• BHCA

Meet the Board

By Cynthia Gellis


BHCA Board elections took place via email in February, and the slate of nine was approved by BHCA members. The new Board elected Derrick Muska as President, Will Cullen (past President) as Vice President, Alex Saldana as Treasurer, and Gina Redican as Secretary. Four new Board members-at-large were added in the spirit of many hands make light work.

2020 BHCA Board

Derrick Muska, President Will Cullen, Vice President Alex Saldana, Treasurer Gina Redican, Secretary

Diana Muska Jack Cunningham Jill Unze Julie Folcik Kathleen Brady


We thought it would be nice to get to know our Board members and find out what is behind their dedication to our neighborhood.


Derrick Muska, President

Derrick was seeking a beach community without waves and relocated to Long Beach in 2003. In 2010, he moved to Belmont Heights with his family and fell in love with the neighborhood. A licensed real estate broker, Derrick is a broker-associate at Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance. Some of his interests outside of work (besides the BHCA) are eating, astronomy, and dancing. One thing that he misses most during the stay-at-home order is walking his son to school at Fremont Elementary in the morning.


If you could change one thing about our neighborhood, what would it be? Increase our BHCA membership so we could do more community-building events around the neighborhood.

Will Cullen, Vice President

Will was President of BHCA last year and has done so much to help improve our neighborhood! Will is a familiar face throughout Long Beach due to his work with the Neighborhood Leadership Program. Over the past 14 years, he facilitated, counseled, and photographed this unique city enterprise. Will is a founding member of the Craftsman Village Historic District Association and has been active with the Rose Park Neighborhood Association. In his spare time, Will led a delegation to Yokkaichi, Japan, a Long Beach sister city. Currently, he is a facilitator with the Orange County School District Ambassador Leadership Program. These activities, plus others, earned him the Mayor Beverly O’Neill Lifetime of Leadership Award in 2011.

Alex Saldana, Treasurer

Alex has lived in Belmont Heights for fourteen years. He is the CEO of Oxford HealthCare and loves to spend time with his family when he’s not working.


If you could change one thing about our neighborhood, what would it be? More access to parks.






Gina Redican, Secretary

In spite of her youth, Gina might get the long-timer award for residing in Belmont Heights; she’s been here since “my days on earth began.” Clearly, Gina knows a good thing when she sees it. She is a personal trainer and the owner of Accel Fitness on 7th Street, near Termino. In her free time, Gina loves to mountain bike and even though she has taken a few spills he doesn’t let that stop her from pursuing the challenge of the climbs and the thrills of riding downhill.


If you could change one thing about our neighborhood, what would it be? I'd love to see more Belmont Heights residents become members of the BHCA! Or maybe some more trees.

Kathleen Brady, Member-at-Large

Kathleen has lived in Belmont Heights for twenty years. She is retired and loves to devote her time to the community as a volunteer, especially serving as the LBPD liaison for the BHCA. Some of her favorite activities are Tai Chi, walking, reading, and visiting with family and friends.


If you could change one thing about our neighborhood, what would it be? I would like drivers, whether residents or not, to operate their vehicles in a safe and courteous manner. This change could really de-stress our neighborhood! To those who already do so, I feel deep gratitude.

Diana Muska, Member-at-Large

Diana is married to Board president, Derrick Muska and has lived in Long Beach for twenty years, the past ten in the Heights. She took over the management of the BHCA membership in November. It was a huge job that took a few months, transferring data into our new member management software system. Thanks, Diana! Diana is a special education teacher whose work focuses on students with moderate to severe disabilities. Some of her hobbies are collecting gnomes, hiking, visiting museums, and reading.


If you could change one thing about our neighborhood, what would it be? I love where we live and think we have a pretty fabulous neighborhood. I can't think of anything to change because overall I think we are pretty lucky to be living here.

Jill Unze, Member-at-Large

Jill has also lived in the Heights for twenty years. She is a retired financial analyst and an active community volunteer. Some of her favorite ways to spend her time include hiking, swimming, biking, running, reading, cooking, sewing, and having fun with friends.


If you could change one thing about our neighborhood, what would it be? More connection.







Jack Cunningham, Member-at-large

Jack is a relative newbie to the neighborhood, having lived in the Heights for only four years. In spite of being Chief of Staff to Councilwoman Suzie Price, Jack wanted to get involved with the BHCA in a volunteer capacity. When he’s not working for the councilwoman or the BHCA, Jack likes to camp and spend time with his family.


If you could change one thing about our neighborhood, what would it be? More kids my son Max’s age (3years old).