Faces of PVHA

Board of Directors

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)

Charles Tang has been a resident of Palos Verdes Estates since 1995. After a successful 35 year career at The Aerospace Corporation, he became a serial entrepreneur and created several companies including a technology venture capital firm, a real estate investment company, and a nonprofit educational company to help disadvantaged people become financially literate. In addition, he continues to teach system architectures, technology startups, and managing engineering innovation at Loyola Marymount University and the University of Southern California. His educational background includes a MBA from Pepperdine University and PhD/MS/BS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. All three of his now grown children attended PV schools from Lunada Bay elementary to PV High and Peninsula High. In his spare time, he enjoys driving and working on his cars and motorcycles. Charles and his family love Palos Verdes Estates and he is looking forward to ensuring that the beauty and unique quality of life in Palos Verdes will endure for the enjoyment of future generations.

Christine McNamara Fortunate to have lived in PVE for 33 years and raise two sons here, Christine answered the call to serve the community and friends that she and her family are grateful to call home.  With her executive background in finance, consulting, and operations, Christine brings a dedicated sense of purpose and urgency to her work on behalf of all Homes Association members.  Open to all challenges, her immediate focus includes protecting our enviable, bucolic single-family residential neighborhoods, fiscal management, and enhanced communications. 

Mike Gatto has always felt a calling to improve how society works for its citizens. That calling led him into decades of public service, at all levels of government.  Mike is currently a practicing attorney helping clients resolve problems and unsnarl bureaucracies.  He lives in Lunada Bay with his wife Danielle, and three children, Elliana, Evangelina, and Jack. 

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)

       

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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)

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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)

Staff

Savery Nash 

Manager

James de Rosa

Architectural Analyst

Milet Libunao

Architectural Analyst

Pamela Valasquez

Art Jury Secretary/Permit Tech