BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Corey Ohama, President is a filmmaker and documentary editor who grew up in Inverness. Besides film, she also has a background in tax preparation, and serves on the CLAM Finance Committee as well as the Finance Committee of New Day Films, a filmmakers’ co-op. Corey was drawn to volunteer with CLAM after seeing how difficult it was for young people to find an affordable place to live in West Marin. She would like to make sure we continue to have a viable, vibrant community into the future. She lives in Olema with her husband, son and mom.
Laurie Monserrat, Treasurer moved to Point Reyes from Sacramento in 2004. She lives with her wife and teenage nephew in the first house built by fellow board member Marshall Livingston. Laurie currently works as a scientist with Cal/EPA, as an education consultant for the North American Association for Environmental Education, and as a bookkeeper for the Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas. Laurie became interested in housing issues during her time with the Sacramento co-housing community. She volunteers at West Marin School and with Canine Companions for Independence.
Eric Oldmixon, Secretary 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.
Myn Adess, moved to Inverness in 1983 and now lives in Point Reyes Station. She has been involved with CLAM since 2002, including as Board Member, Fundraising Committee Chair, and Finance Committee Chair. She has also served on the boards of the West Marin Health Project (now the Coastal Health Alliance), the Jack Mason Museum, the West Marin Music Festival, and the West Marin Review. She has volunteered with the West Marin Literacy Project and West Marin Senior Services. As a professional editor, Myn edits books, reports, and policy briefs for individual authors and social change organizations, specializing 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.
Susan Brayton is a founding member of CLAM since 2001 and has been a continuous member of the Fundraising Committee, now serving as its co-chair. She has lived in Inverness since 1977. She participated in the initial community meetings about affordable housing that gave birth to CLAM. She provides two rentals on her property whose tenants work locally. 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 and teaches English to Latinas. She is an artist and has shown her work in many venues. She was co-president of the board of Gallery Route One and a long-time volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind breeding program in San Rafael.
Diego Chavarria is a member of the Marin County Youth Commission where, among other things, he advocates for affordable housing. Diego began his nonprofit (and fundraising) career in 8th grade at West Marin School where he wrote a grant proposal to the West Marin Fund for $500 to benefit the Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department. Diego is a sophomore at Tomales High School. He resides in Point Reyes Station with his mother and younger brother.
Diego is CLAM’s first Youth Representative on the board, and serves in an advisory capacity.
Maureen Cornelia, served as Board President from 2011 to 2018. In January 2019 she received the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership Award for Excellence in Board Leadership. She 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 Fundraising Committee as co-chair and on the Property Committee.
Mike 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. Mike serves on the Fundraising and Property Committees.
Kerry 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 at Stinson Beach library. She and her husband, historian Dewey Livingston, live in Inverness. Kerry serves on the Board Nominations Committee.
Jorge Martinez, grew up in Inverness and Point Reyes, mostly on dairy ranches. After the closing of the Giacomini Dairy Ranch in Point Reyes, his family was left without a job or a home, as their employer provided housing for agricultural employees. Unable to find an affordable house in West Marin, they moved to Petaluma and commuted daily to Point Reyes Station for work and school. In 2005, his family qualified for EAH housing Point Reyes Affordable Homes, thanks to the ongoing effort and commitment of the community to provide affordable housing for working families. After graduating from Tomales High School, he attended Santa Rosa Junior College and later graduated from Sacramento State University’s Engineering Department with a degree in Construction Management and a B.S. in Administration. He works for West Marin Community Services coordinating aid to the immigrant community. He is actively involved locally with West Marin Standing Together and Abriendo Caminos. Jorge serves on the Finance Committee.
Natalia Meyerson works for Stockstill House, a residential care facility for the elderly in Point Reyes Station. The responsibilities of her job require her to live within 20 minutes of the facility, to ensure care for residents in case of emergencies. However, due to a lack of a local affordable home, she commuted with her children from Petaluma every day for the first 3 years of her job. Then, she and her family became the very first renters with CLAM in 2006 and they have made Inverness Park their home ever since. Moving out of their studio apartment into a home (with a garden!) — 2 adults, 2 kids, a cat and a dog at that time — was a game-changer for Natalia and her family. She is delighted to serve on the CLAM Board in order to expand this opportunity for others.
Susan Scott, Founding Member. After visiting Point Reyes since 1975, in 2003 she moved to Inverness from Sacramento, where she raised children and worked as an attorney for 22 year. 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, nonprofit formation and taxation, criminal appellate defense and, since 2006, international human rights. Upon moving to Inverness, she immediately began working for affordable housing and joined the first CLAM Board in June of 2002. She has served continuously on the Property Committee. She is active with the California Community Land Trust Network Policy Committee, promoting legislation to facilitate the CLT homeownership model statewide.
David Sherwood recently retired from a career in real estate investment management. He was the Head of Global Real Estate for one of Europe’s biggest pension fund managers, and for over two decades he was the CEO of its US investment management company which acquired and managed a substantial portfolio of commercial and residential assets. He also served as a Board Member and Chairman of a large international real estate association. David and his wife have owned a home in West Marin since 1996, and have lived in Marshall since 2011. His involvement with CLAM reflects a belief that we need more affordable housing here because socio economic diversity is a key component in sustaining a healthy community. David serves on the Property Committee.
Nancy 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. 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 Events Committee.
Pamela 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 in the Private Capital Advisory group at Evercore Partners, where her team helps leading real estate managers access global 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 also sits on the Board of Directors of the Point Reyes National Seashore Association. Pamela is passionate about CLAM’s mission to provide affordable housing in Tomales Bay communities. She serves on the Finance, Property and Personnel Committees.
Elvira Xaxni has lived in the West Marin community for more than 20 years, during which time she’s been very active in the community as a volunteer. Elvira served on CLAM’s Latino Advisory Committee for several years before joining the Board. She has worked in the field of child development at preschools for more than 10 years and currently works at the Bodega Bay Preschool. She has previously worked in Point Reyes at Papermill Preschool and Shoreline Acres in Tomales. Elvira has 5 children and 2 grandchildren.
Christa Burgoyne, Fundraising Committee has 30 years of experience in real estate management in the East Bay. Her volunteer work has included fundraising for several Bay Area nonprofits, co-chairing art fundraisers in the East Bay and Marin, and serving as a former board member of Gallery Route One. She has been a member of CLAM since its inception, and, with invaluable help from CLAM staff, rents affordably a home she owns in Point Reyes Station to a family. “I believe that a community can stay viable only if it provides local, affordable housing for people who contribute to the community.”
Betty 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.
Stacey Laumann, Acting Executive Director has worked on affordable housing and land use policy at the Marin County Community Development Agency, and managed real estate development projects for Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. Stacey has been a member of housing planning advisory committees for the Association of Bay Area Governments and coordinator for the Mayors’ Institute on City Design. Prior to working in housing and land use, Stacey worked in local and global event planning. She is a Park and Recreation Commissioner for the City of San Rafael, and an advisory board member of the Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative (MEHC). Stacey has a BA in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz, and an MSc in Urban Regeneration and Development from the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London.
Kim Thompson, Director of Community Engagement 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, Program Manager has worked in non-profit administration, education, and property management. Ruth has lived in Point Reyes Station since 1988, raising and educating three daughters here. She has 16 years of property and office management experience. She has also initiated several new programs and events that bring funds, visibility, and community buy-in to CLAM’s efforts. Ruth has a Master of Arts in Partnership Education from Goddard College and Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara.
Stephanie Roth, Development Director joined CLAM in July, 2017. She has been a consultant to social justice nonprofits for more than 20 years, with a focus on fundraising and board development. Stephanie has written widely on the topic of fundraising and organizational development, and is the co-author (with Mimi Ho) of The Accidental Fundraiser: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Money for Your Cause. A regular visitor to West Marin from her home in Berkeley, Stephanie is thrilled to be part of an organization that is committed to equity and access for all of its residents.
Yesenia Martinez, Office Manager joined CLAM in 2018. She brings strong administrative skills, fluency in both English and Spanish, and a professional and friendly attitude. She has been working as Administrative Assistant at the Papermill Creek Children’s Corner and continues there in addition to working for CLAM. Yesenia completed a degree in Public Health from Dominican University in the fall of 2018.
Mari Nakagawa, Fundraising and Communications Associate joined CLAM in September, 2020. She previously held the role of Fund Development and Community Outreach Coordinator at the San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing Association. Mari got involved in the movement for housing justice as a radio producer at KPFA in Berkeley. Born and raised in West Marin, Mari now organizes locally for affordable housing and tenant rights. She has a BA in Spanish Language Literature with a double minor in Comparative Literature and Ethnic Studies from the University of Oregon. She’s also worked as a freelance audio editor and sound designer for podcasts and performance arts.
Rae Levine, Executive Director Emeritus served as CLAM Executive Director from January 2003 to June 15, 2010.