Meet the Team

Kathy Cordova, Executive Editor

Kathy Cordova’s childhood dream was to grow up to be Barbara Walters. Her adult reality included working as a software sales rep, entrepreneur, television talk show host and freelance writer before landing the current version of her dream job – the editor of a small-town newspaper. Reach Kathy at

Charleen Earley, Editor-in-Chief

Charleen “Charlie” Earley is a 26-year freelance writer and photographer for Bay Area newspapers. Currently a journalism professor at Diablo Valley College, she began her position as Editor-in-Chief of The Orinda News Sept. 2020. She’s “Grammy” to two beautiful grandkids who live in Texas. Reach Charlie at

Mimi Bommarito

Mimi Bommarito – Originally a southerner, Mimi has called Orinda home since 2007. A wife and mother of three “locally-grown” daughters, she has enjoyed crafting her lighthearted humor column, Everyday Orinda, since 2018. She runs daily with her two English Shepherds and devours any and all types of ancestry research. Reach Mimi at

David Born

David Born is an Orinda financial advisor and proprietor of Private Financial Management LLC. He began working in personal finance in 2006 after graduating from UC Berkeley. He holds the CFA and CFP designations. David was raised in Orinda and returned home in 2016. Reach David at

Carson Cordova

Carson Cordova is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder. He has experience in retail sales and management. In his free time, he enjoys being outside and staying active, playing music with friends and traveling when given the opportunity. Reach Carson at

David Dierks

David Dierks started writing for The Orinda News in 2009. Since then, David has become Assistant Editor and does the paper’s layout. David volunteers during the summer months with the Orinda Starlight Village Players as Technical Director and set builder. Reach David at

Bobbie Dodson

Bobbie Dodson moved to Meadow Lane, Orinda, in 1955, where she and her husband, Wally, raised their children. She began writing for The Orinda News in 1987 when it was a three-section paper. She has three daughters, four grandchildren and three great grands. She enjoys tennis, gardening and her church, LOPC. Reach Bobbie at

Kathy Enzerink

Kathy Enzerink joined The Orinda News in 2018. She has been a writer, reporter, journalist and editor for decades. Through careers in international shipping and farming/ranching, she continued to use these skills, plus started a newspaper in North Carolina. She publishes holiday coloring books and strives to take the perfect photo. Reach Kathy at

Xavier Estrada

Xavier Estrada joined The Orinda News in 2021 as a writer. He is one of Orinda’s experienced automotive enthusiasts. His passion for cars started when he was a kid and his automotive career began in 2014. Reach Xavier at

David Fonseca

David Fonseca is a Bay Area writer whose work has included technical writing and technical journalism. He’s a self-confessed “word nerd” with a passion for language. Although he’s lived elsewhere, this Orinda native still feels right at home anywhere in Lamorinda. Reach David at at

Jill Gelster

Jill Gelster has worked at The Orinda News since 2002. Gelster is also the administrative director of the Orinda Starlight Village Players, who have brought community theater to Orinda for the past 38 years. She is also co-chair with Bill Waterman of the Orinda Classic Car Show. Reach Jill at

S. K. Gupta

S. K. Gupta, contributing writer for The Orinda News, is a former senior aerospace executive. A licensed ham radio operator, he is active in Orinda’s emergency preparedness scene. Founder of Asian American Directors network, he received the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor award in 2010. Reach S. K. at

Jeff Heyman

Jeff Heyman, photographer for The Orinda News, has served as Public Information Officer for United Nations Peacekeeping, taught journalism at Oakland’s Laney College, and oversaw communications at the City of Lafayette. He, his wife Sari and their rescue mutt Natalie, live in Orinda. Reach Jeff at

Sally Hogarty

Sally Hogarty has been a journalist for over 35 years. She has written for Diablo Magazine, Oakland Tribune, Alameda Journal and was the editor for The Orinda News for over 29 years. Hogarty currently writes a weekly performing arts column for the East Bay Times and for the Concord/Clayton Pioneer. Reach Sally at

Barbara Kobsar

Barbara Kobsar is a 33-year veteran food writer and jam maker. Starting her work with CCCFM (Contra Costa Certified Farmers’ Markets) in 1990, she now writes for local publications and creates jams using produce sourced at farmers’ markets in Orinda, San Ramon and Walnut Creek. Reach Barbara at

Melanie Light

Melanie Light has three published books and is a fine art consultant and appraiser by day. In her spare time, she promotes wildfire safety through the Orinda Firewise Council as a co-founder, Orinda’s Measure R commission and her own neighborhood Firewise group. Reach Melanie at

Dick Ling

Dick Ling was a licensed architect in California for over 30 years and retired in 2010. During his career, he continued his lifelong love of cartooning since childhood. For the last 60 years, his cartoons have been published in newspapers in Taiwan and the United States as well as appearing in The Orinda News since the late 80s. View his cartoons at

Andrea Madison

Andrea Madison joined The Orinda News staff in 2021. She holds a true passion for the written word, serving as Editor-in-Chief of Diablo Valley College’s The Inquirer for three consecutive semesters. She currently also writes for CalMatters. She is a lover of history, music, antiques as well as her family and friends. Reach Andrea at

Tristan Shaughnessy

Tristan Shaughnessy has written for The Orinda News since June 2021. He started reporting while at Diablo Valley College, quickly developing an interest in local politics and talking with community members. He now studies at U C Berkeley where he enjoys reading outside and playing pick-up soccer. Reach Tristan at

Tom Westlake

Tom Westlake has been obsessed with the cinema and the film arts since the late 60s. It is never wise to talk about movies near him. Reach Tom at