The District is governed by a five member elected (in even years) Board of Directors. Terms of office are four years. For more information about the election process and deadlines, please visit the Monterey County Elections website, http://www.montereycountyelections.us/. The five Board members are not elected at-large but represent distinct areas, or Wards.
Ward 1 includes the City of Marina, the unincorporated northern portion Fort Ord State Beach, and the northeast census tracts of the City of Seaside within the former Fort Ord.
Ward 2 includes the City of Seaside, excepting the north-eastern portion in Ward 1, and the northern half of the City of Sand City with unincorporated areas of the former Fort Ord encompassing most of the Bureau of Land Management reserve lands and a small undeveloped portion of land in the south-eastern City of Del Rey Oaks.
Ward 3 includes the developed portion of the City of Del Rey Oaks, the southern half of the City of Sand City, and the City of Monterey, excluding the Presidio and what is called New Monterey.
Ward 4 includes the City of Pacific Grove, the northern portion of the City of Monterey that includes the Presidio of Monterey and what is called New Monterey, and the northern half of unincorporated Pebble Beach.
Ward 5 includes the City of Carmel, the southern portion of unincorporated Pebble Beach, and the unincorporated areas of Carmel Valley, Cachagua, Carmel Highlands, and Big Sur.
Maps of the five wards are available electronically by clicking on the links above or in print form from the Administrative Office at 60 Garden Court, Suite 325, Monterey. Please call ahead to request a print copy.
Every ten years the District, like many other governing bodies, is required to redraw its ward boundaries to reflect population changes, as needed. The boundaries were last redrawn in 2011 as a result of the 2010 decennial census. View the 2011 Redistricting Submission. The next evaluation of boundaries will take place in 2021 after the 2020 decennial census data is made available.
Kelly Sorenson was born in Oklahoma but raised in West Virginia where he spent much of his childhood outdoors. He completed a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife and fisheries management from West Virginia University and a Masters in Public Administration from Golden Gate University. Kelly has spent 20 years saving endangered species in the wild, including work with peregrine falcons, bald eagles and California condors. As Executive Director for Ventana Wildlife Society since 2003, Kelly led the effort to establish the endangered California condor to central California while also strengthening the organization.
Kelly served on the California Condor Recovery Team, an advisory body to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, from 2001 to 2010. He has six, peer-reviewed scientific publications and numerous technical reports in the field of wildlife conservation. Kelly currently leads the fundraising, strategic planning and management efforts of Ventana Wildlife Society which now conducts research, wildlife recovery and outdoor youth education throughout central California. He also serves on the board of directors for the International School of Monterey and this schools’ foundation board.
Kelly lives in Marina with his wife and two young children where outdoor adventures and backyard garden time is frequent and always enjoyed. Kelly was elected to the Board in November 2012.
A lifelong resident of the Monterey Bay area, Shane spent much of his childhood exploring the numerous habitats of Monterey County. He has taught middle school science in Salinas for 12 years, sharing his love and appreciation of the natural world. He received his bachelor’s in biology from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Science in coastal marine and watershed science and policy at CSU Monterey Bay. A strong believer in community service, he has volunteered with numerous nonprofits including the Monterey Chapter of Surfrider as an executive board member, Return of the Natives, Save The Waves, his school’s vegetable and native plant garden, and others.
Shane believes the region’s open spaces are some of the most valuable resources we have. He spends his free time surfing, hiking, working on his native plant and vegetable garden, sailing, with family and friends, birdwatching, painting, volunteering, and simply sitting and observing the natural beauty of the region. An active outdoor recreationalist who frequents our regional parks, Shane believes access to world-class natural resources is one of the many things that make Monterey County a special place.
Shane currently lives in Seaside, CA. Shane feels honored to represent Ward 2 on the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District Board of Directors and sees this as an opportunity to help improve the access to open spaces and recreation programs. He joined the MPRPD Board in September 2015.
In her five years as a Monterey Peninsula resident Katie has had the pleasure of getting to know both the people and wild places of Monterey County as she works to connect the two in meaningful ways. She has a degree in conservation from the University of Wisconsin and has worked with respected organizations in our area including the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, Sea Studios Foundation, and the Wahine Project, to protect wild places and empower the people who love them. This included co-starring with a wild sea otter in the feature film Otter 501.
Katie currently works with the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, a non-profit organization that protects Otter 501’s marshland home. In her free, Katie explores the most remote and beautiful parts of Monterey County – hiking our parks with her dog, traveling the length of the Salinas River, paddling the Slough, and backpacking the Ventana Wilderness.
As a representative of Ward 3, Katie will work to serve the interests of our community and provide sound guidance and support for the staff of MPRPD as we work toward being the best small park district in the nation – protecting our vibrant natural , connecting with the District’s diverse communities, and providing recreational opportunities that bring the two together. She encourages you to contact her directly with ideas to help our parks succeed. Katie joined the MPRPD Board in January 2015.
Kathleen Lee is a long time resident of the Peninsula, where she resides with her husband, Rob and their two children. She works for the County of Monterey, in the office of the Fifth District Supervisor. Kathleen holds a degree in Political Science from California State University, Fresno and an Executive Masters in Public Administration from Golden Gate University. She comes from a long family history of public service and is proud to be continuing the family tradition as the representative of the Fourth Ward on the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District. Kathleen joined the Board in 2011.
In addition to her work with the MPRPD Board of Directors, Kathleen serves as a Board member with the Democratic Women of Monterey County, the Pacific Grove High School Alumni Association and the Forest Grove School Site Council. Improving the quality of life for existing residents of Monterey County and future generations are key elements of what drives Kathleen to be involved in community service.
A ‘boots on the ground’ Director, retired human rights attorney and administrator John Dalessio averages more than 400 hours per year hiking, meeting with park users, civic and elected leaders, and observing and otherwise helping to maintain and expand the agency’s parks.
Dalessio has led the fight to permanently protect District owned open space, like Garland Ranch and Palo Corona. Prior to joining the Park Board, Dalessio served as the Chair of the Friends of the MPRPD.
Dalessio also is the Chairman of the Carmel River Advisory Committee, an official group charged with protecting the Carmel River. He previously has served as Commissioner, Housing Authority of Monterey County, where he played a significant role in resolving both the Rippling River and Pacific Meadows affordable housing disputes. He also served on the Boards of both the County of Monterey Free Library System and the Friends of the Carmel Library
“Open space and parks are essential to our mental and physical health, and our tourist-based economy. Of greater importance, parks are among the finest of legacies that we will leave our children. I’m proud to have helped expand, protect and preserve our open space and park district.”
John joined the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District board in 2003.