Board of Directors

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2020-2021 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

2021-2022 Board of Directors


Terry Kopanski

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


Bob Gans
Vice President

Bob Gans is an attorney who arrived in Del Mar from New York City 21 years ago with his wife, Melissa (a long-time Board member of the Del Mar Garden Club), and their two children, Seth (now 25 and living in Los Angeles as a recent graduate of CU-Boulder and Alliant University with a Masters’ Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy), and Leah (now 23 and living in New York as a recent graduate of NYU, where she has launched her own jewelry brand and will soon commence graduate studies at Columbia University – Teachers College).  Bob currently is a member of the City of Del Mar Finance Committee, and served in various positions on the Board of the Del Mar Foundation from 2012 to 2020, including as President from 2016 to 2018.  Bob has also served as President of the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation, Treasurer of the La Jolla Country Day School Board of Trustees, and as a Nation Leader in the Magdalena-Ecke YMCA “Y-Guide” and “Y-Princess” Programs.  He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and New York University School of Law.

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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.

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Wayne Otchis

Wayne moved to Del Mar 20 years ago with his wife Linda.  He has maintained a CPA practice for 45 years and recently became semi-retired.  He has been a volunteer driver for DMCC and is looking forward to serving as Treasurer on the new board.  He has 2 grandsons in Texas and 2 granddaughters in Colorado, so Wayne and Linda spend a lot of time on Southwest Airlines.  He is active with Seacrest Foundation and is also active with the San Diego Chapter of the Stanford Alumni Association.  Hobbies include travel, snorkeling, and collecting old political items, especially from 1912.  He loves walking around Del Mar and also belongs to a walking group in Encinitas.  

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Mary Walshok

Development Chair

Mary Walshok is a thought leader and subject-matter expert on aligning workforce development with regional economic growth. She has authored more than 100 articles, reports, and book chapters on regional innovation, workforce development and the role of research institutions in regional economies. As an industrial social scientist focused on the dynamics of regional economic development and transformation, Walshok has studied various communities across America. She has evaluated 13 WIRED regions funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, studied three innovative regions for a National Science Foundation-funded project and assessed one region’s efforts to grow an industry for a Lilly Foundation-funded endeavor.

As head of the continuing education and public programs arm of UC San Diego since 1981, Walshok oversees programs that educate more than 120,000 enrollees annually, which translates to more than 30,000 students in over 4,400 courses. Walshok has developed outreach efforts to help accelerate the San Diego region’s economic vitality, grow the region's globally competitive talent pool and help college graduates transition to high-demand employment areas. She also helps provide access to a vast array of regional intellectual resources through the award-winning UCSD-TV and nationwide through UCTV.

During her tenure at UCSD, Walshok has played an active role in helping the University expand its local impact, national reputation and global reach. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Kellogg Foundation’s Leadership Fellowship and was inducted into Sweden’s Royal Order of the Polar Star. She currently serves on the boards of San Diego Connect (which she helped found in 1985), the La Jolla Playhouse, the United States-Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC), the Institute of the Americas (IOA), the San Diego Opera, the Smart Border Coalition and the Girard Foundation.

Walshok is a native of Palm Springs, California, she received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Pomona College in 1964, her master’s degree in sociology in 1966 and her Ph.D. in sociology in 1969 from Indiana University. She has been a visiting professor at the Stockholm School of Economics for many years and in 2004 held an international appointment in the Department of Continuing Education at Oxford University in England.


Donald Mosier

Past President

Don Mosier joined the DMCC Board in 2016 after 8 years as Del Mar City Council liaison to the board. Don served on the Design Review Board from 2002-2008, and on the City Council from 2008-2016. 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 enjoys working with the board to promote healthy living for seniors. Board and community comments are welcome at


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. 

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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.

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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.


Susan 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. 

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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.

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Pat JaCoby

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.


Mark Kalina

Dr. Kalina is a Holistic Integrative Internal Medicine Physician and a specialist in holistic primary care, is associated with Pacific Pearl, La Jolla and Guarneri Integrative Health, Inc. Board certified in Internal Medicine, he also holds certification from the American Board of Holistic Medicine (ABHM).  Special projects include holding positions as Medical Director and Group Support Leader of the Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease, Medical Director for Scripps Clinic Wellness and Prevention Programs, and Physician Leader to Medical Missions to Fiji in 2010 and 2012.

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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.