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Below is a listing of the current County Council members and their contact information.

Geoff Rodgers, Council Chair

Term Ends: December 31, 2014

Geoff was elected to Los Alamos County Council in November 2010.  On January 8, 2013, he was elected as Council Chair.  Geoff previously served on Council from 2001 – 2004.

Geoff received his BA in Philosophy from University of Chicago.

He served over five years on active duty with the Army and eight years in the Reserves as a helicopter pilot.  Geoff’s career as a pilot included serving with the Florida Division of Forestry and Collier County Emergency Medical Services.  He also flew the WGN traffic copter in Chicago.

 After living in many different settings and places, Los Alamos is home.

 

Kristin Henderson, Council Vice Chair

Term Ends: 12/31/2016

Kristin and her family moved to Los Alamos in 2003, when her husband accepted a position at LANL. They feel fortunate to be raising two elementary-school aged children in such a vibrant community. As a Council member, Kristin wants to promote policies that benefit all of our citizens and broaden our economic base through “reasonable progress.” Kristin believes it is important to work with the Lab and our regional neighbors to create economic opportunities for the entire Northern New Mexico region, and to foster an environment that allows Los Alamos to be as dynamic as the people who call it home. 

Kristin served on the Trinity Site Redevelopment Project, a citizen committee that worked to bring the premier Smith's Marketplace in New Mexico to Los Alamos, which will open in 2014. She has also served as a Girl Scout Troop leader for many years, taught religion classes to children at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, and headed a neighborhood committee that built one of our community's newest play parks.

Kristin has a law degree from UCLA School of Law, and has worked in both law and the technology industry. Since 2006, Kristin has been an agent at RE/MAX of Los Alamos. Kristin’s many years working to help people and families move to and throughout Los Alamos and White Rock have given her a unique and diverse exposure to the benefits and challenges of our community.

Kristin is honored to represent her fellow citizens on County Council, and to have been elected Vice Chair by her fellow Councilors.

Fran Berting, Councilor

Term Ends: December 31, 2014
Background

Fran was born and brought up in the small town of Galion, Ohio, spending summers in a log cabin on the wooded shore of a Michigan lake.  Her last three years of high school were spent in a rural school outside Galion, with 12 classmates, 100 total students K through 12. 

Fran has a Bachelors degree in physics from Oberlin College and a Masters degree in physics from Smith College, a Ph.D. in materials science from University of Virginia, and a Certificate from the Segundo Curso Panamericano de Metalurgia Nuclear in Buenos Aires.

Current and Recent Community Service

County Council two terms - 2001-2008, 2011 - Council Chair 1 year, Vice Chair 2 years; Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) (national), Treasurer of ECA 2006 -2008, 2011; NM Municipal League Insurance Board 4 years, +2011; Northern NM Citizens' Advisory Board ~9 years, NNMCAB V-Chair 1 year, Com. Chair 4 years; Los Alamos/Sarov Sister Cities Initiative (LASSCI),  LASSCI Treasurer 2005 to present; Kiwanis member since 2000, 2011 Kiwanis President; Chamber of Commerce member since 2000; and Main Street Futures Committee 2004-present.

Career experience includes:

2 years at Bell Laboratories, working on the effects of composition on the properties of ceramic resistor bodies!

Just short of 10 years at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, analyzing a wide variety of materials by emission spectroscopy and setting up a service analytical electron microscopy laboratory.

A total of 19 years at Westinghouse Hanford, Boeing Computer Services, Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories.  Work at Hanford included electron microscopy of irradiated stainless steel reactor fuel rod cladding, setting up unclassified computer security regulations, and writing Environmental Impact Statements for reactor waste disposal across the country, among many other things. 

Priorities for the Community

Run a transparent, citizen-oriented government and honor citizen input.  Establish two-way communication between Council and the citizens

Develop policies to enhance downtown, encourage local shopping, attract high-tech and cottage enterprises, and increase economic diversity

Minimize uncertainty and delays in building permitting process; establish a true one-stop shop

Continue work started on the Trinity Place, A-19, the Municipal Building and other Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) under the CIP public information procedure

Steven Girrens, Councilor

Term Ends: 12/31/2016

Steve is committed to sustaining the quality of life we enjoy – a safe place to live, quality schools, unique recreational and cultural venues, and a “no better place” to raise a family.  He considers himself a champion for practical solutions that responsibly serve to balance our community’s expectations for services with available revenues and will make decisions to progress effective government.

Steve was elected to the Los Alamos Public Schools, Board of Education 2005-2009 serving one year each as President, Vice-President and Secretary over the 4-year term.

Steve was raised on a dairy and wheat farm outside Wichita, Kansas.  He moved to Los Alamos in January 1979 to accept a technical staff member position at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.  He met Sharon Stover, his wife of nearly 30 years, at a County parks and recreation function.  They live in White Rock and have two college age children, Quinn and Craig, who graduated from Los Alamos Public Schools.

Steve is a mechanical engineer (Ph.D. from Colorado State University) and a registered Professional Engineer in New Mexico since 1983.  He is currently the Associate Director for Engineering Sciences at the Los Alamos National Laboratory responsible for providing strategy and motivation to achieve Laboratory goals for prototype fabrication, applied engineering technology and accelerator operations and technology.  He has over 31 years at the Laboratory working as a practicing mechanical engineer and manager developing and applying engineering technologies to solve problems in energy and defense.

Priorities for the Community

A proponent of the County’s established economic vitality priorities.

An advocate for balanced community investments, especially infrastructure revitalization.

A voice for mutually beneficial collaborations with the schools.

A supporter of the positive momentum promoting regional partnerships and collaboration.

David Izraelevitz, Councilor

Term Ends: December 31, 2014

David IzraelevitzDavid Izraelevitz was selected by the Council to fill the unexpired term of James Hall, who was  appointed by Governor Martinez to be State House District 43 Representative. Hall filled the unexpired vacancy of Jeannette O. Wallace, who passed away unexpectedly in May, 2012.  On January 8, 2013, David was selected as Council Vice Chair. 

David is a first generation American, immigrating to the US at the age of eleven from Uruguay, South America.  He moved to Los Alamos in 1995 from Boston with his wife Terry, and his three children Joseph, Jacob and Adam.

David has been involved in many community organizations in Los Alamos, including the Lunch Buddies Program at Barranca Mesa Elementary, the local middle school MathCounts team, the Los Alamos Employees' Scholarship Fund, the J.R. Oppenheimer Memorial Committee, and the local section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.  He has also been very active in the Los Alamos Jewish Center, serving in a variety of board positions, including President 1999-2001 and 2009-2011.  He was a member of the Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission from 2004-2009, serving as chair 2008-2009, and most recently was a member of the Los Alamos County Charter Review Committee until his appointment to the Los Alamos County Council in July 2011.

David telecommuted the first ten years living in Los Alamos developing computer algorithms in automated terrain analysis for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).  He joined LANL in 2005, where he is currently a Research Engineer and Senior Project Leader.  He received the B.S. degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the S.M., E.E., and Sc.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

Rick Reiss, Councilor

Term Ends: December 31, 2014
Appointed by Council on September 6, 2012 to fill a vacant unexpired term, Rick is a local small businessman and real estate developer. He has lived in Los Alamos since 1993. He was raised in southern New Mexico, received his Bachelors degree from New Mexico State University and is married to Deborah Reiss. They have 2 grown children, Rikki and Jason. The children graduated from Los Alamos High School and are successful in their careers in Texas.

Rick is active in Kiwanis, is a graduate of Leadership Los Alamos, a former co-chair, with his wife, for United Way, and a former board member of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. 
 

Pete Sheehey, Councilor

Term Ends: 12/31/2016

Pete Sheehey has lived and worked in Los Alamos since 1986. Pete comes from a California working class family that placed great importance on getting a good education.  He earned a scholarship to go to college at UC Santa Cruz, served as a computer technician in the US Air Force from 1976 to 1979, worked as a field engineer, and then went back to school to become a scientist.  After finishing a PhD in Physics at UCLA, he worked as a computational physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory on controlled fusion nuclear energy and nuclear weapons safety and reliability.  He retired in April 2012 from the Lab.  His interests include renewable energy, preservation of the environment, and music.  He is an avid runner, hiker, and a long-time member of the Los Alamos Mountaineers Club (lamountaineers.org). 

 Pete has been active in political and community affairs.  He has worked since the 1990's with the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security (www.lacacis.org), a bi-partisan group that studies arms control and advocates for sound treaties and policies that increase our national security.  He served on the Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission from 2008 to 2012, also serving for several years on the P&Z Board of Adjustment.  At the 2012 Redistricting Special Session of the New Mexico Legislature, Pete worked successfully with Los Alamos County Councilors, State Representatives, and others to keep Los Alamos County in a single legislative district.  He has also advocated for other issues at the New Mexico Roundhouse and the US Congress.

 The main effort of his campaign for County Council in 2012 was to knock on thousands of people’s doors in Los Alamos and White Rock, introduce himself, and ask what are their concerns about their county government.  They told him they are concerned about aggressive spending being done by the county, when the Lab's budget, the main source of the county's income, is being cut.  At the same time, they want us to go ahead with needed investments in education, infrastructure, and economic development: things that will help make this town more inviting to everyone, from students and single people, to families with children, to retirees.  Having played all of those roles in his time here, Pete aims to help find a balance between these concerns.  People are in pretty good agreement on priorities: public safety, infrastructure, education, and economic development, followed by improving our recreational amenities.  Pete is focused on communication to build consensus, prioritization, fiscal responsibility, and sustainability.  If we focus on these things, we will be able to afford all of the important things for our community, even in challenging times.

Contact Information
County Administrator's Office 
Laura Beckley 
Los Alamos County 
505-663-1750