Board of Directors
Kim was born and raised in Concord, California. He is a fourth generation Californian, whose great grandparents emigrated, beginning in the 1850’s, to the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from Mt. Diablo High School; received his BA, with a major in Spanish, from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington; and his Masters in School Administration from California State College, Hayward. He taught school in the Mt. Diablo School District for over twenty years before becoming a school principal in Walnut Creek. After retiring as principal of Tularcitos School in Carmel Valley, he served as a district administrator in King City and Santa Cruz. Now fully retired, he enjoys gardening at the Robles del Rio home he shares with his lovely wife, Christine. Other interests include woodworking, hiking and back-packing, and playing with his four grandchildren. He has served on several community boards and currently serves on several committees at Sanctuary Bible Church of Carmel Valley. Kim is curator of the Turn of the Century exhibit and accepted the presidency in March 2014.
Gary was born and raised in Oakland, CA. He received a B.S. in Forestry at Cal Berkeley in 1968, then worked for the East Bay Regional Park, learning about grant writing and parkland acquisitions. In 1973 Gary was hired as the first General Manager of the newly-formed Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District and relocated to Carmel Valley with his wife Sheri. His accomplishments at MPRPD were the acquisition and establishment of Garland Ranch Regional Park, the formation of the C.V. Recreation and Park District, and assisting in the funding and land transfer of the new C.V. Community Park. He retired in 1998 and enjoys woodworking, DIY home improvement projects, and spending time with their six grandchildren. Gary has served on various committees at Sanctuary Bible Church and is a long-standing member of the C.V. Kiwanis Club. He joined the Board in March 2015 and is a member of the Facilities Committee.
Dave graduated BA in Economics from Northwestern University in 1972. A Carmel Valley resident since 1991, he has extensive experience in management, marketing, and sales in diverse organizations. His volunteer activities include: past president of Business Networking International Monterey, current President of Platinum Networking Organization, current Vice President of the Monterey Chapter of Porsche Club of America, and fundraisers for the Salinas Memorial Hospital, Monterey Peninsula Hospice Foundation, and Bonnie J Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. Dave took over as treasurer in March 2014. He has authored automotive books and videos, owns a product and interior design company, and is a current Broker associate with a local real estate company. Dave is also a member of the Society’s Marketing Committee.
Cherie was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula. She attended college in Belmont, CA before moving to Seattle, WA for a career in both public and private sectors. Cherie has a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management and over 40 years’ experience in international and domestic Human Resource management. She was a longtime volunteer with the American Red Cross, serving twice on the Seattle region’s Board of Directors as well as holding numerous other leadership positions. Other volunteer activities included Board president of a children’s institute, community goals volunteer for United Way, and guild member at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She is currently a board member of the Carmel Valley Village Improvement Committee (CVVIC). Her interests include traveling, cooking, reading fiction, and working on an endless list of home renovation projects. Cherie joined the board in March 2014 and currently chairs the Society’s Exhibits and Marketing Committees.
Docents & Volunteers Chair
A 30-year resident of Carmel Valley, Maxine was born and raised in Oregon and attended Willamette University prior to receiving a BA in American Studies from San Jose State University. She was involved for several years with the Monterey Museum of Art as a docent and Creative Response teacher and was a long-time tour escort for a local travel agency. Being an enthusiastic member of Monterey Peninsula College’s Gentrain program led to a lifelong love of learning and travel. Having a large family keeps her active and involved and one of her top priorities is staying in touch with friends. After the death of her husband Dan three years ago, the Society and History Center have become important parts of her life.
She is a charter member of the Historical Society having participated in many aspects of its growth. She has organized many fund-raising rummage sales and has served several years as a board member. Maxine has been Chair of the Society’s Docent and Volunteer Programs since it opened in 2013 and also serves as Chair of the Collections Committee.
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The Society’s yearly All-Member meeting held on Saturday, April 13, 2019. All were presented with a “State of the Society” overview by President Kim Williams followed by a great lineup of beverages, fruits, and cookies while catching up with old friends as well as meeting new ones.
In 1962 Marilyn Sanders (1932-2108) and her husband Jim settled in Carmel Valley where they raised their family and were both very active in community affairs. Having had a long penchant for history, she wrote her history of Rosie’s Cracker Barrel in the 1990s and it became a best seller on the Peninsula.
Now for the first time you can download a full 56-page file of the Centennial Newspaper for your enjoyment. This rare issue contains many historical articles about Carmel Valley, such as: Ranching, Native Indians, noteworthy families, old schools, Valley Library service history, fire departments, churches, parks, and much more.
This year’s annual Christmas Party was another success. The Christmas Tree was trimmed by members Cherie Ohlson and Josh Scheid and several members pitched in with wine and finger food. We all look forward to this annual event to reacquaint with old friends!
Don’t miss our newest exhibit, coming soon: THE GEOLOGY OF CARMEL VALLEY. Plan to join us on Saturday, September 22nd from 4:00 – 6:00pm and enjoy light bites & a beverage while you learn about this fascinating subject. This exhibit explores, in an interesting and understandable…