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Board of Directors & Ambassadors

The Moraga Citizens Network is an all-volunteer organization. If you have interest in supporting our efforts by joining the MCN Board or becoming an MCN Ambassador, please contact us.

The MCN Board focuses on policy issues and direction. MCN Ambassadors pitch in to help with specific MCN projects when they arise. Together, we work to foster community in our town.

2024-2025 Board Members

Executive Board Members include:
President – Dick Courtney

Vice President -Ann Walgenbach
Secretary – Diane Claytor
Treasurer – Sheila Apte
Executive Director – Ellen Beans

Ellen Beans (Executive Director) 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 Chamber’s Community Faire which she coordinated for ten years. Ellen was also an active member 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-weekly MCN Link to keep residents informed about Council agenda items, issues, and local events. Her favorite hobby is caring for her garden and enjoying her membership in the Moraga Garden Club. Visits with her 2 daughters and young adult grandkids always brings her joy. Ellen is grateful for husband Larry’s support of her civic involvement.

Sheila Apte (MCN Treasurer) raised her two children in Moraga and has been living here since 1977. She worked as a Civil engineer specializing in structural engineering and was instrumental in the design of various structures, mainly bridges, in the Bay Area and around the country. She is an active member of CERT and enjoys volunteering at the Moraga Triathlon and the Lafayette Art and Wine Festival. She is actively involved with the local chapter of AAUW through which she tutors math at an elementary school in Oakland. Encouraging young women and girls to pursue careers in STEM is one of her passions. Through AAUW, she is active in the Tech Trek program for local middle school girls and she also conducts bridge-building workshops for this same demographic at St. Mary’s College during the yearly STEM conference for teens. She likes travelling and playing bridge with her husband and enjoys painting and writing memoirs.

Diane Claytor (Secretary) Diane Claytor, a native of Chicago, has lived in Moraga for 35-plus years. She did administrative office work, primarily for non-profit organizations, before retiring several years ago. With free time on her hands, Diane started volunteering –  she wrote a blog for Walnut Creek’s Diablo Ballet as well as worked in their office and played with kids at the Bay Area Crisis Nursery; she currently edits MCN’s newsletter and sorts books at the Moraga Library. She’s on the Board of Lamorinda Movers and writes their monthly newsletter. She also writes feature stories for the Lamorinda Weekly, focusing mostly on some of Lamorinda’s very interesting residents. Her favorite pastimes are cooking, reading, traveling, walking and playing with her two wonderful grandchildren.

Dick Courtney (MCN President) has lived in Moraga since 1987.  He was an economist with Bank of America until 1998 and then was employed as a Professor of Economics at Saint Mary’s College of California until his retirement in 2017.  He is active in the Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley, the SIR organization, and his church.  He enjoys playing tennis and bridge, travel, reading, and hiking and appreciates the opportunity to be a member of the MCN Board as a further means of “giving back” to the Moraga community.  

Shari Simon (Past MCN President) moved to Moraga in 2003. After a 15+ year career at Oracle Corp., leading sales and marketing divisions as well as company-wide strategic initiatives, she retired in 2006. Shari’s community involvement began shortly thereafter with the Moraga Juniors’ Garden Tour, the Rheem Elementary PTA, and the Moraga Education Foundation (MEF) board. Shari also served on the Miramonte Swim Club Board and was a founding Board member of East Bay Eclipse Soccer Club. In 2012, Shari was elected to the Moraga School District Governing Board. Shari joined the MCN Board in 2018 and most recently has become an active member of AAUW’s Lamorinda Branch. Shari enjoys spending time with her family and friends, learning about discussing new ideas and ways of looking at the world, travel, and meeting new people.

Ann Walgenbach (Vice President) I am a retired nurse/family nurse practitioner. I lived in Orinda from age 7-17 and went to Miramonte High School. I left Orinda to go to college at UCLA and Mt St Mary’s College. I worked at the UCLA medical center and I did my graduate work there. I returned to Northern California 15 years later in 1991 and met my husband, Brian. We’ve just celebrated our 29th anniversary and we have 2 boys- one who lives in Bozeman, Montana after graduating from MSU, and one who is going to Drexel University in Philadelphia this September. We have lived in, and very much enjoyed, Moraga since 2010. I am new to the Board but I am looking forward to being involved in the community and supporting positive work!  

Ana Zimmank moved to Moraga in 1978 with her husband and 2 sons, both of whom went through Moraga’s fine public schools. Prior to this move, Ana graduated from Dominican College with a major in Business and Finance. She loves her work as a real estate agent, working for over 30 years with Coldwell Banker of Orinda. She also serves on two board of directors: the Women’s Guild of the Santa Maria Church, Orinda, and the San Francisco Opera East Bay Guild. She was born and raised in El Salvador. Ana loves classical music, helping to protect our fragile environment, and helping other people who are not as fortunate as she has been.

John Lee moved to Moraga with his wife and two sons in 2009 because of its excellent school district and neighborhood.  Prior to retiring in 2021, he spent 34 years in a law enforcement career as a Federal Investigator and as a California State Insurance Detective. John recently joined the Kiwanis Club of Moraga Valley as an active member/participant in various service projects.  Retirement has allowed John to pursue travel, hiking, riding bicycles, amateur photography and to fulfill his commitment to give back to the community.

Yulia Goldshtrakh – Having lived in different parts of the Bay Area, Yulia finally found her perfect home in Moraga and has lived here since 2022.  A graduate of Saint Mary’s College’s MBA program, she has several years of experience in operations and project management, and now, enjoys a more flexible lifestyle as a part-time software consultant, allowing her to be more involved in Moraga’s wonderful community and spend quality time with her family. Yulia enjoys exploring her passions for art, photography, and travel. She’s eager to contribute to the town she loves and connect with like-minded neighbors who share her appreciation for Moraga’s charm.

2024-2025 MCN Ambassadors

Ashley Coates

Meghan Arthurs

Marcia & David Farrar

Kristin Hoyne

Cheng & Cathy Liao

Richard & Cathy Harris

Susan Sperry

Larry & Carol Tessler

Maura Wolf

Darlene Haffner