Board of Directors

Board and Staff Retreat - November 2017

Stewards has an active 8-15 member Board of Directors comprised of long-time volunteers, community members, local business professionals and leaders in the field of environmental education, marketing and nonprofits. All share a love of nature and a commitment to the preservation of the area's natural resources.

Board members are recruited on an ongoing basis for their expertise in pre-determined areas of expertise needed to provide for the strategic planning goals of the organization.

Stewards' governing documents and conflict of interest policy are available upon request. Email Michele

 

Personal Profiles

BILL BAMBRICK

After a career developing and implementing computer applications for manufacturers, Bill moved from Silicon Valley to Sonoma County in 2001.  He happily exchanged the “cubicle hell” of modern office life for the sylvan beauty of our county's open spaces. Bill is very active in many of the programs Stewards supports including the Armstrong trail crew, Willow Creek watershed program, Tidepool program, Armstrong Tour program, Environmental Living program, Seal Watch and Whale Watch. Bill was instrumental in starting the Sonoma Coast trail crew and acts in the capacity of coordinator, by far his favorite volunteer activity.

Committees:
Executive Committee (Past President)

Volunteer Work:
Sonoma Coast trail crew Coordinator, Armstrong trail crew, Willow Creek watershed programs, Citizen Action Team Coordinator, Tidepool program, Armstrong Tour program, Environmental Living program, Seal Watch, Whale Watch, Special Events

City of Residence:
Santa Rosa


MARCY BECK

Marcy joined the Stewards’ Board in late 2012  with a broad management background, most recently leading energy and environmental program development activities at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She also carried out management and budget analyses for the East Bay Municipal Utility District and Alameda County, and served on the Board of the Volunteer Center of San Francisco. Marcy holds an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She and her husband Jim are founding members of the Friends of Villa Grande, dedicated to preserving and restoring Patterson Point Preserve in western Sonoma County. Marcy is focused on helping to ensure the long-term viability and impact of  Stewards in supporting its parks. 

Committees:
Special Events, Fund Development

Volunteer Work:
Grant writing, Special Events, Pond Farm Pottery program planning

City of Residence:
Villa Grande and Berkeley


HOLLIS BEWLEY

Hollis was appointed to the board in 2010. She has been the Stewards’ Tidepool Coordinator since 2008, is an avid birder who has been monitoring Sonoma Coast birdlife for many years, and is now serving as coordinator of Stewards’ Seabird Monitoring activities as well. Hollis’s love and knowledge of the coastal ecosystem has made her a huge asset to the environmental education programs that Stewards supports. She has an extensive work background in the field of medical administration.

Committees:
Executive Committee (Vice President), Program Outreach  

Volunteer Work:
Tidepool Coordinator, Seabird Monitoring Coordinator, Beach Watch, Special Events

City of Residence:
Camp Meeker


JEFF EDMONDS

Jeff is passionate about our incredible Redwood Forests, beautiful coastline and diverse open spaces in Sonoma County.  Jeff's commitment to volunteerism spans assisting local swim teams, Habitat for Humanity, Sonoma County Regional Parks, orphans with HIV/Aids in Thailand and a volunteer US Forest Ranger in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Jeff looks forward to assisting Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods to protect its parks and keep them accessible to all.  Jeff owns a financial planning firm in Petaluma.  He is a Certified Financial Planner™ helping people have confidence and control over their finances. He is an expert in Green Investing for the environmentally conscious investor.  Jeff lives in Cotati with his wife, daughter, son and 2 Siamese cats. 

Committees:
Special Events and Fund Development 

Volunteer Work:
Special Events

City of Residence:
Cotati


GREGORY FEARON

Gregory was appointed to the Board in 2010. As a member of the Board of Coastwalk California, and active in the local Sonoma Coast Surfriders, he brings networking opportunities to the board as well as a solid understanding of the environmental and advocacy issues Stewards faces. Gregory has extensive experience working in the nonprofit sector as a board member and in an advisory capacity.  

Committees:
Executive Committee (Treasurer), Special Events, Fund Development 

Volunteer Work:
Special Events  
 

City of Residence:
Santa Rosa


BRITTANY KELLEY

Brittany was appointed as a board member in the fall of 2016. She is an avid lover of nature and third generation West County resident.  She recently moved back home after living all over the world and experiencing places where natural resources and access to parks have been severely limited and damaged by overuse and lack thereof.  In 2009, she was living in Texas (where there is a dearth of public lands) and despairingly witnessed the temporary closure of local CA State Parks due to budget shortages. In that moment she vowed to support the park systems and Stewards efforts to maintain the parks where she grew up and get involved if she ever moved back to CA.  In 2013, she moved to the East Bay and became a volunteer in the Seal Watch program and has been volunteering for Stewards ever since.  She believes passionately in preserving and stewarding our Regional, State and National parks, as well as National Monuments, Wilderness lands and Marine Protected Areas so that they can be there for generations to come.  Her background is in the arts and social work and currently works as a child and family therapist intern at Child Parent Institute in Rohnert Park. 

Committees:
Executive Committee (Secretary), Special Events

Volunteer Work:
Special Events, Seal Watch

City of Residence:
Guerneville


KATHI MOORE

Kathi was appointed to the board in August 2018. She recently retired after 33 years working with the US Environmental Protection Agency and has a working knowledge of Federal and State environmental issues impacting our air, water and land. Most of her work at EPA was managing environmental restoration projects under the Superfund Program throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Navajo Nation. Kathi is currently a volunteer at the Visitor's Center and enjoys hiking the trails of Armstrong and Austin Creek. She is excited about using her skills to assist Stewards to promote, restore and protect the parks of the Sonoma Coast and Redwoods.

Committees
TBD

Volunteer Work
Visitor's Center, Special Events
 
City of Residence
Santa Rosa

DONNA ROPER

Donna has worked for non-profits since graduating from San Francisco State University in 1980. She worked 25 years for the YMCA in San Francisco, Oakland and Hawaii before moving to Sonoma County and working for the Volunteer Center, Camp Okizu and most recently, River to Coast Children’s Services. She received her Masters in Education in 1997, also from SF State. Donna is very involved in community efforts including Guerneville Rotary and volunteering at Guerneville Elementary School and Library.  

Committees:
Executive Committee (President), Special Events and Fund Development

Volunteer Work:
Special Events, Jenner Visitor Center

City of Residence:
Guerneville


DALE WANNEN

Dale was elected to the board in October 2017. His background is in sustainability and his passion is climate change and the role that corporations play in it. He is very supportive of Stewards preservation and education values. Dale runs Petaluma-based Sustainvest Asset Management, an investment firm focused on sustainable and responsible investing.

Committees:
Special Events and Fund Development

Volunteer Work:
Special Events 

City of Residence:
Petaluma

 

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