Board Members

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Adrienne-KuhreAdrienne Kuhre

Adrienne Kuhre serves as elected President of NANDC, the North Area Neighborhood Development Council covering Districts 1, 8 and 9 for South Los Angeles. As an avid community volunteer, she is also a member of the West Adams Neighborhood Association and West Adams Heritage Association.

Ms. Kuhre works in corporate business development for Swarovski and is the Co-Founder of Furry Foundation, an internationally licensed, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to animal rescue and welfare. Ms. Kuhre holds a BA in Communication from The University of Texas at Arlington and an MBA from the New England College of Business.

Adrienne’s interests include promoting a healthy lifestyle, increasing public safety, cleaning up neighborhoods, and balancing historic and cultural preservation with economic growth and development. Originally hailing from Dallas, Texas, Adrienne and her husband, Blake, reside in the Historic West Adams neighborhood with their 3 rescue cats and foster animals.

Vice President

theresa-cunninghamTheresa Cunningham

Theresa Cunningham is at present serving as Vice President of NANDC. First term for North Area Neighborhood Development Council. Also; serving on board for A Community of Friends, Quality Assurance Board (QAB) & Pacific Clinics. Two-year Member of Community Coalition of Southern California. Editor in Chief for two newsletters with Pacific Clinics and Quality Assurance Board. Secretary on the board with A Community of Friends, and on the sub-committee Neighborhood Organizing Committee with Community Coalition. Also; serving as President of the Member Council with Portals Clubhouse a division of Pacific Clinics.

Theresa has been Group facilitator with Project Return since October of 2015. “Creative Activities” is the name of the group started then. This group presides at Portals Clubhouse. Purpose of this group is to help discover tools to work through Depression and Anxiety. Theresa also facilitates an online group called “Where All People Have Gone Before”. Purpose of this group is to let you know that where you are “You can continue to “Go” and become fulfilled doing activities that you love. This, also, is a Depression Focus Group.

Theresa has been operating in the community four years to identify situations and change them for better living. Theresa’s ultimate goal is to continue to be active in the community and city, so to bring the community together for easy living.


Julie Burg


Samantha Burg

Area 1 Representatives

lizzyLizzy Hare
Lizzy serves as the Area 1 Representative on the NANDC board. She lives in Adams-Normandie with her husband, where they enjoy the challenges of restoring their historic craftsman. She is a PhD Candidate and an instructor of cultural anthropology. As Area 1 Representative, Lizzy hopes to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood by advocating for clean, safe streets. She wants to work to ensure that efforts to promote economic development work in conjunction with historic preservation, as she believes the rich and vibrant history of this neighborhood is one of its greatest assets.

Carolina Perez

Carolina Perez was born, raised and attended school in the West Adams/Los Angeles area. She is now honored and excited to give back to her neighborhood as the representative for Area 3 of the NANDC Board. She continuously volunteers her time through public outreach and other social events to be with the great people in the community. A few of her volunteer activities include running with the Back on My Feet on Skidrow participants, cooking meals for the homeless, and mentoring with Youth Policy Institute.

NANDC’s area is a diverse, unique, and beautiful organization and Carolina is so excited to work alongside our dedicated board aiming to build a stronger community.

Carolina holds a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara and currently works for the City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works. She enjoys running, hosting events, volunteering, and trying out new LA restaurants!

Area 2 Representatives

Steve Pepdjonovic

Steve serves as an Area 2 Representative on the NANDC board. He has more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit world in Los Angeles and has held positions at the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Annenberg Foundation and, currently, the American Film Institute. Steve works in Marketing and Communications management and is also a writer and editor.

He possesses a strong passion for cleaner neighborhoods, public safety, healthy eating, local culture and public art.

Born and raised in Boston, Steve is a graduate of Emerson College and has lived in Exposition Park with his husband, Joshua, since 2016.

Steve is Chair of the NANDC Marketing and Outreach Committee.

Dennis Marshall Braggs




Area 3 Representatives

Jean-FrostJean Frost

Jean Frost has a record of community involvement since she moved to South Los Angeles in 1978. Her journey here began when she was elected as the first PAC (Project Area Committee) Secretary to advise the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) on how to implement programs to improve the area (then called Adams-Normandie 4321.)

She has been a community activist and resident of South Los Angeles for over three decades; an Executive for twenty years at two national labor Unions, AFTRA and DGA; she is the University Park HPOZ Board Chair and serves as a community member position on Board. Professionally she has been a writer, casting director, theater director and union executive.

Jean’s positions have included both appointed and elected service to the University Park Community, in furtherance of community improvement, land use, and historic preservation. Ever since (then) Councilwoman Gloria Molina appointed her to MASH (More Advocates for Safe Homes) to represent the University Park Area, she has worked to enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods, and she demands better City services to the community. She strongly believes good planning begins at the grass roots level and hopes to serve NANDC and work with all of her Board members to achieve a strong and effective neighborhood voice in the planning process.

Jean is Chair of the NANDC Policy Committee.

joanne-russellJoanne Russell

Joanne Russell is one of two Area 3 Representatives.  She is excited by the  positive changes happening in NANDC communities; and believes all must have a voice to ensure the interests of residents, homeowners, and stakeholders  are equally considered and acted upon.  Ms. Russell looks forward to helping NANDC be one of the City’s most involved, united, and vibrant communities.

Joanne is a longtime USC/Exposition Park resident, attended NANDC area schools, and has over 30 year of nonprofit human services experience.  She is a parent, grand parent, great-grant parent, small business entrepreneur (1st Aide…for your business), nonprofit leader (Let’s Make It Happen), and community advocate. Her favorite past time is singing with the KJLH Performance Choir and the ICYOLA Community Choir.  Ms. Russell is glad to be of service and looks forward to meeting and working with you!

At Large

julianne-burgJulianne Burg





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Thryeris Mason

Thryeris is a 26 year resident of the West Adams community who is excited to serve on the NANDC board for the first time as an At Large Representative.  She considers it an honor and a privilege to serve her community at a time when so many positive changes are in progress.  It is her belief that the NANDC region is in the perfect position to embrace those changes advantageously.

She is interested in building a NANDC community that can be a beacon for the entire Los Angeles basin — a safe, blight-free environment where the marriage between the residents,  government and commerce is harmonious, enriching, innovative, and economically productive.  She hopes that one day we can all click our heels and declare, “There’s no place like home!”

USC Community Interest Position

Amy Marczewski Carnes, Ph.D.

Amy Marczewski Carnes, Ph.D. has been a West Adams resident since 2015. She is an active member of the West Adams Neighborhood Association (WANA) and the West Adams Moms Club. She has worked at USC for the past nine years.

Amy currently works at USC Shoah Foundation as Associate Director of Education – Evaluation and Scholarship. Since 2008, she has overseen educational projects throughout Western, Central, and Eastern Europe, curated two exhibitions of testimony, and taught a course at USC entitled Rebuilding Rwanda: Memory, Testimony, and Living Together after Genocide. Her current role as Associate Director of Education – Evaluation and Scholarship has her leading evaluation of all of the Institute’s programs.

Prior to this, she completed her doctorate at UCLA in 2007 and subsequently worked at Human Rights Watch, where she managed the Los Angeles-based Student Task Force program, a youth leadership program for human rights activism ( She also serves on the board of Friends of Tubeho (, a non-profit organization dedicated to granting access to education to Rwandan orphans.

Amy originally hails from rural Wisconsin and is an avid cheese-consumer. She is married and has two young children. Her community interests include beautification and clean-up and responsible and respectful development.

Business Community Interest Position

Aaron Flournoy

Our Name

The early Eighth District Empowerment Congress, created by now Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was a community-based education and mobilization program. It has been acknowledged as the model for the Los Angeles citywide neighborhood council system created by the change City Charter.

We still proudly carry the early moniker in our name as the 'Empowerment Congress North Area Neighborhood Development Council'.  Call us NANDC for short!

Our Community

NANDC is located in West Adams, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, with most of its buildings erected between 1880 and 1925. It was once the wealthiest district in the city, with its Victorian mansions and sturdy Craftsman bungalows home to Downtown businessmen and professors and academicians at USC. In the 1990s, three areas of West Adams were designated as Historic Preservation Overlay Zones by the city of Los Angeles, in recognition of their outstanding architectural heritage.