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Board of Directors

Chris Wall, Chairperson  

Chris received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1980 and moved on to a 36-year career with Cummins Inc., a global manufacturer of diesel engines and power systems.  In addition to engine development and power system application engineering. Chris had the opportunity with Cummins to start up a corporate child care center and to serve as General Manager of a global team in developing and selling new power systems for the oil and gas market.   Chris was a Court Appointed Special Advocate serving children in need for 25 years in Bartholomew County, Indiana.  Retirement came with a welcome move to California. Tax Season finds her as a certified tax volunteer with AARP in Point Arena.  She also volunteers at Sea Ranch and at the Art Center in Gualala. 


Valerie Robbins, Vice-Chairperson                                                                                                             

Valerie has a B.A. in Psychology and a M.S. in Special Ed.  She is experienced in leading and contributing her efforts towards assisting nonprofit organizations and working with children and families.  Val is Owner and President of Mortgage Personnel Services based in Rohnert Park.  


Mary Mobert, Secretary                                                                                                               

Mary moved to the Coast in 1976 and partnered with her husband in several businesses, including Doghole Custom Boats; Interface, a computer and office service business, and; Semi-Sentient Systems, a software company that wrote programs for themselves and other companies throughout the U.S. She has served as a translator for the Denver University Science Department; an assistant legal secretary for James Cameron, Attorney at Law, and; presently serves as Administrative Secretary for the Gualala Municipal Advisory Council (since December 2002); Executive Secretary for Action Network (since November 2003), and; editor for three local authors. Mary is a charter member of Soroptimist International of Mendocino-Sonoma Coast. 


Andrea Phillips, Director                                                                                                          
Andrea lived in Gualala from the time she was four to about 14 years old. Then, she moved away so that she could attend a private school named, Ursuline High School in Santa Rosa. After high school she attended Santa Rosa Junior College and became involved in the insurance profession. She currently works as an insurance broker for Farmer’s Insurance in Gualala, as well as for many different companies. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.


Aparna Wilder, Director

Aparna’s career stretches across several fields including program management, service learning, media production, and education technology. She led an experiential learning program at the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania; co-founded an education design consultancy, IRL Labs, which builds digital storytelling tools and develops educational programming; and served on the senior leadership team at Climb Hire, a non-profit that prepares working adults for entry-level jobs in tech. Aparna is a TED Fellow and former digital mentor with Girls Write Now, an after-school writing program for at-risk youth based in New York City. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and MPA from Columbia University.

Carol Barkley, Treasurer

My areas of action include domestic violence prevention and intervention/shelter, public education, governmental affairs and community board membership for a large homeowner’s association of 3500 families.  My experiences include: Local Teacher, Administrator, Counselor; Administrator for California Charter Schools;  Trainer for California Regional Occupational Programs (ROP) credential program; and Administrator of two not for profit domestic violence/sexual assault prevention and intervention programs.

 I want to participate in a meaningful way in the projects, goals, and strategic vision of the Action Network because the organization is integrated into the community it serves, improves the quality of life for its individuals and the community, and infuses the concept of community through education, leisure, and service.

Cris Mulvey, Director

All my life I have worked in the non-profit sector, primarily with low income women and families (in Ireland, Peru, Philippines and Montana) on issues such as poverty, childcare, education, healthcare, leadership and empowerment. My roles have included: Family Resource Center tutor; Community Group Issues Researcher; EU-Funded Program Manager focusing on strengthening and networking Low Income Community Women's Education Groups; and, most recently, Executive Director of a Non Profit focused on Women's Support. 

I am inspired by the mission of Action Network and very much aligned with its values. As an immigrant to the US, (I am originally from Ireland) and a retired recent immigrant to the Mendonoma coast, I am eager to connect with, weave myself into and hopefully contribute rather than just take from this gorgeous place. I am excited at the prospect of working with others in this community to create wellness, equity and a more nourishing and sustainable life for all.

Paul Vincent Carter, Director

Paul is an east coast transplant who received a Degree in Education from the University of Tennessee where he was an All-American Swimmer. For twenty years he wrote, produced, and directed television and commercial programs as owner of Pilgrim Productions in Delray Beach, FL.  Moving to California in 1998 he transitioned back to swimming and spent twenty years as a coach and program director. Paul recently retired from The Olympic Club in San Francisco and moved to The Sea Ranch.

As a small business owner, coach, and program director, Paul brings a wealth of knowledge in program building, asset management and fundraising.  His passion for helping people has always steered him towards opportunities that motivate kids and adults to higher levels of emotional and physical health, and community organizations that support that cause.

Karen Tanner, Director

Tanner has a long history of helping others. After a stint in the US Air Force and the private sector, she went into the non-profit sector where she worked as a substance abuse counselor, HR administrator for a domestic violence agency, and workforce development coordinator for a healthcare organization serving underprivileged populations across CA (her current role). This background gives her a unique window into the complex issues surrounding substance abuse, income inequality, and domestic violence. She holds a BS in Business Management and a certification in Workforce Development.

Current Opening: Action Network Board of Directors

We are currently seeking board members to join our dynamic team and assist in providing oversight and insight to Action Network’s operations. If you are interested in making a difference in our community, please send an email telling us about yourself and why you are interested in becoming a volunteer board member.  

Action Network Family Resource Center is a nonprofit, public-benefit organization serving the Redwood Coast and inland regions from Elk to Timber Cove. Our mission is to create a caring community that nurtures one another across ages and cultures and creates a peaceful, healthy environment that empowers our community members. Our enrichment programs and support for children, teens and adults make a difference in the community.  Action Network is continually recognized and has been awarded national, state and county grants. During difficult times we step up to respond to specific needs of our community.

Please send your letter of interest by email to:

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