Mark D McHale- Eureka Street, President
Mark has lived in the Castro since 1990, with a brief stint in San Diego. Originally from Wisconsin, raised in Michigan, he moved to San Francisco after reading every book in the Tales of the City series. He knew he belonged here and wanted to be part of the community he loved. Excited to take on the role of president of EVNA and his number one goal is to bring people together as neighbors, making ours a better and stronger community.
Steve Clark Hall is a native of San Francisco and has been owner of his 1885 home on 19th Street since 1984. He is a California state licensed general contractor who specializes in historic preservation. He has been a member of the EVNA since 2001 and a member of the planning committee since 2002, having also served as committee chair and as ENVA president.
Crispin Hollings: Collingwood Street
Past President Ex Officio
Crispin has been a resident of the Castro neighborhood since 1990. He moved to San Francisco for a job repairing jet engines with United Airlines and has been active in many local community organizations ever since. Most recently he has served on the boards of the Castro Country Club and the Metropolitan Community Church and is presently serving as the Board Treasurer for the San Francisco Municipal Executives Association. Crispin currently works as the Financial Planning Director for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Crispin and his husband Luis live on Collingwood Street and have been members of EVNA since 2012. Crispin has served on the Board of EVNA since August 2014, most recently as president.
Alex Lemberg: Caselli Street
Board Member at Large
Alex moved to the Castro in 2013, but he's been a San Francisco and Bay Area resident his whole life. He graduated from UC Berkeley and Golden Gate University School of Law, and currently works as a public interest attorney serving public agencies and nonprofits. Alex is active in local politics, fancies himself a community activist, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the GLBT Historical Society, which hopes to build a world-class queer history museum in San Francisco. In his role with the EVNA, Alex looks forward to helping to build a grand coalition of community leaders in the Castro who can craft our neighborhood into a thriving and pleasant place its residents deserve, a renowned destination for visitors, and a well-maintained center for history, culture, architecture, nightlife, and art.
Loic Olichon: Castro Street
Planning Committee Head
I was born and raised in France, and have been living in the Castro for the past 8 years. I am a software engineer working downtown. Since moving to the neighborhood, I have been interested in knowing more about its history and new directions. I have been involved with the creation of the 4500-4600 18th neighborhood watch. The whole neighborhood might change in the next year or so, with the impending housing development and the rejuvenation of Castro street. I would like to help to create more involvement from the diverse members of our evolving community.
Mary Edna Harrell: Castro Street
Newsletter Committee, Editor
Mary Edna has enjoyed living in the Castro/Eureka Valley neighborhood since 1986. The diversity and quality of life here are important to her. As a member of the EVNA Board, she endeavors to maintain and enhance the strong sense community and inclusion for both our commercial and residential constituents.
Rob Cox: Hartford Street
Newsletter Committee Head
Rob Cox has been a resident of the Castro neighborhood since 1991. He is a working artist with his painting studio out at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Rob has been a member of EVNA since 1997 and has served as Secretary on the Board of Directors since 2010. Rob served four years in the US Navy and has a background in college admissions recruitment. He has worked as a corporate trainer for several Bay Area companies. He served for two years as the Executive Director for a local non-profit art organization. He is also a Master Trainer for the Indoor Cycling Group.
Saad Hasan: Collingwood Street
Quality of Life Committee Head
Saad has been a resident of the Castro since 2013, after living and working in a number of cities across Asia, Africa, and the US. Saad’s professional experience is mostly in finance and investing, and he has served on 3 other nonprofit boards that focused on education, venture philanthropy and arts/culture respectively. Saad is also a trained NERT volunteer (SFFD Neighborhood Emergency Response Team).
As the head of the Quality of Life Committee, he is interested in using his background and EVNA's connections to bring an objective, results-oriented approach to those priorities that our neighbors ask us to focus on. He loves the neighborhood feel of living in the Castro, and strongly believes in the power of local organizations like EVNA to effect change and drive civic engagement.
Zac Townsend: Dorland Street
Board Member At Large
Zac Townsend works at Silicon Valley Bank, where he leads efforts around direct channels. Zac has lived on Dorland Street for three years, since moving from the east coast where he lead innovation and technology efforts for then Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker.
Judith Hoyem 17th Street
Long-time Board Member, Judy Hoyem, is retiring from service on the Board of Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association. However, Judy remains involved with EVNA as a member of the Planning and Land Use Committee. We are grateful for her years of service. Judy has been a resident of 17th Street since 1971. She is a long-time member of EVPA/EVNA; a long-time member of the Planning Committee, Chair of the Committee several times, most recently for the past three years. Her neighborhood efforts are informed by concern for others, neighborliness, and the promotion of community, ideals that she tries to manifest by working together with others on mutual goals. She has a particular interest in maintaining the friendliness, livability, and affordability of Castro/Eureka Valley even as the Upper Market area explodes with new high-end housing and many new businesses.