Who We Are

Board of Directors

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

Lorie Wardlaw (Vice President, Acting Treasurer), having retired in 2018 from a career as an educator, joined the board in August, 2018.

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.

Elizabeth Pippin (Fundraising Committee Chairman), retired from a 35-year career as a registered nurse in Denver, joined the board in March, 2018. A full-time RVer 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.

Katie Peterson (Fundraising Committee), a career educator, joined the board in April, 2018.

Kitty Bruning (Fundraising Committee), joined the board in March, 2020, following a career as a registered nurse and having served on the board of directors of Mendocino Coast District Hospital.

Gwen Seymour (Fundraising Committee), joined the board in February, 2020. Gwen and her husband are active in the administration, maintenance and operation of the Mendocino Dog Park that’s part of the Community Center complex.

Key Staff

Peg Brown Levy (Executive Director) has worked with Mendocino schoolchildren in the after-school enrichment context since 1999, when she became an art instructor in the after-school program then operated by Mendocino Coast Recreation and Parks District. Promoted to Director of MCRPD’s Mendocino Recreation Center in 2006 (after serving briefly as assistant to then-director Debbie Castle), Peg served MCRPD until 2012, when her position was eliminated by MCRPD in a restructuring of their Mendocino programs. Later that year, MCRPD’s tenure at the Mendocino center ended, and Peg was invited to join the newly-formed Community Center of Mendocino as Director of the After School Enrichment Program, which began operating at the same site in August 2012; and in 2019, was appointed Executive Director of the Community Center of Mendocino.