Streering Committee

Hillside Open Space Education Coalition Streering Committee

Four cities and two community associations are represented in the coalition. The Steering Committee is comprised of one elected official from each agency. Three cities and on community association also have identified an alternate member. Each steering committee member was appointed by their City Council, or community association board. The Steering Committee Chariman and Vice Chairman were elected from the membership of the committee and serve one year terms.

The Steering Committee is responsible for setting policy, providing financial oversight and establishing direction for all HOSEC activities.

HOSEC also has recently added three Affiliate Members who have applied and been approved by the HOSEC Steering Committee for membership. The three groups include: Hills for Everyone, Endangered Habitats League and the Puente-Chino Hills Task Force.


City of Brea 

Glenn Parker
Council Member

Council Member Glenn Parker was elected to the Brea City Council in November 2014. Prior to that, he was the elected Brea City Treasurer since 2004. Council Member Parker previously served on the Brea City Council for two terms, from 1990-1998, and was Mayor in 1994 and 1998. While in office he championed hillside protection, establishment of the Brea Community Center, creation of a conservative investment policy and the development of a formula to ensure developers pay for the real costs of their projects. He also established the Mayor’s Youth Community Service Award program.

Council Member Parker serves as the Orange County public member and current Chair of the Wildlife Corridor Conservation Authority, a California Joint Powers Authority. He is a past President of the Board for the local non-profit, Hills for Everyone. Council Member Parker founded Parkglen Community Management in 1991 to provide management, administrative, and financial services to community associations, and was its President from 1991-2007. Earlier in his career, he worked as an executive in the insurance industry. A holder of the International Code Council’s Fire Inspector 1 Certification, he served as a Reserve Fire Inspector for the Orange City Fire Department, and currently serves as a Fire Inspector for the Redlands Fire Department.

Council Member Parker has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Cal Poly Pomona and continued his business studies at the Claremount Graduate School.

Cecilia Hupp
Mayor Pro Tem 

Mayor Pro Tem Cecilia Hupp was elected to the Brea City Council in November 2014 to serve a four-year term. She took the Oath of Office December 2, 2014. 

Mayor Pro Tem Hupp opened S&S Mortgage in Brea in 1983 with husband, Scott. The couple purchased a home in town and have resided here since 1988. Their son and daughter are now grown and two granddaughters have been added to the family. 

In addition to working in the mortgage business for three decades, Mayor Pro Tem Hupp became involved with her homeowner’s association and has served on that board for over 25 years. This gave her an opportunity to develop many positive working relationships with the City and other community organizations. Most recently, she was able to take a leadership role with a local utility company in resolving an operational issue in her neighborhood. 

Mayor Pro Tem Hupp considers herself a fiscal conservative who believes in prudent spending, as well as transparency in government. She seeks team-building to achieve mutually beneficial goals. 

As they were growing, Mayor Pro Tem Hupp participated with her children in youth sports programs as a team mom while her husband coached. Currently, she has three granddaughters and enjoys gardening, cooking and golf. Plus, she often visits the Brea Dog Park with two pet Shih Tzu dogs.  

 City of La Habra

Rose Espinoza
Council Member 

Rose Espinoza is a lifelong resident of La Habra who founded the nationally recognized program, Rosie’s Garage-an after school tutoring program in 1991. She was elected to the La Habra City Council in 2000, and re-elected in 2004.

Espinoza has been very active in numerous community groups including: the League of Women Voters, Jewish/Latino Roundtable, La Habra School District Healthy Start Committee, Board of Directors for Neighborhood Housing Services of Orange County and Board of Directors of Neighborhood Housing Services of America and Founder/Volunteer Executive Director of Rosie’s Garage.

Council Member Espinoza has been honored as one of 50 Outstanding Women in Orange County by the American Red Cross, identified by the Orange County Register as “One of the People to Watch”, one of the most influential Hispanics of the 20 th Century by, YMCA Women of Inspiration and Influential Award, Los Angeles Times Volunteer of Distinction Award, 72 nd Assembly District Women of the Year 2002 Award, Orange County Women’s Annual Suffrage Award, American Women Business Association Award, League of Women Voters Susan B. Anthony Award and numerous other awards.

Rose received her Associate of Arts degree in Industrial Drafting from Fullerton College.

She works at Beckman Coulter, Inc., as a Principal Designer. She created an after school-tutoring program, Rosie’s Garage, to address the needs of low-income neighborhood children. Currently, there are two in La Habra, along with programs in Brea and Santa Ana.


Michael Blazey
Council Member

Michael Blazey was elected to the La Habra City Council in November 2010. Councilman Blazey has been a resident of La Habra for over 16 years and currently serves on the La Habra Girls Softball
Association Board. He is a former La Habra Community Services Commissioner and Planning Commissioner.

Councilman Blazey’s education includes a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Science Degree from South Dakota State University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of
Oregon. His professional career spans decades as an educator, including Associate Professor at Washington State University, research assistant at Pennsylvania State University, and presently,
Assistant Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at California State University, Long Beach.

Representing the City Council, Councilman Blazey has been appointed to the Interjurisdictional Planning Forum, the Orange County Library Advisory Board, and as an Alternate Member for the
Hillside Open Space Education Coalition (HOSEC).

Councilman Blazey will bring his experience as a professional educator and community leader to develop and strengthen our government agencies, schools and non-profit organizations to develop a greater community.

 City of La Habra Heights

Roy Francis
Council Member

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 Carl Westerhoff
Council Member

Council Member Westerhoff was elected to the City Council in March 2009.  He previously served on the City's Planning Commission, where he advised the Council on development projects within the community.  A resident of La Habra Heights since 2001 and a successful business leader, Council Member Westerhoff brings extensive experience in management, finance, and planning to the City Council. 

Council Member Westerhoff and his wife of 27 years, Mary, have a long track record of community involvement.  They are proud to be involved in many local organizations, including the La Habra Heights Improvement Association, Lost Animal Network, Hills for Everyone, and the Children's Museum of La Habra.  Before moving to La Habra Heights, Council Member Westerhoff served as President of the Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Rotary Club in the City of Downey.  
A retired healthcare executive, Council Member Westerhoff currently serves as a Commissioner for the Los Angeles County Commission on Hospitals and Healthcare Delivery.  He holds a Masters in Education from California State University, Los Angeles; and a Bachelor of Arts from Occidental College.

 City of Whittier

Bob Henderson
Council Member

Bob Henderson was elected to the City Council in 1976 and served until 1984. He served as Mayor Pro Tem from 1980-82. He was then re-elected in 1990, 1994, 2002, and 2006. Bob served as Mayor from 1992-94. An Uptown Whittier business owner, Bob owns Hendersons Insurance. He is also an active member in the Joint Powers Authorities relative to the hills. 
City Council Appointed Organizations:

  • Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Preservation Authority, Chairman/Delegate
  • Whittier/Puente Hills Conservation Authority, Chairman/Delegate
  • Wildlife Corridor Conservation Authority(WCCA), Delegate
  • Independent Cities Association, Delegate
  • Hillside Open Space Education Committee (HOSEC), Chairman/Delegate
  • LA County Sanitation Districts, Delegate

City Council Committees:

  • Greenway Trail Expansion
  • Santa Fe Springs Policing Contract

Owen Newcomer
Council Member

Owen was reelected for a third term on the Whittier City Council in April 2008. He previously served as a trustee to the Whittier City School District for eleven years. 

Owen retired in June 2005 as a Political Science Professor at Rio Hondo College where he had been teaching since 1975. Owen now teaches part-time at Rio Hondo College. He earned his undergraduate and Master's Degree from California State University, Northridge in Political Science, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Southern California. He is the author of Governing California and Los Angeles. 

Owen is the President of the Los Angeles County Division of the League of California Cities. Supervisor Don Knabe appointed Owen to the Los Angeles County Homeless Services Authority Commission.

City Council Appointed Organizations:

  • LA County Division of the League of California Cities, President
  • Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Commission, Delegate
  • City Selection Committee, Delegate
  • Hillside Open Space Education Committee, Alternate
  • Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Preservation Authority, Alternate
  • Southern California Association of Governments, Alternate

City Council Committees:

  • Greenway Trail Expansion
  • Nelles Property Acquisition

Hacienda Heights Improvement Association

Jeff Yann
Board Member

Jeff Yann is a member of the HOSEC Steering Committee, as the official representative of the Hacienda Heights community. Jeff is a Civil/ Structural Engineer with an active interest in the future of the Puente-Chino Hills. He has lived at the base of the hills in Hacienda Heights since 1971 with his wife Lynn and their two children. He became interested in efforts to save open space in the Puente Hills in 1980. 

This activity led him to become a Board member of the Hacienda Heights

Improvement Association. Jeff has served on the Association board for twelve years, holding the offices of President, Vice-President and Treasurer during his terms on the Board. Since retiring from a career in the electric utility business, he has become active in local environmental issues as a member of the Sierra Club's Puente-Chino Hills Task Force and Chair of its San Gabriel River Campaign. In 2003, he formed a nonprofit known as Amigos de los Rios, which is working to create a river green belt along the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel River. 

He also serves as Project Manager for the San Gabriel River Discovery Center, a regional exhibit center to be located at Whittier Narrows. The Discovery Center will feature exhibits to explain the remarkable story of the San Gabriel River and its watershed, including the Puente Hills.


Michael Hughes

Michael Hughes has served on the board of the Hacienda Heights Improvement Association for ten years the three past years as its president. Michael also serves as the Los Angeles County Public Director of the Wildlife Corridor Conservation Authority and serves as a director on the  Hills for Everyone. He is currently a member of the Puente Hills Landfill Native Habitat Preservation Authority Citizens Technical Advisory Committee as well as the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Puente Hills Landfill itself. Michael's community involvement has also included serving as past president of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Industry Station Citizens Advisory Committee and serves as a vice chair of the Sierra Clubs:Puente-Chino Hills Task Force. Michael has lived with his wife Christina in Hacienda Heights for 30 years.


Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council

David M. Malkin
Board Member

David Malkin and his wife, Teri, have lived in Rowland Heights since 1974. The couple has one grown son who is an anesthesiologist. Dave attended graduate school at UCLA and has had thirty-two years of experience working in hospital administration, from which he retired in 2005. Since his retirement Dave has been doing private consulting in healthcare Risk Management and Performance Improvement as well as volunteering in multiple non-profits. Dave continues to be active in:

  • Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council and is a past board member
  • Rowland Heights Senior Pathfinders and is a past board member
  • Kiwanis Club Hacienda Heights and is a board member
    • Established local chapter of Shoes That Fit – aligns donors with children who need shoes
  • Walnut Sheriff’s Station Community Advisory Council (CAC)

Dave continues to work as an activist to protect the environment and to make our community a better place to raise a family.


Mike Popovec
Board Member

Mike and his wife, Karen, have lived in Rowland Heights since 1978. The couple has two grown children. Mike is a graduate of San Jose State University and has had an extensive career in advertising and food marketing. For the past 17 years he has operated his own company (Micromarkets/West), which specializes in Hispanic marketing. Mike has been active in local politics within the unincorporated community of Rowland Heights and has demonstrated a keen desire to retain the rural atmosphere of the community. He is current president of the Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council. Mike is also an avid golfer and is a current board member of Hacienda Golf Club.