Current members are encouraged to review the attached bylaws before voting.
Diana Brumbaugh returned to Niles in 2000, when she was hired as a science teacher at her alma mater Washington High School. She has been a member of NMSA for 10 years and helped to plan the 2006 Niles Wildflower, Art, Garden Tour and Quilt Show. She was thrilled to help plan the 2014 Altar Walk, working with a wonderful team to put on the opening ceremony. Diana loves the creative and tight-knit community of Niles, and wouldn’t live anywhere else. She knows that part of what makes Niles so special are the events that NMSA puts on year after year. She would like to serve the community by becoming a member of the NMSA Board. She is currently an assistant principal at Mission San Jose High School.
Wayne Corrie is a Board Member of NMSA. Wayne moved to Fremont in 1958 and after opening stores in Marine World Africa USA, Serramonte Center, San Mateo, Southland Shopping Center, Hayward, he and his wife/partner, Judy, found the perfect location for their store in the Niles District in 1998. In 2000, they bought the buildings where Corrie Glass was located. Both have retired as of the end of last year and the Corrie Glass space is being readied for a new business. Wayne joined the Niles Main Street Organization not long after settling in Niles and became a board member last year. As with a number of board members who have had retail stores in town, Wayne is concentrating on getting the word out to the rest of the world just how wonderful the Niles District is.
I am passionate about our “village”. My roots are here for over three generations and I am blessed by my daughter’s, grandkids and other family living here or nearby. We wanted to make a difference so we invested in making the Essanay Cafe, now the Vine, a great local venue. I served in the Niles Elementary school PTA and have been constantly involved in the local events that make Niles special. I strongly believe that our Main Street Association is key in making this difference and my ability to work to reach a consensus that is needed to make its Board effective is a personal skill I can bring.
Don Dewey was born and raised in Niles. In 2000 he became owner of longtime Niles business The Turquoise Shop a Native American jewelry store on Niles Boulevard. Don volunteers on the City of Fremont’s homeless task force and has been a volunteer on the Niles Dog Show Committee since 1998.
Born and raised in Northern California, moving to Niles in 2007 with her husband Bob and shortly after fulfilled a dream of opening a restaurant. Now 3 years later, they have brought life back into Joe’s Corner. I have been on NMSA for 2 years and would like to continue in Main Street and move forward with the growth and revitalization of Niles.
I am currently the Secretary of NMSA and have been serving on the Board since August, 2014. I’m also a member of the Fremont Family Resource Center – Community Advisory and Engagement Board. I volunteer on the Niles Dog Show committee – always a fun event! I’ve been a Niles resident for 8 years, moving here from Seven Hills in Union City. I love Niles and want to see the continuation of great things happening in our community.
Keith Elrod moved to Niles in 1997 and quickly began to work with the several Niles groups. He has served on the NMSA Board for the past 10 years, a Lifetime member of both the Essanay Silent Film Museum and the Pacific Railroad Association. Keith has been a dealer in Memory Lane (formally Bite and Browse) for the past 12 years and opened his own business, Keiths Collectibles and Books in 2007.He has also recently taken over ownership of American Trading Post. Keith has been the Niles Main Street Association’s Antique Fair Organizer for the past 7 years. He is employed full-time with Oracle. For the past year, Keith took off from the Board for family reasons, but is excited to again be part of the NMSA Board.
Hello again. My name is Gail Keene and I’m seeking a position on the NMSA Board. I would like to continue my assistance as I was treasurer of NMSA this past year. My talents were most helpful as I’ve been a full charge bookkeeper for 30+ years. I’ve held positions of Secretary, Treasurer, President and Vice President of organizations in my past as well as worked with others planning conventions and local events. I believe in the community working together to give the visitors of Niles a true sense of friendship and that “small town atmosphere.” My husband David Keene volunteers with the Niles Canyon Railway as a Niles Station Agent. We own a business called Keene Konnection. We currently have three spaces in American Trading Post, Keith’s Collectibles & Books, and Memory Lane (formerly Bite & Browse). I hope to meet and greet you in Niles soon. Thank you.
Krysten Laine is a twelve year Niles resident. She spends most of her time in Lafayette actively involved with her husband’s successful auto repair business and creating events supporting their local community, raising over a half a millon dollars cumulatively. Krysten has been involved with various events in Niles most recently serving as co-chair of the 2014 Niles Altar Walk. Krysten is a strategic genie with more than fifteen years of experience with energetic, creative, out-of-box thinking to design a variety of successful events. She looks forward to bringing her talents to the Board of Niles Main Street Association.
I have always loved the Niles District of Fremont; therefore I opened my shop, Les Belles Antiques, 37 years ago. I am an accountant by trade and graduated from Washington High School and San Jose State. We started Christmas open house and Chaplin Days many years ago. We have now started Mardi Gras. Our working together preserved the charm of the town and gives back to the community.
My name is Craig T. Steckler and I am currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Niles Main Street Association. I am also the retired police chief for the City of Fremont a position that I held for over 20 years before retiring in December of 2012. My law enforcement career spanned 45 years with three different agencies. I and my family have lived in Fremont for 28 years. My wife, before her passing in 2015, and I along with our daughter own The Iron Dog Antiques and Such on Niles Blvd. We opened the store in May of 2002. For five years prior to that my wife Casey was in an antique co-op with Gene and Juanita Walton called Side Street Antiques. I have a great interest in the success of the Niles District and have seen it grow into what can truly be called a neighborhood where people know each other, help each other and support the local businesses. Niles has the most active listserv of any in the City and as the Chief of Police I was on that listserv along with over 40 others in Fremont. I can speak from personal experience that the Niles community is the most active and distinctive in the City of Fremont. I believe that my background, having been a member of several different Boards of Directors in my career including the California Police Chiefs Association which I am a past president of (2000-2001), the International Association of Chiefs of Police also a past president (2012-2013), S.A.V.E. (Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments) a local domestic violence shelter program and the incoming President in July 2015, the local Salvation Army Board (1994-1996) gives me a good perspective on being a Board member of the NMSA organization and I ask for your vote to remain on the Board.
Casey Steckler along with her daughter Rae opened the Iron Dog 15 1/2 years ago. Due to the recent passing of Casey, Rae and her dad Craig will continue to own and operate the Iron Dog. Rae’s vision for serving on the board is to be of service to town, finding the common ground we all share and value, bringing the ideas to fruition with flair while maintaining a respect for the historical significance. We are blessed to have a beautiful place in which to live, surrounded by incredible talent and, most importantly, a collection of people who care, there is a lot to work with here! The Niles Altar Walk for Day of the Dead was a project I orchestrated with the help of locals. The momentum continues with bringing in a Farmer’s Market and diverse music to our plaza concert series.
Owner of Color Me Quilts. California native. Grew up in Fremont. Graduated from JF Kennedy High School. Have worked as treasurer for many years for two nonprofit organizations, Camp St Francis and Quilts of Valor East Bay. I also work as an accountant/Billing Coordinator for a law firm in the city. Hope to utilize my talents to help promote NMSA mission statement.