Board Members & Staff

board members

Photo of Herman J Hernandez, board member

Herman J. Hernandez has lived in the Russian River area for over 40 years now. Making Guerneville his permanent home was one of his lifelong dreams and in 1970, he made it a reality moving from San Francisco after many years of summer vacations in Guerneville with his family. He has owned his Real Estate Brokerage office Frank Howard Allen for 40 years now, which his father started in 1952 originally named Hernandez Realty. He has been a proud Rotarian since 1973 and was appointed to the board of Park and Rec since 1975! It has been very important to him to always give back to the community by giving service above self. One of his many passions is bringing the community together to make this a great place to live!

photo of man holding big fish he caught

Steve Jackson: Being in the Sporting Goods retail industry I know the importance of enjoying our parks and natural resources. I have been a Parks and Rec board member since 1993 as well as being a member of the summer recreational dam committee. I also helped start the Russian River Wild Steelhead Society and was the president for the first 4 years. As a life long resident of the community it is my goal to ensure that there are parks and recreational opportunities for everyone to enjoy here in Guerneville.

Photo of Marsee Henon, Russian River Recreation and Parks Board Member

Marsee Henon: I’ve lived in Rio Nido, CA since 2002 and love the beauty, history, and community of the Russian River. I was a founding member of the Friends of Rio Nido and sat on that board for many years. Raised in Sebastopol, I graduated from Analy High School and Sonoma State University. I’ve been employed almost 19 years at O’Reilly Media in Sebastopol focusing on community outreach.

Megan Perkins: I moved to Guerneville in 2005 with my husband and I work at Russian River Vacation Homes. I love being active in the community, gardening, and the arts. The diverse, inclusive, fun and funky Russian River area and farm-to-table, local-food-centric Sonoma County suits me. My hands are always busy with some project: guerilla gardening with California natives, felting or crocheting something wooly, hunting through antique shops, and trying restaurants and recipes. You might see me exploring parks, beaches, and outdoor spaces with my mutt, Cali. I look forward to serving our community on the Russian River Recreation and Parks Department Board.

Esa Day: Being born and raised in Guerneville, I have many wonderful memories of playing at our local parks & playgrounds and spending my days at the river. Now raising a family of my own here, I truly understand the importance outdoor space plays in a strong & healthy community. Currently, I am employed as a Bookkeeper  and work with several non-profit organizations and businesses. Prior to that, for many years, I worked locally in property management and managed vacation rentals. I feel fortunate to be on the board and hope that my knowledge and love of our area and my years of business and accounting experience will help to ensure that there are parks, playgrounds, public river access, and recreational opportunities for everyone to enjoy.

district staff

Nathan Junge: As the Administrator of the district since 2021, it is my pleasure to oversee the general operations of our precious resources. I have a passion for sustainability  and strive to make positive contributions to the community. It is an honor to work for an organization that provides parks and recreation for Guerneville and Rio Nido.

Photo of District staff member John Condon

John Condon: Local Forestville resident, grew up along the Russian River in the community of Hollydale Park. 35 years in the Engineering/Construction/Project Management arena with a background in Quality Assurance. State of California D16, D28 & D34 Specialty Contractors licenses. Responsible for annual installation of the seasonal summer dams at Johnson’s Beach and Vacation Beach, as well as maintaining the district’s six other playgrounds, courts, river accesses and dog park. Joined us in 2010 as Maintenance Supervisor.