Current board of directors list:

Enda Brennan

Santa Cruz, CA (New)

Enda is currently treasurer and past president of the local Grey Bears non-profit. He is also on the Board of the Homeless garden project and Cyclists for Cultural Exchange and was appointed Commissioner to the city of Santa Cruz Downtown Commission. Enda was a hostel guest in dozens of International Hostels in his early adult years. He hopes to help our local hostel thrive. 

Nancy worked for HI-USA for 14 years as a Hostel Evaluator from 2005 to the present, evaluating hostels in the U.S. including the Santa Cruz Hostel. She also worked as a hostel General Manager for 6 years. Nancy's goals would be to help increase overnights and improve the hostel facility. 

San Marcos, TX (New)

Nancy Harris



Santa Cruz, CA (Incumbent)

Having been a hosteller for most of her life, Terri has been a supporter of the Santa Cruz Hostel for the last 30 years, showing her dedication to the development and operation of the hostel as architect, volunteer, Board Member, and past president. Terri is a local architect, whose work in historic preservation can be seen all over Santa Cruz County, including the Hostel at Carmelita Cottages. She is also the architect for other hostels in California including the Monterey Hostel, City Center Hostel and Pigeon Point Hostel. Terri became a consulting architect to HI-USA advising on hostel design in many parts of the country and authoring the "Design Guidelines for Mid-Size Hostels" commissioned by HI-USA. Terri currently serves as SCHS Secretary. 

Sheryl McEwan

As a commissioner on the Scotts Valley Arts Commission, Sheryl organized the first Art walk for Scotts Valley and worked on getting a small grant. She also started the Open Garden and English Tea Luncheon for St. Phillips Church. This continues as an annual fund-raising event for the church. She started and organized all aspects of the Garden faire from 2006 to 2018, including recruiting speakers, vendors, food trucks and musicians; designing the layout and directing volunteers. As vice-president of the Monterey Bay Iris Society for 8 years, Sheryl recruited monthly guest speakers and helped to present regional conferences hosted by MBIS in 2005 and 2015. Sheryl's hostelling experience relates to her enjoyment of travel and her experience of hostelling in Germany. Her goals are to enhance the property, help with volunteers and with events. 

Scotts Valley, CA (New)

Momoko Ito

Rohnert Park, CA (New)

Momoko loves traveling and used to travel by bicycle in Japan and stayed at several hostels that were a fun experience. She is currently working as a school nurse and has rental property that is similar to a hostel, Momoko loves her stays at hostels, so she wants to contribute time to the Santa Cruz Hostel Society in appreciation for what she has received from hostelling.

Tom has a background and experience with numerous nonprofit organizations and public agencies at the local, statewide and federal levels. His hostelling interest rests on the conceptual appeal of this worldwide program of service for travelers of all ages. Tom's hostelling experience is limited except for volunteering with SCHS for the past year in the development of the Carmelita Cottages gardens. His goals for SCHS is to develop a full board of 11 directors as soon as possible, establish appropriate standards of governance, and develop a year-round program including traditional hostel services and off-season lodging services. 

Santa Cruz, CA (New)

Thomas Karwin

Richard C. Larson

Santa Cruz, CA (New)

Rich has lived in Santa Cruz County for over 40 years and has served on boards of various local nonprofit organizations. As an educator, Rich has taught classes on Sustainable Tourism, Resort management and Food Safety among many other subjects. Earlier this year, he enjoyed the warm welcome of hostels during a cycling trip to Cuba. Last summer he stayed in the beautiful hostel in San Francisco while cycling around Northern California with travelers from five foreign countries. Rich would like to support the Santa Cruz Hostel Society fulfill its mission to foster greater knowledge, understanding and love of the world. 

Lisa McAndrews

Soquel, CA (New)

Most non-profits include a goal to foster education, that's Lisa's strength, whether one-on-one mentoring or tutoring or group situations, she is comfortable sharing her knowledge and experience of landscapes and the native environment. Since college, Lisa has stayed in many international hostels and backpackers (New Zealand). She's also an avid camper, which shares with hostelling a low-key, informal and frequently nature-based experience. Lisa's goals for SCHS are to promote world fellowship, encourage the exchange of ideas and customs among guests; to also share the unique experience of the Carmelita Cottages historic, newly-restored, gardens; and to introduce guests to the natural beauty of our local area.