Board of Directors

James Baker


Jim, a retired businessman, has lived at Silver Creek Valley Country Club since 1993.  Jim has been an active member on several SCVCC committees and served on the Board of Directors for DSSI, an IBM software company for 10 years.

Jim has held key sales and marketing positions at Comten/NCR, Packeteer, SynOptics and Amdahl Corporation during his 40 year business career.  Jim retired in 2010 and enjoys traveling, golfing and riding his motorcycle.

Reyad Katwan


Reyad M. Katwan is Senior Vice President of Construction of Republic Family of Companies, has had over 32 years of experience in real estate land development, starting at land acquisition, feasibility studies, land planning, entitlements, forward planning, engineering, and construction management. His expertise include working with property owners, City officials, planners, environmental firms, geotechnical engineers, civil engineers, traffic consultants, landscape and building architects for the oversight of all plan development, in addition to budgeting and construction management. A strong commitment to excellence, customer satisfaction as well as proven expertise in providing creative solutions, solving technical issues, while maintaining schedules and reducing costs.

Prior to joining Republic Katwan was the President / CEO and founding member of HawkStone, LLC from 2007 to 2012, where he successfully located, acquired, entitled, developed, sold, retained and leased some of the assets.

Prior to founding HawkStone, Katwan was Vice President of Engineering and Managing Director for SummerHill Homes from 1995 to 2007. Reyad’s skill and knowledge has contributed to all phases of the real estate development process making him one of the cornerstones in SummerHill’s success. His responsibilities included developing and implementing guidelines for SummerHill Homes Civil and Landscaping Improvements. Katwan was responsible for attaining entitlements for projects from pertinent agencies and supervising the land development site scheduling, budgeting, construction, quality control and completion of work.
Prior to joining SummerHill, Katwan was Manager of Project Engineering for Shea Homes of Northern California from 1989 to 1995. In this position, he was an integral part of the development of Silver Creek Valley Country Club (SCVCC). This project included 1,550 unit development on approximately 1,700 acres as well as an eighteen-hole championship golf course and a swim & racquet club. Katwan was responsible for budgeting, contracting and directly overseeing the design and construction of all public works improvements for this project. The site work budget for SCVCC was in excess of $114,000,000.

Prior to Shea Homes, Katwan worked in the heavy construction industry from
1982 to 1989 on various state, city and private projects for general engineering contractors such as Oliver De Silva and Raisch Construction.

Katwan was appointed to the public office of Silver Creek Valley Geologic Hazard Abatement District (GHAD) in 1993 and has been subsequently elected to the district where he currently serves as Chairman of the board. In 1994 Katwan ran and was elected to a four year term to the public office of the Guadalupe-Coyote Resource Conservation District and held the office of President of the Board. Reyad has served on executive building committee for the rebuilding of the church of the Redeemer in Los Altos that was devastated by arson fire. Reyad has actively participated in fundraising efforts by organizing the Redeemer Classic Golf Tournament and raising nearly $60,000. Reyad is a co-founder of the Arab Jewish Dialogue in the south bay, where he participates in bridging the gap between the two communities.
Katwan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University. Reyad is married with three children and has grown up in the bay area. Reyad is an avid Tennis player, golfer and cyclist and also enjoys playing chess.

James Forsberg


Jim has led city redevelopment, economic development and planning programs in a number of cities in California and Arizona. As a redevelopment executive, he conceptualized, negotiated, and implemented public-private development projects for the cities of San Jose, Phoenix, Concord and Inglewood. Jim also streamlined City approval processes and updated city General Plans and zoning ordinances to facilitate job creation and economic development. A sample of the projects that Jim negotiated and implemented in San Jose include the Adobe corporate headquarters, the Marriott and Hilton Hotels, and the joint City-San Jose State University Martin Luther King Jr. He was part of the executive team that oversaw the financing, design and construction of major public projects including the SAP Arena, the Tech Museum, Art Museum and Repertory Theater. Jim holds JD and MBA degrees from the University of Oregon and a BA from Wheaton College, Illinois.

Stephen Ursenbach


Steve and his family moved to San Jose in late 70’s via a job transfer with Hewlett-Packard and moved eventually moved to Silver Creek in 1994. He later held key sales and marketing positions with Silicon Graphics and completed his formal work career with two successful Internet startup ventures; both were acquired by public companies. For the past twelve years he has been an active community volunteer and leader serving on several boards and committees for their mountain home community.  For the past two plus years Steve has worked with the Silver Creek HOA board to develop and execute a short-term plan for road repair and long-term maintenance of the community’s extensive roadway network.


Paul Hansen

Board Member

Paul has been a resident of San Jose since 1967.  He has worked for a variety of corporations throughout Silicon Valley as a senior marketing and marketing communications executive with extensive experience formulating and directing successful marketing, advertising and public relations programs for start-ups to large corporations.  He has extensive product range experience from mainframe computer systems to consumer products.

Ed Abelite

General Manager

Ed Abelite is the part time General Manager for the GHAD. Prior to being General Manager, Abelite served on the GHAD’s Board of Directors for three years.

Abelite is currently a full time Real Estate broker with Intero Real Estate Services. His current roles also include commercial property management, property development and serving as a Planning Commissioner for the City of San Jose.

In the past, Abelite started his working career in Texas at BP Amoco Oil as a refinery engineer. He moved to California to become a home developer and builder.  During that time he was distinguished as Builder of the Year in the region and became Board President of the Home Builders Association of Northern California. He is also experienced in residential lending and home owners associations.

Abelite holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.