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About Us

Meet Your Board


Karen Edwards

BCBA President and

BC Main Street Chairwoman

Karen grew up in Oklahoma, but spent vacations in places like Colorado and California.  She has a boundless appreciation for the natural world and a passion for the historic.  As a teenager, she moved to California and earned a degree in marine biology.  She also has strong ties to the music community and is a nature photographer.  She honed her leadership skills while managing a mountaineering store and then 22 years at a local bank.  A love of history and people has been a constant. Finding a place in the BCBA and Main Street has felt like finding a home. To her, the reward is found in the community enjoying the successes of the town's revitalization.


Frankie Brenchley

BCBA Secretary and

Owner of the Tree House Cafe

Frankie owns the Boulder Creek Tree House Cafe located at the north end of downtown Boulder Creek.  She loves her community and has lived here most of her life.  She has proudly served on the BCBA Board for almost 5 years. She has enjoyed actively engaging in community outreach and serving Boulder Creek with dignity and love.  She is honored to work with individuals and organizations who want to see Boulder Creek and the surrounding areas thrive.  She enjoys planning and participating in community events.


Emily Allis

 BCBA Director and Owner of Little Forest Bakery

Emily Allis, owner of Little Forest Bakery, was born and raised in the Bay Area.  She is a classically trained pastry chef, specializing in a wide variety of baked goods and dietary restrictions. She recently competed in an international competition for the Greatest Baker and achieved semi-finalist status. When she isn't baking she enjoys stand up comedy, listening to music, true crime podcasts, and spending time with her cats, dogs and pet chickens.



Tamara O'Kelly

BCBA Vice President and

BC Main Street Chairwoman


Tamara’s diverse background includes a sign business, veterinary medicine, medical research, landscape architecture, and running an historic Inn.  She now spends much of her time tending to her mini-farm & gardens.  Tamara’s most passionate focus however has been improving downtown Boulder Creek, often working directly with various agencies, bureaucracies, politicians, and community groups to get things done!  She has spearheaded many projects in town including the acorn lights that line the downtown sidewalks, the lights on the downtown buildings and the historic style benches and trash cans.


Julie Horner

BCBA Director and Co-Owner of the San Lorenzo Valley Post

Julie, a longtime SLV resident and a technical writer in Silicon Valley, co-founded and is managing editor of the SLV Post newspaper.  An avid volunteer, she dedicates her time to several local organizations including the Boulder Creek IOOF, KBCZ Radio of Boulder Creek, the Celtic Society of the Monterey Bay, and the BCBA.  Active in the music community, she promotes live performances county wide and plays the hammered dulcimer and fiddle in Irish pubs throughout the greater San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas.


Christina Re

BCBA Director and Co-Owner of Partners in Camera

Christina is the life of the party wherever she goes and a dancing machine that is guaranteed to lift your spirits no matter your mood. She's a great listener and the best plant mother. She loves creating raps themed for your day and putting a smile on others' faces. When she isn't busy running her own photography business with her wife Shannon, you can find her curled up by the television watching her classics or some trash television with a nice hot cup of tea or coffee. 


Robin Imholte

BCBA Treasurer and

Owner of Messy Play Kits

Robin, mom to the BCBA's newest honorary member, is the owner of Messy Play Kits.  Using her degree in human development and psychology, she makes and sells sensory activity kits for kids.   You've probably seen her spatter painted car driving around town!  Robin has been on the BCBA Board for a few years now and has loved the personal connections she's gained from it.  Boulder Creek is her favorite place she's ever lived, and she's lived in a lot of places!  When she's not mixing up a batch of slime or oobleck for work, she likes to cook, wander in the redwoods and spend time with her family.


Kim McCann

 BCBA Director, Nurse and

Co-Owner of River Dogs

Kim is a co-owner of BC River Dogs.  That's not all she does, though. She's also a licensed pediatric nurse practitioner working at Good Samaritan Hospital.  She's on the board of the CA Assoc. of Nurse Practitioners, as well.  Originally from New York, she moved to SoCal when she was a child and found her way to Boulder Creek via Fort Ord in 2018. Kim has lived with Type 1 diabetes for most of her life.  It's inspired her to become an avid cyclist, taking part in 12 century rides to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Giving back is second nature to Kim!


Shannon Somers

BCBA Director and Co-Owner of Partners in Camera

Shannon is an all around adventure seeker. She loves to explore new things and challenge herself in new ways.  In doing so, she never stops learning about this planet and people around her. She loves backpacking, hiking, reading, laughing, creating and hanging out with people that lift her up. She is continuously finding new things she wants to try like rock climbing and mountain biking. One of her favorite adventures was marrying her wife (been together for 16 years) and running their photography business together for the last 12 years.

Vision Misson Approach

Photos by Partners in Camera


  • Protect-natural and historic resources

  • Preserve-historic character and small town identity

  • Promote-social equality, stewardship, strengthen bonds

  • Vision Statement


  • Engage community

  • Facilitate volunteerism

  • Support local businesses

  • Mission Statement


  • Expand economic vitality

  • Enhance historic character

  • Promote events and marketing

  • Build leadership

  • Approach Statement

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Our mission is to enhance and promote the economic vitality, historic pride & community spirit of Boulder Creek. Projects are completed by volunteers with a passion for all that Boulder Creek has to offer.


Boulder Creek is named for the Creek that runs through the north end of the town. Boulder Creek served as the upper terminus of the San Lorenzo Valley Logging Flume, which began construction in 1874 and when formally opened in October 1875 was augmented by a new rail line to transport logs to the wharf in Santa Cruz. In the 1880s, this lumber town which was called Lorenzo took the name of the Boulder Creek post office that had been established in the 1870s.

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