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Welcome '06-'07 SOHO Board

Thanks to Outgoing Members

By Alana Coons

SOHO's Board of Directors comprises a diverse group of people whose job is to govern the organization with primary attention to financial oversight; advocacy issues; strategic planning and implementation; and fundraising. Their experience and perspective is invaluable.

While we never like to say goodbye to Board members, especially as we all become friends as well as colleagues, we also appreciate the need and importance of change. When members move off the Board, the opportunity arises to bring new friends and allies into a closer relationship with SOHO. Board members leaving the Board most often still remain on committees and otherwise remain committed supporters of SOHO. We say goodbye this term to Board Members: Barry Hager has served for six years on the board and several of them as Vice President, his assistance with crucial legal matters has been invaluable and he will continue working with our Executive Director on issues still in motion and as needed. Barry currently serves as president of Mission Hills Heritage and will be focusing on building that great new group; Carmen Pauli, an architect with Heritage Architecture and Planning, whose expertise served us well as a Board member will remain on the Modernism sub-committee where she is one of its most active participants; Bonnie Poppe who has been on and off the SOHO board since the 1980's will remain on the Events and Education Committee, where she is currently chairing the vintage trailer "home tour on wheels" event for the big May preservation weekend; Christopher Pro, after several terms steps down to focus on his growing antiques and art business and will continue to serve on the Events and Education Committee; and Lori Peoples who has served as secretary for the last two terms of her many years on the board is another valued member leaving but remains an ardent supporter and will continue to volunteer at our many events. We thank them all sincerely for their tireless work on behalf of the organization and wish them well in all of their future endeavors.

We welcome Board Members who are coming into officer positions this term as well. David Swarens as Vice President replacing outgoing Barry Hager and John Eisenhart as Secretary replacing outgoing Lori Peoples.

Our newest Board members are:

Courtney Ann Coyle, Esq. is an attorney whose private law firm's work includes representing American Indian Tribal governments and entities in San Diego, San Bernardino and Imperial Counties in planning, legislative policy and project initiatives. Her practice focuses on protecting tribal heritage resources including cultural landscapes and traditional cultural properties under CEQA, NEPA and other local, state and federal laws. On behalf of tribal clients, she helped to craft and worked to successfully gain passage of SB 18 (sacred places and planning), SB 22 (mining reclamation), SB 922 (confidentiality), SB 1395 (notices of exemptions) and AB 2641 (ancestral burial grounds) over the last five years. Ms. Coyle was named California Lawyer Magazine's Environmental Lawyer of the Year for 2003 for her work on the passage of California's new mining reclamation and backfill measures - the first of their kind adopted by any government. She also serves on several Boards including those advocating for cultural resource protection such as the Trust for Public Land's California Advisory Board and is an appointee to the City of San Diego's Commission for Arts & Culture.

Martha Jordan Although she wasn't born in San Diego, Martha moved here in 1959 and attended inner city San Diego City schools so she considers herself a native. Martha was raised in Marston Hills and Mission Hills and is a founding member of the San Diego High School Foundation. She was a 1974 graduate of Wellesley College in Art History, and has owned and restored four 1920's Spanish revival houses in San Diego, Los Angeles and Coronado. Martha has worked as a bilingual teacher for the Sweetwater Union High School District, the Alhambra City Schools and currently works for the San Diego County Office of Education, Juvenile Court and Community School System. Among other subjects, Martha teaches history, and in 2002 was invited by the National Geographic Society to join their first class of national mentor teachers in geography. Her current focus is to help slow the pace of destruction of historic resources in Coronado.

Michael Kravcar grew up in the internationally recognized "first planned suburban community" of Riverside, Illinois, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and his partner, Calvert Vaux. Early childhood memories include being taught local history and the importance of historic preservation in grade school. Summers were spent at the family cabin in an early 1930's artist retreat colony called Michiana Shores in Indiana. Michael also has a professional theatre production background. He has lived in Golden Hill since 1987. His partner and he have saved four properties in Golden Hill from demolition by neglect. He is a Clinical Psychologist. and the founding member of RMR Stove Restoration Company. He has served on the board of directors of the House of Czech and Slovak Republics in Balboa Park for thirteen years and has chaired many committees for them. For the past four years he has also been serving on the Greater Golden Hill Community Development Corporation for which he is currently Treasurer. His partner and he own two historic buildings in Indiana, which they have been actively renovating. He is a member of two historic preservation organizations in Northwestern Indiana and has been instrumental in connecting these organizations with what he calls the SOHO template for organizational success.

John Oldenkamp A South Park/Golden Hill resident since 1969, John and life partner Carin Howard live in a craftsman home in South Park. Now retired his background includes working for General Dynamics Astronautics as an offsite and corporate photographer and as a self-employed editorial and advertising photographer in San Diego from 1965 until 1995 when he retired he traveled extensively both domestic and foreign.

John has been widely recognized with regional and national awards most notably for work with Psychology Today Magazine. John was also elected to the National Free Flight Society Hall of Fame in 1998 for excellence in aeromodelling design and editorial work.

Deeply involved in community work some of the organizations he has worked with other than SOHO include fourteen years as a Board member and four years as president of the San Diego Art Director's Club, which later became the SD Communicating Arts Group.

John's preservation efforts include an important assemblage of his architectural photography work done in the 1960s and 70s of San Diego of the works of architects Lloyd Ruocco, Paul McKim, Homer Delawie, Deems, Lewis, and Schoell and Geritz. John also renovated one of the Schindler Pueblo units in La Jolla.

Mary Wendorf graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a BS in Occupational Therapy in 1979. She worked for over twenty years specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents with psychiatric and behavioral disorders. She was the Director of the Department of Rehabilitation Services for Children and Adolescents for many years. Mary retired from OT in 2000.

Mary first became involved with SOHO in 1993 after moving into a 1912 California Craftsman Bungalow in University Heights. She serves on the board of the Uptown Planners, the University Heights Community Development Corporation, and is Chair of the University Heights Community Planning Group. Mary is also involved in preserving our natural environment and is active with the Humane Society.

2006 - Volume 37, Issue 4

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