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 Dana Zimmerman, board member

Dana Zimmerman: I have enjoyed helping provide recreational parks, playgrounds, and activities for the community and world wide visitors to the area for over 25 years. I have served on the board since 1984 and as President for several years.

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 Jack Uniack, Board Member

John Uniack,  Retired 40 year Rio Nido resident, AA degree,1962, BA degree 1976 Sonoma State University. Russian River Fire Protection District board member 2000-2004. RRROC member 2002-2010.  Russian River Rec and Park  board member  2011 to present. Member of Sonoma County Vet Connect 2008 to present, operating the monthly Vet Connect clinic in the Guerneville Vets Building. President of the Friends of Rio Nido 2011 to present. Fifth district representative on the Veterans Memorial Auditorium Advisory Committee 2011 to present. One of the leaders of the Rio Nido citizens group dealing with the Rio Nido Landslide of 1998. One of the founding board members of the River Citizens Sewer Committee 1980, which evolved into the Russian River Watershed Protection Committee. Lighting director for the Camp Meeker Players in the 1970’s and River Repertory Theatre in the 1980’s. I do what I can to make the lower river area a better place for all.

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.

district staff

Photo of District staff member Paige MacDonell

Paige MacDonell: As the Administrator of the district since 2008, it is my pleasure to oversee the general operations of our precious resources. I have been a Russian River resident for 37 years and am proud to call it home. I strive to make positive contributions to our community and enjoy working for an organization that provides parks and recreation for Guerneville.

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.