Board of Directors
PresidentKim 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.
Vice PresidentGary 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.
TreasurerDave 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.
SecretaryA fourth generation Californian from a pioneer Gilroy family, Elizabeth is a regional writer whose columns and feature articles on Central Coast history have appeared in local newspapers and magazines since 1979. She graduated summa cum laude from Ripon College, Wisconsin with a BA in Spanish and earned a MA in Spanish Literature from George Mason University, Virginia. She has published three books, including Images of America: Carmel Valley. She serves on the Monterey County Historical Advisory Commission and on the Collections Committee of the Carmel Valley Historical Society. She has also held offices in the local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Society, Colonial Dames of America in California. At home, she enjoys cooking, gardening, rescuing cats and following the San Francisco Giants. She and her husband Dick, both founding members of the Carmel Valley Historical Society, have been Carmel Valley residents for 36 years.
Docents & Volunteers ChairA 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.
Director at LargeCherie 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.
Director at LargeJeff was born and raised in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. In 1966 he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, and then worked for The Boeing Company for 38 years in its Commercial Airplane Flight Deck design and Flight Crew Operations departments. After retiring in 2004, he and his wife Cherie are now living in the Robles del Rio area. Jeff is the family historian and enjoys woodworking, photography, and his 1960’s classic cars. Among other History Center duties, he is a CVHS Historian the curator of several exhibits. Jeff is currently serving a second term on the CVHS Board.
Director at LargeBorn in Laramie, Wyoming into the third generation of a pioneer Wyoming family, Richard (Dick) is the son of a U.S. Army officer and spent much of his youth living and traveling in many parts of the world. He graduated with a BA in International Affairs from the University of Wyoming and was commissioned in the U.S. Army. During his 21-year military career he studied Arabic and was stationed in several Middle East countries. Following duty in Vietnam, he was stationed in Beirut, Lebanon where he received his MA in Middle East Studies of the Arab World from the American University of Beirut. After retiring from the Army at the Presidio of Monterey, he studied law, earning his JD from the Monterey College of Law. In more recent years he has served as President and Chairman of the Board of the Carmel Valley Historical Society. When members specified their priority was the construction of the long anticipated permanent home for the society as both a museum and history center, this became the focus of his tenure. He has also been an instructor at Heald College and the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a member and past President of the Monterey Chapter, Military Officers Association of America, the Monterey County Historical Society, and the Sons of Union Army Veterans. He and his wife Elizabeth have three children, two grandchildren and have been residents of Carmel Valley since 1983.
Historical Society historian Jeff Ohlson presented a talk at the Salinas Church of the Good Shepherd’s Double Nickels luncheon group on September 11, 2019. The subject was “A History of Ranching in Carmel Valley” which was based on his book of the same title.
Hats off to all the volunteers who made the Rummage Sale happen The "Better than Rummage Sale" fundraiser at the end of September by CVHS & CV Kiwanis was a whopping success! Shoppers were delighted with the huge selection of quality collectibles, housewares,...
A new Carmel Valley History Center exhibit showcases the huge community celebration 30 years ago that actually was held in the wrong year – a recently discovered historical surprise! It was a gala affair by every account and evolved into today’s annual Fiesta, held this year August 3-4.
Carmel Valley Historical Society volunteers Jeff Ohlson and Reggie Jones give an overview of the Apollo moon missions and explain in detail how Carmel Valley’s Jamesburg Earth Station was a key link in bringing the Apollo 11 Moonwalk to TV viewers on earth.
L-R: Gary Tate, Kim Williams, Dave Terdy, Cherie Ohlson, Richard Barratt, Elizabeth Barratt, Maxine Callihan, Jeff Ohlson At their May 8, 2019 Board of Directors meeting, the Historical Society welcomed new Board members Richard and Elizabeth Barratt. Both Richard and...