Meet your Board Members
Click a name to see a photo and brief biography.
Marc Roddin, Past President
OPEN, First Vice President
Dave Koberstein, Second Vice President
Neil Katin, Treasurer
Jack Pines, Secretary
Rick Van Mell, Training Officer
Scott Overstreet, SPECS Repeater Association
Mark Foster, Member-at-large representing NASA-Ames ARC
Jerry Thalls, Member-at-large representing Sunnyvale
Steve Olson, Member-at-large representing Los Altos
Leslie Grimm, Webmaster/Assistant to Secretary
Grant Elliot, KK6FMQ
Grant is a Materials Scientist, obtaining his PhD at Stanford. He spent the bulk of his working life at HP where he published numerous scientific articles and became well known for his studies on the crystal growth of GaAs, the base material used for the manufacture of LEDs. He served for many years as President of the Western Section of the American Association for Crystal Growth and served a term as Vice President of the national society. In January of 1995 he took early retirement from HP and immersed himself in the study and practice of Fine Art Black and White Photography, doing some color work on the side. In early 2002 he began working part-time with his son’s company, CRC Inc. in Santa Clara, looking into ceramic materials for use in semiconductor processing equipment. He is still involved in that capacity. He has been an active CERT in Palo Alto since the sixth class of PANDA training in 2001. He got his ham license in July of 2013 and became involved with the AERES/RACES activity in Palo Alto. You can usually find him on the air Monday nights checking into or acting as net control of the Palo Alto and North Section of the SPECSNET. Grant and his wife Sharon are avid cyclists and actively involved with emergency preparedness/resource conservation in their neighborhood. Both their children live nearby, their son in Cupertino and their daughter in Ben Lomond. Their seven grandchildren range in age from 11 to 27.
Dave Koberstein, N9DK
Second Vice President
When Dave was 12, his father suggested they try amateur radio. He was first licensed as WB9YMG in Wisconsin and has been continuously licensed ever since. Sometime after moving to California in 1986 Dave became interested in packet radio, eventually running a 24x7 TNOS station with a bridge to the internet. More recently he has been active in Mountain View ARES, occasional SOTA activations, casual contesting, and dragging his KX3 along on vacations. Dave co-runs the Monday Night packet net and is a regular on the Monday Night voice net. He assumes packet duties for St Francis Acres CERT.
Marc Roddin, KI6HLH
Marc Roddin KI6HLH is a retired regional planner, having performed transportation planning studies in Bolivia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Hampton Roads Virginia, Bremerton Washington, San Diego County, Santa Clara County, and elsewhere. He played a key role on planning and funding for Highway 85 and for the Tasman light rail line that both serve Mountain View, as well as BART’s Colma station, and BART’s extension through San Jose. Formerly President of the South Bay Transportation Officials Association, Marc served for eight years on the City of Mountain View’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee..
An avid hiker, Marc is out on the trails a couple of times per week. He serves as a docent with Peninsula Open Space Trust and the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, and previously served with Sempervirens Fund and with Edgewood Park and Preserve. He and his wife Barbara KI6MXP have two children and one grandson so far. Marc and Barbara are frequently working on their family history. They both have served as ushers at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts for more than ten years.
Neil Katin, treasurer
Neil got his license in 2014, as encouraged by his local CERT group. He is active in Los Altos Hills CERT and Emergency Communications committee, and is in the county ARES/RACES MAC program. Neil graduated many years ago with a EE degree and has been a software engineer in the valley ever since. He has three kids and lives in unincorporated land between Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.
Jack Pines, W1VSL
Jack went to school in the dark ages, BA with honors in Physics from Bowdoin and SM from MIT in Geophysics, specifically in Lunar Seismology. He then went to work for a succession of startups and ended up with his longest gig working for the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. He worked on software to interface academic sensors to the free electron laser. He is now retired and spending more time with family, flying, kayaking and ham radio. He also enjoys trips to solar eclipses to photograph them.
Rick Van Mell, KI6PUR
Rick is a retired Partner from PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Management Consulting Practice with primary responsibility for providing operations improvement. He has particular skills in project management, organization staffing, budgeting, information technology, strategic planning, and acquisitions. Rick took Mountain View’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course in 2006, and became a Ham in 2008 (KI6PUR) and holds a GMRS license (WQGB729). As a volunteer for about 10 years from 2009 through 2019 he helped the MTV Office of Emergency Services Coordinator develop and teach the CERT class, design city-wide CERT exercises, teach earthquake preparedness for the Mountain View Whisman School District and the MTV Los Altos High School District, develop Neighborhood CERTs, and developed, using packet radio, the direct transmission of Neighborhood CERT damage assessment summary information to a projector in the MTV Emergency Operations Center. He has received many Volunteer Awards and Commendations for his service.
Rick has over 50 years of sailing experience in the U.S and abroad, and is a member of several sailing groups. He is the webmaster for www.Islander36.org. Rick has also been the Technical Director for Peninsula Youth Theater building sets for productions of Peter Pan, Seussical, Aladdin and Peter and the Starcatcher, plus technical assistant on Lion King and a Christmas Story.
Scott Overstreet, N6NXI
SPECS Repeater Association
Scott got started in radio back in his grammar school days - crystal sets and radios using O1A tubes. Radio clubs and shops in his high schools (Oakland and Sacramento) got him into high performance receivers, teletype and audio which then led to his being employed in the hifi business - sales, installation and repair - in Sacramento for awhile. All this was a warm up to his earning a BS degree in electronic engineering at Cal Poly (1960) and the following 35 years with Sylvania in Mt. View designing electronic equipment for the government military and surveillance services.
Scott got into ham radio in the mid 80's when he joined SPECS. He then joined the SPECS Repeater Association (SPECSRA) in the mid 90's, and this eventually led to his designing and building the present W6ASH repeater system, which was completed several years ago. He, Dave Platt (AE6EO) and Keith Amidon (KJ6PUO) work with Peter Griffith (WA6VAQ), the senior member and station trustee, all of whom together make up the present SPECSRA.
Also, along about 2001, Scott led the founding of the Los Altos Hills Town Emergency Communications Committee to participate with SPECS, as the Los Altos Hills member group of the SPECS organization. Scott and Jim Abraham (W6EB) shortly thereafter formed the Los Altos Hills Emergency Group to establish the W6LAH repeater, which was designed to improve communication in the Hills, both in support of the operations of the Committee and other Hills hams.
As a sideline activity, Scott has for years headed up the collection and sale of donated electronic equipment which is sold at the ASVARO Electronic Flea Market at De Anza College for the benefit of SPECS and the SPECS Repeater Group.
Mark Foster, KI6DHU
Member-at-large representing NASA-Ames ARC
This is Mark's bio
Jerry Thalls, KG6HI
Member-at-large representing Sunnyvale
After retiring from a career in the semiconductor industry, Jerry became active in SARES. He has served as the SARES Emergency Coordinator since 2013. In addition to serving on the SPECS board he is the president of the SARES-Repeater Group which owns the K6SNY Crystal Peak repeater located in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Loma Prieta. When not engaged in ham radio activities, Jerry and his wife enjoy traveling, hiking, TheaterWorks plays, watching movies and attending adult education classes at Santa Clara University.
Leslie Grimm, KK6EKN
Webmaster/Assistant to Secretary
Leslie is retired from a career of creating children’s educational software, though her original education was in biological science. She got hooked on emergency radio communications when she was training for CERT and observed that the radio position was the coolest one! She is the Emergency Coordinator for Mountain View ARES. She enjoys participating as a radio operator at public events in the area. She currently is webmaster for two of the art clubs she belongs to as well as the SPECS web site. She’s a student of watercolor, and also enjoys hiking, swimming, and biking.