Nancy Runyon, President

Nancy Runyon grew up in the Sacramento Delta where her family has farmed since the Gold Rush. Her first loves were the Victorian Ranch homes of the area. Living in Palo Alto for 30 years, she became involved in preservation on the board of Palo Alto Stanford Heritage and frequently attended the California Preservation Foundation (CPF) annual conferences all over the state. After moving to Monterey, she volunteered on the Steering Committee for their State Conference in Monterey in 2000. She was hired by CPF to coordinate the Santa Barbara (2002), Santa Rosa (2003) and San Francisco (2004) conferences. At the 2001 CPF Conference in San Diego, members of the many local preservation associations began to plan the consortium which became the Alliance of Monterey Area Preservationists.

For AMAP, Nancy helped author the National Register Nomination for the Whalers Cabin at Point Lobos. She received the 2014 AMAP Preservationist of the Year Award for her work protecting the house museum portions of the Cooper-Molera Adobe from commercialization. Nancy's greatest achievement in historic preservation was halting the demolition of an Atherton 1860 Gothic Victorian home listed on the National Register of Historic Places just two days before its planned demolition!

Carole Dawson, Treasurer

Carole is a third-generation Californian, who was born and raised in Sacramento.  She is a retired Civil Engineer and long-time resident of  the Monterey Peninsula where she lives with her husband, Mike, and cat, Bombay in an historic home in the City of Monterey.   She and Mike are in the process of lovingly restoring their home in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

She has degrees in Philosophy from the University of California Santa Barbara and in Civil Engineering from California State University Sacramento.  Carole worked in the Public Works Departments of the Cities of Monterey and Seaside where she was project manager for construction projects for roadways, parks, bicycle and pedestrian facilities.  She wrote successful grant applications for more than $10 million in public works projects.  She has served as a volunteer for several local organizations including the Monterey Bay Aquarium (as a  diver), the California Society of Professional Engineers (as President and as Treasurer) and the Alta Mesa Neighborhood Association (as President).  She is currently chairperson of the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee for the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District to assure that Measure P bond funds are spent properly and is an active member of the UC Master Gardeners of Monterey Bay.
 
Judy MacClelland, Secretary

Judy has served on Monterey County's Historic Resources Review Board since 2008. She has been a Board member of AMAP since 2005. She is a member of California Preservation Foundation and has attended conferences and workshops on various historic preservation topics.

As a planner for the City of Pacific Grove, Judy was involved in writing historic preservation policy (Historic Preservation Element of the General Plan) and implementation (historic preservation ordinance). She has experience in working with and serving on public agency boards and commissions, including the Seaside Planning Commission and Carmel Valley Land Use Advisory Committee.

Michael Thomas Dawson, Past President

Mike was President of AMAP from 2007 to 2016. He was a charter member of the Salinas Historic Resources Board. He currently is a member of Monterey's Planning Commission, and is on the Executive Committee of the nascent Monterey National Heritage Area. He is former chair of the Monterey Architectural Review Committee.

Mike retired in 1989 from an eclectic engineering career and started working full-time on his historic home on 'spaghetti hill' in Monterey. He met and married Carole there, and they moved to their present home in Alta Mesa in Monterey. They applied for historic status for the home, and now have a Mills Act contract to keep the home historic.

Robin Aeschlima

Robin was active in the Carmel Preservation effort during the time the iconic little storybook house, The First Murphy, was saved from the grasp of demolition. This little home was built in 1902 when Robin's maternal grandmother, Emma Murphy, and five of her youngest children arrived in Carmel. Her paternal grandparents' first home in 1916, is known today as Edward Ricketts' Pacific Biological Laboratory. It is on the National Trust, through no effort of their own, save cement fish tanks [extant] her grandfather and his partner built. While there, her Spanish immigrant (Galicia) grandparents launched an ill-fated business, La Esperanza Fish Packing Company. One could say that Robin's first successful mediation took no effort on her part at all. Her birth brought together the two 'distanced' cultures of the small Spanish community in New Monterey and that of the lace-curtain Irish over-the-hill in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Robin is proud of her local roots.

She believes restoration is the purest form of recycling. To that end Robin and her husband, retired co-owner/founder of A and R Plumbing, live in a 1925 home they've restored, more than once, in Pacific Grove. A member of the Pacific Grove Planning Commission since 2011, Robin has also served on the city Architectural Review Board: ten years in the 1980s; and again from 2009 to 2011. Robin is mostly retired from a couple of careers: Realtor, being the most recent.

The bucket list takes priority now. She focuses her energy on family history research and grandchildren.

Jeffrey Becom

Jeffrey Becom joined the AMAP Board in March 2009. Becom is now a resident of Carmel Valley after living for twenty years in the Historic Retreat district of Pacific Grove. There he served on the Architectural Review Board for more than a decade in one of the two “design professional” seats. He has also served on the Pacific Grove Historic Resources Committee and continues to volunteer for the Point Pinos Lighthouse Restoration Committee. Jeffrey feels that his contributions on these boards and committees help to preserve and enhance the architectural character of the Monterey Peninsula.

Jeffrey currently works as a residential designer, especially focusing on in-fill in historic neighborhoods. He has extensive experience in design, color consulting, construction, and the process of moving building projects from conception to completion. He holds a degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati where his special interest was the adaptive re-use of historic structures.

In addition to his design practice, Jeffrey has spent nearly four decades as a visual artist and anthropologist, researching and documenting vernacular architectural traditions and village planning as these relate to cultural traditions and quality of life throughout the Mediterranean basin, Latin America, and most recently, India. The Weston Gallery in Carmel represents Becom’s fine art color photographs from these travels. His paintings—both watercolors and oil and wax on panel—are represented by the Carmel Art Association. To date, Abbeville Press in New York has published two of his books of images and architectural history text: Mediterranean Color, and Maya Color: The Painted Villages of Mesoamerica.

Cosmo Bua

A new resident of Pacific Grove, Cosmo has worked against the expansion of the historic Holman building downtown into an over-sized luxury hotel, and for the preservation of the Holman Garage/Grand Central Station and the Cal Am pump house.  He is a member of Del Monte Neighbors United and a founding member of The Old Forest Group, both of which were formed to fight the destruction of the community heritage old-growth forest and wildlife corridor located between residential Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove.  He has contributed to efforts to prevent the destruction of thousands of oak trees to be brought about through developments such as Ferrini Ranch and Monterey Downs.  Cosmo participates in efforts to save individual public and private trees throughout the Monterey Peninsula.

Beginning in the mid 1970's Cosmo was employed and volunteered in a variety of positions over about a decade at the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center in Hollywood.  He then had a great many occupations eventually winding up working for the City of Los Angeles.  There Cosmo participated in the founding of both GLBTQ and labor rights organizations, and in what is believed to have been the nation's first public library celebration of "Lesbian and Gay History Month".  In 2008 he retired from his work at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Los Angeles Public Library.  Cosmo was a founding member and later president of Treesavers, a Southern California environmental non-profit primarily concerned with the preservation of urban forests throughout that area.

 

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Salvador Munoz

Salvador was instrumental in the restoration of Castro Plaza, which is used as a public community park and a softball field.  The Castro plaza was given to Castroville in honor of Jose Nepomuseno Castro in 1862.

He is also working to save the Old Monterey County Jail in Salinas, famous because United Farm Workers founder César Chávez was incarcerated there in 1970, which brought national and international attention to the agricultural labor movement.  Sal also worked with Monterey County to re-roof restore the front facade of this National Historical Building (the first in honor of Cesar Chavez).

He is a charter member of the Salinas Historical Review Board and President of the Historical Heritage Association and member of Preservation of Colonial Monuments-Mexico, Alisal Center for the Fine Arts, Monterey County Historical Resource Review Board.  In addition, Sal is a singer and actor with the Teatro Campesino.
        
Sal has a degree in Architecture & Environmental Design from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo.  He is Principal, S. Munoz and Associates, an architectural firm in Salinas that specializes in architectural design, project expedition, custom residences, historic preservation and mixed-use.  He has extensive architectural experience as a project designer, public relations, historical rehabilitation, restoration, preservation and construction. 

John O'Neil

Upon retirement to the Monterey Peninsula in 1993, John O’Neil became involved in historic preservation by volunteering at Point Sur State Historic Park as a docent and preservation volunteer, activities he still enjoys.  For the past nine years he was Chairman of the Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers, the non-profit that supports Point Sur State Historic Park.   He shared the AMAP Preservationist of the Year award with his wife, Carol, in 2010.

John was born in Connecticut and entered the U.S. Naval Academy following high school.  Upon graduation he was commissioned in the U. S. Marine Corps where he served for 24 years, retiring as a Colonel.

John saw combat action in Viet Nam, was Assistant Naval Attaché to the Soviet Union, and served as Acting Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.