Alexander Hobbs - Board Chair
Alex is an interior architectural designer with a strong background in design and project management. He's passionate about the neighborhood and is eager to help improve it. Alex and his partner Johnny moved to the neighborhood in 2014 and fell in love with it. Soon after moving here, Alex joined the PNA and is a member of our Arts & Beautification Committee who loves planting trees throughout the Portola.
Maggie Weis - Vice Chair
Maggie is the Assistant Head of School, Lower School at The San Francisco School. She has worked here since 1989 and began connecting with the Portola neighbors while walking her P.E. classes to Palega Park. Maggie became more involved when the Portola Public Library was being built and was then inspired by the Alemany Island Beautification Project . She thoroughly enjoys having the students at The San Francisco School involved in service learning opportunities in the Portola and looks forward to strengthening the stewardship of this fine community by all its neighbors! In her free time, she enjoys dog walks and bird watching at St. Mary’s and McLaren Parks.
Reanna Tong - Treasurer
Reanna is a planner with a passion for community development, engagement, transportation, and maps. She grew up in the Portola and attended schools in Chinatown, the Marina, and the Richmond. Reanna stays active in the Portola in the hopes of making it enjoyable and safe, especially for the many immigrant family households. Catch her running the streets of San Francisco or collecting stories of her experiences on Muni.
Nicole Termini Germain
Nicole has worked for the San Francisco Public Library since 1993 and has served as manager and Children’s Librarian at the Portola Branch since 2012. As Children’s Librarian, she exudes passion for books and enthusiastically encourages children to read, read, read! Nicole puts her heart and soul into everything she does for the Portola community, and is always seeking ways to provide even more free resources for all. Many call her “The Mother of the Library,” because she cares for her young patrons as if they were her own. Of course, Nicole’s daughters, Naia and Alanna are avid readers, nurtured by their mother to appreciate the joy of reading! The Portola Branch is a thriving, kid-friendly community center where all are welcome, and many never want to leave! For Nicole it is truly a joy to be a community leader in the Portola.
Tina is a native San Franciscan. She currently works as the Education Director at Portola and Excelsior Family Connections. She truly enjoys working in the Portola in hopes of making it a safe, enjoyable, and thriving neighborhood especially for many of the immigrant children and families. When not working, you will find her chasing her two young children and dog at a local park, running along Ocean Beach, or in line at one of the city’s newest Boba tea drink places.
Chris has been a staff researcher at UCSF since moving to San Francisco in 2000, and has lived in the neighborhood since 2004. Chris works hard to encourage our Southeast communities to chart their own course and set their own priorities. Chris has a number of projects on the go, including: his work to improve transportation, connectivity, and safety in the Southeast as a member of the SFCTA Citizens Advisory Committee; communication of local goings-on via his District 10 blog; training for the 2015 AIDS/LifeCycle; and his work with the Palou Community Garden. During what little free time Chris has left, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, cycling and traveling with his husband Tim.
Barbara was born and raised in the Portola where her parents emigrated from the island of Malta and ran a small business on San Bruno Avenue for over forty five years. She has given much of her time volunteering in the neighborhood, including assisting in the installation of the “Welcome to The Portola” signs on Alemany Circle and Mansell, the construction of the new Portola Library and Palega Park. Barbara was also a member of the Portola Patrol, where they would address the issues of excessive litter and graffiti in the neighborhood. During her free time, she enjoys gardening, traveling and helping out those in need at the St. Paul of the Shipwreck Church.
Chuck Farrugia is a native San Franciscan and native Portolan. He attended Hillcrest School here in the Portola, St Paul Of the Shipwreck on 3rd and Jamestown Streets, Sacred Heart high-school, SF City College and UC Santa Cruz. He continues to work as a dedicated city employee for the SF Fire Department since 1989. He began volunteering in the early 90's as a captain with the first ever neighborhood Portola Police Advisory Patrol and as a captain for one of the first ever organized streets with SF SAFE. In his efforts to restore the San Bruno Ave. corridor and make it safer he quickly came to realize that the best way would be to focus his efforts on John McLaren Park, which was in a deplorable state, high in crime and neglect and low in everything else including visitors. Having no success working with the Friends of McLaren Park group, he started his own group call Help McLaren Park in 2006. Through a vigorous volunteerism campaign to get attention and capitol for McLaren Park, Help McLaren Park is responsible for the fountain/plaza installation at the Gambier St. entrance, the new playground at the Peru St entrance, the SF garter snake mosaic tile artwork at Louis Sutter Playground, and numerous other improvements from parks benches to bbq pits. HMP paved the way to getting John McLaren Park represented in the 2012 Park Bond for the amount of 12 million dollars and also work hard with other park groups to push for the 8 million dollar renovation of the Mansell Street Corridor and the installation of a new hi tech bike park on Sunnydale Ave. Most recently Chuck has been working feverishly on the return of horseback riding to John McLaren Park and revitalizing the John McLaren Park Amphitheater. Chuck and his wife have been honored with dozens of awards and accommodations from the Senate, the Congress, the Mayor, and SF Supervisors. His most recent acknowledgment came as a "unsung hero" award from SF Beautiful. Chuck has dedicated his life to making the Portola a place anyone would be proud to live in, especially families raising young children.
Sarah earned a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Yale University, studying in both Spain and Chile. Her love for other cultures, places and spaces eventually led Sarah to pursue a Master Degree in Interior Architecture from the University of Oregon. She is an avid runner and surfer, loves the outdoors.
Bill has been a San Francisco resident since 1990, and a resident of the Portola since 2008. He is an attorney specializing in workers’ rights, such as race, gender, and disability discrimination in the workplace. His volunteer work has included counseling clients through Legal Aid at Work, participating in the AIDS Life Cycle ride from San Francisco to LA, and planting neighborhood trees with Friends of the Urban Forest. When not working, he can be found spending time with his two teenage children, hanging out at Ferment Drink Repeat on San Bruno Ave., playing guitar, and cooking. Bill is excited to join the PNA Board to leverage his organizing skills in advocating for improved safety and other positive changes in the Portola.
Shae is co-owner of Ferment.Drink.Repeat Brewing Co. along with her husband Kevin. Soon after opening on San Bruno Avenue, she and her family moved to the neighborhood to live as well as run their business. Shae is a San Francisco transplant originally from Maine and many places beyond. Her husband was a career Army Officer for 21 years which brought her to live in places like Hawaii, DC, and Germany to name a few. She thrives on personal connection and believes in the idea that "it takes a village" to grow a community through common goals and togetherness.