TERA Board Of Directors

Board MemberInfo

Greg Merideth
President
Greg Merideth is a 30 year resident of Eagle Rock and has lived in the Greater Los Angeles area for over 40 years. Over the course of his residency, he has developed a deep affection for the hometown feel of the Eagle Rock community. As a result, he is interested in working with TERA to preserve and enhance the unique residential, commercial , and open space qualities of the community. He is a 30 year employee of the City of Los Angeles and currently works as Manager of Information Technology for the Bureau of Contract Administration where he served for the last 20 years. Prior that he served in the Planning Department as the Secretary of the Board of Zoning Appeals which gave him some insight into land use and entitlement issues.

While Greg has lived in Los Angeles for the great majority of his life, he spent his childhood as a Navy brat bouncing between varied places such as New York, Virginia, and Nebraska. He completed his high school education in Glendale, which gave him his first exposure to Eagle Rock. Greg also has a Bachelor in Information Systems and Master’s in Information Technology. Greg and his wife Minh like the experience of traveling but are proud to call Eagle Rock their home.

Luis López
Vice President
Luis López has been active in civic affairs in service to Northeast Los Angeles communities for more than 15 years. He served as President of the Los Angeles East Area Planning Commission from 2007 to 2013. He was a founding board member of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council where he served 2 terms and also served 3 terms as chair of the regional parks funding oversight committee.
In 2014, Luis launched a program through The Eagle Rock Association (TERA) to organize his community and oppose the expansion of the dirty urban dump in Scholl Canyon, at the north end of Figueroa Street. He is an advocate for smarter waste policies that reduce known dangers to air and water quality, which the dump has imposed on Eastside Angelenos and other nearby residents for more than 50 years.
Professionally, Luis has devoted his professional career to ensuring all people have access to quality and affordable healthcare. He is a 7-year board member of Planned Parenthood – Los Angeles. In addition to being a fierce advocate for women’s reproductive rights, Luis has fought for critically important safety-net programs for children, seniors, and people with disabilities through expanded Medi-Cal benefits and services for vulnerable and underserved people. He currently serves as Director of Government Affairs for City of Hope, a comprehensive cancer center as designated by the National Cancer Institute.
Earlier in his career, Luis was a Senior Consultant in the financial services practice of KPMG Consulting Inc., an international IT consulting firm (now Bearing Point, Inc.), where he managed large-scale data management projects involving credit analytics for federal housing programs, such as the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae). Prior to joining KPMG Consulting Inc., Luis was a Social Science Analyst in the Division of Policy, Development & Research (PD&R) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C.
Luis holds a Masters in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College. He resides in Eagle Rock with his partner Hans Johnson.

Robert Arnold
Treasurer
Robert Arnold is a Risk Technology Manager with MUFG Union Bank, N.A. based in Los Angeles. With more than 25 years of experience across multiple functions in banking, he also has over 8 years of non-profit Board experience. He enjoys baking, gardening, hiking, home remodeling, volunteer work, and spending time with his two dogs, Baxter and Charley. Robert graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology.

Jane Demian
Secretary
A native Angeleno, Jane grew up in Hollywood and moved for the small-town feel of Eagle Rock in 2010 from the Los Feliz / Silverlake area where she lived for over 25 years. She was elected an Assembly District 51 Delegate in January, 2017, and is a co-author of a ratified California Democratic Party Resolution to protect tenants’ rights. Even though she is a homeowner now, she is very interested in housing and tenants rights, and is a member of LA Tenants Union. She joined the TERA Board in 2015 with a special interest in land-use and planning. She is also a member of the Steering Committee for Rock The Boulevard, a project to revitalize Eagle Rock Blvd.
Jane volunteers with Collaborative Eagle Rock Beautiful (CERB) to water Eagle Rock Blvd. medians and parkway trees throughout Eagle Rock. Jane’s interests also extend to sustainability and the environment. Singlehandedly she put in her own drought tolerant garden, and with the help of garden consultants designed and built a rain garden bioswale in her front yard to harvest rain water.
Jane became a registered nurse in 1978 and presently is in private practice as a Chinese Medicine acupuncturist and herbalist. She has a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Emperor’s College and a Master’s degree in Psychology research from Pepperdine University. She lives in Eagle rock with her partner Nick, is Tony’s mom, Yvonne’s mother-in-law, and grandmother to two adorable teenagers, Sage and Cole.

Robert Gotham
Immediate Past President (retired)
Bob Gotham, a retired banker, has been a resident of Eagle Rock for over 25 years. Born and raised in Boston, Bob attended Boston University and Syracuse University. After serving in the Air Force as a Russian linguist, Bob entered the technology field. Career moves eventually took him to Los Angeles where he applied his technical and management skills to the Banking industry,

Bob’s joined the board of The Eagle Rock Association over 15 years ago. He has been the president of TERA since 2009. Bob also chairs Take Back the Boulevard and Rock the Boulevard Steering Committees, initiatives serving as a community-driven revitalization of Colorado and Eagle Rock Boulevards. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock and is a member of the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society and the Collaborative Eagle Rock Beautiful.

Bob and his husband Mike are members of the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena where Mike sings in the choir and Bob is involved in fund raising and community building. Gardening, traveling, socializing and spending time with their grandson occupies much of their free time.
Land UseAshley Atkinson has resided in one of Eagle Rock's oldest homes for seven years. As a native of southwestern Virginia, she appreciates the neighborhood's mountain views and hometown feel. She moved to Los Angeles in 2004 to attend graduate school in urban planning and public administration at USC, and surprised herself by never leaving after obtaining her degree. After time spent working in the City of Long Beach and the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, she is now employed by the Los Angeles Department of City Planning. Ashley served as treasurer of the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council from 2012 to 2015, and is currently serving as director of the Los Angeles section of the American Planning Association. A fan of urban exploration, she spent 2016 progressively eating at every restaurant in Eagle Rock, and in 2017 is attempting to walk every street.

Kathleen Dunleavy
Communications
Kathleen Dunleavy is a corporate communications manager for Sprint, based in Los Angeles. With more than 15 years of experience in the field of wireless telecommunications and technology, she also has agency and non-profit experience. She started her career in a boutique PR agency in New York City and later served as director of community relations at Pace University. Active in the community, Kathleen served as a board member of PRSA (former treasurer) and has spoken at national conferences about public relations, video creation and social media. She is the former chair of the Museum Service Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and also served on the boards of the HeArt Project and LA Commons. She enjoys hiking, creative writing and volunteer work – and, of course, spending time with her husband and beagle, Dr. Watson. Kathleen graduated from Santa Clara University and has a Masters Degree from New York University.

Ezra Gale
Land Use
Ezra Gale is the Senior Planner for Council District 11. In this capacity, he works with stakeholders to ensure neighborhood-friendly development on the Westside. He is responsible for promoting the Councilmember's land use vision, which includes transit-oriented housing and smart, infill development.

Ezra received his B.A. in political science with a minor in public policy from UCLA and J.D. from UC Hastings, where he concentrated in local government law. While attending law school Ezra clerked for two federal judges and the Oakland City Attorney, where he worked on municipal code updates in the administrative law department. Prior to joining the CD 11 team, Ezra was the Director of Government Affairs for Building Industry, where he managed a broad range of legislative and government relations issues relating to housing and development.

In his spare time, Ezra serves on the Urban Council of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles and hikes with his dog in Angeles National Forest.

Severin Martinez
Transportation/
Land Use
Severin Martinez is a transportation planner for the California Department of Transportation, based in the agency's Downtown Los Angeles office. Prior to working for the State, he held internships working in city government. Over the past few years he has volunteered with, and served on the Board for the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society. With the Historical Society he has helped sort incoming archival material and contributed stories to the organization's quarterly newsletter. Severin graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Urban Studies from UC Berkeley and received his Master's degree in Urban Planning from UCLA. In his spare time he enjoys exploring the City by public transit, brushing up on his Swedish, and bicycling.

Marina Rimer
Membership
Coordinator
Marina Rimer was born in Southern California and has lived in Eagle Rock for 19 years. She is a real estate agent at Century 21 First. While she is a California Native, early in life her dad’s position as General Dynamic’s defense industry liaison to NATO took the family to live in the Netherlands. Marina’s earliest education began at a British school at The Hague. Several years later the family moved back to the USA, and called San Diego home.

Marina attended Cal Poly, Pomona earning a degree in the restaurant and hospitality industry. In 1983 she moved to Los Angeles, settling down in Echo Park. Positions at the Marriott Corporation – Newport Beach and the Huntington Sheraton – Pasadena followed. In 1998 Marina and her husband Dennis moved to Eagle Rock.

Marina’s first experience with TERA was as a volunteer at the popular home tour. This experience peaked her interest in the community and the desire to become more involved. For the last 7 years Marina has served on the TERA Board and is responsible for managing the TERA membership program.
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