Faces of PVHA

Board of Directors

Dale Hoffman  President
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, and moved to Southern California in 1958. He spent 43 years in the aerospace industry with North American Aviation and TRW, retiring in 2001. (read more)
Carol Swets
Carol Swets
Vice President
Carol Swets has been a resident of Miraleste since 1982.  Carol grew up in Brecksville, Ohio.  She attended Marietta College in Ohio and graduated from UCLA, Anderson School of Business.  She worked in finance at TRW until children Melissa and Evan were born.  Carol is also a graduate of UCLA certification program in Interior Design. (read more)
Marlene Breene has been a resident in Palos Verdes Estates since 1985. Her design studio is located in Lunada Bay and she has been a submitting professional in our city for over 34 years. Originally from New Jersey and educated at Parson’s School of Design in New York City, her degree in environmental design nurtured an interdisciplinary working style, with studies in urban planning, architecture, structures, landscape, interiors, and lighting. (read more)
Dick Fay 
moved to Palos Verdes Estates in 1971 when his employer, Atlantic Richfield Company, relocated from New York. His two children attended PV schools from kindergarten through high school. As they grew up he was active in AYSO, Little League and the PTA.  Dick’s 32 year career with ARCO included assignments in operations research, planning, and pipeline management. He served on the Board of several joint venture pipeline companies. (read more

Sidney F. Croft  Legal Counsel
A native of Redondo Beach, Sid has spent his entire life in the south bay raising a family and practicing law. He is a graduate of UCLA School of Law. He has also represented the Palos Verdes Homes Association for more than 40 years. Sid and Carol Croft’s pride and joy are their four children, seven grandchildren and an occasional round of golf.


Art Jury

George Sweeney, Architect
Palos Verdes Art Jury, President
George Sweeney received a five year professional degree from the University of Southern California School of Architecture in 1971, and was employed with Southern California architectural firms from 1964 through 1976. In 1976 Mr. Sweeney opened his office in Malaga Cove Plaza and has designed homes for numerous clients on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and in the cities of Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Brentwood… (read more)
Jeffrey A. Dahl, Architect
Palos Verdes Art Jury, Member
Born in Montebello California in 1958, Jeff was raised in Costa Mesa. He attended California Polytechnic State University School of Architecture in San Luis Obispo and graduated in June of 1982. (read more)
Criss Gunderson, AIA, Architect Palos Verdes Art Jury, Member       

Starting his practice in 1984, Criss, who had lived on the peninsula for most his life, came home. He earned a Bachelor’s of Architecture, an accelerated 5 year Professional program, from the School of Architecture, Cal Poly, San Louis Obispo. He returned to the Palos Verdes area that he had always loved and appreciated for its uniqueness and beauty. (read more)
Miriam Rainville, Landscape Designer
Palos Verdes Art Jury, Member
Miriam brings welcome expertise in landscape design to the Art Jury. Miriam has extensive knowledge and experience working with water-wise plant materials, which are appropriate and often native to the Palos Verdes Peninsula. She has been leading design and installation projects across Los Angeles for over 20 years. (read more)
Carolbeth Cozen, AIA, Architect
Palos Verdes Art Jury, Member 
Carolbeth was born and raised in Palos Verdes Estates and is now raising her own family here. She attended University of Southern California and received a B.S. degree in Marketing and Finance, and then attended Southern California Institute of Architecture, where she received an M.A. degree in Architecture. (read more)
Miles Pritzkat, AIA, Architect 

Palos Verdes Art Jury, Member
A third generation Southern California native, Miles developed his interest in architecture through frequent family trips to regional landmarks and historic sites, and a love of motion picture design. A licensed architect since 1986, and prior to opening his own firm, Miles worked for 24 years at Edward Carson Beall & Associates where he was the lead architect on hundreds of projects including large estates, custom residences and institutional projects such as the Eaton Canyon Nature Center and the Redondo Beach Pier renovation. (read more)


Savery Nash
James de Rosa
Architectural Analyst
Milet Libunao
Architectural Analyst
Pamela Valasquez
Art Jury Secretary/Permit Tech