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Meet Our Board of Directors!

Jess Thomas - President, moved his family to very rural Old Agoura forty years ago into a tiny ranchette heated by a woodstove.  Its original nine acres had been sold off, but it has come back to life in the hands of Jess and his wife Toni.  Beneath Jess’ gentle demeanor lies a career as a professional international motorcycle racer, earning the world land speed record of 214 mph in 1958 -a record which stands to this day! 

His amazing writing skills were polished when he was an editor at CYCLE MAGAZINE for many years in Westlake Village. Ziff-Davis publishing moved the Thomas family here from New York in 1972.

Phil Ramuno - Board Vice President and on the committee for Building & Planning, has long been involved in community service. He was on the Agoura Hills Planning Commission for ten years. Phil concentrates on Old Agoura, his international film production career, and his role as a professor at USC. Phil and his wife, Jackie, were area residents before the local cities were incorporated.  

Danny Farkash - Building & Planning & Member At Large, is an admired custom home builder with DNA Construction.  He brings much technical insight and sage advice regarding the overview of our community growth.  

In the past, Danny and his wife, Tara, graciously hosted our fun-filled annual community Old Agoura BBQ and Hot Dog Social. 


Chris Nitz - Equestrian Director, is an insurance professional and she resides in a home on one of the original nine acres of the Thomas homestead. Her wooden house could be right out of a fairytale. She is a wildlife enthusiast & enjoys riding her Akhal-Teke Sport horse or pony-carting her Icelandic on our beautiful community trails.   

George Colman - Member At Large, is our legal advisor, participating in many issues involving our community with City Council, State & Federal representatives. He also coordinates the relationship with any of our retained counsel when needed. As a retired healthcare attorney, George is no stranger to speaking up to our government to right "wrongs" and has long been popular on the lecture circuit in his field.

Stan Eskridge - Treasurer, is a CPA with over 39 years of experience. Stan has lived in Old Agoura for over 20 years. In addition, he is active in managing commercial real estate throughout Southern California and has been a board member on several national and local non-profit organizations. Stan has been very active in the world of dog sports including starting the second-largest Flyball organization in the country.

Dana Walker - Community Liaison, focused on reinforcing the relationship between the Board of Directors and Old Agoura residents through regular community communication to build a better sense of inclusion. Dana provides informative recaps of the monthly Board meetings and keeps our members aware of local issues and resulting Board initiatives.  Dana has two decades of successful experience in creating and managing major corporate and private events, developing and scaling business enterprises, and designing and re-developing properties.  She grew up in Agoura, and together with her husband Jarred, loves raising their three elementary-age children in this community.  They are often out on the trails hiking or riding their horses, Taco and Charlie.

Carolyn Trocino - Communications, Wildlife, and Pathways - Carolyn is focused on helping neighbors coexist with wildlife and work on a project to restore safe pathways in Old Agoura. She also assists the board with its website content and design. Carolyn and her husband, Michael have lived in Old Agoura since 2003 and share their home with two Icelandic Horses - Punky and Hrafn. She is the director of Poison Free Agoura and the co-founder of Cities Against Rat Poisons. She is a team member of Everyone Safe Passage. She has worked in the consumer products goods industry for 23 years and her educational background is business, creative problem solving, and innovation.

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