The East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors has inducted new leaders for 2016.
Doug Siden of Alameda will serve as president; Beverly Lane of Danville will serve as vice president; Dennis Waespi of Castro Valley will serve as treasurer; and Diane Burgis of Oakley will serve as secretary. Whitney Dotson of Richmond, Ayn Wieskamp of Livermore, and John Sutter of Oakland round out the seven-member board.
Leadership positions rotate annually.
Siden was first elected to the Board of Directors in November, 1992. Prior to his retirement in 1999, he was executive director of a successful program to provide environmental education and recreational experiences to youth, children, families and adults for over 20 years.
Lane, a former mayor of Danville, was elected to the Park District Board in 1994. She has led efforts to establish the Iron Horse Regional Trail, the Calaveras Ridge Trail and Sycamore Valley Open Space Park. She is also a prominent local historian.
Waespi, elected to the Board in 2014, was an employee of the Park District for 36 years before retiring. He’s also served on the boards of the Castro Valley Sanitary District and Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.
Burgis, a former Oakley city councilwoman, is executive director of Friends of Marsh Creek. She was elected to the Park District board in 2014.
The board meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month. Members are elected to four-year terms, and represent different geographic areas of the East Bay.
The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco Bay, established in 1934. The system comprises 119,000 acres in 65 parks including over 1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.