The East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors has inducted new leaders for 2018.
Dennis Waespi of Castro Valley will serve as president; Ayn Wieskamp of Livermore will serve as vice president; Ellen Corbett of San Leandro will serve as treasurer; and Dee Rosario of Oakland will serve as secretary. The additional Board members are Whitney Dotson of Richmond, Beverly Lane of Danville, and Colin Coffey of Hercules. Leadership positions rotate annually.
Waespi, elected to the Board in 2014, was an employee of the Park District for 36 years before retiring in 2016. He’s also served on the boards of the Castro Valley Sanitary District and Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.
Wieskamp was elected to the Board in 1999. Previously 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.
Corbett was elected to the Board in 2016. She was the majority leader of the California State Senate, representing the 10th District, 2006-2013. Previously she was a member of the California State Assembly, a San Leandro City Council Member and Mayor of San Leandro.
Dee Rosario was the park supervisor for Redwood Regional Park prior to his retirement. He has served on the Alameda County Parks, Recreation and Historical Commission; the Board of Directors for the Friends of Sausal Creek; the Regional Parks Association Board of Directors; the Oakland Fire-Safe Council Board; and co-convened for the California Alliance of Retired Americans.
Colin Coffey was appointed to the Board in January 2017. Previously he served on the Park District’s Park Advisory Committee twice, first from 2001-2009 and from 2012-2017. He is a longtime supporter of the John Muir Land Trust and member of the Regional Parks Foundation.
The board meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month. Members are elected to four-year terms, and are elected by district to represent different geographic areas of the East Bay.
The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco Bay, established in 1934. The system comprises 120,931 acres in 73 parks including over 1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.
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