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Council fills vacancies on boards

At the June 24 meeting of the Escondido City Council, it acted on recommendations by Mayor Paul McNamara to fill vacancies on various city boards and commissions.

The following appointments were made:

Building Advisory and Appeals Board 

  • Mirek Gorny

Although there were two vacancies on the board, there was only one application. Gorny is a real estate broker who has previously served on the Library Board of Trustees and Building Advisory and Appeals Board and sought reappointment. He is a member of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, Polish American Social Club of North County and the Polish American Congress. He also serves with a number of non-profits in the area. 

Historic Preservation Commission

  • Marion Hanlon
  • Carol Breitenfeld
  • Carol Rea

Marion Hanlon is a self-employed Realtor with Remax/United. She was appointed to a second term of the Historic Preservation Commission. She has been a board member of the Escondido Historic District and board member of the Escondido Education Foundation. She previously owned Edge Property Maintenance. 

Carol Rea is a retired public information officer for several area fire departments and has served on the commission for about nine years. She was vice president of the Escondido History Center Board of Directors—a board she served on for more than ten years— and was a member of the Escondido Recreation & Youth Activities Community Advisory Group. She is the author of a book of Escondido History that was scheduled for release this year. In 2012 she received the Escondido City Council Award for her contribution to historic preservation. 

Forty-year Escondido resident Carol Breitenfeld is retired. She has been treasurer of the Old Escondido Neighborhood Group, has been an OASIS Reading Tutor for elementary school children and a member of the Escondido History Center. She was reappointed to commission where she has served for 12 years. 

Library Board of Trustees 

  • Ron Guiles
  • Mirek Gorny

Note: Mirek Gorny’s bio is included elsewhere in this article.

Ron Guiles is a retired Escondido Union School District administrator. He was the principal of five schools and assistant superintendent and superintendent of the EUSD. He was also a member of the Escondido Police Chief’s Community Relations Action Team; a member of Escondido Rotary Club from 1987 to the present and president of the Escondido United Methodist Foundation from 2013-2020. He was president of the Escondido Education Foundation for five years. Before his reappointment he had previously served for five years on the Library Board of Trustees, including the last three years as president. In his application he wrote that he wanted to make the public library’s transition to LS&S (Library Systems & Services “a success” and added, “I would also like to be a part of the process to hopefully build a new library at Grape Day Park.”

Planning Commission (5 Vacancies)

  • Stan Weiler
  • Katharine Barba
  • Dao Doan
  • Ingrid Rainey
  • Rick Paul

Stan Weiler is a land use planning and engineering consultant who works for Howes Weiler Landy Planning and Engineering.  He was reappointed to the planning commission, which he first joined in April 2016. He grew up in Escondido. Weiler has coached youth soccer for 12 years for the Escondido Soccer Club. He has been a board member of the Soccer Club for four years and also belongs to the Escondido, Vista and Carlsbad Chambers of Commerce. 

Ingrid Rainey is an attorney with Rainey Law PC. She is vice president of the board of the FBI San Diego Citizens Academy Alumni Association and board member of Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni Association and board member of GenNext and is involved with the American Red Cross. Besides her litigation and arbitration practice, she represents businesses in a broad spectrum of industries. 

A resident of Escondido for four years, Katherine Barba is a program manager at UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She is a member of the Escondido Democratic Club and San Diego Peace Corps Association. She was a Division Chief at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) for policy and planning in coastal resource management. She has worked with UCSD and Scripps to establish a climate impacts and adaptation center. 

Rick Paul is director of corporate quality and ethics for Falmat, Inc. He has lived, worked and played in the community for 30 years. His background is in engineering and operations management.  Prior to his appointment he had previously served on the Planning Commission and the General Plan Update Committee. He has served as treasurer of Friends of Daley Ranch, board member of El Callo Park Conservancy and is a founding member and past board member of the Escondido Charitable Foundation.

Dal Doan is project manager for USDA’s construction of the Julian Medical Clinic. He is former chairman for the County’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program, former board member of Palomar College’s EOPS program 1999-2004 and current board member for Julian Medical Foundation 2020 and current board member for Little Saigon Foundation 2020. A resident of Escondido since 1986, he has over 30 years’ experience managing large governmental funding contracts such as CalWORKS Employment Services programs. 

Public Art Commission 

  • Juan Vargas
  • Terri Ryan

Twenty-year resident Juan Vargas is a self-described, “community artist and activist.” He is part of the administration support staff of Del Lago Academy. He is chairman of the North County Immigration Task Force; first vice president of the California School Employees Association, Chapter 2019; and board member of the Escondido Arts Partnership. 

Terri Ryan is a 40 year resident of the area. She is a retired special educating assistant for the Escondido Elementary School District. Her community involvement has included being a coordinator for the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum and the L.R. Green School, where she is a volunteer with the arts program. She is also a former Escondido Citizen of the Year. 

Transportation and Community Safety Commission (2 Vacancies)

  • Lori Hartley
  • Lawrence Thornburgh

Lori Hartley is a 25-year resident of Escondido. A former police officer and patrol officer with the California Highway Patrol, today she works in parking enforcement for the City of Oceanside’s Public Works Department. An owner of two homes in the city, she regularly attends the Old Escondido meetings. She has also been a poll worker for many years. 

Lawrence Thornburgh is a 20-year resident of Escondido. He is a civil engineer employed by Nasland Engineering. He was reappointed to the commission, after serving for three years. A state director of the American Council of Engineering Companies and assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 669.

One response to “Council fills vacancies on boards”

  1. Mercedes Iglesias-Paul says:

    Hi I made a correction on this article, about Rick Paul is director of corporate quality and ethics for Falmat, Inc. He has lived, worked and played in the community for 30 years. His background is in engineering and operations management. Prior to his appointment he had previously served on the Planning Commission and the General Plan Update Committee. He has served as past treasurer of Friends of Daley Ranch, board member of El Caballo Park Conservancy and is a founding member and board member of the Escondido Charitable Foundation.

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