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The District is governed by a five member elected Board of Directors. Terms of office are four years. The five Board members are not elected at-large but represent distinct areas, or wards.

Ward 1 includes the City of Marina and some unincorporated voting wards south of the City within areas of the former Fort Ord that are within the City's influence and will likely be annexed by the City and portions within the northern border of Seaside.

Ward 2 includes the City of Seaside, excepting the northern portion in Ward 1, and the northern half of Sand City with unincorporated areas of the former Fort Ord encompassing the Bureau of Land Management reserve lands and the Laguna Seca area.

Ward 3 includes the Cities of Del Rey Oaks and Monterey, excluding the Presidio and what is called New Monterey.

Ward 4 includes the City of Pacific Grove, the Presidio, what is called New Monterey, and the northern half of Pebble Beach.

Ward 5 includes the City of Carmel, the southern portion of Pebble Beach, and the unincorporated areas of Carmel Valley, Carmel Highlands, Big Sur and Cachagua.

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 census.

kelly sorenson

Ward 1
Ethics Training - 3/4/2015
Term expires 12/31/2016

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. 

Christine dresslar moss

Vice President
Ward 2
Ethics Training - 3/4/2015
Term expires 12/31/2016

Chris Moss and her late husband, Mark, moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 2001, choosing this as the best place they could possibly wish to live.  Chris has thirty plus years experience administering health focused, grant-funded programs, including foster care education, teen pregnancy prevention, prenatal health and access to care, walkable/healthy communities, and nutrition and physical activity education.  She is currently a program coordinator for the health education program, Network for a Healthy California - Central Coast Region, in the counties of San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey, for the Monterey County Health Department.

She is a twenty-five year volunteer with the American Cancer Society and their Relay for Life program.  Prior to moving to the Monterey Peninsula in 2001, she lived in California's Central Valley for forty years, where her children and grandchildren still reside.    


Ward 3
Ethics Training - 3/4/2015
Term expires 12/31/2018

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





Kathleen LEE

Ward 4
Ethics Training - 4/26/2013
Term expires 12/31/2018

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.

John Dalessio





John Dalessio

Ward 5
Ethics Training - 1/2/2013
Term expires 12/31/2018

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.