President: Ryan Trabuco
Ryan Trabuco joined the Clairemont Town Council in 2010. Born and raised in Texas, he moved to California in 2004, and has lived in the San Diego area since 2007. He has dedicated countless hours to public and community service during that time. Since 2009, he has served on the County’s Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board where he provides oversight of the County’s treatment and rehabilitation programs, and helps advise the Board of Supervisors on alcohol and drug prevention policy. In 2011, he was appointed to serve on the San Diego County Juvenile Justice Commission, where he provides oversight on the administration and maintenance of facilities within the county’s juvenile court system. During the day, he works as the Social Media Coordinator for Evans Hotels, and also serves on the Board of Directors for several non-profit, community advocacy organizations.
Vice-President: Jason Adams
Secretary: C.J. Shedlock
Arnie García is a newly sworn-in Director-at-Large for the Clairemont Town Council. Arnie has been a resident of Bay Park for more than 20 years. He previously was an active member of the San Diego Junior Chamber of Commerce serving as vice-president for Community Service as well as Member Development. Arnie has also served as an elected Alumni Board Member for the University of San Diego serving as homecoming chair in 2006. He currently, works for a major energy service provider in San Diego in the areas of market segment research, energy effficiency and outreach. In his spare time, Arnie enjoys spending time with his wife, Kristina and two children, Olivia (4) and Owen (2) as well as contributing to the community through his involvement in the Town Council
Sergeant-at-Arms: Troy Terpening
Troy Terpening is a native San Diegan who lives in the Clairemont area with his wife, Ingrid and two children, Gavin and Victoria. He is a graduate of San Diego State University and California Western School of Law. Troy has a very broad legal background and has worked in-house for both venture capital and large financial institutions. Troy currently runs a general law practice though most of his work involves the representation of plaintiffs in complex securities, corporate governance and antitrust litigation. He is passionate about education and has taught numerous courses at the community college and law school levels. Through his involvement with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Troy helps train elementary school students in mediation techniques so they may help resolve disputes within their respective schools. He loves to spend time with his family, mountain bike, snowboard, practice martial arts and stay active.
Director Central: Richard Morris
So you know a little about me, I was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana and went to Indiana University. I graduated with a B.A. in psychology and sociology, and took off for San Diego, California! I’ve been in San Diego for 33 years, mostly in the trucking and moving industry, and 8 years in the telecommunication industry.
This is my 7th year in real estate, and have been with Century21-1st Choice since 2005. I specialize in Clairemont and Bay Park, and particularly enjoy working with view properties. My other passion is collecting and dealing with The Beatles!
Director North: Janett Lewis
Janett Lewis is a Real Estate Broker and part time Social Media Consultant. She holds a Degree in Real Estate with High Honors as well as several professional designations.
She runs 2 businesses, Gold List Properties and Interactive Media Masters, based in Clairemont San Diego. She donates part of each real estate transaction back into the community as well as donating time to better the community.
Her personal interests are environmental sustainability and urban farming. She loves hiking Tecolote Canyon and spending time with her 19 year old son who is an honor student at Mesa College.
Director East: Rick Richard
Rick Richard Born in the State of Massachusetts, enlisted in the US Navy on 1 June 1948 and served for five years Rick was stationed aboard the USS Pirate AM-275, a Navy Minesweeper, and during sweeping operations in Wanson Harbor Korea, on October 12, 1950, the Pirate struck a mine and sank in four minutes, the 2nd US Navy Ship to be sunk in Korea. Rick was one of the fortunate survivors and is currently receiving 100% disability for injuries incurred from this incident. He was also awarded with the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION.
In the late 1970’s, Rick worked as a Purchasing Agent with Northrop Aircraft Services in Tehran, Iran. During his tour of duty, Militants swarmed the US Embassy, in Tehran, and captured the Ambassador along with all the Embassy employees and held them hostage for one year. With the help of an Iranian Co-worker, Rick was able to connect with a flight to the US and managed to escape from the Country,- another event he will never forget. After returning back to the states he was allowed to go on with his life and became employed with the Defense Logistic Agency. After 21 years of Federal Service, he retired in 1994 as a GS-11 Contract Administrator with a TOP SECRET clearance. In 1979 he received his California Real Estate License and is still employed as a sales agent with the Golden Horizon Realty Company.
In the mid 1950’s The American Housing Guild was building new homes in the East Clairemont area and Rick purchased a lot on Chandler Drive and watched his new home being built. He happily moved in on February 22, 1965 and is still living in the same domain. This same year he made an attempt to run for City Council in District 5 and was unfortunately defeated by Floyd Morrow. In 2003 he made another attempt for the vacant District 6 council seat and again lost to Dona Frye. Rick has been a member of the Clairemont Town Council for approximately 30 years and served as a board member, Director East, from 2005 to 2010. He was reelected, in 2013, to serve again, on the board, as Director East.
Rick holds a degree in Business Management with a minor in Speech Arts and Drama. (He always wanted to be an actor but never followed thru). He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) POST 3788 in Kearny Mesa, where he served as Post Commander on three different terms, and a life member with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) where he currently serves as a Board Member with Chapter Two. He also spends some spare time with the USO at the Lindberg Field Airport facility entertaining the military troops that pass thru the facility.
Rick has been married to his wife Joyce for 61 years and they enjoy their life with two beautiful daughters, two grandsons, one granddaughter and one great granddaughter.
Director South: Joe Sopher
Joe's family moved from Nebraska to San Diego in 1951. Graduating from San Diego High in 1953, he began working at Convair, first in assembly, then to field operations for the F 102 and the F 106. Joe came to Clairemont in 1967. He worked construction, was framing many homes in the Mount streets and throughout San Diego County, later becoming Superintendent for home builders. His family grew, the father of five, very active in Clairemont schools, youth activities, Little League in Linda Vista. Joe joined Clairemont Town Council in 1999 and has served a Member-at-Large, Sergeant of Arms and in any and every capacity as needs arise. He is involved with the Clairemont Garden Tour, Clairemont Days, Clairemont Clean-Up Days.
Director West: Vacant
Director-at-Large: Mike Brown
Mike and his wife Mary have lived in the Clairemont area since 2003. He lived in Ocean Beach in the late 1950s, where he attended Sacred Heart Academy, when his dad was stationed in San Diego with the USCG. Mike graduated from Los Angeles Technical College, the University of California, Long Beach and the University of Texas, El Paso where he earned his MBA. He was employed by the city of El Paso, Texas working for the Engineering, Water Utilities, Police and Communications Departments. He retired from the city Of Mesa, Arizona where he was the Director of the department providing public safety and public works two-way radio communications.
Mike has always been involved in community organizations such as: coaching youth for the YMCA; Boy Scout troop advisory committee; scholarship committee for LULAC, and; various voter registration drives and to get out the vote. Presently he participates with organizations to feed the hungry in San Diego County and various environmental groups working to preserve San Diego’s natural beauty. Mike is also an active member of the Clairemont Produce Cooperative a group of backyard gardeners from Clairemont that meets to share our produce and each other’s goodwill.
Director-at-Large (and CTC Historian): Simone Henriques
Director-at-Large: Steph Groce
“A person who never took a chance, never had a chance” is a saying that resonates at the root level of my passion, not in the sense of Risk, but in the context of Action. If an organization does not strive to take the lead, then they have lost before they begin.” - Stephen Groce
As a seven year resident of Clairemont, Stephen, his wife Angela, and two children Dario and Giuliana have decided to plant roots in the community, despite career opportunities that offered relocation packages out of state. This decision is why Stephen has joined the CTC. As a full-time husband and father, passionate Entrepreneur, and career business and Asset Protection Professional, he has gained a wide range of experience that has allowed him to maintain a sense of balance during multitasking times. The CTC allows Stephen to be involved in the community at the root level setting an example and path for his kids to follow.
Director-at-Large: Steve Innis
Director-at-Large: Joanne Phillips