Board of Directors

2019-2020 Board of Directors

Top row from left to right:

Don Mosier

Terry Kopanski

Judy Schuckit

Joanne Sharp

Sheila Sharpe

Mary Walshok

Bottom row from left to right:

Marilyn Carpenter

Tema Halpern

Linda Chisari

Susan Halenza

Pat JaCoby

Klaus Gubernator

Nicole Holliday 

Gordon Clanton

2020-2021 Board of Directors

Terry Kopanski - President

As President of DMCC Terry chairs the Executive Committee. He has been active in the Del Mar Community for a number of years serving as Chair of the Del Mar San Dieguito Lagoon Committee, liaison to the Joint Powers Authority, and on the Del Mar Trees and Scenic Views Board and the Board of The Friends of the Del Mar Library.


Terry grew up in the Midwest, came west, and earned his JD from the University Of San Diego School Of Law and has had a career as an attorney for nearly 40 years. He and his wife, Carol, reside in Del Mar. Their 3 children and 6 grandchildren reside elsewhere in California and in Colorado.


Community comments are always welcome at

Donald Mosier - Vice President

Don Mosier is joining the DMCC Board after 8 years as Del Mar City Council liaison to the board. Don served on the Design Review Board from 2002-2008, and was elected to City Council in 2008. Don and his wife Ann Feeney moved to Del Mar in 1985 and raised their three sons here. Don grew up in the Midwest and received his PhD and MD from the University of Chicago. He recently retired as Professor from The Scripps Research Institute, where he led a laboratory performing basic and preclinical research on HIV-1/AIDS for many years. He looks forward to helping DMCC as liaison to the City of Del Mar (a nice role reversal) and working with the board on healthy living for seniors. Board and community comments are welcome at

Pat JaCoby - Secretary

Pat was raised in Pasadena, but spent her childhood summers in Del Mar where her family rented a beach front cottage. Many years later, armed with fresh journalism degrees from the University of Missouri, Pat and her husband arrived in Del Mar to purchase and publish two weeklies—the Del Mar Surfcomber and the Rancho Santa Fe Times. Pat plunged into volunteer work with the City of Del Mar, serving as chair of the Planning Commission, Design Review Board, Parks and Recreation, and chairing the city’s anniversary celebration. She served on the committee to select an architectural firm for the city’s new Civic Center and chaired the dedication ceremony which followed its completion. Her journalism work includes the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune and as Director of Communications at UCSD Medical Center.  Her hobbies include the theater (she served as president of the San Diego Theater League) and “off beat” adventures such as painting houses in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, teaching English in Costa Rica or wind-sailing off the Torrey Pines cliffs.

Judy Schuckit - Treasurer

After graduating with a degree in research psychology from Washington University, Judy moved to Del Mar in 1971 with her husband Marc.


She worked at UCSD until 1980 when she started a small business buying and selling estate and antique jewelry. This business fits well with her deep interest in art and in history.


Judy has served on the Boards of the Del Mar Foundation, The Friends of the Powerhouse and the Del Mar Garden Club for whom she is currently treasurer.

Marilyn Carpenter

Marilyn spent her early life in Montana, then lived in Chicago and Denver prior in arriving in San Diego & Del Mar. She has a BS degree in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration. Marilyn has a varied career in health care; computer hardware & software sales; faculty appointment at Northwestern University; business owner for several years; and VP of Compliance for an automated medical coding company. She was an avid runner for decades competing in numerous marathons and other distance events. Marilyn loves to travel and has happily crossed most places off her must-visit list. She has volunteered for numerous organizations over the years and currently serves the north coastal community for Trauma Intervention Program, responding to traumatic incidents to support survivors for the first hours following a tragedy.

Marilyn adores the seniors she has met being Grocery Van Hostess for DMCC. 

Linda Chisari

Linda grew up on the East Coast, attended Mount Holyoke College and graduated with a BS and RN from Columbia University. After practicing pediatric nursing for several years, she and her husband relocated to Del Mar in 1973. Linda gave piano lessons to young children for 10 years while returning to Mesa College to study Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design. In 1981, she began a 35-year career as a Landscape Designer. She subsequently designed more than 800 residential and commercial landscapes in San Diego County, including more than 150 in Del Mar. Linda has been a member of the Del Mar Garden Club and the City’s Parks and Rec Committee for many years. She has led and accompanied DMCC’s ‘Singing Together‘ program since 2003. Linda's website is

Gordon Clanton

Gordon Clanton moved to Del Mar in 1974.  He earned his PhD at the University of California Berkeley. He teaches Sociology at San Diego State University and writes a column on politics and the environment for the Del Mar Times and four sister papers. He has served on the boards of the Foundation for Change and the California Sociological Association. Gordon is a volunteer shuttle driver for DMCC.

Klaus Gubernator

Klaus Gubernator, Ph.D. chemist, is a Director of eMolecules, Inc. and its Chief Innovation Officer. He is also the president of the nonprofit eMolecules Foundation.
Prior to founding eMolecules in 2005, Klaus was Vice President at Senomyx Inc. While at Senomyx, Klaus initiated and directed the discovery and development teams, and obtained regulatory approval for the company's first four products. Klaus started his career as a Research Section Head at Hoffmann-La Roche in Basel, Switzerland before moving on to become Vice President of Advanced Technology at CombiChem, Inc. (later Dupont Pharmaceuticals Research Labs) in La Jolla. There he directed the high-throughput synthesis laboratory and led internal drug discovery projects. Klaus holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Klaus was on the board of a large sports club Allemania Zaehringen in Germany for four years, he was the administrative director of the St. Leo dental clinic in Solana Beach for a year, and the president of the Rotary Club of Del Mar two years ago. In his spare time he likes walking and training his German shepherd, and working in his machine shop on engineering projects. Klaus is married to Dagmar, they have two children and five grandchildren. They have lived in Del Mar since 1997.

Sue Halenza

Sue Halenza, a resident of Del Mar for 48 years, graduated from Skidmore College with a B.A. degree in English literature. She spent six years in the US Navy with a final rank of lieutenant, and then began a recipe testing business where her major client was Van de Camp.  She worked 17 years as a Library Tech at the Del Mar Library and has served as an officer on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Junior League of San Diego, the Del Mar Garden Club, and the Friends of the Powerhouse. She also volunteers weekly at St. Peter’s Thrift Shop. Married to Judd Halenza, this Spring their home was featured on the San Diego Horticultural tour, visited by more than 700 people. 

Tema Halpern

Since moving to Del Mar in 2013, Tema has been actively involved with Newcomers Club of San Dieguito, most recently as President, and has worked on the Hospitality Committee of the Del Mar Foundation.  While living near Seattle, where her two children were born, she was involved primarily in PTA and Junior League.  After moving near Pasadena, she served in many roles on the board of Assistance League of Flintridge and also served on the boards of various education-related organizations, including as President of Caltech Women’s Club.  Tema and her husband Dave feel very fortunate that their son, his wife and three grandchildren also live in Del Mar.

Nicole Holliday

Prior to living in Del Mar, Nicole worked in advertising and produced music/sound for commercials in Los Angeles. She moved to Del Mar in 1999 and joined the board of Del Mar Television Foundation. While serving on the board, she co-wrote and produced two videos, "A Children's History of Del Mar" and "It takes a Village to Raise A Wall" - a documentary about the building of the Del Mar Library wall.


In the early stages of the Village Association, Nicole worked part-time as marketing director. She also served as past president of the Del Mar Farmers Market.


Nicole currently works part-time for Health Excel Home Care as a caregiver for the elderly. She is married to Will Holliday and they have a 13 year old daughter, Lucy.

Joanne Sharp

Joanne is a second-generation native Californian. She is a graduate of UCLA with a BA in Art and Design. Joanne and her husband Dennis (now deceased) moved to Del Mar in 1976 after designing and building their home here. Dennis, a wheelchair user and activist for the rights of the disabled, encouraged Joanne to become a Founding Board Member of DMCC to help bring awareness of the needs of persons with disabilities, including many seniors and those with special needs, to the community.


Over the years, Joanne has been active in DMCC, the Del Mar Garden Club, the Del Mar Foundation, The Friends of the Powerhouse, Artist’s Equity Association, The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, and other cultural and civic organizations. She and Dennis exhibited their artwork in a wide range of media for many years. Joanne enjoys reading, artmaking, writing and music.

Sheila Sharpe

Sheila is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in La Jolla. During the past 30 years she has served on the Board of the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center and on the steering committee of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program. She also teaches in this program. For the past two years, she has served on the DMCC Salon Committee and is now working on the strategic planning committee of NeverAgain, an organization dedicated to banning the gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.


Sheila has a BA from Connecticut College, an MSW from San Diego State University, an MFA in painting and film criticism from UCSD, and a PhD in clinical psychology from the Fielding Institute. She and her husband Michael have lived in Del Mar for 18 years.

Mary Walshok

Mary Walshok, Ph.D. is an author, educator, researcher, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of Extension at the University of California San Diego. She was one of the first women to be hired at UC San Diego in a senior academic position, has done extensive research and writing on women in the economy, including a seminal book, Blue Collar Women, published by Doubleday in the 1990s. She is an Adjunct Professor of Sociology at UC San Diego and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Stockholm School of Economics.

She is the author of more than 100 articles and reports on aligning workforce development with regional economic growth including books: Knowledge Without Boundaries: What America’s Research Universities Can Do for the Economy, the Workplace, and the Community (1995); Closing America’s Job Gap: How to Grow Companies and Land Good Jobs in the Age of Innovation (2011); Creating Competitiveness: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policies for Growth (2013); Invention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy (2013); Public Universities and Regional Growth: Insights from the University of California (2014); and the Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness (2015). She was a Kellogg Foundation National Fellow from 1982-85 and has received numerous awards for her work both in the United States and abroad.

An industrial sociologist studying the dynamics of regional economic transformation, Walshok has researched various communities with support from the U.S. Department of Labor, NSF, Lilly Endowments, as well as the Spencer and Smith Richardson Foundations.

Walshok oversees a $50 million, 200-employee, self-funded continuing and professional education, UCSD Extension at UC San Diego which annually serves more than 120,000 enrollees through innovative local and online programs, including UCSD-TV and UCTV, which reach over 5 million viewers and has more than 500,000 YouTube subscribers.

She is the co-founder of the internationally recognized CONNECT. She was on the founding boards of LEAD San Diego and the Smart Border Coalition. She currently serves on the boards of CONNECT, the United States-Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC), the Institute of the Americas (IOA), the Smart Border Coalition, the La Jolla Playhouse, and the Girard Foundation. She served 11 years on the board of the San Diego Foundation of which she was chair for two years. She also served six years as a member of the California Council for the Humanities among numerous other education and arts related committees and commissions.

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