Thom Ball, Board Member
Thom Ball grew up as an Army child, living around the United State (including Hawaii), Japan, and France during his childhood. Thom was a professional musician for most of his adult life before transitioning to librarianship in the late 90s. Thom played professionally until 1998 and still keeps his chops up to speed through Musical Storytime that he created with two librarians, who coincidentally both live in Pacifica. He started his library career at the Redwood City Library as a volunteer reader for the Sight-in-Sound program, moving into a delivery job between branches before being hired by the Peninsula Library System as an Audio-Visual clerk. Evenually promote to manager of the Services Center, which included the inter-library delivery and the Media Center, he obtained his Master’s in Library Science at Jan Jose State University in 1998, whereupon he was hired as a Library Manager for the San Mateo County Library. Thom managed the Atherton, Portola Valley, and Woodside libraries from 1999-2005, moving to the Pacifica libraries, coincidentqally his city of residence, in 2005, where he stayed for over 9 years before taking an opportunity to manage the Millbrae Library, a large, busy library. Thom’s connections in Pacifica run deep both personally and professionally and he is thankful for this opportunity to give back to Pacifica.
Tygarjas Twyrls Bigstyck, Board Member
Tygarjas Twyrls Bigstyck has been a lifelong member of our community since 1983. After earning B.A.s in Writing and Religious Studies at Tulane University between 2001 and 2005, he came back to work as a food clerk at Safeway to pay off his student loans. He has published one novel so far, and continues to work on his writing. He strives with all his being to live in such a way that those perceiving him do not suffer more for their perception.
Robin Crawford, Board President
Robin Crawford became a member of the California Bar Association in 2002. He is a partner at Crawford & Stephens Law Offices, pursuing family law, probate services and wills and trusts planning. His office is in Pacifica, where he has lived with his family since 1982. Robin is a Presbyterian minister, with a Ph.D. in pastoral care. His experiences as a hospital and hospice chaplain contribute to his understanding of the importance of family communication concerning matters of health, finance, and estate planning. He currently serves on the California State Bar Association’s Commission on Equal Access to Justice, representing the California Council of Churches. He serves as a pro bono attorney for the AIDS Legal Referral Panel and the Volunteer Legal Services Program of the San Francisco Bar Association. Robin has been married for 39 years. His wife, Nancy, is a Montessori first grade teacher. Raina, their daughter, is a nurse. Their other adult child, Char, lives in San Francisco and rides with Robin on the San Francisco to Los Angeles AIDS Ride.
Mike Ervin, Member
Chris Hunter, Board Treasurer
Chris Hunter, a recovering journalist with 25 years experience in local and regional community news, including management experience as Editor and Publisher of Pacifica Tribune weekly newspaper in San Mateo County, has spent the last six years working at various levels of government. His educational background includes time as a high school teacher and community college instructor. Chris left the Pacifica Tribune in 2007 to work as a Special Assistant and Community Outreach Aide to U.S. Congressman Tom Lantos, followed by government work with Assemblymember Gene Mullin and County Supervisor Mark Church. As of Jan. 3, 2011, he has been the Chief of Staff for San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley. The son of a US Army Infantry career officer, Chris grew up in various places around the country and in two South American countries. He taught at a private High School in Tampa, Florida, after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Theater from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. From there, he went to the University of Virginia where he earned a three-year Master of Fine Arts Degree in Theater Directing, with the hope of teaching at a college. He was able to do that part-time in Key West, Florida, but had to earn the bulk of his living working for the Key West Citizen newspaper, where he sold advertising and wrote theater reviews. Eventually, after designing, writing, photographing and selling Key West Tourist Magazines for the newspaper, he became a full-time reporter, beginning his journalism career. A stint as the entertainment editor for the Palm Beach Daily News, where the newspaper is printed on book-quality white newsprint and has the nickname “the Shiny Sheet” added to his portfolio. In 1990, he began writing for the Pacifica Tribune, gradually getting promoted all the way to the Editor and Publisher position. The opportunity to work for Congressman Tom Lantos proved very appealing and Chris left the Tribune in 2007, gambling that the Congressman’s health would last a few more years. It didn’t, and Chris discovered what it was like to be unemployed. Since that juncture, with the collapse of the newspaper industry, Chris moved forward in government work, landing staff positions with Assemblymember Gene Mullin and County Supervisor Mark Church. He is delighted to be the Chief of Staff for County Supervisor Don Horsley, who represents the Third District, which includes Pacifica. Chris is married to Meg Wenner and they have two daughters, Mettlin, a junior at Seattle University studying Business and Art History and Brae, a junior at Mercy High School, Burlingame.
Ginny Janes, Board Vice President
Ginny Janes is the President and Owner of ProSigma Services LLP. She served on the Advisory Board of the Pacifica Resource Center from January 2007 to December 2010. She was the Advisory Board Vice President in 2008 and the President in 2009 and 2010. She is retired from United Airlines were she was an Account Services Manager in the Corporate Sales department. Ginny is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. She lives in Pacifica with her husband, John, and their dogs, Gus & Gine.
Dan Kumler, Board Member
Yvonne Lorvan, Board Member
Jane Nahass, Board Member
Jane Nahass has lived in Pacifica for almost 30 years. A San Francisco native she wanted to be close to her home town and Pacifica was a great fit. She has her BA in Social Welfare from San Francisco State University and has worked in social services in different areas. Her most recent job, which she retired from, was Lead Caseworker for Family Services at the Salvation Army. While at the Salvation Army, Jane worked together with the Resource Center helping clients. Having been asked a couple of times to join the board, Jane finally did! She is an avid walker, plays golf and loves to travel. She lives in the Sharp Park area with her husband Rick. They have two grown children, Matt and Adrienne, who volunteered at the Resource Center while in elementary school.
Marcia Settel, Board Secretary
Marcia Settel and her husband David Gilson have lived in Pacifica for over 30 years. She is active in the Pedro Point Community Association. Marcia recently retired from 30 years of employment as an Administrative Law Judge with the State of California, presiding at state hearings requested by applicants for and recipients of benefits under various public safety net programs, including CalWORKs (formerly AFDC), CalFresh Food Stamps and Medi-Cal. Marcia has one daughter who is an attorney in San Francisco and a stepdaughter who lives in Seattle. Marcia enjoys knitting and jewelry-making, and hopes to become a better gardener now that she has more time.
Gordon Tannura, Board Member
Gordon Tannura came to Pacifica for a student teaching assignment thirty-five years ago and met a girl (Stacy Hall) and the rest is family history. Stacy and Gordon raised 2 boys and were active members of the Co-op Nursery and Alternative Schools (now known as Ocean Shore). Gordon recently retired after a career in information technology management at the Federal Reserve Bank of SF, Visa Inc., and Sabre Corporation, although he is still engaged as an advisor to technology start-ups. With many friends and family in Pacifica, he has joined the Advisory Board to try to give back to the city that has given him so much as a beautiful place to live and grow.
PAST BOARD MEMBERS
Dariush Kayhan, Former Board Member
Dariush Kayhan is the Deputy Executive Director for Programs at the San Francisco Housing Authority. He has nearly 20 years of experience in supportive housing development and services for families, seniors, single adults and youth. Prior to the San Francisco Housing Authority he held several significant leadership roles, most notably as Director of Housing and Homeless Programs for the SF Human Services Agency and as Director of Homeless Policy for the Mayor’s Office under Mayors Newsom and Lee. He implemented the HUD funded Shelter Plus Care Program in San Francisco and the SF Human Services Agency’s Care Not Cash Program. He was a key member of the team that developed Project Homeless Connect which today continues to help hundreds of fragile and vulnerable persons exit homelessness every year. In addition, he and numerous members of the community worked to provide approximately 4000 units of permanent supportive housing targeted to homeless San Franciscans. While working at the SF Department of Public Works, Dariush was instrumental in the development of the Jobs Now, Gang Diversion, and Community Clean Team Programs. Dariush is an alumnus of San Diego State University where he received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science and Spanish. He has completed his studies toward a Master’s Degree in Housing Policy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Julie Ulmer, Former Board Secretary
Julie Ulmer is an Arts Education Consultant, providing direct support to schools, districts, counties, and art organizations, including professional development, program planning and facilitation. In addition, she is a credentialed elementary teacher working as the Visual Art Specialist at both Ortega Elementary School and Meadows Livingstone School in San Francisco. Julie holds an M.A. in Museum Studies and a B.A. in Art History. Julie enjoys making pottery, baking, and hiking the hills of Mori Point with her dog. She and her husband have lived in Pacifica for over 15 years and they have a son who attends Ortega Elementary.
PAST ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Cindy Abbott, Advisory Board Member
Cindy Abbott engages with stakeholders and collaboratively develops solutions that address their needs, which has been the cornerstone of her career. With over twenty years of experience, Cindy enjoys developing operations and administrative strategies and turning them into achievable working and expense plans that support people and organizations. Holding a BA in psychology, Cindy has also completed Certificates in Sustainability Leadership from UC Irvine and in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Cindy serves as a Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commissioner in the City of Pacifica, is Board Treasurer of the Sanchez Art Center, is an active contributor for the Pacifica Historical Society, and has been engaged with the Pacifica Beach Coalition and Pacifica Resource Center in addition to other local volunteer work. Cindy is passionate about the environment and believes the health of our planet is tied to the oceans. She has been privileged to be a citizen scientist with Earthwatch, collecting data in Fiji relative to the rebuilding of a coral reef following a natural disaster. Through another Earthwatch project (in Kenya) Cindy heightened her awareness and appreciation of the impact of local community engagement to protect habitat and species.