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Friends of the Palo Alto Parks is governed by a Board of Directors that meets on a monthly basis.


Susan Beall, Director, has been a Palo Alto resident for over 40 years. She has worked as a RN in several capacities, and more recently as an independent travel counselor with Cardoza Bungey Travel. Her volunteer activities include the Palo Alto Schools, Western Horticulture Society, University Park Neighborhood Association, local political campaigns, and  Palo Alto Stanford Heritage (PAST). She is currently on the Board of the Palo Alto History Museum.

Richard Hackmann, Director, moved to Palo Alto in 2009 shortly after graduating from the University of Illinois, and is currently a Management Specialist with the City of Palo Alto. Richard is also on the Board of Directors of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, Chair of EPIC Palo Alto (the young professionals program of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce), and a member of the Palo Alto University Rotary. In his free time Richard enjoys attending collegiate and professional sporting events as well as the San Francisco Ballet where he is a member of their young professionals organization Encore.

Liz Hogan, Director, has lived in Palo Alto for over 40 years. Before retiring, Liz was Editor of Sunset Books. She is a past president of the Palo Alto Historical Association, the Palo Alto Area Mills College Club, Friends of the Palo Alto Parks, and is secretary of the Palo Alto Lawn Bowls Club. Liz was a recipient of the Palo Alto Community Star Award in 2011.

Le Levy, President, has lived in Palo Alto for over 40 years. Le is a financial advisor in Palo Alto. Community service has included: Palo Alto City Council member and mayor; past president of Palo Alto Rotary Club, Neighbors Abroad, Achievekids, and Congregation Beth Am; and former Director of the Frank Livermore Trust and the Palo Alto Historical Association.

Linda Selden, Secretary, has been a resident of Palo Alto for over 40 years. While her children were growing up, Linda was active in the PTA and city sports programs. In 2005 Linda retired as a Senior Editor with Sunset Books. She now divids her time between designing jewelry for Linda Jay Designs and playing the French horn in community groups.

Roger Smith, Co-founder and Director, has lived in Palo Alto for over 40 years while raising his family. Before retiring, Roger served as CEO of Silicon Valley Bank.

Olenka Villarreal, Vice President, has lived in Palo Alto for over 20 years, along with her husband and two daugther. After a fulfilling career in high tech for over 15 years, she is now turning her focus on local community projects, in particular, those involving special education. Her passion comes from being a mom to a child with developmental challenges. In addition to being on the Board of the Community Advisory Committee (collaborates with the PA school district to advocate for special education), Olenka likes being part of the Friends' board and helping to make Palo Alto parks accessible to all of its children.

Anna Zendel, Treasurer, fell in love with Palo Alto while visiting and decided to move to the Bay Area in February 2011. She currently works as an Accounting Manager for a Silicon Valley tech start-up and is a member of several local groups, including EPIC Palo Alto and One Brick in Silicon Valley. In her free time she enjoys hiking, organizing events and exploring the Bay Area. As part of the Board, Anna is enthusiastic about promoting and improving the natural beauty and accessibility of the area's parks to all citizens.

Advisory Board:  Jagdish Basi, Allan Brown, John Erving, Kristine Erving, Barbara Gross, David MacKenzie, William Reller, Jeffrey Traum