Who We Are

The CCM Board of Directors are your friends and neighbors, community volunteers and residents, parents, grandparents, business owners and board members of non-profits and community organizations. We strive to be your voice, and we share your concerns, aspirations and dreams for our community.

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 online media, online marketing, fund development (online auctions, raffles, etc.) and administration.

David “Garnish” Daly was reelected to the board in late 2015 after having served on the original CCM Steering Committee and as a founding board member.

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.

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.

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.