Meet our Board: Talented, spirited, smart



Stan Weisner
Weybridge Ct
Elected 2009




Stan’s passion for family-friendly initiatives makes him a perfect fit for PPNA’s vision and goals.  In 2019, he replaced Teresa Costantinidis as president.  Stan has worked on many of PPNA's strategic initiatives: organized neighborhoods, wildfire prevention, quality public education and much more.

Ron Wacker
Vice President
Chelton Ln
Elected 2018 


In addition to serving as our Vice President, Ron is MON leader for lower Chelton, Bagshotte, Scarborough, Beaconsfield and Keswick. He co-chairs PPNA's utility undergrounding team and serves on the Fire Safety team.  He's a consultant in the health industry.

Nancy Levey
Secretary, Treasurer
Burton Dr
Elected 2006



Nancy, a CPA, has used her financial skills for many years as our Treasurer. And that's not all:  She serves as Secretary; leads our School Traffic Team, serves on the Membership Drive Committee and is active on PPNA's Litter Patrol. AND: she was elected to the board as our "poster mom" for our strategic plan goal of supporting public schools. She had one son each at Joaquin Miller, Montera and Skyline, and was SUPER active at all three.

Robbie Neely   
Executive Director
Mastlands Dr
Elected 1999 



Robbie became the association’s first Executive Director in 2010.  She authors e-newsletters, responds to your e-mails, co-chairs our utility undergrounding team, produces the annual community meeting, serves on the MON team, and fills in wherever needed.

Elaine Geffen    
Skyline Blvd
Elected 1995



Elaine  wins the award for longest tenure on the Board. She leads the Open Spaces Team, which works monthly at Marjorie Saunders Park (MSP) in partnership with Friends of Sausal Creek, the City of Oakland, our public schools, Cub Scouts and PPNA residents maintaining our Adopt a Spot, Adopt a Creek and Adopt a Drain. Elaine's goals for MSP are to create a more native and drought resistant landscape while maintaining a viable park infrastructure.  She also leads PPNA's Membership Committee, serves on our Fire Safety team and is our own welcome wagoneer for newcomers.


Mary Henderson
Camino Lenada
Elected 2021



Mary is retired from a 26-year career at Kaiser Permanente where, as a vice president, she managed large-scale national projects. She is a parent to three sons, two with special needs. She has a long record of community service and brings to PPNA a strong interest in preserving our natural environment, recycling, gardening and traffic safety.


Mary Mancuso
Castle Dr
Elected 2020



Mary and her husband are PPNA newcomers (2018). She attended our annual meeting in 2019 and became interested in getting connected to the community and helping PPNA get younger families more engaged in our efforts. Her background is in health education, and is an avid runner so you may see her out on the local trails.


Helen Nicholas  
Carisbrook Dr
Elected  2004



Helen  is  a Realtor with Compass, and has been active in city politics for decades. Her knowledge of ordinances that affect our residents has been invaluable in helping us develop effective strategies and partnerships with city officials.  As Nominations Chair, she is always on the lookout for new talent and energy for PPNA’s Board. (Email her if you're interested!)


Peter Seidl
Shirley Dr
Elected  2021



Peter, an Oakland denizen since '92, was a physicist at Berkeley Lab until recently retiring. Now he spends somewhat less time in the lab, and more time outdoors and with family and friends.  He is active in the Redwood Ridge Neighborhood Association encompassing Shirley, Wilton and Burton Drives.  


John Spees    
Girvin Dr

Appointed 2021


John is a co-founder and managing member of Granite Capital Management, an Oakland based Registered Investment Advisor.  He is active in local politics and serves on the Board at Chabot Space and Science Center.  He is particularly interested in fire mitigation, quality education, and good local governance. He grew up in Montclair and moved back to Girvin Dr. in 1992.  John and his wife, an OUSD elementary school teacher, enjoy running and hiking throughout Joaquin Miller and Redwood Regional Parks.


Dick Spees      
Emeritus, Political Consultant
Elected 2004; Emeritus 2010



After retiring as our District 4 Councilmember in 2003, Dick joined PPNA’s Board and became its president in 2004. When he and Jean moved to Alameda in May 2010, he was elected Director Emeritus and now generously and brilliantly lends us his vast political savvy and experience. His skills and institutional knowledge on our undergrounding project continue to be invaluable.  On August 29, 2021, PPNA won City approval to rename Castle Canyon Park to Dick Spees Canyon.


Board Liaisons

These are non-voting positions where residents have a particular passion, role and talent. They are authorized to work on behalf of PPNA, but must coordinate any "official PPNA response" with a Board member.

  • Nicki Kaiser and Rick Sayre set PPNA up on Nextdoor and remain our primary leads
  • Bob Meyers is our liaison to the City's zoning and planning departments and represents PPNA on the Oakland Firesafe Council
  • Doug Mosher works side by side with Oakland Firesafe Council, heads up Oakland Community Preparedness and Response, and guides and trains us on emergency preparedness
  • Angela Ofner is our ace bookkeeper