Board of Directors
Hilleary Burgess (Vice President) is a Mendocino resident since 1985 whose family, known locally as “the Boy Farm,” includes five alumni of both Little League baseball at Friendship Park and the Mendocino After-School Enrichment Program. Having managed an entertainer for twelve years and a consumer electronics retail business for another twelve, he works with several local nonprofits in cloud-based CRM administration, digital media, online marketing, fund development (online auctions, raffles, etc.) and nonprofit administration.
Cally Dym, General Manager of the Little River Inn, joins the board in March, 2018.
Elaine Wing Hillesland (President) owns the Alegria Oceanfront Inn and Cottages and the Raku House Inn with her husband Eric. She served on the 7-11 Committee and has helped coordinate the Candlelight Inn Tour for the last eleven years. She also volunteers for the Kelley House, MUSE, and the Music Festival. She and Eric enjoy singing in local choral groups and are the parents of a high-school-age daughter who started attending classes at the community center at age three.
Dianne Jeffries, with a background in real estate, joins the board in March, 2018.
Richard Karch is a retired MUSD kindergarten teacher who came here in 1974 with his wife Pat and their two daughters. He is a founding member and present treasurer of the Mendocino Coast Jazz Society, a musician member of the Bob Ayers Big Bands, enjoys songwriting and working with digital graphics, and has been active in local efforts to preserve our Community College and Public Access Television. He sees CCM as a vital link helping to bring together the diverse and creative community living on the Mendocino coast.
Katie Peterson, a career educator, joins the board in April, 2018.
Elizabeth Pippin, retired from a 35-year career as a registered nurse in Denver, joins the board in March, 2018. A full-time RV’er doing volunteer work for eight of the last ten years, she came west in 2016 to visit her son and grandson, and has since “fallen in love; with this area, with the amazing people who have crossed my path, and especially with the Community Center.” A regular volunteer at the Fort Bragg Senior Center, the Mendocino Land Trust, the Mendocino Coast Botannical Garden and the Greenwood Civic Club, Elizabeth lives in Elk with her grandson, now 14, and loves to hike, be in nature and make a positive difference wherever she is.
Niki Traber grew up in Mendocino playing Little League baseball and softball at Friendship Park. A Mendocino High School graduate and a physical trainer by trade, her work took her to Berkeley and Waikiki before returning to Mendocino to raise her daughter, a student in the After School Enrichment Program.