Board of Directors
Chris Wall, Chairman
Chris received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1980 and moved on to a 36-year career with Cummins Inc., a global manufacturer of diesel engines and power systems. In addition to engine development and power system application engineering, Chris had the opportunity with Cummins to project manage the start up a corporate child care center and to serve as General Manager of a global team in developing and selling new power systems for the oil and gas market. Chris was a Court Appointed Special Advocate serving children in need for 25 years in Bartholomew County, Indiana. Upon retirement and a move to Sea Ranch, Chris has been volunteering for Action Network and is now a Board Member. During tax season, you can find her as a certified tax volunteer with AARP and Richard Henrikson in Point Arena. She also volunteers on the Coastal Stewardship Task Force, the Solar Array Task Force and at the Art Center in Gualala.
Kevin Evans, Vice Chair
Kevin Evans joins the Gualala community and the Board of Action Network with 39 years of experience in municipal recreation and community service – most recently as Director of Community Services and Parks for the city of Dana Point, CA. Kevin began his career with a BA in Recreation Administrations from San Diego State University. Kevin is a 39 year member of Lions Club International. He has coached youth baseball, served as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner and in various community planning roles. He enjoys travel with his wife Sylvia, playing competitive slow pitch softball, and spending time with family and friends.
Mary Mobert, Secretary
Mary partnered with her husband in several businesses, including Doghole Custom Boats, hand-built wooden boats between 8 and 24 feet long; Interface, a computer and office service business; and working with Semi-Sentient Systems, a software company that wrote programs for themselves and other companies throughout the U.S. She has served as a translator for the Denver University Science Department; an assistant legal secretary for James Cameron, Attorney at Law; and, presently, she serves as the administrator of the Gualala Municipal Advisory Council (since December 2002) and as executive secretary for Action Network (since November 2003). Mary is also a member of Soroptimist International of the Mendocino-Sonoma Coast.
Andrea Phillips, Treasurer
Andrea lived in Gualala from the time she was four to about 14 years old. Then, she moved away so that she could attend a private school named, Ursuline High School in Santa Rosa. After high school she attended Santa Rosa Junior College and became involved in the insurance profession. She currently works as an insurance broker for Farmer’s Insurance in Gualala, as well as for many different companies. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.
Tom Dorn, Director
Tom was a candidate for a doctorate in public administration. He has worked as city clerk, city treasurer, city magistrate, assistant city manager, city manager and management consultant to California cities and counties. Currently Tom and his wife own and manage Mar Vista Cottages in Anchor Bay, a unique environmental resort, which can be visited at www.MarVistaMendocino.com.
Valerie Robbins, Director
Valerie is a local business owner in Gualala, CA. She has a B.A. in Psychology and a M.S. in Special Ed. She is experienced in leading and contributing her efforts towards assisting nonprofit organizations. In addition, she has worked with children and families throughout her career and has a good understanding of their needs.
Aparna Wilder, Member of the Board
Aparna Wilder’s career stretches across several fields including program management, service learning, media production, and education technology. She led an experiential learning program as the Associate Director of Student Programs and Outreach at the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania; co-founded an education design consultancy, IRL Labs, which builds digital storytelling tools and develops educational programming; and currently serves as the Senior Director of Strategy and Operations and Climb Hire, a non-profit that prepares working adults for entry-level jobs in tech. Aparna is a TED Fellow and former digital mentor with Girls Write Now an after-school writing program for at-risk youth based in New York City. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and MPA from Columbia University.
Current Opening: Action Network Board of Directors
We are currently seeking board members to join our dynamic team and assist in providing oversight and insight to Action Network’s operations. If you are interested in making a difference in our community, please send an email telling us about yourself and why you are interested in becoming a volunteer board member.
Action Network Family Resource Center is a nonprofit, public-benefit organization serving the Redwood Coast from Elk to Timber Cove. Our mission is to create a caring community that nurtures one another across ages and cultures and creates a peaceful, healthy environment that empowers our community members. Our enrichment programs and support for children, teens and adults make a difference in the community. Action Network is continually recognized and has been awarded national, state and county grants. During difficult times - such as we are in right now - we step up to respond to specific needs of our community.
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