The Westside Neighborhood Council Board

WNC board June 2016

Seated:  Left to right:  Mary Kusnic, Shannon Burns, Aaron Rosenfield, Sarah Shaw, Terri Tippit, Lisa Morocco, Colleen Mason Heller
Standing (second row):  Rick Mendoza, Francesca Beale-Rosano, Barbara Broide, Brendan Kotler, Steve Spector, Jae Wu, Wendy Dox (alt.) Sean McMillian.  (Not in photo:  Eric Shabsis and Lisa Tabor)

In its nearly ten years of existence, the Westside Neighborhood Council (WNC) has had many successes, but maybe the most important achievement has been bringing representatives of the seven powerful local homeowner associations, Century City Condo associations, business community, schools, non-profits, religious institutions, LAPD and LAFD together to reach compromises and consensus on issues such that City agencies and others are forced to give weight to the stakeholder positions reached by the WNC.   The WNC is addressing important issues that affect the quality of life of our stakeholders.

The WNC’s Traffic Committee is working toward developing regional solutions to the traffic congestion problems existing in our area as well as the entire westside by garnering input from as many, diverse stakeholders as possible.  The WNC’s Land Use Committee is working with Planning Department and City council office to help assure all land use applications are passed by the committee, and by extension affected resident associations, before decisions are made.  The WNC’s Outreach committee is looking for ways to revitalize the businesses and storefronts on Westwood and Pico Boulevards so that those streets might form a coherent and aesthetically pleasing commercial environment as our own “shop and walk” small town in the big city.

BOARD MEMBER BIOS:

Seat #1 –  [an owner, operator or an employee of a business located within the boundaries of San Diego Freeway (405), Century Park West, Santa Monica Boulevard, and Pico Boulevard] –
Jae Wu: Local resident and business owner, Jae Wu of Heyler Realty is also a parent to 2 young boys being raised in this community and has spent countless volunteer hours to do all she can to continue to make this area the best place to live, work and play. So far, she has participated in Plant Pico and Pick Pico as a member of the WNC, hosts the annual Chili Cookoff and Heyler Harvest Festivals for the community to enjoy for free. She enjoys making a difference and being involved in the community. Heyler Realty is a residential real estate and mortgage brokerage firm helping the residents of The Westside Triangle (Cheviot Hills, Rancho Park and Westwood neighborhoods).
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Seat #1  Alternate –
Kate Kennedy:  
Kate Kennedy is a Real Estate Consultant with Heyler Realty, and she participates in many local community events such as the Heyler Harvest Festival and Pick Pico.  Kate also currently serves on the Board of the Ocean Park Association, and is passionate about promoting grass roots efforts to enhance local neighborhoods.
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Seat # 2 – [an owner, operator or an employee of a business located within the boundaries of San Diego Freeway (405), Century Park West, Santa Monica Boulevard, and Pico Boulevard] –
Lisa Morocco, C0-Treasurer:  Lisa Morocco has lived on the Westside since 1989 and is a new member of the Westside Neighborhood Council. She is self employed and runs her own business from home. Lisa is a proud member of a grassroots association that tackles safety issues and has been a volunteer at UCLA with for over ten years. She looks forward to working with local businesses to strengthen our business community. Lisa also serves as a Chairman of the Outreach Committee.
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Seat #2 Alternate – David Anderson (bio pending)
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Seat #3 [an owner, operator or an employee of a business located south of Pico Boulevard in the Westside Neighborhood]
Rick Mendoza (bio pending)
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Seat #3 Alternate – Craig Silver:  A life long West Los Angeles resident including a graduate of University High School and Loyola Marymount University. Working in commercial real estate as a manager and leasing expert. Enjoys the since of community offered by the WNC and feels we all have the ability to make a difference. Active in Westchester Rotary Club and other non profits.
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Seat #4 – [an owner, operator or an employee of a business located south of Pico Boulevard in the Westside Neighborhood]
Steve Spector, Vice-Chair:  Steve Spector is co founder of the WNC and served as chair from February 2005 through December 2006. He was vice-chair on the WNC Organizing Committee. Steve is an executive with Macerich Company, the local, public company that owns Westside Pavilion. Steve’s alternate is Tara Bieber, the General Manager of Westside Pavilion. Macerich and Westside Pavilion desire to serve as a “town center” for the Westside and are big supporters of the WNC as a community forum wherein elected representatives of local residents, businesses, schools, religious organizations, non-profit organizations, police, fire department and the city council consider what actions can and should be taken on issues that matter to the stakeholders in our community.
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Seat #4 Alternate:  Chris Elliott (bio pending)
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Seat #5 – [an owner, operator or an employee of a business located within the boundaries of Century Park West, Santa Monica Boulevard, Pico Boulevard and the Beverly Hills border.]
Brendan Kotler:  Born and raised in Los Angeles, Brendan Kotler is a Developer for Westfield currently overseeing the Westfield Century City redevelopment.  A graduate of Calabasas High School, Brendan went on to receive his BA from the University of Southern California and earn his JD from the UCLA School of Law.  Brendan joined Westfield two years ago after practicing law at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP where he served as an associate in both the Litigation and Real Estate Groups.  Though just 30 years of age, Brendan has had the pleasure of being a real estate developer, employee, student, resident and land owner in West Los Angeles and he couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to serve on the WNC.

Seat #5 Alternate – Talia Nosrati :  A lifelong resident of West Los Angeles, Talia’s deep-rooted commitment towards the community was sparked at a young age and has continued unwaveringly. Talia holds an MBA degree and is currently a marketing executive in the entertainment industry. She enjoys spending her free time with family, as well as volunteering with the brave, homeless animals at our local non-profit organizations.
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Seat #6 [an owner, operator or an employee of a business located within the boundaries of Century Park West, Santa Monica Boulevard, Pico Boulevard and the Beverly Hills border.]
Sarah Shaw:  Sarah Shaw is Vice President of Development and Operations for Constellation Place , LLC, an affiliate of JMB Realty Corporation. JMB has a long history of successful office projects in Century City and has been an active member of the community for decades. Sarah oversees the management and leasing of Constellation Place in Century City and plays a key role in the proposed office development, Century City Center . Sarah is a member of the Los Angeles Business Council and volunteers in Overland Elementary School’s Wonder of Reading program
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Seat #6 Alternate – Elnie Vannatim:  Elnie Vannatim is a native angeleno and resides in Century City.  Elnie is the Manager of State & Local Government Affairs for Fox Entertainment Group and helps to manage Fox’s public policy activity and community relations. Fox Entertainment has been part of the Los Angeles community since the 1920s. She is also a member of the Century City Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Board of Directors.
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Seat #7 [a resident residing within the boundaries of San Diego Freeway (405), Beverly Glen Boulevard (homes on the west side of the street), Santa Monica Boulevard and Pico Boulevard.]
Barbara Broide:  Barbara Broide is a long-time resident of the area active in civic affairs. Barbara is currently President of the Westwood South of Santa Monica Blvd. Homeowners Association (www.westwoodsouth.org) and a member of the LAPD’s West Division Traffic Committee. She is an active board member of the Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight. Barbara’s interests include development impacts on community traffic and circulation.
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Seat #7 Alternate – Bennett Cohon (bio pending)
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Seat #8 [a resident residing within the boundaries of San Diego Freeway (405), Kelton Avenue, Pico Boulevard and National Boulevard]
Terri Tippit, Chair:  Terri Tippit is a co-founder of the WNC and serves as its Chair. Terri has been an advocate for this community for over 35 years. She co-founded and is president of the West of Westwood HOA (wowhoa@ca.rr.com), Chair of the Westwood Design Review Board. She served as Chair of the city task force that created the Pico/Westwood Neighborhood Overlay District, the first NOD in the city. She is president of West LAPD Community-Police Advisory Board.
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Seat #8 Alternate – Kim Christensen:  (Bio Pending)
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Seat #9 – [A resident within the boundaries of Midvale, Overland (excluding homes that are both on the east side of Overland and north of Northvale); Pico Blvd. and National Blvd. or residing on Dunleer Place or Coventry Place east of Overland.]

Sean McMillian:  Sean is a father of four, an advanced soccer referee, a licensed coach, a former chess master, and in my spare time I work as owner broker of Heyler Realty.

A third generation Angeleno, I have raised my family within a mile of the home my grandfather lived in 1927. You can find several locations around Westwood and Cheviot Hills whereby my name is etched in the sidewalk cement. I take great pride in cultivating community and in particular community outreach. I am a co-founder of the Santa Monica Chess Park, as it was a way of giving back to the game that had given so much to me. I often donate time with the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition feeding and counseling homeless persons, as well as donating time at my church and children’s schools.

“I am eager to contribute to well being of my neighborhood and community at large.”
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Seat #9 Alternate – Jeff Hroneck (bio pending)
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Seat #10 [a resident residing within the boundaries of Beverly Glen Boulevard (homes on the west side of the street), Fox Hills Drive, Santa Monica Boulevard and Pico Boulevard]
Stacy Antler.

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Seat #10 Alternate (bio pending)
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Seat #11 [a resident residing within the boundaries of Century Park West, Century Park East, Santa Monica Boulevard and Pico Boulevard.]
Mary Kusnic, Co-Recording Secretary:  
Mary Kusnic has been a resident of Century City since 1992 and has lived in West Los Angeles since 1990.   Mary was a founding member of the Century City Homeowners Alliance, a volunteer non-profit organization which represents nearly 1800 Century City homeowners and works to enhance the quality of life for the residents and all of Century City.   She is an active member of the Century City Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Board of Directors.  Mary routinely volunteers her time in service to the community and for non-profit organizations.
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Seat #11 Alternate – Francois Nion:  Francois Nion represents the residents of Century City . He became involved in the newly formed neighborhood council through his professional work, having moved to LA early in 2002 from New York . He has found his participation in the neighborhood council a valuable opportunity to learn more about his new neighborhood and to make new friends, people he ordinarily would not have met. He finds tremendous satisfaction in taking some responsibility for the neighborhood, and making his voice heard, finding the WNC offers a great civic opportunity.
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Seat #12 [a resident residing within the boundaries of Overland Avenue (homes on the east side of the street) (except homes on Dunleer Place and on Coventry Place between Overland Avenue and Dunleer Place), Pico Boulevard, Motor Avenue (between Pico Boulevard and Lorenzo Place), Monte Mar Avenue, Anchor Avenue, Dannyhill Drive (excluding all homes on Dannyhill Drive), Club Drive, Forrester Drive (excluding homes on the south side of the street between Queensbury Drive and Cavendish Drive), Queensbury Drive (homes on the west side of the street), Patricia Avenue (homes on the north side of the street), Motor Avenue (between Patricia Avenue and National) and the Santa Monica (10) Freeway]
Colleen Mason Heller, Corresponding Secretary:  Colleen Mason Heller has been active in the community for over 20 years beginning with her 15 year involvement at Overland School where she co-chaired their first Annual Event, served as president of Friends for Overland , vice president of the PTA and taught cooking to students in the STAR after school program. She is currently a member of the Cheviot Hills HOA Board of Directors where she has served as Light Rail Chair for four years. Colleen is also Vice President of Neighbors For Smart Rail. She has been the Seat 12 Alternate for over 2 years.
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Seat #12 Alternate – Brandon Behrstock:  (bio pending)

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Seat # 13 [a resident residing within the boundaries of Queensbury Drive (homes on the east side of the street), Forrester Drive (homes on the south side of the street), Cavendish Drive, Bridlevale Drive, Danalda Drive, Club Drive, Dannyhill Drive, Anchor Avenue, National Boulevard, Santa Monica (10) Freeway, Motor Avenue (homes on the west side of the street) and Patricia Avenue (homes on the south side of the street), which Seat Thirteen Area is depicted on Exhibit A-1 attached to these Bylaws and incorporated by this reference]
Francesca Beale-Rosano:  Francesca Beale-Rosano has been living in Cheviot Hills with her husband and children since moving from London and Rome in1985. She is one of the founder members of BAFTA LA which her husband founded in 1987. She runs a successful decorative painting and special finishes business and is chair of the Architectural Committee of CCCHA.
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Seat #13 Alternate – Allyson Saunders:  A New York transplant, Allyson Saunders has lived in the greater Los Angeles area since 1980, and currently serves as President of the CCCHA (www.cccha.org <http://www.ccca.org/>), where she and her husband have lived since 1999. Allyson also serves as Chair of the CCCHA Safety Committee, and puts her background in construction to use as a member of the Architectural Committee.  After 25 years in practice as a transactional lawyer at large national firms, Allyson started a solo practice in 2013, specializing in economic development. She devotes a substantial amount of her time to various charitable organizations, both local and national, including The Alliance for Children’s Rights, where she facilitates adoptions and works with foster youth transitioning to emancipation. Allyson was involved in the drafting of the charter documents in the early days of the WNC, and is happy to be back serving once again.
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Seat #14 [a representative of Synagogues, Churches and other Religious Institutions in the Westside Neighborhood]
Shannon Burns, Treasurer:  Shannon Burns grew up on the Westside, graduating from Uni High and UCLA She has worked on the Westside as a Trust & Estates attorney since 1986. Shannon has been involved with the religious institutions within the WNC for over 20 years.  Shannon is the Chair of the Land Use Committee, and a member of the Mobility and Pico Beautification Committees. She is active in her local community, co-forming a grassroots association to help tackle traffic safety issues. Shannon enjoys patronizing the small businesses in the WNC area with her family.
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Seat #14 Alternate – Ira Newlander:  Ira is a long time resident of the Overland Avenue Community, and community activist.  Ira has owned and operated Newlander & Newlander Court Reporting Services since 1975.
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Seat #15 [a representative of Schools in the Westside Neighborhood]
Eric Shabsis:  Over 65 years ago, my grandparents set roots in West Los Angeles, buying their first home, raising their family, and building a successful manufacturing business on Sepulveda Blvd. and La Grange. Today, my roots are firmly planted in Cheviot Hills, choosing to raise my kids less than a mile from where my grandparents settled and within 4 miles of where I was raised. My wife, Tracy, and I are commitment to our community, one that has history and meaning to our family – a community that embraced my grandparents (Holocaust survivors) and allowed them to build the “American Dream.” A community with good schools, safe streets, and committed neighbors. Over a span of 4 generations, the Westside has been good to our family – and now, through WNC, it is my privilege to give back to a neighborhood and community that has been good to my family.
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Seat #15 Alternate – Caryn Friedman: Caryn has lived with her family in Cheviot Hills since 2011, and elsewhere on the Westside since 1996. She is an active community volunteer while caring for her two children, currently at Overland Avenue Elementary School.  At Overland, she chairs its Family Math and Science Night and serves on multiple committees. She serves as a founder member of Temple Isaiah’s Religious School Parent Association and served as Vice President of Isaiah’s Preschool Parent Association.  She is a Founding Parent of the City School charter school.
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Seat #16 [a representative of Non-Profit Organizations in the Westside Neighborhood]
Lisa Tabor:  Born & raised in the Los Angeles area, Lisa is new to the Westside Neighborhood Council.  Lisa has more than 20 years of experience working with and for a variety of non-profit organizations nationwide. As the Manager of the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop recently opened on Overland Avenue, Lisa looks forward to helping to build stronger relationships for non-profits both based in and serving the WNC Community.
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Seat #16 Alternate – Wendie Dox:  I am a television art director, interior designer and own a home staging business. I am on the board of directors of united in harmony, a volunteer with faith action for animals,  United Poultry concerns and the kris kelly foundation. I grew up in west los angeles and my family and i  formerly owned a business on  west pico blvd.  We also own rental property in the council  jurisdiction so I feel  qualified  to speak for both residential and business stakeholders. I am excited to help our local nonprofits get more support from the neighborhood.
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Seat #17 [a representative of “At Large” Stakeholders]
Aaron Rosenfield, Recording Secretary:  Aaron Rosenfield was raised in Southern California. He has lived with his wife on Kelton Avenue since 2008. Aaron is committed to making the Westside Community an outstanding place to live and do business for all stakeholders. He serves as a Board Member of the West of Westwood Homeowners’ Association (WOWHOA) where he is actively involved with community issues such as crime prevention, smart development and transportation/mobility work. As a WNC Board alternate and Outreach Committee participant, Aaron has been involved with bringing the community together to build a greener and more vibrant neighborhood. He also is a member of the Expo Phase II Bicycle Advisory Committee advising on the development of a Los Angeles bikeway that has the promise of helping to reduce local traffic. Aaron has a Masters in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. He currently works for a labor union, representing employees at UCLA where he is responsible for training leaders and educating employees about their contractual rights.
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Seat #17 Alternate – Thomas Born:  Licensed Architect employed by the UCLA Health System, Planning, Design and Construction. WNC Resident and homeowner with 2 children.
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