Board Members

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Mark Deadrick has lived in El Cerrito since 2003 and San Diego since 1986 when he attended UCSD and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Mark is a business owner and is an expert in the field of advanced composites and serves companies in Aerospace, Automotive, Entertainment and Tech Industries. Mark is interested in helping improve the neighborhood and using his business expertise to do so.




Alex Zukas has lived in El Cerrito for 15 years and has attended El Cerrito Community Council (ECCC) community meetings during most of that time. He has served on the ECCC Board for the last three years. His day job is a university history professor. He enjoys teaching, movies, walking, labor history, looking at antique maps, and talking to neighbors.




In June 1986, Tom Silva and his wife purchased their house in the El Cerrito neighborhood.  Since then they have made it a home and raised two children from infant to adulthood.  Tom is a retired school administrator and spends much of his time as a part time Facility Manager for the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, as a consultant to school districts and as a community volunteer. His local volunteerism includes:

  • Boo Parade Committee member for the past 12 years
  • Chairman of the Eastern Area Community Planning Committee (EACPC)
  • Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church Finance Committee member

Tom is an ardent supporter of the local college area communities, and strongly believes in supporting the local businesses.  When not busy, he relaxes by playing piano and shooting pool.


Vanessa Dangerfield is joined last year as a board member and has lived in the community for over 4 years and San Diego for over 20 years. She really enjoys walking her Alaskan Klee Kai in the neighborhood and meeting fellow neighbors. Vanessa has a background in marketing but now works in healthcare as a registered nurse. She is interested in improving this great community that we live in and increasing involvement among fellow neighbors and is responsible for website content, social media and promotion.



B.J. Nystrom is a neighborhood homeowner, the Treasurer of the El Cerrito Community Council and an alumni of SDSU.

Denise Padilla is an active volunteer in several different organizations and also one of our board members.