About Us

Gerald Turetzky – President

Gerald has moved to Northern California 23 years ago. Desperate to find a home in a market without much availability, they fell in love with Rancho San Miguel the minute they turned down Los Cerros Avenue. It became their home with his wife, Patti and daughters Ali and Tatum.

Gerald has a passion for mid century modern design having grown up in a post and beam home in Del Mar. This wonderful neighborhood has provided him with many opportunities to explore this design and create a fun place to live.
This is his second stint on the RSM Board. He served for 10 years on the RSM Swim Club Board with 6 years as president. Gerald served many years as Coach and Vice President on the Board of Walnut Creek Soccer Club.

Michael Balistreri – Vice President

Michael moved into their Eichler in RSM in 2012.  Him and his family are enormous fans of midcentury architecture and the community that is RSM.

Having served on the board these recent years, Michael is proud of the continued legacy that he has contributed to, in furtherance of the decades of leadership that have preceded him.

He is looking forward to continuing his contributions to the RSMA board, navigating the most effective path to address myriad neighborhood perspectives and capitalize on the resurgent energy and attention on the RSMA.  With firsthand knowledge of RSMA’s efforts these past few years, as well as the ability to provide legal color to the issues affecting our neighborhood, he brings another set of resources to the RSMA to complement the other board members.


Dean Lundstrom – Architecture and History

Dean moved to Rancho San Miguel in 2008 and immediately discovered the strong sense of community and friendly neighbors that make this neighborhood such an enjoyable place to live.  He joined the RSMA Board in January 2013 to become more involved.  Since then he has sat on the Civics Committee and has helped to put on multiple events for the community.  His passion for mid-century architecture came through as the chair for an informative discussion panel on Home Renovation, and as a docent on the Mayor’s Second Saturday guided walk of several homes in our neighborhood.  Dean believes it’s important to develop and strengthen relationships not only between ourselves as neighbors, but also with our local schools, hospitals, businesses, and the City government.


Brian Maher – Treasurer

Member since September 2013

Brian appreciates the opportunity to contribute to our special neighborhood, and support community development.


Monique Pickering – Communications Director

Member since March 2018 – Monique has lived in the RSM neighborhood with her husband and 2 children since 2013.

Monique is very passionate about the environment. Her slogan is: “Think globally Act locally”. In her role as the Recycle Club lead of Walnut Acres Elementary, she helps children get started early on and understand the significance of this matter.

She joined the board 2 years ago to become the RSMA social media contact, and to support organizing environmentally friendly events.


Darren Murata – Secretary

Darren has been a resident in Rancho San Miguel since 2013. His wife and him fell in love with the mid-century modern houses and the wonderful neighborhood that surrounds it. He has always loved that the RSMA puts on fun and informative events, while also providing  a channel for civic discussion and helping to safeguard our community.

Darren has a creative background, founded my own agency and also currently serve on the Oakland Asian Cultural Center board, which I enjoy supporting the arts and humanities. He is looking forward to help organize and strengthen the RSMA, and have a direct influence on outreach and marketing.

Peter Brewer

Peter and his family have been living in Rancho San Miguel since 1989.  Their three boys all went through the local schools. It was their pleasure to do what they could to add to our neighborhood.  Peter did two terms as President of the RSM Swim Club, and did meet setup duties for 15 years.

For the last dozen or so years they have hosted a New Year’s Open House for neighbors to offer a place within walking distance of their houses to celebrate the event.  And as well, in the last eight or nine years Peter has been known as the “oyster guy” for providing oysters at the annual Labor Day Party.  Draft beer, too.

Peter has fully enjoyed all of the events that the RSMA has put on, and is appreciative of the efforts to represent our neighborhood concerns to the City of Walnut Creek.   This is a great neighborhood with a strong identity and civic awareness.   He is glad to be helpful on those accounts as a Board member.  Especially on all those social events.


Charlotte Rawa

Charlotte has been resident since 2005 and has loved making wonderful friends in this neighborhood. For the last six years, you’ve known her as Easter Bunny.  She has been under cover as the Bunny during the annual Easter Egg Hunt in the park!  It’s been something I look forward every year.  She also has volunteered for many of the events and donated wine to the events.

As a Board member, she is looking forward to volunteer for all of the various events.