Who We Are

Board of Directors

Hilleary Burgess is a Mendocino resident since 1985 whose family 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, special projects (online auctions, raffles, etc.) and nonprofit administration.

Cally Dym (President), General Manager of the Little River Inn, joined the board in March, 2018.

Elaine Wing Hillesland and her husband Eric own and operate the Alegria Oceanfront Inn and Cottages and the Raku House Inn. Elaine served on the 7-11 Committee and helped coordinate the Candlelight Inn Tour for more than a decade. 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 college-age daughter who started attending classes at the community center at age three.

Dianne Jeffries (Secretary) fell in love with Mendocino on her first visit. Retirement from the real estate field enabled her to follow her dream and become part of this wonderful community. Volunteering is important to her, and being able to contribute in a meaningful way is a central part of her life. “Being embraced by this unique community is one of the high points of my life.” Dianne served on the homeowners’ association board of her previous neighborhood for three years, two as Secretary.

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, joined 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 Fort Bragg with her high-school-age grandson, 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.

Lorie Wardlaw (Vice President), retired from a career in education, joined the board in August, 2018.