently with the Borderline Neighborhood Group (BNG) to facilitate positive change and promote shared responsibilities of that remarkable area. She is currently the co-chair of that group and feels that while the BNG has been highly successful in its endeavors, more can be accomplished working with and within OPA.

Patricia was born and raised on the Westside and gravitated to the Ocean Park area in the late '60s. A public school graduate, she attended UCLA and CSULA earning Masters Degrees in the "Teaching of Reading with credential" and "School Administration with credential". She was employed by the Los Angeles United School District for nearly 35 years and recently retired as an Elementary School Principal. She is a strong proponent of quality public education and has worked on many committees within the district to enhance curriculum and teacher training.

Living within the area for over three decades has given Patricia the insight of change and the capacity to work at the grass-roots level. She is very excited about serving on the OPA board as she feels that Ocean Park encompasses the best Santa Monica has to offer. Her goal is to help maintain and build upon the unique blend of city sophistication and small town cohesion that is our Ocean Park.

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Marc Morgenstern  Secretary



Marc joined the OPA Board in January 2014 and soon after raised his hand to become our secretary. He graduated from Yale College and is the father of three grown children.

Marc has been a renter and homeowner in Ocean Park since 2007. He came to the West Side on a temporary assignment to run Norman Lear's Declare Yourself youth voter initiative, but was so smitten with Ocean Park that he and his wife never left.

 Formerly a TV news journalist and music executive, Marc is now a technology entrepreneur, avid cyclist and tennis player (on the Ocean View courts), and sometime short story writer. He has been involved in saving Paul Conrad's Chain Reaction sculpture at the Civic Center. He cares deeply about development issues and enhancing Ocean Park's special character.


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Sadat Huq  VP/Membership


Sadat moved to Santa Monica in 2008 and immediately fell in love with the vibrant community of Ocean Park, with its beautiful scenery, casual attitude, and eclectic people. He particularly enjoys the close proximity to the beaches, Santa Monica Pier, 3rd Street Promenade, Downtown Main Street, and neighboring Abbot Kinney. In his spare time Sadat can be found walking, biking, and running through our cozy community.

As an OPA Board Member, Sadat plans to leverage his zest and zeal for Ocean Park and direct his energy and efforts at promoting, preserving, and protecting the community which he considers home. In the upcoming year Sadat hopes to extend his involvement in OPA by recruiting new members, volunteering at our local events, and simply supporting the OPA cause.

Sadat holds a Quantitative Economics degree from Stanford University. He is currently working to develop a mobile app called myTIKR. Sadat's previous professional experience includes his work with NOVICA, a start-up internet company headquartered in Santa Monica.

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Jeff Jarow
  VP/Outreach



Jeffrey Jarow is one of the founding members of the Ocean Park Association (OPA), and the Co-Chair of the Ocean Park Boulevard Beautification Project. In addition, I am also responsible for dealing with issues regarding Main St. and the Farmers Market (initiated the valet bike racks and free parking at the beach on Sunday mornings) and worked on the committees that brought you the very successful Bar-B-Q at the Victorian, the Pancake Breakfast at the Firehouse #2 and the Main St. 4th of July Parade and OPA Float.

I have lived in our community over 30 years, married to Faye and have a son, Morgan. I am PTSA Co-Vice President of SMASH and Treasurer of the CDS-PTA (Child Development Services), and member of the DAC (Development Advisory Committee on early childhood development). I Chair the SMMUSD Prop 39 Facilities Bond (BB) Oversight Committee. I have been an active member of the Chamber of Commerce for 20 years and currently serving on its Board, as well as the City appointed four-year position as the Executive Board Treasurer of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. I also sit on the Board of the Santa Monica Family YMCA. I like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.

It is extremely important for ALL of us, as the OCEAN PARK community, to use this OPA platform to voice OUR opinions, share OUR views, and most importantly, implement OUR ideas, regarding overdevelopment on Main St., traffic circulation throughout, and pedestrian and community safety, to name just a few.

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Judy Abdo

   

Judy has lived in Ocean Park since 1974. She has been active on social justice and social service agency boards for many years, including OPCC and Sojourn. She is a long time member of the SMRR Steering Committee. She was part of the founding staff of Ocean Park Community Organization and became Executive Director of OPCO. She has been an elementary school teacher, a Council Deputy in the City of West Hollywood, Administrator of the Church in Ocean Park, Assistant Director of the Norton Family Office, and Director of Child Development for SMMUSD. She served on the original Pier Restoration Corporation, was elected to the Santa Monica City Council in 1988 and served as Mayor for 3 years. She served on the initial Urban Forest Task Force. She is the Chair of the Pier Corporation and is Santa Monica’s representative to the Metropolitan Water District. She has been working with the OPA OP Zoning group, the Downtown Study Group, and the Climate Change committee of the Church in Ocean Park.

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Ferris Gluck







 

Ferris has been a resident of Ocean Park since New Year's Eve, 2000. She loves taking power walks to the Santa Monica Pier and would like to help preserve the small town feeling of the area. Ferris is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the New England Conservatory as well as the Composing and Arranging program with Dick Grove. She works as a professional musician, playing jazz and classical piano for a wide array of events and shows and composes music for film, TV and live shows. She also teaches private individual and group piano lessons to people of all ages.



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Mark Gorman






 

Mark works as structural engineer for a large multinational engineering company. He and his wife have recently completed a new house in Ocean Park. Originally from Australia, then Cleveland and Los Angeles, Mark finally moved to Ocean Park in 2008, and wouldn’t live anywhere else. He is interested in serving on the OPB board to help keep Ocean Park a great place to live. Change is coming to Santa Monica. The important features of Ocean Park include our iconic history and sense of place and community, which is different even from the rest of Santa Monica; and a diversity of people, buildings and businesses. These we need to preserve. He believes in making Ocean Park more walkable, more bike-able and more neighbor friendly (including the Santa Monica airport).

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Mary Marlow



Mary Marlow joined the board in 2007 and quickly joined the Fourth of July Parade Committee where she found local sponsors to help defray costs and join the fun. She grew up in Michigan and attended schools in both Michigan and California receiving an MBA from USC while working for AT&T in Fortune 500 Business Marketing and Sales. She serves occasionally as a mentor for current USC MBA students. In addition, Mary is an advisor to Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City, a member of the Neighborhood Council and a docent at the Getty Villa.

Her favorite Ocean Park activity is roller blading, biking or just strolling on the beach with her husband, Mark. She is most interested in protecting neighborhood character and quality of life. Mary is chair of the General Plan Committee and is contributing to the city's Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) by attending meetings and providing feedback.

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Evan Meyer


Evan graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in informatics, and a triple minor in psychology, business, and information technology.

He then spent several years as a product manager with Strategic Data Corp (SDC), a company which provided a statistical learning engine for Advertising Networks. Half way through his employment with SDC, FOX Interactive Media (FIM) acquired this company of 13 engineers. There, he continued his product management role, managing the user interface development for this product used by thousands of MySpace/FIM employees, and allowing for the serving and optimization of billions of ads per day.

Evan now uses his knowledge and training to manage all technical development for his own company, RideAmigos. RideAmigos implements cost effective transportation demand management programs to ease traffic congestion, meet clean air requirements and improve commuter data visibility for local and state governments.

Evan loves the outdoors, is a master of creative projects, and an avid artist/musician.

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Michele Perrone


Michele is a Northern California native and has lived in Ocean Park since 1997. She was elected to OPA in 2010 and is an enthusiastic new member. She is inspired and impressed by all the great work OPA does on behalf of Ocean Park and enjoys volunteering on the committees, such as the Fourth of July parade. Michele brings extreme energy to everything she engages in, as evidenced when she won the prize for the individual who raised the most money for the “Super Bowl-a-Thon” in 2011.

Michele is Chair of the Airport Committee and is working hand in hand with other neighborhood groups to find solutions to the traffic coming from Santa Monica Airport. She believes finding a solution to the issues with the SMO is imperative in order to preserve and protect our quality of life here in Ocean Park.  

In her spare time Michele enjoys biking, roller blading, listening to music at Casa del Mar, and all the other physical and cultural activities we are so fortunate to have within walking distance. (And all the friends and neighbors she runs into along the way!)

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Thane Roberts


Thane Graduated from UCSC in 1970 with a BA degree in Environmental Studies. After traveling and working in Europe for 3 years, he came back to UCLA to earn a Masters in Architecture. In 1978 he founded his own practice specializing in European Fashion Boutiques and custom homes. He sold his business in 1997 to fulfill a childhood dream of sailing around the world. After a 10 year 25,000 mile sailing odyssey, he returned to Los Angeles in 2007 and married Ms. Julie Rhee. They are currently living in a modern home designed by Thane in Ocean Park with their two children- Chloe and Tao (2 yrs.).  

Thane’s vision for Ocean Park is of a community that is a model for sustainable living both in terms of its environmental footprint and limits on growth. The desirable coastal location and “small town” atmosphere make it a prime place to live but also for commercial development by outside interests. Santa Monica residents must continue to monitor this process to insure that the City’s allure does not become its undoing from unmanaged growth. Community organizations like OPA can help to insure that Santa Monica continues to be a prime place to live, work and visit for many years to come.

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Mike Salazar

I am an architect and have lived in Santa Monica since 1997 and Ocean Park for most of the last 14 years. I have been a member of the OPA Airport Committee since its inception. I have also been involved with the Santa Monica Conservancy, with CASMAT and Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City in reviewing planning and environmental documents.

I was born and raised in Pasadena, and I served three stints on the Design Commission (similar to our ARB), and two terms on the Community Development Committee (citizen advisory board to non-defunct Redevelopment Agency. Under these bodies I served on the Civic Center Master Plan Committee, & Police Station Advisory Board. I have also served on the Library Commission, and was Treasurer for the citizen-led successful campaign to pass a bond measure (that has been renewed 4 times by the citizens) to fully fund the library system in Pasadena.

I look forward to this opportunity to serve on the OPA Board and to bring a further voice of my neighborhood to OPA and of all of Ocean Park to the greater City.

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Jodi Summers


The first time Jodi visited Santa Monica, she was seven years old. It was a family trip from her home in New York. As they were having an adventure on the Santa Monica Pier, Jodi told her parents she was coming back. She did…it was the week after the Northridge Earthquake. Not an auspicious but the start of a great adventure.

After sampling various areas along the Los Angeles coast, Jodi bought her home in Ocean Park 17 years ago. The experience shaped her in many ways. It was her first major investment, and being part of the portfolio-building Southern California market inspired her to pursue a career in real estate, helping others build their wealth. On a personal level, she was comfortable within the community, appreciating the easy, self-motivating lifestyle.

Jodi believes that Ocean Park is one of the best neighborhoods in the country. It’s proximity to beach, business and shopping make it perfectly situated for her busy lifestyle.

As Communications Chair for the Ocean Park Association, she is able to use the marketing skills she first learned growing up in a “Mad Men”-like household. Realizing she had a flare for communications, Jodi attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, graduating with honors.

She is proud to serve her neighborhood on the Ocean Park Association and be a voice for her community.

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David Tann


David became a Santa Monica resident in 1967 and a homeowner in Ocean Park in 1978. He has been a member of the Borderline Neighborhood Group for over 10 years where he has addressed local issues from trees and sidewalks, safety, traffic, crime and other concerns through committees and meetings.  He is still active in his neighborhood.

Dave was a rough and finish carpenter working locally from the Malibu Colony to Amalfi Drive for many years. He appreciates local aesthetics combined with quality design and build, including sustainable materials.

As a surfer since the 1960s, David spent countless hours in the waters of Santa Monica Bay and has always had concerns for clean, healthy and thriving waters, including minimizing run off and toxins. David still pursues music through songwriting, recording and, occasionally, performing.

As an OPA Board Member, David will weigh in with his experience, expertise and historical background to make Ocean Park a more livable community.

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Bob Taylor



Bob Taylor is a founding member of the Ocean Park Association, current Board member, and chairman of the Ocean Park Blvd. Improvement Committee. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley, he is an Architect, and has been in practice in Santa Monica since 1975. He is a member of the AIA,  NCARB, National Trust, and L.A. Conservancy. He has been recognized with awards from the LA/AIA, the L.A. Conservancy, the Institute of Store Planners, and W.L.A. Chamber of Commerce Beautification Program.

He was involved in the redesign of Main Street in 1979-80, and was design architect for the addition to the historic Ocean Park Branch Library. He remains committed to environmental improvements to our community.

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