Chris Waddling - Board Chair
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.
Maggie Weis - Vice Chair
Maggie is currently 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.
Yensing Sihapanya - Treasurer
Yensing is a native San Franciscan and grew in many of the City’s neighborhoods including the Portola (on Sweeny Street, to be exact). Yensing has extensive experience in family support, social justice and community organizing including her current position as Associate Director of Family Connections, family resource centers that exists to develop strong, healthy families and to build thriving communities in the Portola and Excelsior neighborhoods. At Family Connections, Yensing wears a variety of hats including overseeing family support programs, working on projects that promote the strategic vision of the agency, as well as being engaged in Portola district to support its diverse, robust community and families. Yensing has served on a variety of committees including the San Francisco Family Support Network and Excelsior Collaborative Steering Committees. Yensing is extremely excited to be a part of such an engaged Board, and continually energized by the dedication and collaboration she witnessed in the community to make the Portola safe, family friendly, and welcoming. She is also excited to bring her skills and experience to support the PNA’s financial, development and organizationalgrowth and sustainability.
Homer Perez - Secretary
Homer Perez comes to Visual Impulse with 20 years experience in retail design and architecture. He was recruited from McCall Design Group, one of the top retail design firms in the US. There, he led various retail store projects for major clients such as Nike, Williams-Sonoma, Sephora, Harry and David, Fresh, and HEB Grocery Company. He also facilitated the sustainable design efforts of the office, including peer and client education in the federal green building program known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). He also led the firm’s participation in the LEED for Retail Pilot Program. In 2010, he was named one of the “Top 20 Under 40” by Environmental News Review for his expertise in sustainable retail design.
Homer graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was a recipient of the Albert G. Hill Award. He also is a licensed Architect in the States of California and Texas and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design and Construction.Homer is based out of San Francisco, CA where he enjoys the Northern California Outdoors. He is also a Board Member of his Neighborhood Association, contributes to Architecture for Humanity, and is the 2014 Co-Chair for the American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter of Latinos in Architecture.
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.
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.
Ken is the branch manager of Sterling Bank and Trust on San Bruno Avenue since 2009. He strongly believes in Sterling Bank and Trust’s neighborhood focus where the bank and its bankers work to support the neighborhood. Working alongside fellow merchants to make suggestions for improvements on the San Bruno Ave. corridor gives Ken great satisfaction as he maintains a wholesome and optimistic view for the future of the Portola. Besides serving on the merchant engagement subcommittee of the Portola Neighborhood Association, Ken donates his time to the San Francisco Hepatitis B Free Screenings. Ken enjoys dining throughout the San Bruno Avenue corridor including eating at his favorite bakery, New City Bakery. During his free time, he enjoys music, film and literature.
Jackie is a retired workers’ compensation worker that has live in the Portola all her life. An avid sports fan, she remembers baseball planters that were placed along San Bruno Avenue to honor the Giants coming to Candlestick Park. As a board member on the PNA, she hopes to bring more happy memories to the residents and visitors in the neighborhood. Jackie enjoys walking along San Bruno Avenue and enjoying the beautiful weather, as well as eating at some of her favorite restaurants, including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Cinco De Mayo and Queen’s Louisiana Po Boy.
Luiselle has been an Occupational Therapist for the San Francisco Unified School District for over 26 years. She has spent a vast majority of her life in the Southeastern section of San Francisco. Growing up, Luiselle remembers watching parades on San Bruno Avenue, going to the movies at the Avenue Theatre and shopping at the 5-&-Dime. Luiselle hopes to bring back the sense of community in the neighborhood and the vibrant merchant corridor she experienced growing up. During her time off, she enjoys folk dancing, walks throughout San Francisco and McLaren Park, as well as gardening.
Belle is a native San Franciscan and has lived in the Portola since 1998. After graduating from Columbia University, she returned home to join San Francisco’s fifth cohort of City Hall Fellows and now works as a legal assistant for the Public Defender’s Office. As a board member, Belle advocates for safer and more efficient means of sustainable transportation on the San Bruno Avenue corridor, and plans family-oriented events to engage neighbors and promote the Portola. She is also the board’s social media correspondent, managing the PNA’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Belle’s hobbies include volunteering on political campaigns, playing board games, urban hiking, and eating at San Bruno Avenue’s Hoy Sun and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.