BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Kate O'Brien
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Mark Johnson
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Elaine Freeman
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Gene Hostetler
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Ed Abele
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THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District is governed by a five-member elected Board of Directors. Each Board member serves a four-year term of office. Board member elections are staggered on a three-member, two-member election rotation. That is, three members of the Board are elected in one election, and two years later the other two members are elected, and so on. This ensures that not all Board members are replaced in any one election, and therefore facilitates the continuity of institutional knowledge.

The District's Board of Directors is the legislative body responsible for establishing policies for the operation of the District and providing guidance for District staff to implement those policies. The individual Directors exercise power collectively - as a legislative body.

A member of the Board of Directors attends all regular and special meetings of the Board of Directors (regular meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of the month at the District headquarters). In preparation for meetings a Board Member reviews the agenda and staff reports with supporting documents to become familiar with the agenda items to be able to ask questions and participate in the discussion and deliberation on the agenda items.

After discussion and deliberation a vote of the members of the Board of Directors is taken on all action items. Actions items include but are not limited to the following areas; budget, policy, personnel, legislation, land, claims, lawsuits, projects, purchases and contracts. The District provides a large and diverse number of park facilities. It also provides hundreds of recreational activities annually in areas such as; aquatics, before and after school clubs, visual and martial arts, dance, gymnastics, fitness, seniors, alternative recreation, golf, youth and adult sports and community events. The District’s administration, maintenance and recreation operations take place under the general direction of the Board of Directors.

Board members are also representatives of the Park District and may serve on standing, liaison and ad hoc committees of the Board of Directors, and interact with other government entities that have jurisdiction over all or part of the geographic area in which the District operates. The District’s boundary is 113 square miles and includes the City of Simi Valley and adjacent unincorporated areas of Ventura County, and includes the community of Oak Park.

Board members may also serve in various capacities for other local, state and national organizations providing governance, legislative, educational and other supportive services to the community, special districts, and parks and recreation providers, including; California Park and Recreation Society, National Recreation and Park Association, California Association of Recreation and Park Districts, California Special Districts Association, Chamber of Commerce, Police, Education and Cultural Arts Foundations and more.

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Kate O'Brien - Chair

First Became a Board Member: December 2000
Current Term of Office: December 2016 – December 2020


OCCUPATION:
Civil/Structural Engineer. Owner since 1994 of Kate O’Brien, P.E.

OTHER AFFILIATIONS (past and present): Community Action of Ventura County; Ventura County Special District Association; Simi Valley Education Foundation; Simi Valley Rotary; Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce; National Association of Women in Construction (Past President); Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce; Menlo Park Arts Commission; Planned Parenthood of San Mateo County Clinic Defender.

INTEREST IN SERVING ON THE BOARD: “I’ve have always been interested in community involvement. The Park District is a good sphere of influence in the community and a place where I can provide effective leadership.”

CONTACT INFO:
katieoliberty@gmail.com; (805) 501-3623



 
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Mark Johnson - Vice Chair

First Became a Board Member: December 1990
Current Term of Office: December 2016 – December 2020

OCCUPATION: Retired Math Teacher

OTHER AFFILIATIONS (past and present): Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy on and off for 24 years, California Association of Recreation and Park Districts (Board Member).

INTEREST IN SERVING ON THE BOARD: "My main purpose for being on the Board is to help preserve our parks and open space."

CONTACT INFO: To send a comment to Mr. Johnson, please click here.



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Elaine Freeman - Director

First Became a Board Member: December 2003
Current Term of Office: December 2016 – December 2020

OCCUPATION: Land Use Consultant, owner Urban Strategies.

OTHER AFFILIATIONS (past and present): President Ventura County Special District Assoc.(Chair); Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce; First Ladies of Simi Valley Hospital (Board Member); California Special Districts Association (Board Member); California Special District Legislative Committee (Member); SV Community Council (President); Local Agency Formation Commission (Chair); Leadership Simi Valley (Founder).

INTEREST IN SERVING ON THE BOARD: "My interest in serving on the Board of Directors is to participate in the continuing success of the District. In addition, my interest in serving is to insure that the District provides a wide variety of opportunities to meet the park and recreation needs of its residents."

CONTACT INFO: (805) 320-8615 


 
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Gene Hostetler - Director

First Became a Board Member: December 1994
Current Term of Office: December 2014 – December 2018

OCCUPATION: Retired law enforcement after 35 years of serving the communities.

OTHER AFFILIATIONS (past and present): California Association of Recreation and Park Districts (Board Member); Heroin Task Force; lifetime member of VFW; National Recreation and Park Association (Member); California Park and Recreation Society (Member).

INTEREST IN SERVING ON THE BOARD: “I want to make certain that our District’s residents have the safest and best parks within the State of California.”

CONTACT INFO: To send a comment to Mr. Hostetler, please click here.



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Ed Abele - Director

First Became a Board Member: January 2017
Current Term of Office: January 2017 – December 2018

OCCUPATION: Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles

OTHER AFFILIATIONS (past and present): Simi Valley Neighborhood Council #4 (Past Chair); Simi Valley Neighborhood Council #1 (Past Chair); Special Event Support Review Committee (Past Chair); Simi Valley Police Foundation (Past Director); Citizens' School Bond Oversight Committee (Past Vice Chair); Leadership Simi Valley (2003 Graduate, Past Steering Committee Member); Simi Valley Education Foundation (Past Member); Simi Sunrise Rotary (Past Member).

INTEREST IN SERVING ON THE BOARD: “My entire professional and adult life has been devoted to public service. As a resident of Simi Valley for over 40 years, I have benefited from the use of the District's parks and recreational activities. Serving on the Board provides a unique opportunity to further contribute to the community and our park district.”

CONTACT INFO: To send a comment to Mr. Abele, please click here.