Board of Directors


Norm Hapke, President
  • USMC (Ret.)

  • Director, Jacobs Family Foundation

  • Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation

  • Project Concern International

  • Mt. Helix resident

Christopher Kilrain, CFO


Caroline Harrod, Development VP
  • Former Employment Coordinator, CA State Dept. of Rehabilitation

  • Former Policy Advisor San Diego County Board of Supervisors

  • Past Board member San Miguel Consolidated Fire District

  • Past Commissioner Heartland Training Facility

  • Mt. Helix resident

  • Co-chair, Habitat Restoration Group

Helgi Gudmundson, Operations VP
  • Voices for Children CASA

  • Mt. Helix Resident

Celina Laframboise, Secretary
  • Graduate of The Ohio State University

  • Chief of Staff

  • San Diego native and resident

Robert Ball, Past President
  • Mt. Helix Park Foundation Co-Founder

  • Attorney at Law, Robert A. Ball, APC

  • Past Director, La Mesa Parks Project

  • Founding Director, The Donate-a-Pack Foundatio

  • Mt. Helix resident



Members at Large

Ron Brady
  • Founder Brady Companies

  • Community Philanthropist

  • Mt. Helix Resident

Steve Clay
  • Long-time La Mesa resident

  • Past board member, East County Visitors Bureau

  • President, Business Boosters of East County

  • Past member, Kiwanis of La Mesa

  • Board member, Postal Annex Ad Association of San Diego

  • Owner, Postal Annex, La Mesa.


Jason Kardos
  • Real Estate Broker

  • President of the East County Referral Group

  • Past President, Rebuilding Together

  • La Mesa resident

Alice W. Smith
  • Descendent of Mary Yawkey, to whom the Park is dedicated

  • Secretary, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI

  • Secretary, Sunrise Intracoastal Neighborhood Security District, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  • Newsletter Editor, Funding Arts of Broward County

  • Resident of Hazelhurst, WI and Ft. Lauderdale, FL


Andy Phemister
  • Realtor, Tracey Stotz Realty, La Mesa

  • Former Vice President - San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce

  • Member, La Mesa Historical Society

Don Teemsma
  • Owner; Ideal Plumbing Heating Air Electrical, Inc

  • Board member; San Diego Rotary

  • Board Member; San Diego Fire Rescue Foundation

Wes Troy
  • General Manager; La Mesa Lumber


Krista Powers, Executive Director
Peggy Junker, Asst. Executive Director



Mt. Helix Park Foundation

is the non-profit organization responsible for preserving and enhancing the park, amphitheater and cross memorial on

top of Mt. Helix.


The Foundation, originally formed in 1999, has since purchased additional land adjacent to the park.