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Board of Directors

The East Bay Regional Park District is governed by a seven-member board of directors, who are publicly elected to serve four-year terms. Each Board Member represents a specific geographic area of the Park District. The District itself comprises all of Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

For more information about the Park District Board of Directors, contact Yolande Barial Knight, Clerk of the Board, at 1-888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757), extension 2020, or by email at ybarial@ebparks.org.

Whitney DotsonWhitney Dotson

Ward 1 Board Member
President
Richmond

Term expires end of 2016

E-mail: wdotson@ebparks.org

Mr. Dotson was elected to the Board of Directors in November 2008. A long-term resident of Parchester Village in Richmond, Dotson is a well-known community activist who served as president of his neighborhood council and now serves as Vice Chair. He is the president of North Richmond Shoreline Open Space Alliance, a group of community and environmental organizations and individuals working to save access to the open space along the northern shoreline of Richmond. Mr. Dotson also served as the Associate Director of the Neighborhood House of North Richmond, a non-profit agency that provides services to North Richmond residents, and is Vice Chair of the Community Advisory Group monitoring the cleanup of Campus Bay and UC Berkeley Richmond Field Station. Prior to being elected to the board, he served as an appointed member of the Park District Park Advisory Committee.

Dotson holds a masters' degree in Public Health Planning, Administration, and Education from UC Berkeley.

Mr. Dotson represents: Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Kensington, part of Pinole, Richmond and San Pablo.

Parks in his ward include: Brooks Island, Eastshore State Park, Kennedy Grove, Miller/Knox, Point Isabel, Point Pinole, Sobrante Ridge, Tilden, and Wildcat Canyon. 

Download: Ward 1 Map (8.2 MB) Adobe Acrobat PDF 

John SutterJohn Sutter

Ward 2 Board Member
Director
Oakland

Term expires end of 2016
E-mail: jsutter@ebparks.org

Mr. Sutter was first elected to the Board of Directors in 1996. He previously served as Oakland Vice Mayor, Oakland City Council member (elected three terms), Deputy District Attorney, and 14 years as an Alameda County Superior Court Judge. He has previously held the office of President, People for Open Space (now Greenbelt Alliance), and has served on the boards of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), Sierra Club (local group), YMCA, OCCUR, Oakland Shoreline Committee, BART Trails Committee, Oakland Arts Council and the Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission. Mr. Sutter is a Graduate of Oakland High School, Harvard and Stanford Law School. Mr. Sutter, an Oakland resident, is married and has three children.

John Sutter represents: most of Oakland, Piedmont, Canyon, Moraga, Orinda, Orinda Village, Rheem Valley, Lafayette, Rossmoor, and part of Walnut Creek.

Parks in his ward include: portion of Briones, Anthony Chabot (north of Keller Ave. if extended east), Claremont Canyon, Huckleberry, Leona Open Space, a small portion of Las Trampas, Redwood, Roberts, Sibley, and Temescal.

Download: Ward 2 Map (12.4 MB) Adobe Acrobat PDF

Dennis-WaespiDennis Waespi

Ward 3 Board Member
Secretary
Castro Valley

Term expires end of 2018
E-mail: dwaespi@ebparks.org

Mr. Waespi was elected to the Board of Directors in November 2014. He worked at the East Bay Regional Park District in a variety of positions for 36 years, beginning in 1974. Mr. Waespi served on the Castro Valley sanitary District Board of Directors from 1999 to 2011 and on the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District Board of Directors from 2008 to 2014. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Alameda County Waste Management Authority, the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling, and the Alameda County Parks, Recreation, and Historical Commission.

Mr. Waespi is currently a member of the Alameda Fire Advisory Commission and the Castro Valley Sanitary District Community Advisory Commission. He is married and resides in Castro Valley.

Director Waespi represents Castro Valley, most of Hayward, Union City, and a portion of Fremont. Parks included in his ward are Anthony Chabot, Lake Chabot, Cull Canyon, Don Castro, Dry Creek/Pioneer, Garin, Hayward Shoreline, a portion of Pleasanton Ridge, Quarry Lakes, and Vargas Plateau.

Download: Ward 3 Map (12.7 MB) Adobe Acrobat PDF

Doug SidenDoug Siden

Ward 4 Board Member
Vice President
Alameda

Term expires end of 2016
E-mail: dsiden@ebparks.org

Mr. Siden was first elected to the Board of Directors in November, 1992. Prior to his retirement in 1999, he was Executive Director of a successful program to provide environmental education and recreational experiences to youth, children, families and adults for over 20 years. Mr. Siden holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters Degree. He also received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the American Baptist Seminary of the West for his leadership.  His community service includes being president of the Alameda County Chapter of the California Special Districts Association, past chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center in Oakland, vice chair of the Waterfront Action, and chair of the Alameda Rotary Club's Community Grants Committee. Previously he served as advisory commissioner for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Point Reyes National Seashore. Mr. Siden, a resident of Alameda, is married with two children.

Doug Siden represents: Alameda, a portion of Oakland, part of Hayward, San Leandro, and San Lorenzo.

Parks in his ward include: a small portion of Anthony Chabot, Crown Beach, Oyster Bay, and Martin Luther King, Jr., Regional Shoreline.

Download: Ward 4 Map (8.4 MB) Adobe Acrobat PDF

Ayn WieskampAyn Wieskamp

Ward 5 Board Member
Director
Livermore

Term expires end of 2018
E-mail: awieskamp@ebparks.org

Director Wieskamp has served the East Bay Regional Park District Board since June 1999. Before joining the Board, she served on the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District Board, the Livermore City Council, the Alameda County Recycling Board and the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency. She received the 1998 California Association of Recreation and Park District's Special Award for her development of special family events and her efforts to expand open space and trails. She is a former public school teacher and currently leads recreation classes. She is married and resides in Livermore.

Ayn Wieskamp represents: Brightside, Dublin, part of Fremont, Livermore, Newark, Pleasanton, Scott's Corner, and Sunol.

Parks in her ward include: Ardenwood, Brushy Peak, Dublin Hills, Coyote Hills, Del Valle, Mission Peak, Monument Peak, Ohlone, a portion of Pleasanton Ridge, Shadow Cliffs, Sunol, and Tassajara Creek.

Download: Ward 5 Map (13.1 MB) Adobe Acrobat PDF

Beverly LaneBeverly Lane

Ward 6 Board Member
Treasurer
Danville

Term expires end of 2018
E-mail: blane@ebparks.org

Beverly Lane is a Director of the East Bay Regional Park District with an extensive record of public service. She, her husband Jim and three sons moved to Danville in 1973.

Beverly has been active politically in support of the environment since she first walked door to door in Sacramento urging voters to support the proposed California Coastal Commission. She served on the Danville Town Council from 1982 to 1993, was mayor three times, chaired the Central Contra Costa Transit Authority in 1988 and was president of California Elected Women in 1992-93.

Elected to the EBRPD Board of Directors in 1994, she has led efforts to establish the Iron Horse Regional Trail, the Calaveras Ridge Trail and Sycamore Valley Open Space Park. She is particularly interested in preserving cultural resources in the regional parks. In 2008-9 she served on the Community Advisory Committee reviewing reuse plans for the Concord Naval Weapons Station where a 2500 acre regional park is planned.

As a Regional Park Director she has focused on expanding and promoting use of regional parks and trails in the East Bay. This year she is focused on encouraging people to walk for health, and on promoting the message, Healthy Parks, Healthy People. The Park District covers Alameda and Contra Costa Counties in the East San Francisco Bay, manages 65 parks and covers 119,000 acres.

As a local historian, Ms. Lane is a published author, columnist and curator of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley. She was the founding president of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley and is a past president of the Contra Costa County Historical Society. Her most recent books are "Vintage Danville, 150 Years of Memories" and "BEFORE BART: Electric Railroads Link Contra Costa County".

Her work has been recognized with these awards:

  • The 2014 Senate District Seven Woman of the Year, recognized by State Senator Mark DeSaulnier for her extensive record of public service and community activism in the East Bay
  • The 2014 Waddingham/Doctor Award from the Conference of California Historical Societies, for her work as top historian and her support of the San Ramon Valley Historical Society for over 30 years
  • A 2014 Contra Costa Times Hometown Hero 
  • San Ramon Valley Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year two times
  • The 2010 Distinguished Leadership  Award from the Association of Bay Area Governments, for her work on the Iron Horse Trail 
  • The 2010 California Recreational Trails Committee Award from the California Greenways and Trails Conference
  • The Mountain Star Award from Save Mount Diablo, for environmental leadership 
  • The Open Gate Award from the Eugene O’Neill Foundation

Director Lane represents Alamo, Blackhawk, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Diablo, Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, Tassajara, and most of Walnut Creek. Parks in her ward are Bishop Ranch, eastern portion of Briones, Diablo Foothills, Las Trampas, Morgan Territory, Round Valley, Sycamore Valley, and Vasco Caves.

Download: Ward 6 Map (12.5 MB) Adobe Acrobat PDF

Diane-BurgisDiane Burgis

Ward 7 Board Member
Oakley

Term expires end of 2018
E-mail: dburgis@ebparks.org

Diane Burgis was elected to the EBRPD Board of Directors in November 2014, after serving as councilwoman for the city of Oakley from 2012 to 2014. Since 2007, Ms. Burgis has been the Executive Director of the Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed, a grassroots East Contra Costa County nonprofit organization that focuses on water quality, habitat restoration, community service, environmental education, and advocacy.

Before joining the Park District’s Board, Ms. Burgis was a member of the EBRPD Park Advisory Committee and the Regional Parks Foundation Board. In 2011, Ms. Burgis received the Watershed Champion Award from the Contra Costa County Watershed Forum for her leadership in protecting, restoring, and enhancing watersheds, and for her collaboration in projects that address conservation issues in Contra Costa County. In 2012, she was named Assembly District 15 Woman of the Year, recognized by State Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan for her extensive work with Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed and her contributions to the community. Ms. Burgis has three sons and lives in Oakley.

Diane Burgis represents the cities of Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Clyde, Crockett, Discovery Bay, Hercules, Martinez, Muir, Nevada Dock, Oakley, Oleum, Pacheco, part of Pinole, Pittsburg, Port Costa, Rodeo, Selby, and Tormey. Parks in her ward include Antioch/Oakley Shoreline, Bay Point, Big Break, Black Diamond Mines, the northwestern portion of Briones, Browns Island, Carquinez Strait Shoreline, Contra Loma, Crockett Hills, Martinez Shoreline, San Pablo Bay, Waterbird Preserve/McNabney Marsh, and Vasco Caves.

Download: Ward 7 Map (15.2 MB) Adobe Acrobat PDF

Robert E. DoyleRobert E. Doyle

General Manager
E-mail: bdoyle@ebparks.org

Robert Doyle is a veteran of the parks and open space field with a career spanning 35 plus years. He currently serves as General Manager of the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) in the San Francisco Bay area which is the largest local park district in the United States serving a diverse population of users in an urban interface setting, with 15 million visitors per year to its 65 parks and 1,200 miles of trails on 119,000 acres of open space.

In 2013 Mr. Doyle began service as a Trustee for the National Association for Olmsted Parks, an organization with the mission to advance Olmsted principles and the legacy of irreplaceable parks and landscapes that revitalize communities and enrich people’s lives; he was also inducted into the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, an organization of distinguished practitioners and scholars committed to the advancement of the park and recreation field. Doyle is a founding member of Save Mount Diablo, a nonprofit land trust and conservation organization that serves to save lands from development and add acreage to the California State Park Mount Diablo, one of the Ecological Treasures of the San Francisco Bay Area. As Board president, he led the growth of the organization from 1,000 to 5,000 members. He has also served as a board member of the Bay Area Open Space Council, as a founding board member of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, and was appointed to the first Board of Directors of the Agricultural-Natural Resources Trust of Contra Costa County.

He has received industry recognition including a Mountain Star Award from Save Mount Diablo (2002) and a Lifetime Achievement Award from California Trails and Greenways (2010).

He began his career as a park ranger, serving at diverse parks within EBRPD and moving to the administrative side first working in Planning & Design Department and then on trails in the Land Department, later becoming a Chief and then Assistant General Manager in 1990, where he served for 21 years.

Mr. Doyle’s achievements at the Park District include co-authoring expenditure plans for both the $500 million Bond Measure WW Extension approved by voters in 2008, and the earlier Measure AA approved in 1988. He developed the master plan for the Park District’s nationally recognized multi-use urban trail system, which received a $10.2 million U.S. Department of Transportation Grant in 2010. Mr. Doyle was also the lead negotiator for a partnership with the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy that has resulted in thousands of acres of preserved open space in eastern Contra Costa County.

He attended Diablo Valley College and San Francisco State University, as well as completing continuing education courses at University of California at Davis, the International Right of Way Association, and the National Park and Recreation Association. He graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a BA in Management and is a black belt in Aikido. Doyle is a resident of Walnut Creek and was born and raised in Contra Costa County.

Ward Boundary Map

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