Promoting Participation in the Moraga Community
What We Do
- Send out a bi-monthly email called The MCN Link that announces Town Council and Planning Commission meetings and agendas, special events, requests for citizen participation, and a community calendar. Sign up for The MCN Link here!
- Assist the Town Council and/or Town staff in notifying Moraga residents of important public town meetings.
- Plan and host a Candidates' Night for Town Council elections.
- Solicit email addresses every chance we get, in order to keep more citizens informed about issues, important town meetings, and local events.
Who We Are
2017 MORAGA CITIZENS NETWORK OFFICERS
President - Tory Courtney
Vice President - Sharon Flower
Secretary - Fred Lezak
Treasurer - Larry Beans
Executive Director - Ellen Beans
The Moraga Citizens Network is an all-volunteer organization. Here are the members of the MCN Board:
George Barron and his wife Trudy have lived in Moraga since 1985. He is currently Of Counsel with the Walnut Creek/Oakland law firm of Donahue Fitzgerald, where previously he was a partner for many years, specializing in Employment Law. He was named a Northern California Super Lawyer for nine consecutive years. He helped coach some of his daughter's sports teams when she was in Moraga schools. More recently he had been driving cancer patients and making deliveries for Meals on Wheels. George enjoys humor in many forms and has been thankful for the opportunity to be part of the Moraga community.
Ellen Beans has lived in Moraga since 1981. Trained to teach elementary school, she has spent most of her life in public service and education. In 2006, she helped launch the first Moraga Community Faire, and has been its coordinator ever since. Ellen also sits on the Board of the Moraga Chamber of Commerce. Since helping to found Moraga Citizens Network in 2005, she has promoted transparency in town government and assisted in getting out information on public meetings to residents. She writes the bi-monthly MCN Link to keep residents informed about Council agenda items, issues, and local events.
Larry Beans has been an active member of MCN since its inception. He is a retired elementary school teacher and a retired team leader for Global Volunteers where he has lead numerous teams on international projects. He is active in SIRS, especially the stamp group, and Kiwanis. His love of hiking, often with the Orinda Hiking Club, has inspired volunteer work with Trail Dogs building and repairing trails in our local parks. County guardianship mediations bring out the mediator in him.
Tory Courtney and her family have lived in Moraga and loved the community for 34 years. She is a Speech/Language Therapist, an Educational Consultant, and a Professor in the School of Education at Saint Mary's College of California. Active in the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Tory has held numerous leadership positions and received the Distinguished Woman Award for community service. She is also involved in the Moraga Garden Club, Saint Mary's College Guild, and she volunteers for the Moraga Park Foundation and the Moraga Citizen's Network. Tory says, "Over the past many years, our family has benefited in so many wonderful ways from living in Moraga. Now, as I transition into retirement, I look forward to giving back to the community.
Sharon Flower moved to Moraga 18 years ago when her husband Dan retired from Ford Motors. She practiced as a CPA for 8 years, and then later as a High School English Teacher. Over the years Sharon has been active in AAUW, Arts Council, and the Education Foundation in Plymouth, Michigan. Since retiring in Moraga she has been active at Moraga Country Club, volunteering at St. Anthony School in Oakland, presenting Book Reviews to various groups, volunteering with Friends of the Moraga Library, being active in her church and playing lots of bridge. In her spare time she and Dan love to travel.
Janet Forman has lived in Moraga for 45 years. She is psychotherapist and maintains a private practice in Walnut Creek. She taught at J.F.K. University for eleven years. Janet has been the membership chairman of MCN since its inception in 2005. This is her first service to Moraga since the late 1960s and early 1970s, when she served on the board of the Moraga Parents' Club.
Fred Lezak is a retired consultant, speaker and writer of more than 50 years. He was most recently the leader and chief consultant of F.T. Lezak Associates. Fred’s focus is strategic planning and budgeting, business performance optimization, and mergers and acquisitions. Fred has also been married to his wife, Pat, a retired teacher in the Moraga California School District, for over 50 years. He currently serves as secretary of Acalanes Fellowship Lodge #480, F & AM in Lafayette, CA. Fred’s hobbies include singing and acting and he has been involved in several professional and amateur choruses and acting troops over the years. He was also an avid sailor and, during his younger days, could be found racing sailboats in San Francisco Bay.
Tom Marnane moved to Moraga with his wife, Charlotte, in 1987. He is retired from the US Navy and from Matson Navigation Company. He is a naval architect, ocean engineer, and ocean transportation manager. He is currently the coordinator for the Moraga Community Chorus and recently served as Chairman of the Bay Planning Coalition in San Francisco and the Festival Opera in Walnut Creek.
Diana Obrand moved to Moraga with her family in 2002. Diana has a degree in Economics from Claremont McKenna and worked in retail management for 10 years before taking time off to raise her children. Diana served 2 years as both President of the the Joaquin Moraga PTA and the Moraga Education Foundation. She was a member of the Campolindo Parents Club board and has received 2 Su Stauffer Friends of Education Awards for her work with MEF and the Measure A Steering Committee. Outside of school, Diana was a member of the Climate Action Committee for the town of Moraga and is currently a member of the National Charity League with her daughter. Diana also has been delivering Meals on Wheels in Lafayette and Walnut Creek for the past 10 years. Diana enjoys traveling with her family, taking long walks with her dogs and cheering for the San Francisco Giants.
Ben Olsen has lived in Moraga since 2003, and is very busy raising his family of 2 boys and a girl. He works side-by-side with his mother, Sue Olsen, as a realtor under the Village Associates banner. Ben feels that Moraga is a special place because of its quiet, cul de sac location, which he feels contributes to the tight community bonds that develop between people. He says he sees it on the sports fields, for example, where folks seem to be more interested in creating friendships than in what more can they see or do in the world. Besides serving on the MCN Board, Ben can be seen coaching his son’s baseball team and supporting local kids’ soccer teams.
Leslie Engler (webmaster)has lived in Moraga since 1979, in 5 different houses! She raised 3 boys in town and is a retired chemist, a Board member of Moraga Valley Kiwanis and a duplicate bridge player. She also enjoys gardening, is a member of the Moraga Garden Farm and plays lawn bowls in Berkeley when she is not traveling with her husband. She is the new webmaster for MCN.