IBNA Board of Directors

Sue Ellen Smith

Sue Ellen Smith – Chair

Sue Ellen first came to the Bay Area from SoCal to attend UC Berkeley. Smitten by the area’s beauty, great food, and interesting people, she declared this glorious region home since then (with the exception of a brief stay at UC Davis for her law degree). Living in San Francisco and looking for an affordable neighborhood led her to India Basin, where she has owned a home since 1998. She loves the neighborhood’s sunny weather, eclectic mix of people, art and dog-friendly attitudes, and the opportunity for making a great neighborhood into a destination location through implementation of IBNA’s Community Vision. Sue Ellen loves to walk in the neighborhood, and looks forward to the day we will be able to walk along the waterfront from The Shipyard all the way to the Giants ballpark and beyond.

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Monica Padilla-Stemmelen – Secretary

Mónica is a bilingual educator with a decade of experience working in Bay Area public and independent schools. Mónica is currently completing her Masters in Linguistics at San Francisco State, where she was awarded a Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. She holds a strong interest in heritage language preservation and has worked alongside graduate students documenting the endangered language Zapotec in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, México. Mónica has lived in San Francisco since 2004 with her husband, Mathieu Stemmelen. They joined the India Basin community in April of 2015 as new residents of The San Francisco Shipyard. She enjoys all things education, sci-fi and music.

Allen Frazier –  Treasurer

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Anietie Ekanem

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Tori Freeman

Tori grew up in the Bayview and has lived in India Basin since 1998. Her two daughters are fifth generation San Franciscan.  She is a mediator and the community liaison for Pier 70 Partners. Tori volunteers for Community Boards, the Office of Citizen Complaints and the District Attorney’s Neighborhood Courts program in both the Bayview and Mission courts.  She is a former Board Member of Breast Cancer Action and Miraloma Cooperative Nursery School. Her favorite things about India Basin are the small town feel, wonderful neighbors, India Basin Shoreline Park, Heron’s Head Park and the fact that we have the best weather in San Francisco.

Jill Fox

Jill Fox

When Jill Fox moved to India Basin in 1992, what are now Heron’s Head and India Basin Shoreline Parks were junk yards where people and dogs lived in cars, and plans were being made to put a power plant on the flats off of Fitch Street. Then, the neighbors started getting together to create a common goal for a better neighborhood. Community activism has already made ours a more livable neighborhood and can continue to assure responsible development. Jill is a founding member of the India Basin Neighborhood Association and has represented the neighborhood on the RAB, PROSAC and Blue Greenway Task Force. She is also a wife, mom, PTA officer, and an employee of the San Francisco Department of Elections where she performs outreach and encourages voter registration in under-represented communities.

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Sean Karlin

Born in Los Angeles, raised in Tel Aviv, Sean moved to San Francisco in 2005 after spending two years as a Media Producer with Greenpeace traveling around the world and fighting the good fight. He lives with his wife Orli in India Basin, making award winning films, commercials and documentary. He joined IBNA as a general member in 2005, and in 2012 became a member of the IBNA Board after he and his wife bought their first home right here on Innes Avenue.

Steve LaPlante

Steve La Plante is the EMS Administrator with the EMS Agency in the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management. He previously served as Chief of the Institutional Police in the Health Department from 1994-98, based at San Francisco General Hospital. During the 1980’s, Steve was a criminal justice project manager and the City’s Homeless Coordinator under Mayor Dianne Feinstein. He then became the Director of San Francisco Juvenile Hall. After college at USF and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Steve worked in the Sheriff’s Department in the 1970’s as the Jail Ombudsman and was the founder/team leader of their first Crisis/Hostage Negotiation Team. During the first term of Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton (1978- 1981), La Plante was an agent for the parties in the litigation before the U.S. District Court in Little Rock over the state prison system. He has extensive experience in training and teaching college since 1973 in corrections, police work, crisis and hostage negotiation, disaster response, sociology and criminology. He is currently an Instructor in Sociology and Criminology at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. He is also the Executive Officer for the Bay Area’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team (CA-6) with the United States Department of Health & Human Services. Steve has lived on Hunter’s Point Hill since 1995 in the Mariners’ Village complex.

Richard Laufman

Richard Laufman

Richard Laufman has lived in San Francisco for going on 40 years and in Hunters Point for the last 20. He grew up in Lakewood, Ohio and went to Ohio University. He received an MBA from San Francisco State, but decided to teach instead. Mr. Laufman taught at Yick Wo Elementary School in San Francisco for 27 years. He is now retired but still volunteers at the school. He also serves on the CAC (Citizens Advisory Committee) for the Hunters Point Shipyard.

Board Seat Breakdown
  • Seat 1: Monica Padilla-Stemmelen: up in 2019
  • Seat 2: Sue Ellen Smith: up in 2019
  • Seat 3: Tori Freeman : up in 2019
  • Seat 4: Jill Fox up in 2020
  • Seat 5: Allen Frazier: up in 2020
  • Seat 6: Sean Karlin: up in 2020
  • Seat 7: Richard Laufman: up in 2018
  • Seat 8: Steve LaPlante: up in 2018
  • Seat 9: Anietie Ekanem: up in 2018

 Previous Board Members
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Kate Austin-Gröen

Kate Austin-Gröen

Wendy Brummer

Wendy Brummer

Cab Covay

Cab Covay

Forest Gray

Forest Gray

Kelly Lawson

Kelly Lawson

David Austin-Gröen

David Austin-Gröen

 

Melita Rines

Melita Rines

Brian Stott

Staci Selinger

Staci Selinger

Michael Hamman

Michael Hamman

Ingrid Wynn

Ingrid Wynn