Meet the Board
Come to a meeting, volunteer to help or contact us with your concerns.
Our board is energetic, experienced, dedicated and focused on our goal to prevent future flooding of the Ross Valley.

Our next meeting:
Thurs. Sept. 7th,
7 pm.
St. Anselm School
Molinari Room


Lise Stampfli Torme, President:

Our home flooded in both 1982 and in 2005. After the flood of December 31 2005, I am now committed to taking whatever steps necessary to eliminate flooding in the the Ross Valley. Having participated in several successful grassroots efforts, I understand and appreciate the power and positive influence that citizens’ organizations can have on a community. I am excited about the potential, talent and purpose of our budding league.

Education: UC Berkeley Bachelors in Studio Art and English Literature, Masters in Studio Art.

Business owner, 20 + years, award winning graphic design and web design firm.

Educator: Academy of Art College, Dominican University of California

Served on 5 nonprofit boards. Founding president of Citizens for Oakland’s Open Space: San Anselmo Open Space Committee, outreach and grassroots consulting; MEPS founding board member; Campaign for Measure K (1988), Oakland Park Bond Measure, Campaign Manager of successful citywide $62.3 million general obligation bond measure: recipient East Bay Regional Parks District “Horseman of the Year" Award; Metropolitan Horsemens’ Association, Dressage show manager and clinic coordinator: Marin Horse Council: Oakland Parks Recreation and Open Space Element of the General Plan, master plan committee,
mayoral appointment; Oakland City Stables, Master Plan Committee: Symposium Director/Designer, “Planning for Urban Open Space—The Vision and the Reality."

I have worked on many political campaigns and non-partisian measures at the local, state and national level.

Thom Cooper, Vice President:

Thom and Lisa Cooper live with their twin daughters at 10 Richmond Road, San Anselmo, CA. They lost both cars and contents of garage in the flood of December 2005.

Occupation: San Francisco Real Estate Attorney

Non-Profit Experience: Board of Directors and Vice President, Association for Retarded Citizens, Alameda County 1975 to 1985
Board of Directors and President, Clausen House, Oakland, CA 2001 to 2004

Mark Vert, Treasurer:

Resident of San Anselmo since August 1994. Born and raised in San Francisco.

Education: San Francisco State University, B.S. Marketing University of San Francisco, M.B.A. Finance

Occupation: Marketing Manager, Capital Markets Group, Wells Fargo Bank

• As a member of the Board of the Ross Valley Flood Mitigation League I will bring an open, critical, mind toward finding solutions that will severely mitigate if not eliminate the flooding problems throughout the Ross Valley.

• The goal of our organization is to reach out and educate the community, understand the issues and the positions of the various constituents and elected officials with a stake in the valley, and communicate that this issue affects everyone who lives and works here. Overall, I will work to see the RVMFL becomes a voice and a force behind which we will make the community and our elected officials work to solve our flooding and water drainage problems and issues.

Rupert Russell, Secretary:

Our home is at 8 Fernhill Avenue. Our home is currently uninhabitable and we suffered significant losses. We had an extremely harrowing and scary experience in escaping from the flood that we will never forget. I believe strongly that we need to join together as a community to insure that steps are taken so that this never happens again. We knew in buying our home that it was in a flood plain with a hundred year flood level of two feet. However, we unfortunately believed that sufficient remediation had already been undertaken since the prior floods that this could not happen again. We were very wrong. Not only did it happen, but we had approximately four feet of water through our property and approximately three feet through our home. We have since been a very divided community. This should not be the case. It should be our common goal that the governmental authorities in the affected towns and cities support entirely those who have been affected and undertake proper remediation to insure that we are all safe.

I feel deeply and am very committed to helping the league. I am a partner at the law firm of Shartsis Friese in San Francisco. I am a graduate of Oxford University and have been for more than twenty years a corporate lawyer assisting clients locally and internationally on significant strategic business transactions and as a result have advised many boards of public and private companies, as well as non-profits (eg I am currently working on a bond financing for a well-known Bay Area non-profit). I have over the years been involved in many non-profit activities including providing a monthly meal to the homeless at the Mill Street Shelter in San Rafael for the last three years (at least until the flood). I look forward to working with all my fellow nominees.

Frank Malin:

I became a flood victim on 12/31/2005, and will do whatever I can to mitigate future flooding.

My family and I moved to Ross in 1990 to escape the oppressive fog of San Francisco - what a tradeoff. I have attended all of the Ross town Council meetings since the flood. I will continue to speak at each meeting about the importance of flood mitigation to the Town of Ross. Although the councilpeople roll their eyes when I ask forrecognition, they are listening.

I have been a cardiologist in San Francisco for 29 years. I have been very involved with Saint Francis Memorial Hospital where I have been Chief of Staff, and am presently chairman of Strategic Planning. In June I will become Chairman of the Board for a three year term. I am Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF School of Medicine

Gayle Permar:

Gayle Gilboy Permar, Architect

Gayle is a long-time resident of Marin County and very knowledgeable about flooding along the Corte Madera Creek.  She is experienced designing buildings in flood plain and riverine areas.  Having grown up along the Corte Madera Creek, and providing assistance to many unfamiliar with Marin County flooding during the 1982 and 2005 floods, she is a wealth of information for the whole watershed.  She currently is designing buildings to and above the FEMA guidelines and the new Chapter 31 of the California Building Code, in Corte Madera, Larkspur, Kentfield and San Anselmo.  She has projects Bay Area and Statewide.  Gayle attends and is a regular contributor at flood hazard mitigation meetings.

Gayle is an accomplished designer, architect, and planner with a Masters in Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She specializes in home, senior and commercial building design, renovation, and restoration. She has considerable experience with the FEMA process and is currently helping several residential flood victims. She resides in San Anselmo with her husband and two children. Even though she did not flood on December 31, she suffered a major flood at her architectural offices several years ago and knows first hand the heartache of losing one’s environment to flooding.   Due to this experience she was able to get through a maze of building owners, adjusters, environmental clean-up providers, equipment suppliers, estimators and provide pro bono services through the Chamber of Commerce, to enable flood victims to immediately get into clean-up, repairs and reconstruction.  She even contacted a national supplier of dehumidifies to move more to the area to handle the need in the critical days after the flooding.

Gayle has served on many non-profit boards and has been engaged by Cities, Counties and Non-profits for architectural services including project management of public construction projects. She is a new member of Marin Interfaith Youth Outreach (MIYO) Board and has been a key contributor as it reforms to a Youth Program Provider at the MYC and Beacon Centers.  Gayle is an active member of the County wide High School Intern program.  Gayle is a former member of the Marin Economic Commission, the San Anselmo Preschool Board and is currently a Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church and on their Mission Discernment Committee.   Gayle enjoys working with others to plan for our future together and designing enabling environments using green resources.   


Pam Grant:

David Torme:

In 1974 when we moved San Anselmo, The Morningside area was simply a lovely area adjacent to Sleepy Hollow. At that time it was not designated as a flood zone. That only happened after the flood of 1982. After that flood a great deal of community effort was leveled at the city to correct the creek/flooding problem (I said correct not mitigate!) We subsequently discovered later that minimal, if any, work was done to correct the problem. After flooding again in 2005, I am committed to taking whatever steps are necessary to eliminate flooding in the the Ross Valley.

I am a national award winning graphic designer, art director and advertising professional. In 1986 I founded Fischer Schuller Torme Advertising, which was later aquired by Omnicom International. Since then, as the principle of Torme Design Associates, I have continued to produce advertising, marketing literature, company web sites, and complete branding and corporate identity programs for Fortune 500 companies.

My expertise is in advertising, marketing and image creation.

Tom McInerney:

My wife Julie, 2 young kids, and I live on Nokomis Avenue in San Anselmo. We had 18 inches of standing water in our house during the flood, which pretty much wiped out most of our living area and furniture. We are living for the next several months in a rental in San Rafael, although our Nokomis house gets raised next week and we start construction.

I’m a lawyer in SF and handle labor and employment litigation. We love San Anselmo and want to make sure it effectively fixes the flooding problem so no one else has to experience what we did.



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