photo: Gallery Route One Latino Photography Project

BOARD & STAFF

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

corneliaMaureen Cornelia, President moved to the Bay area from affordable upstate New York in 1993. She quickly came to understand the impact that the area’s high cost of real estate has upon communities. After a sales and marketing career in high tech, she was drawn to the Inverness/Point Reyes area by the sense of community, the activism of its residents, and the beauty of the land.  She and her husband moved to Inverness in 2002.  An early CLAM supporter, Maureen joined the CLAM Board to support its efforts in creating affordable housing options for this vibrant, diverse community that is being ever challenged by escalating real estate values.  She brings project planning and management experience to her work with CLAM.  Maureen serves on the Finance, Fundraising, Property and CLT Policy Committees.

Eleanore DespinaEleanore Despina, Treasurer a retired attorney, has practiced for thirty-eight years in taxation and related areas. During the last fourteen years, she has formed and provided legal and tax advice to non-profit organizations. Eleanore is committed to a sustainable and diverse Point Reyes community. She was involved in obtaining CLAM’s non-profit status in 2001, and has been a long-time CLAM member. Having just completed board service for a small foundation, she has joined the CLAM board. Eleanore also has a small studio where she spends many happy hours creating functional ceramics. Eleanore serves on CLAM’s Finance Committee.

Susan BraytonSusan Brayton, Secretary in 2001 was a CLAM founding board member and has been a continuous member of the Fundraising Committee, now serving as its chair. She has lived in Inverness since 1978. She participated in the initial community meetings about affordable housing that gave birth to CLAM. She is serving her second term on the board.  She has extensive experience in office management and business administration for nonprofit and for-profit organizations in the Bay Area and elsewhere. Locally, she volunteers as an Internet forum moderator and consultant for West Marin Commons/Commons Connect. She is an artist and has shown her work locally in many venues. She is a former board co-president of Gallery Route One and has been a long-term volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael.

Nancy Myn AdessNancy Myn Adess has lived in Inverness since 1983. She has been involved with CLAM as Board Member, Fundraising Committee Chair, and Finance Committee Chair since 2002. She has also served locally on the boards of the West Marin Health Project (now the Coastal Health Alliance), the Jack Mason Museum, the West Marin Music Festival, and, currently, the West Marin Review. She has also volunteered with the West Marin Literacy Project and West Marin Senior Services. As a professional editor, Myn edits books, reports, and policy briefs for a wide variety of individual authors and social change organizations; she specializes in the fields of fundraising, community organizing, and social justice. She has worked as a public health consultant and researcher, and was the executive director of an international nonprofit health advocacy organization based in San Francisco.

 

mike-hoganMike Hogan, has been a lawyer since 1979 specializing in land use and environmental law. He is interested in the unique affordable housing issues presented in a rural environment, and supports private non-profit organizations seeking solutions to social issues. Mike has been a resident and homeowner in Inverness Park since 2011, is married to Audrey Piper (owner of Enjoy Pilates in Point Reyes Station), and father to five children. Mike is proud to be part of CLAM and its record of achievement

 

 

 

Kerry LivingstonKerry Munger Livingston, a longtime West Marin resident, has plenty of experience in the local housing situation: she and her husband were renters raising three children for fifteen years (five rentals in Point Reyes Station and Olema) before finally finding one of the last affordable houses in Inverness in 1998. Her father, Carl Munger, co-founded CLAM at a time that he could see first-hand the housing frustrations of lower income West Marin residents. Kerry has been a West Marin librarian since 1986; since 1991 she has been the librarian of Stinson Beach and Bolinas libraries. She and her husband, historian Dewey Livingston, live in Inverness.  Kerry serves on the Board Nominations Committee.

Marshall LivingstonMarshall Livingston has been involved in housing issues in West Marin since 1976, as homeowner, designer, builder and landlord. Previously a licensed contractor and currently a real estate broker, his experience with ownership, financing, construction and tenant/landlord law and relations are valuable components to CLAM and the community. He is on the Design Review Committee of the Point Reyes Station Village Association and the board of the Inverness Association and Foundation. He lives with his wife in Inverness. Marshall serves on the Property Committee.

Corey OhamaCorey Ohama is a filmmaker and documentary editor who grew up in Inverness. She also has a background in tax preparation, and serves on the CLAM Finance Committee as well as the Finance Committee of the Dance Palace Community Center. As a filmmaker she recently finished the short film, “I Was Born in Mexico, but…,” a portrait of an undocumented young woman who came to the U.S. as a child, and “A Local Commons,” a film about West Marin Commons and the ideas of writer and West Marin Commons founder Jonathan Rowe. She lives in Inverness with her husband and son and her mom. Corey also serves on the Communications Committee.

 

 

eric-oEric Oldmixon has been a West Marin resident since 2009.  He and his wife Sarah met here in 2003; realizing they spent most weekends in West Marin with friends they committed themselves to making West Marin a home. The sense of community and the natural landscape of West Marin reminds him of the small Massachusetts area he ran around as a kid, making it the ideal place for him and his wife Sarah to raise their daughters.  After living in three rentals in four years the family was delighted to be able to become the owner of CLAM’s first Community Land Trust permanently affordable home.  Eric is a high school visual arts teacher, artist, and environmental steward.  He is motivated to enable CLAM to offer more of our community members the stability and comfort afforded by home ownership.

Susan ScottSusan Scott, a regular visitor to Point Reyes since 1975, moved in 2003 to Inverness from Sacramento, where she lived, raised children, and worked as an attorney for 22 years. She spent 15 of those years organizing, developing and living in one of the first American urban cohousing projects (Southside Park Cohousing) and the first with an affordable financing program for low and moderate income residents. In addition to setting up the cohousing project, her legal career has involved farmworker labor rights, non profit formation and taxation, criminal appellate defense and, since 2006, international human rights. Upon moving to Inverness, she immediately began working for affordable housing here and joined the Interim CLAM Board in June of 2002. She returned to the board in 2011. She is committed to using the land trust home ownership model to further the creation of a viable self-sustaining multi-income community in the Tomales Bay area. She has served continuously on the Property Committee.

Nancy VayhingerNancy Vayhinger  has been a Point Reyes resident since 2006. She served for 20 years as a psychotherapist, teacher, wilderness guide, manager, and writer for a high school and rehabilitative program for disadvantaged teens in Petaluma.  A practitioner of Tai Chi, Aikido and the Asian physical arts, Nancy is certified in corrective therapeutic massage, which she offers in Point Reyes and Petaluma.  In addition to the CLAM board, Nancy also volunteers at KWMR local radio and for hospice. Nancy was inspired to serve on the CLAM Board after viewing a documentary describing the disappearance of beautiful historic towns along the Mediterranean coast due to economic pressures of increasing wealth. Nancy serves on the CLAM Communications and Events Committees.

 

 

pamela-wrightPamela Wright has worked in commercial real estate for over 30 years, after an earlier stint as a city planner. She is currently a Managing Director for the Capital Advisory group at Greenhill & Co, where her team helps leading global real estate managers access institutional capital. She is also a member of the Board and Executive Committee of UC Berkeley’s Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics. Pamela’s deep love of West Marin stems from the early 80’s when she first bought a home in Point Reyes Station. She enjoys increasing involvement in the West Marin community. An avid hiker, Pamela sits on the Board of Directors of the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, and is Board Secretary for Sound Orchard, the West Marin non-profit dedicated to building community through music. Pamela is excited to add her efforts to CLAM’s mission to provide affordable housing in Tomales Bay communities. She serves on the Finance Committee.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Christina BurgoyneChrista Burgoyne, Fundraising Committee has 30 years of experience in real estate management in the East Bay. Her volunteer work includes fundraising for several Bay Area nonprofits, co-chairing art fundraisers in the East Bay and Marin (Environmental Action Committee & West Marin Live), and serving on the board of Gallery Route One. She has been a member of CLAM since its inception and serves on its Fundraising Committee. “I believe that a community can stay viable only if it provides local, affordable housing for people who contribute to the community.”

 

 

 

PagettBetty Pagett, Fundraising Committee. A Marin resident since 1981, and consultant on affordable housing advocacy. She served First United Methodist Church in San Rafael for ten years before becoming Director of Education and Advocacy for EAH Housing, a statewide non-profit housing organization founded with headquarters in Marin. She retired in 2007 and has been working as a volunteer and consultant on sustainable communities, particularly as issues and policies have impacts on working poor families and seniors.

 

 

 

Lorraine Fisher-SmithLorraine Fisher-Smith, Events Committee has been a West Marin resident since 1988, and has worked in her community as a Certified Massage Therapist since 1990.  She was a founding member of the West Marin Parent-Teacher-Student Association and has coached soccer in the West Marin Youth Soccer League’s Recreational division.  Lorraine recently stepped down from the board of directors. Her interest in working for CLAM stems from watching friends and good community members leave West Marin in order to find affordable housing elsewhere. Lorraine lives with her husband and two children in the Point Reyes area where she enjoys bicycling, swimming and hiking.

Terry NordbyeTerry Nordbye, Property Committee has lived in West Marin for 40 plus years. A building contractor since 1975, Terry was central to the building of the Dance Palace Community Center in Point Reyes Station. His work for CLAM includes the Blue and Passive homes and the Inverness home, CLAM’s first home sale. He consults, teaches and has presented at West Coast conferences on high performance and passive house building. He is a consultant to architects and trains crews on constructing energy-efficient buildings. He is also pioneering air sealing of buildings as a trade in the U.S.

STAFF MEMBERS

Kim ThompsonKim Thompson, Executive Director joined CLAM in 2012 from California’s San Joaquin Valley, where she worked to build healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities. She lived in a Southeast Asian refugee neighborhood for years while directing a first-time program to educate refugee residents about their housing rights, and led organizing efforts for improved living conditions and affordable housing policy in the city of Fresno. She’s contributed to smart growth initiatives and advocated for cleaner Valley air quality in her role to engage physicians in public health efforts; and has taught university courses on environmental ethics, cultural anthropology, and developed a touring course of major San Joaquin Valley issues. She earned a Masters of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary, has graduate training in anthropology from UC Berkeley, and a certificate of Applied Anthropology from the Tamale Institute of Cross Cultural Studies, Ghana.

Ruth Lopez, Administrative Coordinator and Property Manager has worked in non-profit administration, education, and property management for many years.  Ruth has lived in Point Reyes Station since 1988, raising and educating three daughters here.  Ruth also teaches aikido to children at the Dance Palace Community Center.

 

 

 

 

Rae Levine, Executive Director Emeritus served as CLAM Executive Director
from January 2003 to June 15, 2010.