Governing Board

The HHPNC Board meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of the month from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Highland Park Senior Center.  The 3rd Thursday of the month is reserved for HHPNC committee meetings and/or special events or workshops.


PRESIDENT:  SuzAnn Brantner has lived in Highland Park for past 13 years. Originally from Indiana, she holds a degree from Indiana University in Environmental Science and Management. SuzAnn is very passionate about the environment especially climate change, and has been certified as a Climate Reality Leader; obtained through training with former Vice President Al Gore and his “Climate Reality Project.” During her free time, SuzAnn gives presentations about climate change to various groups and schools throughout Los Angeles. Forever looking for ways to expand her education on environmental topics, she is currently obtaining a Sustainability Certificate from UCLA. SuzAnn has already served on the HHPNC as a Director At-Large, and as the chair of the Digital and Social Media Committee, she now chairs the Sustainability Committee. Prior HHPNC experience, a substantial and growing knowledge of environmental issues, and an unmatched energy and enthusiasm will all be focused on helping Highland Park become a more environmentally friendly and sustainable community for current and future residents. You may contact SuzAnn at

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT:  Jeffrey Rex, Director At-Large:  I have been a home owner in highland park for the last three years after making the move from downtown with my partner and our two dogs. I couldn’t be happier here, and have come to love community and the nature that surrounds us.   I work as an Environmental Consultant for an international engineering and environmental consulting firm.  I have experience providing environmental services on many of the large scale projects that are driving LA into a sustainable and resilient future.  As a council member I look forward to applying my skills and experiences on a local level in Highland Park.

SECOND VICE PRESIDENT:  Stephanie Maynetto-Jackson.  Bio Pending.

SECRETARY:  Cecilia Haydee Mejia:  Bio Pending.

TREASURER:  Vacant Board Seat


Theresa Elorriaga, Director At-Large:  Bio Pending

Melanie Freeland, Director At-Large. I’m an enthusiastic 10 year resident of Highland Park. My husband and I moved to the community because we loved the small town feel of Highland Park and the friendly neighbors we encountered. We now have a young son and enjoy hanging out with our neighbors, spending time at the park or walking and cycling to local businesses.   As a board member, I want to encourage an open dialogue between all residents, address the housing crisis that is affecting our neighborhood and work with the city to make our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
I have many years of experience volunteering and working with the city and various non-profit groups including the Downtown Women’s center, Midnight Mission, Skid Row Housing Trust, and LACBC. I also helped coordinate the recent community event Fig Jam held on North Figueroa.  You may contact Melandie at

Mauro Garcia, Director At-Large:  Bio Pending.  You may contact Mauro at

Michelle Heather, Director At-Large:  Bio Pending.  You may contact Michelle at

Prissma Juarez, Director At-Large:  Bio Pending.  You may contact Prissma at

Erin Kasimow, Director At-Large:  Bio Pending.  You may contact Erin at

Jonathan Kleinbart, Director At-Large:  Bio Pending.  You may contact Jonathan at

Sheri Lunn, Director At-Large, Sheri Lunn has long-time family ties to Highland Park.  Her maternal grandmother settled in to Highland Park in the 1940s after arriving in the States and spending time at Ellis Island in the early 1920s. Her parents met just after WWII when her dad saw her mom crossing York Blvd. at Ave. 50 and asked her on a date to the local malt shop.  Sheri is a graduate of Yorkdale Elementary, the Learning Center Magnet School on the campus of Luther Burbank Jr. High, and Benjamin Franklin High School.  She has an AA degree in American Sign Language Interpreting, a BA degree in Broadcast Journalism, and an MS degree in Leadership and Management.  Sheri’s early career was in management – having managed both a major chain bookstore and music store.  A nonprofit organization executive with extensive experience in marketing, public relations, communications and development, for nearly 20 years Sheri has dedicated her career to working for nonprofit organizations dedicated to social justice, equality and healthcare.  She’s ridden her bicycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles, Montreal to Boston, and San Diego to Santa Monica all in support of finding a cure for AIDS.  Always up for discovering a new restaurant or having a conversation in ASL, you will often see her around Highland Park with her 5-lb rescue chihuahua, Buddy.  Feel free to stop them and say hi – both of them are super-friendly and neither one bites!  You may contact Sheri at

Gracie Maynetto, Director At-Large:  Bio Pending.  You may contact Gracie at

Rosie Maynetto, Director At-Large:  Bio Pending.  You may contact Rosie at

Mary Pickert, Director At-Large:  Mary is a long-time resident and home-owner in Highland Park, having moved here in 2003.  She grew up in the Bay Area, in a small town south of San Francisco.  When she moved to Highland Park, she was attracted to the community feeling of the neighborhood, within Los Angeles, which felt very distinct from other LA neighborhoods she had lived in.  Mary has a passion for social justice and working on building community and appreciating the great outdoor resources that Los Angeles has to offer.  She recently trained in the Nature for All Leadership Academy, has volunteered for TreePeople and the Sierra Club, and has a professional background in entertainment and digital media.  She is looking forward to bringing her passion for community and outdoor space to her work on the HHPNC board and committees.  You can contact Mary at

Estrella Sainburg, Director At-Large:  Estrella Sainburg is a native Angeleno and current resident of Highland Park. Since high school, Estrella has served in numerous roles and organizations where she has contributed to building equity and environmental justice in Los Angeles and abroad. Having fallen in love with our neighborhood at a young age as she helped her mother open and run a business locally and now as an active community member, Estrella wants to see the residents, businesses, houses of worship, and schools of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council thrive. Estrella sees a great need in our community to increase knowledge of resources, opportunities, and decision making in our city and connectivity among community members, find equitable solutions for a healthy and economically thriving neighborhood, and secure access to clean air, water, and public lands. With her community organizing skills and bi-racial background, she hopes to serve in a just manner as a liaison between the Latinx community and the anglo community in a time with great discrimination and division here and across the United States. Estrella is honored to have been elected into the Neighborhood Council and is excited to listen to the community, work with all who are willing, and learn from our past, current, and future leaders!   You may contact Estrella at

Rose Tapia-Serna, Director At-Large:  Bio Pending

Olga Vasquez, Director At-Large:  Olga is a lifelong resident of Highland Park, attending both Yorkdale Elementary and Buchanan Street Elementary School. She is a graduate of the Los Angeles Unified School District system, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration along with a Certificate in Human Resources from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Azusa Pacific University. Olga possesses a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). She has business administration work experience in private and higher education public sector, as well as, volunteering in various capacities. She is passionate about her community, education, workforce development, social justice, environmental and equity issues.

During her appointment to the council, Olga is committed to serving her community with integrity, advocating for the concerns of the Highland Park stakeholders.   You may contact Olga at