BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lucy Hardcastle

President
I grew up in Southern California but always loved visits along the Russian River as a child. One of the best decisions I’ve made landed me in Forestville back in 1989 where I married a teacher from Forestville School and never looked back. I’ve worked in nonprofits most of my adult life, 33 years with a hospice program.

One of the most important lessons from my parents was to give back to the community you care about. I’ve done that through volunteering for the FPA, putting up the pink signs for Town Halls, helping write the grant and raise money for the acquisition of the downtown Oaks Preserve, volunteering as a “food fairy” for Food For Thought, serving as the Secretary for the Chamber of Commerce Board, writing the column for Forestville for the Gazette and serving as a Municipal Advisory Council member for our 5th District Supervisor.

It’s a joy to live in this beautiful space on the planet and I’m proud to serve on the FPA Board as it’s President.

Joanie Blechel

Vice President
I am an original River Rat, born in Oakland, California,  who spent all of my childhood summers along the Russian River. My father was a Bay Area high school teacher and my mother a real estate dabbler, which led to our family of nine owning and running the River Theatre every summer for 10 years. What wonderful memories we created. Eventually my family sold the theatre and purchased an old apple ranch on Laguna Road. This is where my love of Forestville took root.

My husband, Jeff, a retired architect with TLCD, and I purchased a 114 year old Forestville farmhouse (can you say money pit?), near downtown, almost 30 years ago. My two daughters attended Forestville Elementary and El Molino High (Lions Forever), and I recently retired after 25 years of teaching at Forestville School.

My husband, Jeff,  is one of the original Town Square planning group members who helped the group navigate the evolution of the Town Square through the many challenges facing it. As Jeff became too busy at TLCD to continue his volunteer work with the group, I was asked to step in to participate in the Forestville Planning Association.

Together we have witnessed the many iterations of the Downtown area and are so grateful to be part of helping to realize the potential of the Town Square as a legacy for Forestville forever.

Michael Cuoio

Secretary
I am relatively new to Forestville, having moved here in 2014 from the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. To my excellent fortune, I fell in love at first sight both in and with Sonoma County! It was here in Forestville that I met and married my wife and fellow Forestville Planning Association (FPA) member, Mary Luttrell Cuoio. The FPA was, therefore, an obvious opportunity to begin my own local civic journey and help the community become an even lovelier place to live.
I was born in California, reared and educated in Idaho, and have spent most of my post-university years traversing the United States and Europe with the U.S. military. I am a retired Air Force Colonel, having worked during my 27-year career in a variety of positions including: German linguist, Inter-continental ballistic missile launch officer, computer programmer, project manager, and communications group commander. My last tour of duty was in the Pentagon as the Director of Plans and Policy for Air Force Communications. Subsequent to my military career, I joined NATO as a civilian in Brussels, Belgium, and worked there eleven years in senior management of its telecommunications agency, then known as the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency.

I thoroughly enjoy the Forestville area scene and eagerly indulge in the fantastic local cuisine, followed by necessary and delightful walks and hikes amid our county’s beautiful and bountiful natural resources. Although completely devoid of prior musical experience, I recently bought a guitar and started singing; I find it a challenging but peaceful endeavor that adds immeasurably to my life here in paradise. As an FPA member – and now a past Secretary, Treasurer, and President of this organization – I look forward to continue serving our community faithfully and well.

Tim Sergent

Treasurer
Tim Sergent moved to Sonoma County in 1988 after serving in the U.S. Army Infantry in Panama. He studied at Santa Rosa Junior College before transferring to U.C. Berkeley where he earned a degree in Social Science with a focus in social and economic development. Upon graduation, Tim moved to Washington D.C. where he worked as a staff assistant on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

Tim went on to work in the Clinton Administration as a Congressional Liaison to the House of Representatives for the Secretary of Defense. He acted on issues of humanitarian relief, peacekeeping, nuclear disarmament and the Department of Defense Budget Authorization process.

Tim returned to Sonoma County in 1998 where he was a founding member of the Forestville Planning Association. Tim earned his Education Specialist Credential at night from Dominican University and began teaching at Monroe Elementary School in Santa Rosa. For the past six years Tim has enjoyed teaching English, Algebra and Gov/Econ at Maria Carrillo High School. Tim is happy to be back on the FPA board after a ten year absence and looks forward to lending a hand as so many people do in our great town of Forestville.

Charles Atkins

Board Director
Bio to come.

Wayne Gibb

Board Director
Wayne Gibb has lived in Forestville since 1980 and has been a relieved refugee from Southern California since 1969.

He holds a BS in Economics from UC Irvine and, following a layover in the MBA program at UC Berkeley, earned an MS in Journalism at the University of Oregon.

For 17 years, he was head of communications for a Santa Rosa-based human services nonprofit operating throughout Northern California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii, responsible for press relations, editing and publication design. Subsequently, he ran his own firm to help attorneys tell their clients’ stories through courtroom displays, photography, research and witness interviews, among other services.

He served for over 30 years as a founding director of Forestville’s Russian River County Water District, helping to rebuild a failed private water system, this time under public ownership. Today, the district serves 1,200+ households nestled along the Russian River, from Mirabel Road west to neighborhoods just beyond Hacienda Bridge, with clean, affordable water and fire protection.

Besides being a self-described cycling junkie, he currently engages in a Sisyphean climb to become fluent in French.

Nick Johnson

Board Director
Bio to come.

Stephanie Kiriakopolos

Board Director
Bio to come.

Ken Smith

Board Director, Member of the Town Square Planning Group
After architecture schooling at Stanford (’64) and U.C. Berkeley (’67) and apprenticeship in San Francisco firms I chose the soul-nurturing environment of Sonoma County to start my own architecture practice. I have designed community-serving buildings such as the Russian River Health Center and a number of organic land-sensitive homes throughout the County. I completed the Sonoma States’s Green Building Professional Certificate Program in 2005.

I feel passionate about living more sustainably on our precious Planet Earth. We created a National Wildlife Federation “Habitat Backyard”, share a large vegetable garden with our neighbor, and now use a clothes line on sunny days. I feel very grateful that my values are shared by many in this gem of a community called Forestville which I have lived in these last thirty-two years.

(See photos of other FPA Volunteers: Volunteer Archives)

Monthly
Board Meetings

• 1st Tuesday of mo.
• 5:30 – 7:30 PM
• Location: Zoom
• For more info, contact:
Board President,
Lucy Hardcastle
Everyone welcome.