Board Election

Ballot nominations close September 10, 2018 for the January 8, 2019 Board of Directors Election 

Package for Nomination by Petition to the 2019 PVHA Board of Directors Election Ballot

Excerpt of Resolution Number 177:

“A member can be nominated for the Board by a petition delivered to an officer of the corporation, signed within 11 months preceding the next time directors will be elected representing the following number of votes: one-twentieth of 1 per cent of voting power, but not less than 100.”

“Nominations for the Board of directors shall close 120 days before the date the directors are to be elected. No nominations for the Board can be made after 120 days before the date directors are to be elected.




Last year’s candidate information:


Incumbent Board Candidates

Carolbeth Cozen

I grew up in Palos Verdes Estates and had the privilege of attending Montemalaga Elementary School, Malaga Cove Middle School, and Palos Verdes High School. After graduating from PVHS, I attended University of Southern California and received a B.S. degree in Marketing and Finance. After completing graduate school, I received my M.A. degree in Architecture in 1992 from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. After living and working in San Francisco, New York City, Dallas, and Manhattan Beach, I made the decision to return to Palos Verdes to raise my children. My children are the third generation of our family here in Palos Verdes Estates, with my parents nearby in the home they have lived in since 1962.

Principal of Cozen Architecture for over 20 years, I have also served as a national, regional, and local Board Member for the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) and currently serve on the Board of Directors for the AIA Long Beach/South Bay Chapter. Keeping with a desire to serve the community, I also mentor for the PVIT Engineering program at Palos Verdes High School. I have served as Co-Director of Mobile Pediatric Orthopedic Education, a foundation dedicated to training undeveloped countries in Pediatric Surgery. I have also worked as a volunteer with the Cambodian Children’s Fund in Phnom Phen.

As an architect, I bring a unique perspective to the Board with an understanding of how to navigate through the city process and the necessity to protect our members’ property rights. As a Palos Verdes Homes Association Board member, I continue the Board’s efforts to improve our community by maintaining the charm and distinctiveness of Palos Verdes and working to improve its long-term financial security. I enjoy the opportunity to engage with the community and strengthen the relationship with our members.


Ed Fountain

Ed Fountain has been a resident of Palos Verdes Estates since 1967.  Ed graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Economics from the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.  Following graduation from USC, he served in the United States Air Force.  After completing military service Ed went in to the California wholesale lumber business.  He was President of the Southern California Lumber Association in 1984 and also served as Director of the National Wholesale Lumber Association representing United States and Canada.  An engaged member of the community, Ed has volunteered his time as Director, past President, and current Vice President of the PVHA Board. During this time he was active in litigation to enforce the deed restrictions of two school sites that Palos Verdes Board of Education had attempted to sell for development.  This Litigation was successful, and the lots reverted to the Association, who in turn deeded them back to the city of Palos Verdes Estates to be used as parkland.   Ed and his wife Barbara have three married daughters and seven grandchildren.  All three daughters were educated in the Palos Verdes schools and three grandchildren currently enrolled.  Ed enjoys time with friends and family, golf, and traveling. In fact they have just completed visiting all 50 of the United States


Phil Frengs

Phil Frengs has been a resident of PVE since 1984. Phil has been instrumental in the PVHA’s legal strategy and efforts in successfully defending the Palos Verdes deed restrictions litigation brought by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Board of Education.  Additionally he has been involved in the defense of two additional litigations brought by dissident members of PVHA.

Phil has a long history in community leadership.  He served on the Palos VerdesGolf Club Board of Directors and was the Club’s President in 1994. At PVGC, Phil chaired two community benefit golf tournaments that provided funds to the Palos Verdes Library District in support of maintaining the open status of the historic Palos Verdes Malaga Cove Library and the funding of the Palos Verdes Memorial Garden.

Phil chaired the City Council-appointed PVE Memorial Garden committee that held a design competition for a renewal of the Garden to memorialize PVE police officers Tracy and Vanderpool who were killed in the line of duty in 1994. The committee’s work resulted in fund-raising, design and contracting for the Garden which is across the street from City Hall.  The Garden includes a memorial to the fallen officers, to the Palos Verdes residents who lost their lives during World War II and the Vietnam conflict and a memorial for those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terror attacks.

Phil co-chaired the City of PVE’s 60th anniversary celebration in 1999.

Phil is the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Legistics, based in Los Angeles, that provides practice support services to legal firms in major US cities and internationally.

Phil’s philanthropic work includes fundraising for UCLA’s women’s collegiate golf.  He also is a member of the Southern California Golf Association Foundation’s Board of Directors, chairing its Scholarship Committee.  Phil has recently launched Racing To End Alzheimer’s, soliciting donations and placing the names of loved ones on the Legistics-sponsored race car in the Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge raising awareness and funding for Alzheimer’s research and Caregiving services to those families impacted.

Phil and his wife, Mimi have raised their three adult children in Palos Verdes Estates all of whom attended Palos Verdes public schools.


Dale Hoffman

Dale Hoffman has been a resident of Palos Verdes Estates since 1972. Dale was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, graduated from Iowa State University in Aeronautical Engineering, UCLA in Electrical Engineering and moved to Southern California in 1958. He spent 43 years in the aerospace industry with North American Aviation and TRW, retiring in 2001.

In retirement, Dale has served as a consultant to Northrop-Grumman, member of the PVE Planning Commission, on the Board of Trustees of the Southern California Historical Aviation Foundation, President of the Riviera Hall Lutheran School Board, Treasurer of the Palos Verdes Historical Society, as well as pursuing hobbies related to golf, Civil War history, and travel.

Dale and his wife Marilyn have been married for 56 years, have 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.  All of us are proud of our PVE roots!


Carol Swets

After “retiring” from TRW, Carol joined the world of volunteering.  She was President of the Symphonians of the Music Center, PTA Treasurer, National Charity League Treasurer, and Miraleste Recreation and Parks District Treasurer (still on the Board).  In her 16 years on the park board, the district has cleaned up park land, made the move to native and Mediterranean plantings and established a network of walking trails within the parkland.

Carol and her husband, Doug, like to spend time with their two granddaughters, travel and spend time with friends and family.







Candidates Nominated By Petition

Marlene Breene

In 1985, my husband Patrick and I moved into our Lunada Bay ‘dream fixer’, with two young preschoolers in tow. It was the ugliest house on the block. Today we live in the same (remodeled) house, and we have the honored title of ‘the older couple on the block’. Our three

daughters all graduated from PV schools, while my husband worked for Toyota, and I continued growing my design studio.

My background:

  • As a successful business owner and Lunada Bay resident for over 30 years, I know what it takes to do good work in our community.
  • My degree in Environmental Design from Parson’s School of Design has prepared me for an interdisciplinary working style, with studies in urban planning, architecture, structures, landscape, interiors, and lighting.
  • Special studies on the Olmsted firm, both at Parsons and through symposia by the National Association of Olmsted Parks, provide deeper insight into the history of our community, and inspiration for the future.
  • Extensive volunteer efforts as a board member for the Lunada Bay Homeowners Association, Committee Chairperson for PTA, and docent activities for the Palos Verdes Art Center and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, connect to community concerns on a day-to-day level.
  • My excellent working relationship with the Art Jury, staff, and the City of PVE, displays knowledge and skill in navigating city process, seeking the best possible outcome for residents while preserving our high standards.

Our city, Palos Verdes Estates, is considered the jewel among Olmsted’s many projects. I am honored to be a resident, business owner and designer, contributing to our city legacy.


Mary Elwell

I have been a resident of Palos Verdes Estates for 35 years, having lived in the house my husband and I built in the early eighties. Building the house, and subsequent updates and additions, gave me an opportunity to work with the PVHA and Art Jury, becoming very familiar with the design approval and permit process.

I have a son and daughter who both graduated from Palos Verdes High School where I volunteered extensively.

I am an avid runner/hiker and have run over 25 marathons. In training for these, I’ve enjoyed using and becoming familiar with the PVE trails and Parkland for 40 years.  Presently I am a Volunteer in Police Services (VIPS) and a Parkland Ranger with the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department, PVEPD. These positions require me to conduct vacation house checks, patrol parkland as well as “pocket” parks and bluffs, report vandalism, identify graffiti and also be alert for any safety hazards. The service also includes meeting and communicating with PVE residents to ensure the PVEPD is supporting their home and community concerns.

I have lived in Germany and Australia and traveled extensively, both during my career and in retirement, experiencing cultures and people in 35 countries.

I came to California from Minnesota in 1962, accepting a job from Space Technology Laboratories, (STL). STL became TRW, today known as Northrup Grumman, where I retired after 40 years. My experience included software development, system engineering and project management for large system upgrades deployed to field sites. The latter job required negotiating and managing multi-million dollar contracts, and supervising a division of over 100 people. One of the most interesting responsibilities during my career was an overseas assignment working on the Spacelab Program for two years with a consortium of seven European countries.


Michael Moody

I am a native Californian and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering. I have lived on the Peninsula since 1955 and in PVE since 1981.

I am a Registered Professional Engineer and Risk Manager and have my own consulting firm that provides services to the Governments of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and other government agencies throughout the world.

My public service includes:

  • Served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Korean conflict,
  • Palos Verdes Estates: Mayor and City Council,
  • Valmonte Home Owners Association: Co- founder,
  • Marymount College, Palos Verdes: Trustee, Planning Committee, Chairman of the Finance Committee,
  • Los Angeles County Sanitation District: Director,
  • California Joint Powers Insurance Authority: Executive Committee and Claims Committee,
  • Southern California Association of Governments Airport Expansion Task Force,
  • Peninsula Symphony Association: Director.

L. Reid Schott

Ried has had successful careers in commercial real estate and investment banking. In conjunction with work he has lived in Cincinnati, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles, before settling in PVE a decade ago. He’s remained active with property management through his own firm and as an angel investor with Tech Coast Angels, investing in over a dozen start-up companies. He also serves on the Board of a non-profit housing corporation.

Locally, Ried is a Volunteer Parkland Ranger with the PVE Police, a member of the PV Golf Club, an Advisory Board Member of the Malaga Home Owners Association and a member of the Manhattan Country Club, where he served as a USTA Doubles Team Captain for three years. Besides tennis, his other athletic interests include skiing, golf and hiking the Peninsula trails. Ried’s hobbies include traveling, breweriana and art pottery. Ried has resided in Malaga Cove for more than a decade and enjoys spending as much time as possible with his fiancée, Susan.

His formal education includes liberal arts studies at Ohio Wesleyan and a business degree from the University of Denver.  His education was supplemented with graduate school studies and extension courses (at NYU and UCLA).

In making improvements to his home in PVE, Ried needed to make applications to the Art Jury and the PVHA for; 1) changes to building’s exterior, 2) modifications to a porch, 3) the installation of solar panels and 4) view restoration.  This personal experience has provided Ried with important insight on the processes and issues involving the Art Jury and PVHA. Besides his experience with the PVHA, Ried has also owned other properties subject to HOA regulations, providing him with additional knowledge about the operations of other similar organizations.

Inquisitive about the trails in PVE, Ried has compiled a comprehensive inventory of Parklands, trails and pathways. From this, a PVE Trails Map was developed, which is used in the Parkland Rangers program.