2018 HANCSM Board
Binh Thai, Vice-President, & Amy Wong Thai, Board Member, have been proud homeowners in North Central for over 8 years. Binh is a Chemical engineer and loves anything DIY – driving, woodworking, cooking, growing, fixing, making. Binh believes in tempered growth and development of downtown San Mateo to help preserve its charm and the quality of life for those who enjoy it. Amy is a Cytotechnologist (cyto-what?) and enjoys anything related to yarn and tending her worm ranches. The couple has a baby daughter who enjoys all the sights, sounds, and amenities of San Mateo.
Adam Loraine, Secretary, moved to North Central in 2011. He grew up in San Mateo, and feels lucky to live and work here as an adult. As a renter, Adam appreciates that HANCSM welcomes all neighborhood residents, not just homeowners. He joined the board to ensure that it continues to represent diverse residents, interests, and perspectives. Adam cares about environmental sustainability, especially within urban planning in the Bay Area, and he joined the city’s Sustainability Commission in 2017. He enjoys San Mateo’s vibrant, walkable downtown that enriches North Central’s quality of life. He’d like North Central to be a good neighbor to smart, transit-oriented development—and in return, receive increased access to its benefits. You’ll find Adam riding his bicycle all over the city, enjoying local vegan food and beer, and playing Settlers of Catan.
Ben Toy, Board Member, has lived in North Central most of his life and joined HANCSM in 2002. Semi-retired and volunteering in organizations supporting the citizens of San Mateo. Some examples of his activism are the Traffic Calming measures at 101/Poplar/Humbolt streets; SM Holiday on Ice and Holiday lighted trees at Central Park; The annual SM City Bike Rodeo are among the many endeavors. Ben is an avid cyclist and he mentors many neighborhood kids.
Joanne Bennett, Treasurer, has lived in North Central since the 1960s. She works in Foster City in commercial construction, and before that she was in HR. Joanne has been active with HANCSM since 2006. She has many fond memories volunteering with Bertha Sanchez, cleaning litter along the creek and advocating for better street lighting and more tree planting in the neighborhood. Gardening is a hobby that she hopes to have much more time for in the coming year.
Dianne Whitaker, Board Member, grew up in Davis, moving to the Bay Area to attend college. In the early 1990’s, she relocated from San Francisco to San Mateo. Joining HANCSM to meet her new neighbors, she quickly became interested in neighborhood, city, and regional quality of life issues. Her goal is to keep the North Central neighborhood well informed on city issues that affect our future. Dianne currently serves on the City of San Mateo’s Planning Commission and the Civic Arts Committee. She is a licensed California architect with an office located in San Mateo.
Bennito Angeles, Board Member, has lived in North Central for over 20 years and has been active with HANCSM for over one decade! He coaches soccer and you will often find him on the King Center field. He’s a “workaholic” and runs a house-cleaning business that serves many neighborhoods in our county. His priority on the board is to educate neighbors about keeping our streets clean.
Noelia Corzo, Board Member, was born and raised in North Central. She is a graduate of our local public schools and is an involved PTA mom at Fiesta Gardens where her son attends school. Noelia has been life-long community advocate for social justice and she works as a social worker, serving the special needs community in San Mateo County. Her goal on the HANCSM board is to increase community engagement and participation to improve our schools and neighborhood. In 2017, Noelia was elected to the San Mateo-Foster City School Board.
Amourence Lee, President, moved to North Central in 2010. Her professional expertise is in community building and leadership development, and she has an eclectic background in nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship and community organizing. She’s a dedicated yogi, novice ukulele player, and wretched karaoke singer – all things she loves to do with friends. In 2018, Amourence joined the Park & Recreation Commission.
Wesley Taoka, Board Member, grew up in North Central and moved back after having lived in various places, such as Boston, Baltimore, Norway, Japan, and Austria. He currently works as the executive director of the San Mateo Japanese-American Community Center.
Emanuel Huff, Board Member, was born in Missippi. As a young person in the South, Emanuel was active in the civil rights movement and he helped register voters in his community. Later he was drafted to served in the Army, and he was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. His career in insurance later brought him to the Bay Area. In 1972, he settled in North Central where he and his wife raised their two daughters. Emanuel was a member of Glide Church in San Francisco and his community activism naturally led him to get involved in HANCSM in 1993. He was on the HANCSM board when the association agreed to open membership to all residents and business owners in the neighborhood – including both home-owners and renters.
Amourence Lee, President
Binh Thai, Vice-President
Adam Loraine, Secretary
Joanne Bennett, Treasurer
Bennito Angeles, Board Member
Mike Caggiano, Board Member
Dorothy Chow, Board Member
Noelia Corzo, Board Member
Emanuel Huff, Board Member
Wesley Taoka, Board Member
Amy Wong Thai, Board Member
Ben Toy, Board Member
Dianne Whitaker, Board Member
Former Board Members
- Bertha Sanchez, President and co-founder of HANCSM
- Tracey Kobayashi, Vice President 2017
- Robert Harker, Board Member 2017-2018
- Joshua Hugg, Board Member 2008-2018