Governing Board

The HHPNC Board meetings are held on the 1st and sometimes on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Highland Park Senior Center.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

PRESIDENT:  Harvey Slater.  In my roughly 4 years serving on the neighborhood council as Director at Large, First Vice President, Land Use Committee Chair, and now your President, I have gotten to know, admire, and respect many different people in this special community. I believe a neighborhood council is what you make it. We can prejudge, bicker, and tug at power, and be ineffective. Or, we can unite, learn from our differences, and leverage our unique strengths to become a truly empowered community. The City of Los Angeles is a complicated bureaucracy. It is crucial that we provide a strong, charismatic, and united voice to city hall on behalf of each and every person who has a stake in our neighborhood. We must take the good that being a part of an internationally acclaimed and vibrant city like Los Angeles  has to offer, while asserting our fundamental commitment to preserve our heritage, culture, natural surroundings and resources, and quality of life. My commitment is to help create a Highland Park where these factors are preserved and accessible to all, no matter their means or background, making it the most welcoming, quality, and accessible urban neighborhood of today.   You may contact Harvey at harvey.slater@highlandparknc.com

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT:  Daniel Andalon. “I am excited about the changes that have come to our neighborhood since I last served in 2004. I look forward, as your next VP to bring respect, dialogue, and a sense of community for ALL, to our neighborhood and this council. I am a life long resident and a product of Highland Park. I attended local schools including Franklin High. I then went on to CSUN and have worked as a public servant my entire career. I have also owned several businesses. I am a son of the newcomers of the 70’s and look forward to live and play with the newcomers of today. As well as search for ways to seek balance and attention to the very real issues our community faces, like displacement, homelessness, and quality of life issues. Together we can find ways to make HLP a place for everyone, especially our children. My wife of 17 years, along with myself and our 3 boys, respectfully ask for your vote and your support.”  You may contact Daniel at daniel.andalon@highlandparknc.com

SECOND VICE PRESIDENT:  Antonio Castillo. It is my pleasure and honor to serve on the neighborhood council. I am a life-long resident and active member of the Northeast LA community. My family moved to Highland Park in the early ‘70s and continues to live in my childhood home. As an urban planner, I understand the importance of recognizing the history and integrity of a neighborhood as a means of managing appropriate change. My professional experience is in historic preservation, urban planning, and architecture. For the past four years, I have proudly served as President of the Highland Park Heritage Trust and currently serve on the Land Use Committee for the neighborhood council. In both capacities I have been able to balance change, while maintaining the historic integrity and unique character of the neighborhood.  I will continue to work with and for the neighborhood to assure we have a place where we can all live, work, and play safe in Highland Park.  You may contact Antonio at antonio.castillo@highlandparknc.com

SECRETARY:  Rocio Rivas. As Secretary, I am at the service of and an advocate for my community of Highland Park. In the last couple of years, I have witnessed the changes the political economy has inflicted on Highland Park, which have encouraged me to become more involved in my community by being an active participant. I have served in five city and county elections as Inspector, in charge of a voting precinct and ascertaining that your vote is secure and legal. And so I come to the realization that my participation on the HHPNC is another opportunity to be at the service of my community of Highland Park and the city of Los Angeles. I possess a plethora of experiences, knowledge, ideas, and energy to serve to the needs and wants of community stakeholders. My professional and academic background has enabled me to see all perspectives in any given situation. I bring forth all my strengths in representing Highland Park stakeholders.   You may contact Rocio at rocio.rivas@highlandparknc.com

TREASURER:  Joan Potter, bio pending.  You may contact Joan at joan.potter0@gmail.com.

DIRECTORS AT LARGE

Liz Amsden, Director At-Large, has lived in Highland Park for the past 25 years.  Originally from Montreal, she came to California to obtain her Master’s degree in film producing and stayed on to work on film and television projects in the areas of organization, scheduling, budgeting and problem solving.  Using these skills, Lizhas become increasingly active as a speaker and volunteer on issues ranging from health care to the environment, from concerns about money influencing political decisions to how to educate our next generation.  Liz is committed to the ideal that every person has the right to the best life possible and that starts with being an advocate for the people and strengthening communities from the ground up. You may contact Liz at liz.amsden@highlandparknc.com

Elizabeth Andalon, Director At-Large, I’m excited to be part of the neighborhood council that represents the neighborhood that has seen me grow up. My parents planted their flag here 40 years ago and instilled the importance of caring for and being proud of our neighborhood. I’m a product of the local schools and had the opportunity to graduate from Mount Saint Mary’s University. Upon graduation I was given the opportunity to to work for Council member Ed Reyes where I learned the importance of community engagement and empowerment. I was also involved in local campaigns from local to federal level where I learned the value of community outreach and education. Presently , I have the privilege of working for a congress member as a part of her field staff. I’d like to bring my acquired knowledge to the neighborhood council and truly make an impact in the quality of life of all its residents. I respectfully ask for your support and vote.  You may contact Elizabeth at elizabeth.andalon@highlandparknc.com

Linda “BOO” Caban, Director At-Large, previous to joining the HHPNC, Ms. Caban has volunteered on the HHPNC Land Use Committee.  With a vested interest in the community she is concerned about historical preservation and responsible development that takes particular account of existing and future public services.  She would like to see Highland Park enjoy the same attention and city services that more generally affluent communities expect and receive.  Ms. Caban graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a BA in Political Science.  Prior professional experience includes work in the music industry for Warner Brothers Records, Virgin Music Group, and Capitol Records. You may contact Linda at linda.caban@highlandparknc.com

Jessica Ceballos, Director At-Large, was born in Boyle Heights, raised in Highland Park and Eagle Rock (and sometimes El Monte), and has lived and traveled throughout the county and world before deciding to declare residence in Highland Park once again – this year! She majored in Religious Studies and English & Comparative Literary Studies at Occidental and Interior Design at FIDM.  Jessica is a poet, writer, workshop facilitator, literary events coordinator, and has recently partnered with Downtown Los Angeles-based publisher Writ Large Press. She is the Curator of Literary Arts Programming at Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park, where she founded the Bluebird Reading Series and curates Poesia Para La Gente, a program that brings poetry to the people of the community using non-traditional spaces as venues.  Jessica’s documented experience in work and community outreach & involvement can be credited to her strong belief in empowering artists of all backgrounds and experience, through unconventional-yet-practical and sustainable “non-artist” collaborations and initiatives. You may contact Jessica at jessica.ceballos@highlandparknc.com

Gabriel Chabran, Director At-Large,  has been a resident of Highland Park for the past 7 years. He is originally from Whittier, California, where he still works at Whittier College, a small private liberal arts college, where he  also earned his bachelors of arts degree in Sociology, with an emphasis in Cultural Studies. More recently, he completed his Master’s of Arts Degree in Leadership from Azusa Pacific University.  His goals for his time on HHPNC are to work towards strong emphasis of community advocacy, allowing everyone to have a strong sense of voice and to ensure the best future possible for Highland Park area.  You may contact Gabriel at gab.chabran@highlandparknc.com

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 melanie.freeland@highlandparknc.com

Zacharias Gardea, Director At-Large. As a member of the Historic Highland Park neighborhood council, I plan to be a voice for constituents that I have called neighbors, friends, family, and coworkers throughout my life. I am currently finishing up my undergraduate studies at Occidental College with a focus on Los Angeles Politics. I am eager to serve the community that I passionately want to see improve and develop in a smart, fair, and equitable manner for all residents of beautiful Highland Park. It is crucial to enhance civic engagement in the community in order to ensure that its officials truly represent our values and concerns. While on the board, I will focus among other areas to strengthen community outreach in an effort to achieve greater participation among members of the community.  You may contact Zacharias at zacharias.gardea@highlandparknc.com

Susanne Huerta, Director At-Large, grew up in the City of Arcadia and also had strong family ties to Highland Park. She spent a lot of time with family who lived in Highland Park, and regularly attended the Highland Park Church of the Nazarene. After graduating from Arcadia High School, Susanne attended Pasadena City College and then transferred to UCLA where she obtained a BA in Geography. From there, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from New York University. In 2007, after two years of living in New York City, Susanne moved home, to Highland Park. At this time, she also began working at Aspen Environmental Group as an Environmental Planner/Land Use Specialist. Currently, in this position, Susanne provides the land use analysis for utility-scale infrastructure projects. In 2013, she obtained her planning certification – AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners). Susanne spends her leisure time with family and friends. Sometimes there are fun activities involved like concerts, hiking, movies, traveling, tennis, etc. But, usually, the main event is finding a good new restaurant. You may contact Susana at susanne.huerta@highlandparknc.com

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 sheri.lunn@highlandparknc.com

Marcus Moche, Director At-Large, (bio pending)

Stanley W. Moore, Director At-Large, is a retired university professor. He taught 46 years at the university level in the area of Political Science and American Constitutional Law, Political Philosophy and the Legislative Process.  Stanley has lived in Highland Park since 1992.  Served on the HHPNC from 2002 until 2012 as Vice President, Treasurer, chair of Human Relations, Education and Youth Development, chair of City Services and Transportation, etc. He also was on he Election Committee in October 13, 2012.  He is on the Board of BLEND which raises money for the Northeast Division of the LAPD, he has been treasurer of the Peace in the Northeast Walk and chair of the March in 2013 and 2014; he is on the Board of the Greater Highland Park Kiwanis Club, and on the board of the Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition.  Stanley has been married for 52 years to the Rev. Nancy C. Moore who is pastor of the Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church, a four language church in Hacienda Heights.  You may contact Stanley at stanley.moore@highlandparknc.com

Yolanda Nogueira, Director At-Large. (Bio Pending).  You may contact Yolanda at yolanda.nogueira@highlandparknc.com

Diego Silva, Director At-Large. After serving two years in the neighborhood council I am grateful to have contributed back to the community that I grew up in. I will continue to support the ongoing efforts of our council to serve and improve our neighborhood.  I will participate in all neighborhood council meetings and ensure a fair representation of our community stakeholders. My goal is to contribute to community improvement projects. As a bilingual person, I will also help to ensure that our community events are always welcoming to our Spanish speaking neighbors. I grew up in Highland Park, I now have the privilege of working for Occidental College, and it is an honor to represent you on the neighborhood council.  You may contact Diego at dsilva512@gmail.com

Jamie Tijerina, Director At-Large.  JAMIE TIJERINA is a musician and scientist who was born and raised in Highland Park. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Music and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Drexel University of Philadelphia, PA. Jamie was elected to HHPNC in a special election in August 2016. She wanted to be a part of HHPNC to come back and use her life and work experience to serve her hometown neighborhood and do her part to ensure that Highland Park and Northeast Los Angeles continue to be an amazing place to live for everyone. Some of her fondest memories from childhood were made when she was involved in activities and groups at the Highland Park Recreation center, including Ballet Folklorico Mexitlan, which was run by Enrique Caldera in the 1990’s. You can also find her around the neighborhood at some of her favorite restaurants and shops that have been around for as long as she can remember, and also exploring the new restaurants and shops that are joining the neighborhood. Jamie has extensive experience working with nonprofit organizations in higher education and with musical groups managing events, marketing, financial matters, and general operations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Nova Vocal Ensemble, a local non-profit professional choir dedicated to performing the choral works of living composers, especially those with ties to Southern California. As a scientist, Jamie is active in the field of flow cytometry, with tenures at various major institutions including Caltech in Pasadena, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is a member of both the International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC) and the Southern California Flow Association (SoCalFlow). She was appointed Digital Communications Liaison for HHPNC in September 2016.  You may contact Jamie at jamie.tijerina@highlandparknc.com