The OBCDC Board of Directors is elected every year. To be a candidate for election, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Directors
Tom Perrotti, President
Tom Perrotti has lived in Ocean Beach for many years and has roots in the area going back to earning his degree at San Diego State University after doing his undergraduate studies in Ohio. Tom is married to Phyllis, a well known piano teacher for adults in the area. Together, Tom and Phyllis have four children and nine grandchildren. As a profession, Tom is a Chemistry teacher at La Jolla Country Day School.
Tom’s Ocean Beach community affiliations include three terms as past president of Ocean Beach Town Council. Several years ago, Tom worked with other concerned citizens to plant palms along Sunset Cliffs and Nimitz Boulevards.
Tom was also the head of the OBTC/OBCDC taskforce that got a new “storm drain” constructed on Abbott Street. In addition, Tom considers one of his most important community contributions as his participation on the original committee that successfully “Stopped the Pipe,” referring to a proposed new wastewater treatment outfall pipe which was set to be placed through the mouth of the San Diego river and run out to the ocean off of Ocean Beach.
Steve Grosch, Vice President
Steve Grosch grew up in OB. Now operating a family-owned business in OB and serving on the Ocean Beach Town Council, as well as, the OBCDC since 2013, Steve is an active community member dedicated to the well-being of Ocean Beach both as a thriving business community and as a unique, fun, eclectic town.
In 2005, Steve graduated from Boston College with a degree in Communications and Economics. That same year, he became the producer of the Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Jazz Festival. Working with KSDS Jazz 88 and local sponsors he brought one of the signature San Diego cultural events to his hometown of Ocean Beach. The event eventually evolved into The Jazz 88 Ocean Beach Music and Art Festival. Along with this event, Steve has managed over 100 corporate and cultural events including the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation event on the USS Midway in 2011 and as an Operations Manager for the Festa event in Little Italy in 2012.
In 2011, Steve came onboard with the local family business where he currently manages. Steve is thrilled to be a part of the community he loves so much as a profession and as a volunteer.
Dave Martin, Treasurer
Dave Martin is a longtime community activist, serving as the past President of the Board of Directors for the Ocean Beach Town Council, as a board member on the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association, and as the Treasurer for the OBCDC Board of Directors.
On the OBCDC he has been instrumental in the Veterans Plaza redevelopment project, sitting on the Design Committee for that project. Dave was recognized by the 39th Senate District as the Veteran of the Year for 2014 and he is honored to be a leading voice for the OB memorial so that his fellow brothers and sisters of the armed forces have a proper place of respect and honor in OB. In addition to that, Dave is also a local business owner.
Jane Gawronski, Secretary
Dr. Jane Gawronski is a retired educator with a Bachelor’s degree from State College at Boston, a Master’s degree from the University of Idaho and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Jane served as superintendent of the West Covina Unified School District and the Escondido Union High School District. She was named California Superintendent of the year in 1997. After her first retirement (from EUHSD) she worked at San Diego State University.
Dr. Jane has co-authored several articles and texts in mathematics, her favorite subject. She moved to Ocean Beach, the first time in 1974 and returned in 1998. Maintaining the neighborhood ambiance of the OB community is her highest priority.
Brian Pottenger has been a Member of the OBCDC Board since 2005 and an Ocean Beach resident since 2003. Brian is an east coast transplant who moved to San Diego in 2000 after graduating from Clarkson University. Brian grew up in the Albany, New York area.
Brian works in Encinitas as a Project Manager for an Energy Services Contractor. He is a licensed Mechanical Engineer in the State of California, a LEED Accredited Professional, as well as a Certified Energy Manager.
In addition to his volunteer work for the OBCDC, Brian enjoys live music, snowboarding, biking, hiking, camping, off-roading, bass guitar, the beach, reading, and yoga.
A resident and homeowner in Ocean Beach since the early 1980’s. Very involved in in many aspects of the community including 5 years as president of the Ocean Beach Town Council as well as a current board member of the Ocean Beach Community Foundation and long time volunteer with the OB Street Fair and Chili Cookoff.
Steve Haynes moved from Northern California in 1985 to take a position with a San Diego law firm. He has had his own business law practice since 1994.
Shortly after moving to Ocean Beach in 1989, Steve became involved with the Ocean Beach/Point Loma Entryway Taskforce. This lead to two terms on the Ocean Beach Town Council. Steve became a scuba instructor in 1995 and continues to teach diving part time. He has been active with groups representing the dive community on issues ranging from the local to the regional.
Steve joined the OBCDC board in August 2012.
Paris is a San Diego native and has lived in Ocean Beach the majority of her life (I would say all, but for a short stint when I was 1 we lived in Pismo, wouldn't want to be called a liar :). She attended local schools such as Ocean Beach elementary and Point Loma High School, and now has three children whom she is raising in OB.
Since joining the CDC in December of 2013 she has been working on the design and construction on what will be Ruth Varney Held Park.