Barbara is President of the CRA. She has been a passionate advocate for the village for many years. Barbara first arrived in Carmel-by-the-Sea in 1936, later graduating from Carmel High School and Stanford University. She then lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 25 years, working as a department manager for Emporium Capwell Co. Married and the mother of two sons, she owned an interior design business for 27 years and served as a volunteer and board member at non-profit organizations on the Peninsula. In 1977, she moved to upper Carmel Valley, returning to Carmel in 1986. She immediately joined the CRA and was founding president of Friends of Carmel Forest. Barbara writes: “I developed a great interest in city government, attending city council and planning commission meetings. My interest in city government led to three terms on the city council. Active participation in the CRA led to election as its President.’’
Dick moved to Carmel from San Jose in 1994 with his wife Barbara, to whom he has been married since 1959. He spent 10 years in retail sales for Union Oil Co. prior to becoming a high school teacher in San Jose. Over 25 years of teaching, Dick variously taught government, economics and world history, retiring from teaching in 1994. He has been a CRA member since 1994 and a Board member ‘for a long time.’’ Dick writes: “We love to travel, play golf, watch baseball, and to socialize with friends. We are active politically and have served or are serving on several boards (American Civil Liberties Union, Democratic Committee of the Monterey Peninsula, Flanders Foundation, to name a few). We have one fabulous daughter and son-in-law and two wonderful grandsons who live in Livermore.’’
Jon, a native of the state of Washington, is Treasurer of the CRA. He and wife Judith earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Washington. His primary career has been in gerontology. As a graduate student he worked for AARP in Long Beach, Calif. After graduation he worked for AARP in Washington, D.C. and Kansas City, Mo. Back in Washington state, he served as executive director of Visiting Nurse Home Health Care and Hospice of Whatcom County. Following that, he became executive director of the Alaska State Unit on Aging. Jon has served on boards and commissions for national, state and local governments and non-profit organizations. He retired in 2008 and moved to Carmel in 2009. He enjoys photography, cruising in the San Juan Islands of Washington and the Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound in British Columbia, and traveling with Judith. He is committed to protecting our environment, our beautiful natural places, and to CRA’s Mission Statement.
Karyl grew up in the Carmel area and returned in 1990. She earned a Doctorate in Education and became a clinical research psychologist. As a director of research, she wrote medical grant applications and published in scientific journals relevant to traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury rehabilitation. She also taught psychology at the college level for several years. After she retired, she performed in local musicals on stage with her late husband Fred Nelson, and served as board chair for Pacific Repertory Theatre, in Carmel-by-the-Sea. She has written the books “Gnome Alone’’ about Carmel, and co-authored “A Magical Year’’ about a mouse family. She has been a member of CRA since returning to Carmel and is dedicated to preserving our precious village and its distinctive architectural style.
Lauren joined the CRA Board in 2017, and heads Lovers of Carmel Beach, the CRA’s monthly volunteer cleanup of Carmel Beach. Lauren writes: “I am a fifth-generation Californian. My early life was spent in Southeast Asia and South America. I went to Carmel River School, attended middle school here and graduated from Carmel High School in 1975. I earned a dual degree in Buddhist Studies and media. I am a classical-Tibetan language scholar, goldsmith and artist and, most importantly, the mother of two fabulous adult daughters. I love Carmel, and have for 50 years. The sound of the waves, the fog, rain, the frogs in the lagoon in springtime, the seals barking, the smell of sage and sea and cypress. I feel blessed to live here.’’
Mary has been an active member of the CRA since 1993, serving in many roles and enjoying them all. She writes: “As a board member over several years, including two terms as president, I only have become increasingly convinced and aware of our importance to beloved Carmel-by-the-Sea. I am a professional tour guide here in Carmel, as well as the expanded local area, and meet visitors from around the globe. They remark I am so fortunate to live in such a glorious little city. T’is so true! We absolutely must work to preserve and protect our ‘jewel.’ Our traditions, natural beauty, and unique architecture, and our embrace of life in a slower, less crowded, more peaceful ‘lane’, make us so unique and special.’’
Darlene writes: “My husband, Dave, and I have been full-time residents of Carmel-by-the-Sea since 2013. I’m a native of California. After graduating from San Jose State University, I had a 37-year career as a real estate broker in the San Francisco Bay Area. I love history and architecture, so Carmel is truly my happy place. I enjoy being on the board of the CRA for the social aspects, as well as the work we do to help residents and visitors understand our unique, beautiful and sometimes quirky village by the sea.’’
Ann is Secretary of the CRA. She writes: “I grew up in Sierra Madre, a small town near Pasadena. I taught high school English. I married Bob Nelson, a lawyer, and retired from teaching when our first child was born. We moved to Berkeley and became parents of two more children. When the last was off to college, I became a travel agent. I retired when our first grandchild was born. We moved to Carmel in 2010. We are enjoying this place immensely.’’
Tom spent 25 years in the television and movie industry as a behind-the-scenes camera prompter and dialogue coach. In between gigs, he managed to write for several weekly entertainment shows, taking his chances that his material would be accepted by the countless producers for whom he worked. After settling in Carmel some 30 years ago, he has become a full-time writer, writing, directing and producing more than 15 dramas, musicals and biographical sketches of major literary characters. In 2016, he published “3 Women, 3 Voices, 3 Plays,’’ featuring writers Dorothy Parker, Gertrude Stein, and Zelda Fitzgerald. He is a long-time member of the CRA, and serves as an editorial board member and contributing writer and interviewer for The Voice, the CRA’s newsletter.
Ann writes: “I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area my whole life. I married my high school sweetheart after graduating from San Francisco State University with a degree in physical education (now kinesiology). We have enjoyed scuba diving in the Monterey area and decided to buy a cottage about 10 years ago. Once we retired, we moved to Carmel permanently. The decision to sell our house and move to Carmel was the best thing we could have done. We love living here and wake up every day with our “Can’t believe we’re here” moments. I enjoy golf, bike riding and I am a docent at Point Lobos as well as serving on the CRA Board.’’
Ken served as mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea from 1992 to 2000. He has been a good will ambassador for the city, as well as a member of the forest and beach commission, the planning commission and city council before he became mayor. He was chair for many years of Friends of Sunset, a non-profit organization that sells refreshments to patrons of performances at Sunset Center, funneling the monies to the center. An enthusiastic tennis player and owner of a green thumb, Ken is known for raising giant dahlias. He is widely celebrated for his jovial disposition and optimistic outlook. Obi Wan Kenobi-like Ken is often sought-out by members of the business and residential communities for his knowledge and experience and his ready willingness to provide useful advice and help.