Keeping Bear Valley residents
informed and involved.

BVRI elections will occur in February. Eligible voters will receive their ballot via election buddy. There will be 5 positions up for election. Prospective candidates statements will be posted below.

Mike Bassoni

Greetings. My name is Mike Bassoni and I am enthusiastically interested in serving on the BVRI board. My wife and I purchased our Creekside condo in 2015 which has allowed us many wonderful experiences in the Bear Valley area, both hiking in the summer and skiing on the mountain. We have also greatly enjoyed the music festival and the magical effect it has over the village each summer. My history in the Sierras is extensive, having worked as an outdoor educator in the 70’s, climber, backcountry skier and whitewater enthusiast. The “Range of Light” has always been a special part of my life and Bear Valley has allowed myself and family to continue that sense of mountain connection. I recently retired after 40 years in private education, having served as Facilities Director for a 130 year old institution in the Bay Area. As a part of my role, I managed daily operations, annual budgeting and served as construction coordinator for several ground up building projects, some of which include land acquisitions from public agencies. I view myself as a problem solver and enjoy assisting others in achieving their goals.

Eric Jung

Eric Jung has been a fullltime resident of Bear Valley since 1969. Served 15 years as County Supervisor. Publish the monthly Cub Reporter newspaper for 25 years. Broker/partner at Bear Valley Real Estate. President of the BV Music Festival 2 years. Advocate of forest health through thinning. I believe in the importance of BVRI and the CC&Rs, and interacting with the CSA Board, the County, and the Business Association, to keep our far flung owner community connected and informed. I would appreciate your vote.

Karen Kesner

My husband and I have enjoyed Bear Valley for more than sixteen years. We cherish the area so much that we purchased a home three years ago. My husband is a volunteer ski patroller, and our daughters are on the devo all-mountain and race ski teams. We care deeply about the area and the community. I am active in charity work and my children’s school. My professional background is in business development, sales, strategic alliances and planning. It would be a pleasure to join the BVRI Board to assist its current mission and objectives as well as collaborate on new programs and services. I have a zest for bringing people together and feel my background can assist in several of the Board committees that support our neighborhood. 

Sue Olsen

I’m excited about the opportunity to join the BVRI board. Our family became owners in 2018. Prior to that, we were often guests of our current partners. We truly enjoy Bear Valley and all that it has to offer during the four seasons. For me, I enjoy community projects and community involvement. I’ve supported a few projects in the past, including updated signs at both beaches and was part of a sub-committee (during COVID) providing proposed COVID solutions to the BVRI board depending on what direction of the pandemic going into the summer of 2021.

As a board member, areas of interest for me are creating and re-establishing recreational activities throughout the village. A refresh in some recreational areas could be a big plus in addition to enjoying the lake, hikes and biking. Top of mind for me are the outdoor fitness/exercise course, frisbee golf, and the beach volleyball court. I’d love to organize and work with volunteer teams that share similar interests. Community and engagement make Bear Valley a special place!

When we’re not in BV, we reside in the Bay Area and I’m Chief People Officer at Cala Health. We have three grown sons, a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter.

Bonnie Powell

I was introduced to Bear Valley by a friend in February 2016 and absolutely fell in love with it. We bought our place on Upper Orvis that fall. My husband and now-teenager visit often to ski, hike, bike, and swim, but we also rent our cabin via VRBO, managing the property ourselves. I strive to be a responsible community member by making sure our renters follow all Bear Valley rules and norms. In addition to being a BVRI member since 2016, I’m active on Nextdoor and a BV Co-Op member. I’d like to join the BVRI board in order to assist with communications and community building, particularly by making the website even more helpful to new owners and looking at ways to increase membership and volunteering. Professionally, I’m a director of communications for a college-completion nonprofit and a former reporter with strong Web and social media skills. 

Jill Wegenstein

My family and I have been active BV homeowners and BVRI members since 1994. As a current BVRI board member, I volunteer for BVRI lot inspections and serve on both the membership and nominating committees. In addition, for the last several years, I have served as VP of the board. In 2005, my family built a home in the village so I am also familiar with the ARC process. I am a strong supporter of the CC&R requirements and am deeply committed to the future of BV. In addition to my board work, a fellow board member and I were instrumental in initiating and implementing our updated website and creating our BV NextDoor community site. Previously I was an Alpine County School Board Member for 2 terms. I am asking for your support to continue serving on our BVRI Board. Thank you

Next BVRI Board Meeting:

Date: May 19

Time: 4pm

Location: Zoom. Non-board members must register and request the zoom link, which will be emailed before the meeting:

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