Leucadia Board of Directors

Leucadia 101 Main Street Mission: To support the Historic Leucadia North Coast Highway 101 Corridor by enhancing its economic and civic vitality, which includes promotion and marketing its vision, fostering partnerships, retail development and a ‘sense of place’ while acting as the lead advocate for its historic preservation and community cultivation through the engagement of all its citizens.”

The Leucadia 101 Main Street Board of Directors are dedicated to the Historic Preservation and Revitalization of Leucadia's N. Coast Hwy. 101 Corridor and provide valuable oversight in guiding the organization, and is actively involved in planning and implementing projects in the Leucadia 101 Main Street program area. These volunteers are elected by Leucadia 101 members and serve a three year term. The Board is made up of property owners and business owners in the Main Street program area, as well as Leucadia residents who are committed to and an advocate for the Main Street philosophy and the goals of the Leucadia 101 Main Street.

Kevin Doyle

Trained as an Industrial Designer, Kevin has worked as a truck driver, an oriental rug salesman, a furniture designer, a screen printer and a computer programmer. In 2003 he and his wife Malin moved from Sweden to Leucadia and opened deepFLING Scandinavian Jewelry on Hwy 101. Kevin's been a member of the our Board since 2005 and is active in our Internet and Graphics development. You can find him each year doing setup at the Leucadia Roadside Park for the LeucadiArt Walk. He tells us that he's most proud of the concrete stamps in our "temporary" sidewalks. Kevin also serves as a planning commissioner for the City of Encinitas.

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Nikolas Harth
Vice President

Nikolas was born and raised in Leucadia. He has spent his whole life enjoying the amazing lifestyle that Leucadia provides, and now he believes it is time for to give back. Nikolas represents local business owners and brings a sense of inclusion for his generation to the Main Street community in an effort to create a greater unity in our community as a whole. Being a local business owner, he is invested in maintaining the lifestyle he grew up with, and the success of Leucadia for future generations.

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Karolina Harth

Karolina Harth moved to Leucadia in 2011 after graduating from the University of San Diego and instantly fell in love with the community, it’s charm, and the amazing local people. After spending 7+ years in Accounting/Corporate Finance for large global companies, Karolina has recently transitioned into a more local role which includes the management of her family’s small businesses. Karolina is excited to join the Board as Treasurer where she can leverage her Accounting/Finance background and serve her local community.

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Todd Derr

Todd is the General Manager at the Leucadia Beach Inn (LBI) and Property Manager for Gold Coast Enterprises, owner of the Gold Coast Plaza.   Prior to that, he was the Operations Manager at LEGOLAND California and also coordinated all aspects for the planning and execution of many LEGOLAND Golf Tournaments. One of his goals in 2012 at LBI was to bring more synergy to local businesses in and around our Inn, and he wants to use this model with the Leucadia 101 site.  There are so many businesses that can work together to help drive business to each other’s store fronts.  Spending the last ten years involved in this community, he has seen all the great things Leucadia 101 has done and looks forward to being a part of its future growth and impact.

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Nathan Mertz
Design Committee Chair

Nathan loves Leucadia!  Nathan is a 21 year resident of Encinitas, and loves all that this city has to offer.  In his free time he and his wife and hit the beach, surf and enjoy everything about this special place.  When we are not doing that, they are either traveling or working on our 64 year old house in Leucadia. Nathan graduated from SDSU with a degree in Urban Planning.  He also has a masters degree from CSULB. He has 16 years experience in planning and construction management. Having an in depth knowledge of the N. Coast Hwy 101 corridor and the N. Coast Hwy 101 Streetscape project, he will be a crucial resource for the Main Street and the businesses as the project moves through the approval process and enters the construction phase. Most recently he worked with Main Street Oceanside as the Project Manager for the Mission Avenue Improvement Project in downtown Oceanside.  This complete street project converted a four lane road into a two lane one way street couplet over four city blocks.  These improvements allowed for wider sidewalks, outdoor dinning, bicycle facilities, enhanced landscaping and lighting, parallel and reverse angle parking and storm water treatment facilities.  The end result of this multi-year planning and construction project has stimulated corridor businesses by attracting additional customers from the beach and new business start ups.  The project was awarded an Active Transportation Grant from SANDAG in the amount of $1.5 million which Nathan administered as well. He looks forward to supporting Leucadia 101 in any way he can!

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Peter Curry
Economic Development Chair

Peter is a founding board member, and over the years, has served on various committees and in several capacities.  He has been involved in the community since 1990 and is a commercial property owner on Hwy 101.  Peter is passionate about keeping the character of Leucadia, while enhancing its many unique qualities.

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Matt Delvecchio

In 2012, Head Quack Matt DelVecchio was living it up in cozy New York City. He was brewing away in his casa with the ultimate dream of owning his own craft brewery, funded by his day job as a financial planner. But it was his degree in sculpture that helped his artistic vision overcome the powerful din of the nearby Stock Exchange. Wrench in his plan: Celiac Disease. As his gluten-filled world came crashing down, his wife, Katie, gave him a swift kick in the pants. Make lemons into beer. He discovered a novel way to make beer with a natural enzyme that does nothing more than remove gluten from beer. Rejoice! Soon, the mild-mannered man with the malt mustache and his wife headed west to Encinitas. And they had a kid. And then a San Diego craft brewery and tasting room. And then another kid. And they love then all. To Duck Foot!

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Michael Schmitt
Promotion Committee Chair

Michael grew up on Long Island, NY and graduated from the University of Notre Dame before moving to Leucadia in 2009. Michael instantly fell in love with Leucadia. In 2010 Michael founded Summer Fun on the 101 Leucadia’s Music Festival which has grown into a highly anticipated and beloved community event.  Michael hosts regular poetry and music gatherings at Ducky Waddle’s, the Encinitas Library, and Bar Leucadian.  He coordinates all of the music for the Leucadia 101 Main Street events and was recently awarded Director of the Year in 2015. He strives to promote the vibrant arts scene and local businesses through his work as a Leucadia 101 Main Street Board member.

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Katie Walsh

Katie, and her husband Matt, visited Leucadia for a long weekend eight years ago and never left. Katie is a Peabody and Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker with a focus on sports stories. Katie has covered four Olympic Games and is currently working on a documentary series that will air during the 2021 Tokyo Games. Katie and Matt are also small business owners and manage the local brewery, Duck Foot Brewing Company. Their son is a first grader at Paul Ecke and their daughter goes to preschool at The Seed School in Leucadia. They spend their weekends at Beacon’s Beach, the Leucadia Farmer’s Market and the YMCA.  

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Eric Zamora

Eric is the proud owner of Solomon and Co. Hair Studio. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, he moved to Maui in 1997, where he met his wife. In 2001, they moved to North County San Diego and lived in Carlsbad and Oceanside before settling into Leucadia in 2010. Erik and his wife love raising their two kids in Leucadia and growing their businesses.

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Josh Roush

Born in Encinitas, Josh Roush enjoys all things creative, adventuring, and exploring the outdoors.

Most notably he is the CEO & Co-Founder of Movetic, an Award-Winning Branding Agency located in Leucadia, Ca.

Since the age of 19, Josh has worked with brands such as HP, Lyft, Reef, Verizon, the Dew Tour, Hilton, YMCA, Better Buzz, Sun Bum, and many more.

Fueled by the Stay Moving lifestyle, he leverages the power of photography, design, and technology to create experiences that are real, relevant, and above all else, memorable.

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Charles Marvin

Charles is a 40-year resident of Leucadia, and is now a retired attorney.  Charley is a Founding Board member and served as President 2008-2010.  He and his wife own the Leucadia Beach Inn and the Gold Coast Boutique Shopping Center on Hwy 101 in Leucadia.  For the last 35 years, he has devoted time and support for the revitalization of Leucadia 101’s business district, and continues to do so.

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John Abate

John Abate is a 10+ year resident of Leucadia. Born and raised in Clinton, Connecticut graduating from The Morgan School, he then attended Colorado State University and holds a B.S in Natural Resource Management. Today he serves as Co-Founder and CEO of JoJé Bar, an award winning nutrition and energy bar. John also enjoys cycling and races as an elite category 1 cyclist, hiking and backpacking in the Sierras, yoga and mindfulness based meditation, reading, cooking, and staying active volunteering within the community of Encinitas. John has spent most of his time advocating safer streets for cyclists and pedestrians after being hit by a car in 2016 in Encinitas. He faced serious trauma and was almost paralyzed after suffering numerous fractures to his spine and throughout his body. His comeback to cycling racing and pursuing his active hobbies is a testament to the quality of health, nutrition, and the outpouring of support and help he received during his recovery from friends and residents of Encinitas. John studied Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at UCSD and continues to share his story of recovery and hope through speaking events and podcasts throughout San Diego to help inspire others.

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Leucadia 101 Main Street Staff

Annika Walden
Executive Director

A Leucadia resident for over 10 years, Walden looks forward to representing her community and the vision of the organization to advocate for historic preservation, support a thriving business district, and contribute to a vital and engaged citizenry in Leucadia. Annika's previous experience as the Executive Director of Cardiff 101 Main Street Association will serve her as she gained significant experience in events, public affairs, organizational management, public policy, program development, marketing, and economic development. Most recently Annika played an integral part of the launch and opening of Surfhouse Boutique Hotel.

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