Dave Keitel, President
Following more than two decades of professional service as an attorney and mediator, Dave transitioned into a life of urban farming and community volunteer service. He was among a handful of Silver Lake residents who first worked to create the SL Neighborhood Council, and has held every officer position on the SLRC Board (including two stretches as President) since joining in 1998. He is a political junkie, an avid swimmer, hiker, diver, gardener, traveler, and cinephile. He climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2016 and hopes to have the opportunity to personally attend his ninth Olympic Games in LA in 2024.
Andrew Thomas, Vice President
Andrew is an educational researcher and professor of educational policy. He spends most of his time conducting studies of educational programs in California and other states. He has been an active member of the Silver Lake community since 1995. He helped found the Silver Lake Independent Jewish Community Center, coached soccer at the Silver Lake Recreation Center and AYSO, and was active with the Franklin Elementary, King Middle School and Marshall High School parent booster clubs. He lives in Silver Lake with his wife and two kids.
Leslie Edmonds, Secretary
Most of Leslie's professional life in Human Resources was focused on helping people realize more of their potential and the potential of those they work with and work for. But 15 years ago she wondered how to get Silver Lake runners off the dark and dangerous city streets and onto something safer. That's how she became involved with SLRC, whose first project was to create a walking/running path. Leslie has served as its Secretary for much of the last 8 years. Running has since been replaced with yoga, traveling around the world and taking photos of people, places, and things she encounters along the way.
Herb Gold, Treasurer
Herb joined the SLRC Board about 15 years ago to help implement the Master Plan that was developed for reservoirs. Seven years ago his background in finance and amazing facility with long division was recognized by the group, so they elected him Treasurer. Now he oversees the dollars coming in and the dollars going out, and reports all this activity to several interested government agencies.
Stephanie has lived in or near Silver Lake since 1991. She is the principal at SB Garden Design LLC, designing residential gardens in Silver Lake and greater LA since 2000. She has also authored (with G3) several sustainable landscaping handbooks. While her home faces the LA River, she grew up by the lake near Seattle and shares the community's love for the reservoir, where she enjoys picnicking at the meadow with her two children. Stephanie joined the SLRC Board in 2015.
Brian is an architect who works for a multi-disciplinary design and architecture practice in Silver Lake, Project M+. Here he oversees the design, management, and construction of residential and commercial projects. Prior to M+, Brian worked with local art collaborative Materials & Applications, assisting in the research and development, design and fabrication of experimental architectural structures and public art work. He loves conceptual art, exploring up and down the California coastline and a shot of espresso. Brian joined the SLRC Board in 2013.
Maryann has served on the SLRC Board since its formation over 25 years ago as the Committee to Save Silver Lake Reservoirs. She has been a Silver Lake resident for nearly 45 years and a real estate agent at Housing Solutions for over 30.
Shelley is a long-time community organizer. She worked for 30 years as a public health professional doing organizational management, strategic planning, fundraising, event administration, and board development for health care organizations. She has lived in Silver Lake since 1983 and has served on the SLRC Board since 1999 (including a stint as president). Retired since 2007, Shelley spends her time on community activism, volunteer work, cooking, food preservation, ceramics, yoga, hiking, and travel.
Gabe hails from Ashland, Oregon and found his way to LA to be part of its famous music biz. However, he found his calling in Landscape Architecture, receiving his Masters Degree from USC. Since then, he has worked professionally at SWA Group – providing landscape architecture, planning, and urban design to private and public clients worldwide. Gabe has contributed graphic design support for SLRC, and has designed and managed its landscaping projects on Armstrong Avenue. He joined the SLRC Board in 2013.
Howard's journey to Silver Lake started in New Jersey and included three different stays in Pasadena plus twenty years on the Venice Canals. He even worked for the DWP before the Army grabbed him in the late 1960s. He's a retired systems analyst/computer programmer, and is now working on a website devoted to the public stairways of LA and San Francisco, plus interesting neighborhoods like North Berkeley and Montmartre. He is a regular user of the reservoir spaces and regularly helps maintain them, and puts his graphic skills to good use helping SLRC more effectively communicate with the community.
Marilyn Tower Oliver
Marilyn is a writer/author with 500 articles in local, regional, and national publications and 9 books for teens. She is a theater critic for the Los Feliz Ledger and Larchmont Ledger, and a contributor to Stanford Magazine. She is a founding member of SLRC and a long time resident of Silver Lake.
FORMER BOARD MEMBERS
Jan Soo Hoo