Born and raised in Pittsburgh Pa. Graduated from US Naval Academy in 1964 with BS in Engineering. Played football there with Roger Staubach on the 1963 team that played for the national championship (we lost). 10 years in the Navy as a carrier based fighter pilot, 320 combat missions in Vietnam, test pilot at McDonnell Douglas and obtained a Master’s degree in Management while serving in the Navy. 30 years in the computer software business, serving as CEO of six different companies including two public companies. Served as City Councilman and Mayor of Del Mar from 1996 to 2010. A serial entrepreneur dedicated to finding ways to clean up our environment and make money at the same time. Happily married for 26 years, two great kids and one marvelous grandson. Love biking, reading, travel and golf (still searching for the perfect swing). Intense interest in helping veterans find their place in the civilian world after giving there all to our country.
TREASURER: Mary Lou Amen, Resident
Mary Lou (Lou) Amen and her husband, Rich, moved to Del Mar in 1995 from Northern California. Prior to coming to Del Mar, Lou’s career was in the technology segment in Silicon Valley. Her previous positions held were National Product Support Manager with Dest Corporation and as an Account Executive for Regis McKenna Public Relations. Lou and her husband built a home in Lake Tahoe where she worked as a sales representative for a resort and conference center.
While in Tahoe, Lou was on the Design Review Board of Alpine Meadows and served on the Board of Trustees at Truckee/Tahoe Hospital.
Since moving to Del Mar, Lou has served on the Board of the Country Friends (a women’s philanthropic organization) where she chaired several events raising funding for various local charities, which included the Helen Woodward Animal Center, Reins Riding Therapy, and San Pasqual Academy. She also served on the Del Mar Foundation Board.
Lou is currently on the Board of Regents at Seattle University where she attended college and is a board member of the Del Mar Village Association. She is currently serving a fourth term on the DMVA board and previously served as Summer Solstice chair, Promotions chair, and is currently the DMVA treasurer. She also serves on the Promotions Committee and the Executive Committee.
SECRETARY & VP PROMOTIONS: Karen Powell, Resident
Karen Powell is a 32 year resident of Del Mar and has long been involved with community activities. She has a history of volunteerism with various charities, and a background in local fund raising and events. She has volunteered for many DMVA events over the years and became Promotions Chair in 2011. She campaigned in favor of the 2012 revitalization proposition that came before the residency in the recent election, and remains committed to revitalization and historical preservation of Del Mar.
VP DESIGN: Sharon Hilliard, Resident
Sharon Hilliard has resided in Del Mar for 38 years. She and her husband own two properties in Del Mar. One is a 1928 (thought to be Lillian Rice) Spanish Colonial cottage that she preserved and remodelled with extensive use of Malibu tiles and outdoor fountains. Her other house is an outstanding example of a Green and Green style craftsman that she designed and built in 1998.
In 1980s Sharon applied to the National Register of Historic Places for certification of a Victorian cottage that she owned in San Diego as a historic place worthy of preservation under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. That property is now listed on the National Register, the California State Register and is San Diego Historic site (No. 134).
Sharon has been a member of the Del Mar Village Association Board of Directors for nine years and she currently serves as the Chair of the Design Committee. She is also a member of the City of Del Mar Design Review Board.
Sharon retired in 2008, after having owned and operated telecommunications businesses along with her husband and 165 employees. Over the years she has served on many industry and community boards including those in the telecommunications industry and the Red Cross.
VP DEL MAR HISTORY: Bing Bush, Law Offices of Bing Bush Jr.
Bing Bush, Jr. is an attorney in downtown Del Mar. He has an active civil transaction and litigation practice and is a member of numerous bar and mediation organizations in and outside of California. Since 2010, Bing has been actively involved in the DMVA as Chair of the History Committee, and also serving on the Economic Improvement Committee. He also has been active in assisting on numerous ad hoc committees for DMVA projects and special events.
VP ECONOMIC IMPROVEMENT: KC Vafiadis, Commercial Property Owner, Stratford Square Del Mar
KC has lived and/or worked in Del Mar since she was born, for the past 45 years. Her family has always been very active in the community and has worked closely with the City of Del Mar. She has recently joined the board of the Del Mar Village Association.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Jen Grove
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: Ashleigh Hinrichs
ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY: Linda Luke
Linda Luke has worked with the Del Mar Village Association since its inception in 2002. Before that time, she worked with the Del Mar Village Merchants Association also in an administrative support position.
Linda attends all DMVA Board and Committee meetings, records/transcribes meeting minutes, creates/sends meeting notices, updates rosters as necessary, maintains the calendar of all meetings, completes other computer work as requested, and picks up DMVA mail on a daily basis. In addition, she tracks ticket sales and creates the will call list for various events as necessary.
DMVA PR MANAGER: Hilary Townsend
Hilary Townsend has worked as a public relations consultant to the Del Mar Village Association for more than two years. In her role, she promotes tourism outreach to regional and national media outlets to highlight the businesses of Del Mar as a preferred travel destination. Townsend also works with local media to promote events benefitting Del Mar and chairs the Del Mar Public Relations Committee comprised of hotels, restaurants and businesses in the Village of Del Mar.
DMVA GRAPHICS CONTRACTOR & WEB MANAGER: Studio 318
Rebecca, as the Chief Operating Officer, is responsible for the management and operation of the events occurring on the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Rebecca reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer, and is primarily responsible for providing overall administrative planning and direction to the operating managers for the Events Department, Operations Department, Box Office, Security Department, the Horsepark, Telecommunications and Environmental Departments. Rebecca serves on the California Construction Authority Board of Directors, which provides construction direction to all district fairs’ on capital improvements. She also sits on the board of the Del Mar Village Association and is an Ex Officio member of the San Dieguito River Park JPA.
Mathew Bergman: Folio
Matthew is a principal owner of Folio. Folio is a full-service interior design and planning firm with an emphasis on custom interiors, cabinetry and space planning. Matthew is a licensed contractor and has been an active member of the Del Mar Village Association for 4 years.
Steve Bonker: Branch Manager, VP Union Bank
Steve is the Branch Manager for the Union Bank in Downtown Del Mar and a San Diego native. Steve is new to the DMVA Board coming to Del Mar in June of 2012. Prior to Steve coming to Del Mar he was a past executive board member for the San Diego County Crime Stoppers, The Gaslamp Quarter Association and a founding member of the La Jolla Sunrise Rotary. Since his time here Steve has been active in Del Mar’s Summer Solstice, Taste & Art Stroll and most recently our Holiday Wonderland event in December.
Sara Harnly: Resident
For the past 22 years Sara Harnly has worked with separating military and veterans, by providing career counseling services. Her primary focus has been assistance with identifying suitable occupations/training options to consider when transitioning to the civilian world. In 1990 Sara co-founded Career Management Services (CMS) which provides contract services in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, San Diego VARO. Over the years CMS has assisted 30,000 separating military personnel and disabled veterans in establishing realistic and suitable goals, compatible with interests, abilities, and values.
Chris Idso: Pacifica Del Mar
Chris Idso is the General Manager of one of Del Mar’s most successful and long-standing restaurants, Pacifica Del Mar. Chris began his career as a chef, refining his culinary style at some of San Francisco’s best restaurants including Tourelle and Splendido. Now home at Pacifica Del Mar in San Diego, Idso’s finesse gifts local diners with fresh seafood with inventive culinary flair.
Don Johnson- Commercial Property Owner
Don Johnson has lived in several locations in Del Mar, but currently resides in Cardiff. His position on the DMVA is as a local business owner. He owns the properties at 201, 207, and 211 15th Street. His office is at 207A, one block from the beach.
Walker McBride: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Walker McBride has worked for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for six years. Prior education and experience that had contributed to his current role consist of: CBS College Sports (Associate Producer), LEGOLAND California (Marketing Specialist), Chapman University (MFA Film and Television), University of Arizona (BS Communications Management). He is married to Annie McBride with two boys, Wyatt (3) and Jack (1).
Man Lai Tam: General Manager, Hotel Indigo
A fifteen-year career with Marriott which started as a part-time job has turned into a lifelong passion for service and hospitality. It has groomed Man Lai into a highly motivated, creative, and versatile person who is especially skilled in hotel and restaurant management. Her first eight years at the Courtyard by Marriott allowed Man Lai the opportunity to learn every position from greeting guests as a front desk associate to managing her first hotel as general manager. Within the next few years, Man Lai had the opportunity to open the very first Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott hotels in the City of Oceanside. She co-founded and chaired the City of Oceanside Tourism Marketing District, uniting the city’s tourism industry which increased tourism spending and transformed Oceanside into a tourist destination. At the same time, she also served as Mayor-appointed Commissioner on the board of the City of Oceanside Economic Development Commission.
Since her departure from Oceanside and Marriott, Man Lai has started a new adventure with the City of Del Mar, joining Hotel Indigo Del Mar as its new general manager, managing a 94-room upscale boutique with a full-service restaurant and a boutique spa.
Gary is a Del Mar resident and the branch manager of Willis Allen Ranch Santa Fe. With 28 years in Real Estate Management, he has many award winning offices for production. He enjoys surfing, fishing and golf.
Don Mosier: Council member
Donald Mosier was first elected to City Council in 2008 after having served on the Design Review Board from 2003-2008. He and his wife Ann Feeney have lived in Del Mar since 1985 and have raised their three sons here. He was born in New York City, grew up in Indiana, attended college at Indiana University, and graduated medical school at The University of Chicago, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1969 and his M.D. with honors in 1971. Following post-doctoral training in London and Boston, Don received a commission in the U.S. Public Health Service and fulfilled his service obligation at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. In 1978, he accepted academic positions at The Institute for Cancer Research and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. In 1985, he moved to Del Mar with his wife and newborn first son to become Division Head at The Medical Biology Institute in La Jolla. In 1992, both Don and Ann moved to the Department of Immunology at The Scripps Research Institute, where both are Professors.
Lee Haydu: Deputy Mayor of Del Mar, Ca.
Lee Haydu is Deputy Mayor of the City of Del Mar and has served as a Liaison to the Del Mar Village Association for the past two years. Lee has also been involved with the Downtown Planning Issues Committee and with the Traffic and Parking Committee for the City of Del Mar.