The Ocean Beach Planning Board consists of 16 elected members: 2 representatives from each of the seven districts that comprise the Ocean Beach Community Plan Area plus 2 at-large representatives. Terms are two years, with the two seats in each district staggered so elections occur in alternate years. (Letters next to each district number indicate whether that seat is elected in “E”ven or “O”dd years.)
View more information the Board’s structure and operations.
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Chair: Andrea Schlageter
Vice Chair: Kevin Hastings
Treasurer: Craig Klein
Secretary: Tracy Dezenzo
|District||Name||Member Since||Current Term Expiration|
|1E||Tracy Dezenzo||September 2018||March 2022|
|1O||Melanie Boda||March 2021||March 2023|
|2E||Jane Gawronski||April 2014||March 2022|
|2O||Richard Merriman||October 2018||March 2023|
|3E||Virgina Wilson||October 2018||March 2022|
|3O||Christopher Chalupsky||September 2019||March 2023|
|4E||Anthony Ciulla||October 2018||March 2022|
|4O||Craig Klein||Febrary 2015||March 2023|
|5E||Numan Stotz||September 2016||March 2022|
|5O||George McCalla||March 2019||March 2023|
|6E||Kevin Hastings||September 2018||March 2022|
|6O||Tom Gawronski||June 2020||March 2023|
|7E||Nicole Ueno||April 2020||March 2022|
|At Large E||Andrea Schlageter||April 2017||March 2022|
|At Large O|
Letters next to each district number indicate whether that seat is elected in “E”ven or “O”dd years.
Board Member Bios
Melanie and her family moved to Ocean Beach in 2016 after she and her now-husband, Joe, kept ending up here on their dates. Now they can’t imagine living elsewhere. Melanie is from the midwest and living in a good community is important to her. She decided to join the Planning Board to contribute as much she could to the community and help share information to the neighborhood. Having awareness and knowledge encourages our neighbors to stay in Ocean Beach and build their families here. Melanie is the owner/operator of Ms. Mel’s Creations; an art and thrift community.
Chris Chalupsky oversees the Arts Program at San Diego International Airport with a focus on developing programming and partnerships with artists and arts organizations in the San Diego community. His 20+ years of experience in cultural arts and entertainment programming, including record label roles in the music industry of Los Angeles and staff for the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, reinforces the two through-lines of his life and career: creativity + community.
Chris moved to Ocean Beach in 2016 after he and his wife Ashely strategically chose OB as their new, and final home (having previously lived in LA, OC, NYC and CHI). They plan to raise their family here. Chris hopes to bring his passion and expertise in civic government and arts administration to the OBPB for the betterment of all Obecians. His mission is to enrich lives through collaborative arts-based approaches & projects of the highest caliber. He also has a personal interest in architecture.
Chris sits on the San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition Steering Committee (SDRACC) and is a registered member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, & Publishers (ASCAP) and Songwriters of North America (SONA). He is a Minnesota native and an art creator himself, being a published songwriter and musician.
Anthony has 25 years experience as an aviation industry professional in addition to having 12 years in the construction industry/trades industry where he managed and operated a family-run plumbing contractor business including commercial and residential new construction and repairs.
He is married with two adult children and three grandchildren and he owns a home in Ocean Beach, where he has lived for two years. He also enjoys playing music, working on fixing up his beach bungalow and gardening.
Tracy Dezenzo (Secretary)
Tracy Dezenzo has been an OB resident for over 22 years and is proud to represent Ocean Beach’s District 1.
Tracy has been a graphic/web designer since 1998 and has had the honor of being a graphic design educator and mentor for many adult learners, interns and mentees for close to two decades.
In December 2019, Tracy was appointed by Councilmember Jennifer Campbell and Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, to represent San Diego’s District 2 on the Commission for Arts and Culture.
One of her goals while serving on the OBPB is to educate and inform the community about the Board and empower OBecians to share their ideas for improving Ocean Beach.
She lives with her husband Bill and her poochbag Ava.
Jane retired as Superintendent of the Escondido Union High School District in 1998 and moved back to Ocean Beach. While she worked at the San Diego State University Foundation doing research on the teaching and learning of mathematics she served on the OB Town Council and later the OB Planning Board.
“OB has an ambiance that needs to be maintained in a systematic, careful and caring way. I want to be part of the effort to make that happen”.
Tom Gawronski earned his PhD in Molecular Biology from the Medical School at Dartmouth. He worked almost 30 years Beckmann Instruments which became Beckman Coulter.
Tom moved back to OB in 1998 and is happy he did.
Kevin Hastings, P.E. (Vice Chair)
Kevin Hastings was born and raised in California, from the beach to inland Los Angeles, and in the small mountain town of Tehachapi. He graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a mechanical engineering degree and has worked in the profession for 15 years, gaining experience with design and construction of high-rises, single family homes, and commercial projects. Kevin has lived in San Diego since 2004 and Ocean Beach since 2014. He has been active in the community, cleaning trash and graffiti from our beaches, volunteering his time at Town Council events, and fighting for OB’s interests at city hall. In his free time you might find him hiking our cliffs or at the dog park. Kevin and his wife Micki are raising their new family here and are committed to Ocean Beach for the long haul.
Craig Klein (Treasurer)
Graduate of USD School of law , JD-1981. OB resident since 1986 and commercial property owner since 1997. I have great memories of how OB was in the past and want to guide the future development of our community in a way that will preserve the unique small town feeling we all treasure.
I was granted a BS in Forest Science and an MS in Range Science from Texas A&M University. My wife, Bev, and I bought our house in Ocean Beach 10 years ago and imported Bloomin’ Bossie, our painted cow, for our yard soon after. Bev and I retired and traveled for several years before we decided to go back to work so we could travel some more. I was a consultant in the area of renewable natural resources for several years, then due to travel demands, I started teaching in California secondary schools. I began my teaching career in Life Sciences, but after 3 years, began teaching Special Education which included Severely Emotionally Disturbed and Resource students. Bev and I have volunteered at the Chili Cook Off, Christmas Parade, Octoberfest, Pancake Breakfast and other events such as Stand Down and the San Diego Blues Festival over the past several years. I became interested in a seat on the OB Planning Board because I thought it would be the best place for me to continue to contribute to the community Bev and I love. As a planning board member, I intend to do my best to ensure that new projects adhere to the Ocean Beach community plan and help OB maintain its unique character into the future.
Richard is a 35 year resident of San Diego, 27 year resident and home owner in Ocean Beach, a US Navy Veteran and SDSU graduate, 1992, B.S.E.E.
He brings over 25 years of experience with the US Navy, Civil Service, as an Engineer with NAVSEA and presently with Naval Information Warfare Center, (formerly SPAWAR SSC Pacific) to the Ocean Beach Planning Board.
Richard has been a member of the Board since October 2018.
Andrea Schlageter (Chair)
Andrea Schlageter was born and raised in the Ocean Beach Point Loma area. A graduate of Point Loma High School Class of 2009, she went on to study Political Science and International Relations at Boston University (’13). She is thrilled to be back in America’s finest city and working on the Planning Board to help ensure that Ocean Beach maintains it’s unique neighborhood. She is also excited to be able to represent the needs of the younger and up and coming generations.
Numan Stotz is proud to be a member of the Ocean Beach Planning Board, serving District 5.
As a born and raised local, he has seen Ocean Beach grow and change over time.
Numan has been a local real estate broker for nearly 15 years, buying, selling and managing anything associated with real estate, which is another reason Numan was excited and willing to make recommendations regarding real estate in a town he loves so much!
Numan was lucky enough to marry his favorite sweetie Annie, they have a crazy, fun son Grayson (6), and a princess bear Gianna (3).
A native OBcean, Nicole has a deep respect for the incredibly unique and tight-knit community of Ocean Beach. As a resident and business owner, she understands local issues and is passionate about listening to perspectives and ideas from the people who are most impacted by community planning & policies. From volunteering with and donating to the OB Town Council, becoming a member of the OBCDC, and joining the OBMA’s Economic Vitality Committee, her record is one of engagement, action, and service. She has a passion for helping Ocean Beach residents and businesses thrive, and is particularly interested in spaces and events that help build community.
Virginia joined the OB Planning Board, October 2018.
She was appointed by Mayor Faulconer in June 2017 to represent San Diego’s District 2 on the Community Forestry Advisory Board and has been instrumental in the protection of some of the Ocean Beach Torrey Pines.
As a member of Save Peninsula Trees, she has also been a strong advocate for the City of San Diego’s “Free Tree” program and encourages developers, property owners and residents to keep existing trees onsite, plant new ones or apply for a “Free Tree” to increase the urban canopy in San Diego.
as of April 2021
- Kevin Hastings (Chair/Secretary)
- Chris Chalupsky
- Tom Gawronski
- Richard Merriman
- George McCalla
- Tracy Dezenzo (Chair)
- Dike Anyiwo (p)
- Melanie Boda
- Nicole Burgess (p)
- Mandy Havlik (p)
- Andrea Schlageter
- Nicole Ueno
Parks (ad hoc)
- Nicole Ueno (Chair)
- Andrea Schlageter (Secretary)
- Nicole Burgess (p)
- Anthony Ciulla
- Tracy Dezenzo
- Kevin Hastings
- Mandy Havlik (p)