PVHA Board


Chuck Allen


Chuck Allen, born in North Monterey County, has always lived in the Pajaro Valley. His community involvement began at age 10 with his first 4-H exhibit at the Santa Cruz County Fair. Chuck graduated from Watsonville High School in 1958, and California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo in 1963 with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Business. In 1964, Chuck began his career in real estate, with a short gap from 1965 to 1969, when he was Fair Manager. His real estate career included development of subdivisions, property sales, and management. Chuck is a committed community volunteer—positions included president of PVHA in 1972; a Director for the P.V. Chamber of Commerce; a Council Member for the Salvation Army; a current Director for the Agricultural History Project; and chaired the Watsonville Fly-In Committee for 3 years. Chuck and Ramona, his wife for 30 years, work together in real estate, and as volunteers for the betterment of the community. We are delighted to welcome Chuck back to the Board of Directors for PVHA.


Judy Doering-Nielsen

Vice President

Judy Doering-Nielsen is acting President of the PVHA Board. She had been in banking for thirty-four years. She was involved in City Government for eight years, serving as Watsonville's mayor for one and a half years. Judy received the Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year award in 2004. Judy has been a member of PVHA since 2000 and has been on the Board of Directors since April 2004.



Luann Lauessen


Luann Lauesen was born and raised in Watsonville. She is a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments. In addition to serving as a director for the PVHA, Luann is also member and Past President of Soroptimist International of Watsonville, former Chairperson of the Board for the Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce, and is currently on the Board of Watsonville Community Hospital. In her free time she enjoys cooking and baking.


Ralph Jacobs


Ralph Jacobs is an Illinois native. He was educated at the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, and the Navy Post Graduate School, with a M.S. in Meteorology. He is a retired Naval Officer with 26 years of service and with a second career as a CPA. Ralph has been a resident of the Pajaro Valley since 1997. We are delighted to welcome Ralph to the Board of Directors for PVHA.



Sharon Bystran

Sharon Bystran is a retired Army Colonel with 28 years of service in the Army Nurse Corps.  An Oregon native, she received her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Portland and later earned a M.S. in Administration from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.  Her military career took her to Vietnam, Japan, Korea and several assignments at military posts throughout the United States.  Sharon first came to California in 1980 for an assignment at Ft. Ord.  At that time she and her husband, Edward, purchased a home in Aptos and after retirement in 1997, they returned to live there.  She is extensively involved in community service in the county, having served on the Habitat for Humanity Board for 12 years, to include serving as president for 2 years and chairing the family selection process for many years. Other volunteer activities include several years with the Dominican Hospital Foundation and more than 15 years with the Resurrection Women's Guild where she has served as president; and 2016 will be her 11th year as chair of their annual tea.  In January, Sharon was sworn in to serve her third term as president of the local Military Officer Association.  She also did volunteer work with Museum of Art and History, and CASA. Sharon has been a house volunteer at PVHA for about 10 years and states that volunteering at the Bockius-Orr House helps to preserve history and is an enjoyable experience.

John Espinoza

John Espinoza is a Watsonville native, married with three children; two daughters and one son. He attended local schools and is a WHS graduate, Class of 1968. John has been in the real estate industry for over 37 years. He is co-owner of Casa Blanca Realty in Watsonville. Over the past 25 years, John has served on and off the Board of Directors for the Watsonville Association of Realtors, most recently as Board President in 2005. He is an active volunteer with the Relay for Life of Watsonville since 2005. He enjoys playing golf and spending time with his two grandsons. John is a member of PVHA and recently appointed to the Board of Directors.

Ken Dobler

Ken Dobler is the former Vice-President of the PVHA Board of Directors. He is co-owner of Dobler and Sons, a well-known family produce firm, in business for over 50 years. A native of Watsonville, he is married to Anne Lukrich Dobler. Ken was on the Watsonville Hospital Foundation Board and is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He has been a member of PVHA and on its Board of Directors since 1998. Ken also heads up the Property Management Team, responsible for the care and maintenance of the Bockius-Orr House, the Volck Museum, and the Borina Archive property.



Peter Navarro

Peter Navarro is a native of Watsonville and attended local schools. He has been involved in his family-run business, Navarro Farms, since high school. Peter's family is well-known throughout the Pajaro Valley as berry growers. Peter has been a member of PVHA since 2004 and on the Board of Directors since June 2002. Peter is also on the Property Management Team overseeing the care and maintenance of the Bockius-Orr House, the Volck Museum and the Borina Archive.

Tony Scurich

Born in Watsonville, Tony has been in the insurance business since 1981 and with Scurich Insurance since 1983. Tony is married with 3 children, graduated from Watsonville High in 1977 and Santa Clara University in 1981. Current activities include running at Rio Del Mar Beach & West Cliff Drive, biking, cooking/BBQing, reading biographies and eating breakfast burritos at Pixie Deli. Past and present community activities include board member of St Francis High School, Pajaro Valley Historical Association, YMCA (board member and youth basketball coach), Boy Scouts of America and, Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce (board chair in 2004).  
Phil Ybarra

Phil Ybarra

Phil is one of PVHA's  board members, joining in 2011. He was born and raised in Watsonville attending local schools and is a proud graduate of Watsonville High School, "Class of 76". His career is in Real Estate Mortgages, both as originator and Manager since 1986 and is now currently working for Watsonville Mortgage. His community involvements included a Reserve Firefighter with the City of Watsonville for 15 years, Past Board Director of Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce, Watsonville Community Hospital and the Pajaro Valley Health Trust. Not only is he a current member of PVHA's Board of Directors but a present member of Gabilan Cutters, Inc.


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