Respect the neighborhood,
be part of the community

We are neighbors who care about the community, our city and our world. 


What We Do

  • Publish and distribute our quarterly newsletter, NOPNA News, to the neighborhood.
  • Organize neighborhood events including the annual Block Party, Halloween Extravaganza, and Holiday Party.
  • Hold bi-monthly neighborhood meetings focusing on safety and other areas of neighborhood concern.
  • Advocate for neighborhood improvements like the recent Panhandle Park upgrades.




Charles Dupigny has lived in the neighborhood since 2010, and has actively been a board member for 5 years. Charles is interested in being a community advocate, sustaining an eclectic, diverse, and connected community.


Dera-Jill Pozner and her husband have lived around the Panhandle since 1999, including 11 years in the North Panhandle, where she also operates her architecture and design firm.


Mike Leeder has lived in the neighborhood since 2004 and has two young boys. In addition, Mike is a Co-Founder of Bytes for Bits, an after school organization teaching grade school kids to code software.

Leela Gill, a 20+ year resident, enjoys the neighborhood with her two boys and husband.  She is active in NOPNA community safety and event planning.


Jason Cauthen is a San Francisco native who loves Bay to Breakers. He moved to this neighborhood in 2011 with his wife and kids. When not working, commuting, editing the NOPNA News or spending time with his family - Jason enjoys brief excursions on his bike. Reach out to him at


Jeff Dewey and his wife, Megan, have lived in the neighborhood since 2010. Their six-year-old daughter is proud to be a NOPA native. Jeff has been updating the NOPNA website and welcomes any feedback at

Tim Hickey and his wife, Leah, have lived in the neighborhood since 2010 and can be seen with their son, Liam, biking and walking through the area. 


JJ Strahle a past NOPNA Board President, he and his wife met while walking their dogs in the Panhandle. They are now raising their two children and sending them to local public schools. JJ is focused on government-community relations, safety, and promoting local businesses.


Noreen Vokić is interested in neighborhood safety and creating a community via social gatherings. She has lived in NOPA since 2013 with her husband Dom (NOPA resident since 2007). Noreen is a Nurse Practitioner at Stanford Hospital.


NOPNA is a non-profit organization of neighbors, who care about the community, our city, and our world. Our mission is to establish neighborhood unity, maintain multi-ethnic, multi-cultural diversity, foster a sense of neighborhood pride, promote a safe and clean community, and improve the quality of life for all residents of the neighborhood.


NOPNA was started in 1991 as a response to drug-related crime in the neighborhood.

The "Respect the Neighborhood" campaign was founded as a response to drug activity in the area at the time but has evolved to represent more than just a battle against crime; it is a mantra that means we want a clean and safe environment where every neighbor is respected and included in our community.

NOPNA Board members receive no compensation other than the neighborly goodwill. All programs and projects are initiated and maintained by volunteers who are passionate about creating a community that cares about each other.

If you have questions or any interest joining the NOPNA board, please contact