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|Board of Directors & Staff|
President - Andrew Fulks
Andrew has been a constant advocate for appreciation of the Putah and Cache Creek watersheds. He is the founder of Yolohiker.org, a local trails advocacy, hiking, and outings webpage. He is also the co-founder of the Capay Valley Hiking Club, an ad-hoc group of hikers that meet twice a month to hike in the watershed. Andrew is presently the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve Manager for UC Davis, managing 6 miles of stream and several hundred acres. His interest in in open space preservation and public access.
Vice President - Victoria Brandon
Victoria Brandon has lived in Lake County, exploring the local scene and hiking the local trails, since 1981. Her activist career began shortly after the 2000 election, when she began writing letters to politicians and others on behalf of various environmental causes, primarily at the behest of the Sierra Club. She was elected to the Club's Redwood Chapter Lake Group executive committee in 2004, and was Group Chair for five years, mobilizing support for the Wilderness Bill, the Cache Creek Wild & Scenic campaign, and numerous other local conservation issues. She's also a member of the Redwood Chapter executive committee and the Chapter political chair, the secretary of the Chi Council for the Clear Lake Hitch, a participant in the Cache Creek Watershed Forum, and a member of the Lake County Invasive Species Council, Lake County Weed Management Area, and California Invasive Species Advisory Committee. State Senator Pat Wiggins named her Senate District 2 Woman of the Year in 2008.
Treasurer - Jim Eaton
While Jim was a geology student at UC Davis in the late 1960s, he spent most of his time working on wilderness preservation with the campus group Active Conservation Tactics. He left graduate school to work for the local chapter of the Sierra Club and later co-founded the California Wilderness Coalition (CWC). After spending four years as the California-Hawaii representative of The Wilderness Society, he served as CWC's executive director for 17 years. He also is a co-founder of The Wildlands Project, an organization dedicated to restoring the native biodiversity of North America. He also serves as a Conservation Fellow for The Rewilding Institute. Returning to his roots as a volunteer activist, he currently is concentrating on protecting wilderness in the Cache Creek and Putah Creek watersheds when he is not out hiking with his canine companion Coso.
Board Member & Napa Branch Director - Carol Kunze
Board Member and Senior Policy Director - Bob Schneider
Bob is long time conservationist. He came to Davis in 1966 to attend the University and graduated with a B.S. degree in Geology. He worked as a volunteer on the establishment of the Redwood National Park and fought Forest Highway 100 that would have bisected Sierra wilderness with a road from Fresno to Mammoth. He co-founded the California Wilderness Coalition (CWC) in 1976. Bob received the Conservationist of the Year award from the Sierra Club Mother Lode Chapter in 1993, and the John Zierold volunteer lobbyist award from Sierra Club California in 1997. He served as the California Wild Heritage Campaign Director and the Interim Director for the CWC. Bob currently serves on the Central Valley Water Board and the Bureau of Land Management Northwest California Resource Advisory Committee. He has a particular interest in oak woodlands, water issues, and mercury clean up. Contact by email:
Board Member - John and Judy Ahmann
John & Judy Ahmann met at a California Tip Toppers Dance in Los Angeles, and moved away from there as soon as they were married. They bought 12 acres in San Juan Bautista before moving back to IBM's R&D facility in Dayton, NJ in 1967. Upon returning to CA (first to LA where IBM had sold a new voting system to the county and John was sent to install it), they bought more land and added cattle to graze. The cattle helped them pay property taxes in the country and were fairly self-sufficient, while the Ahmanns were manufacturing voting equipment for the US (they started their own company in 1978). They sold their business in 1986, and retired from the conglomerate that bought it in 1993. Then they became more deeply involved in ranching, and purchased ranches in eastern OR. Still supplying a few ballots and voting supplies, the Ahmanns split their time between CA and OR, and are very concerned about the loss of open space and privately owned rangeland. That is why they donated a trail to connect two areas of public land on their Berryessa ranch, as well as setting aside a conservation easement on the same property (to ensure that the land can only be used for agriculture). They are attempting to lead a more quiet life, but the word "retirement" doesn't seem to be in their dictionary.
Board Member & Youth Program - Jeff Falyn & Lyndsay Dawkins
Lyndsay’s passion for the outdoors developed from a childhood of camping trips and world travel. She earned a BFA from U.C. Santa Barbara in Theater Arts with an acting emphasis. Lyndsay spends most of her time writing, expanding the scope of Nature’s Theater, playing with kids and enacting characters like Mother Nature, Star Walker or the Jester.
Board Member - Glenn Holstein
Dr. Glen Holstein received his PhD in Botany from U.C. Davis and is retired from his position as Senior Scientist with Zentner and Zentner, a local biological consulting company. He has published peer reviewed research on California Prairie in Madroño, the journal of the California Botanical Society. Glen is Chapter Botanist for the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society , represents that Chapter at Habitat 2020 and was the California Prairie spokesman at its Wildflower Weekend in April , 2005 . He is also on the Board of Tuleyome, a non-profit organization working to protect the Cache Creek watershed and other areas in Yolo County, and on the steering committee of Yolo County's new NCCP.
Board Member - Chad Roberts
Chad Roberts is a conservation scientist and a conservation activist. He was the Conservation Chair of the Redwood Region Audubon Society (northwestern California) for fifteen years, and currently serves as the Conservation Chair for the Yolo Audubon Society. He earned a Ph.D. in ecology from UC Davis in 1976 studying oak woodland birds, and has been involved with oak woodland research and decision-making for three decades. Dr. Roberts is certified as a Senior Ecologist by the Ecological Society of America and as a Professional Wetland Scientist by the Society of Wetland Scientists' Professional Certification Program. He works as an environmental consultant and planner, primarily for public agencies.
Executive Director and Campaign Director - Sara Husby-Good
Sara Husby-Good was born and raised in the great city of Chicago. In 2007 she made the venture out west to beautiful Northern California. Sara has over 8 years of event planning experience which includes working for Alston + Bird, one of the largest law firms in the South. She possesses a B.S. from UC Davis in Community and Regional Development with an emphasis in Public Policy and Planning, & Social Services, and is also a member of Alpha Zeta, a national agricultural honors fraternity. Sara became active in local public policy while interning for Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor.
Development Officer - Brendan O'Hara
Brendan O’Hara, a native Davisite, has spent 15 years working for conservation groups in technical roles and more recently, in senior fundraising positions.
Brendan earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento, in Geography with an emphasis on Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing. Brendan started his career in conservation as an intern with Ducks Unlimited. After completing the internship, he was offered a position as a GIS Analyst focused on mapping projects in Alaska. Brendan spent five years in this position, primarily creating high resolution landcover maps of areas of concern in the Kuskokwin River Valley with partners the Bureau of Land Management, Alaska Fish and Game, Department of Defense, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Native Burroughs. Alaska Fieldwork cemented Brendan’s love of the outdoors and the need to spend time working to discover more about wild places and protect those in his own backyard.
With the yearning to focus on California-specific environmental concerns, Brendan worked as a Regional Director of Fundraising with Ducks Unlimited, focused on the Sacramento Valley, Napa and Sonoma Valleys and the Bay Area; the Director of Development for Ducks Unlimited, covering Utah, Nevada and Northern California; and most recently as the Director of Development for the California Waterfowl Association.
As a Director of Development, Brendan worked with individuals, foundations and corporations to fund projects that enhanced, protected and restored wetland and upland areas, created opportunities for children to explore the outdoors and championed public policy issues of wetland and upland concern throughout the western U.S. as well as Canada.
Brendan lives in Davis, with his wife Crystal Ross O’Hara, his sons Sean and Connor and their dog Flynn. They like to spend time outside hiking the Stebbins Cold Canyon Trail, rafting Cache Creek and exploring the wild places of California. Contact by email:
Campaign Coordinator – Angel Martinez
Campaign Media & Communications Coordinator - Charlotte M. Orr
Charlotte graduated with honors from U.C. Davis in 2010. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in community and regional development, with a strong focus in agricultural and environmental education, and environmental public policy. Although she was raised in the Silicon Valley, she fondly remembers spending her childhood outdoors. As a child, she enjoyed girl scouts, horseback riding, hiking, and going camping with her family. In her teenage years and throughout college, she worked at mom and pop feed stores, and taught English and Western horseback riding lessons. Today, Charlotte is still an avid animal lover and equestrian. Outside of work, she enjoys riding her horse, spending time with family, and spending lots of time outside with her rescue dog. Contact by email:
Executive Assistant & Membership Coordinator – Mary Hanson
Mary comes to us with over 30 years of experience in office management and executive assistance. She has degrees in journalism and legal studies, and is currently completing BA coursework at National University in Pre-Law. Her future goal is to graduate with a Master’s Degree in Paralegal Services and volunteer with a low cost/no cost legal assistance firm. She is a Core Registered Paralegal (one of the first 10 in the State of California to be granted that certification), and was the winner of the prestigious Thomson-Reuters Scholarship in 2011 from the National Federation of Paralegal Associations. When she’s not working, Mary spends most of her time with her dog, Sergeant Margie (a male Pomapoo), and loves amateur photography (mostly Nature and wildlife stills). She is also a volunteer at the Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary in Sacramento. Contact by email:
Accountant – Erika Trujillo
Erika’s experience includes over 17 years of accounting and 14 years of non-profit accounting. She works directly with Executive Director’s and Board of Directors to provide recommendations related to finance, human resources and non-profit organizations strategies and compliance. She also has experience working with auditors from the Office of Inspector General to external auditors. Recently she has been selected to be the chair person for non-profits under the CalCPA’s Sacramento chapter. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration.
Home Place Adventures Coordinator – Cara Patton
Cara Patton is an educator and a local to Yolo County. She grew up nearby in Winters and then moved to Davis for college. As an undergraduate, Cara studied Sociology and African American Studies—which developed an interest in how change is possible through a strong community with a shared dream. Upon graduation Cara moved to Oakland where she had the opportunity to work in the classroom with children with emotional disturbances. These experiences lead Cara to further study the institution of education and earn her California teaching credential. Cara taught at Peregrine School, an independent school in Davis while receiving her M.A. in Education. After gaining some teaching experience, Cara began exploring alternative ways to teach children. She found that working with children in their natural world—the “outside classroom” to be more fulfilling as well as incredibly valuable for the kids she worked with. After a few months off of teaching, Cara began a nature-based homeschooling project with the intention that learning can be as natural as breathing. Cara is very excited to be a part of Home Place Adventures and Nature’s Theater with the greater intention of promoting nature awareness, sustainable living and developing a movement of people who want to live in balance with the Earth.
Board Member & Napa Branch Director - Carol Kunze
Formerly a practicing attorney, Carol is the Director for Tuleyome's new branch in Napa. Carol began her legal career in Washington, DC, moving to Brussels for eight years before returning to the U.S. as in-house council in San Francisco. While taking a sabbatical she discovered another calling and has since worked on conservation issues, incorporating Berryessa Trails and Conservation in 2003 and becoming its executive director. Under her guidance, BT&C designed 114 miles of trail around Lake Berryessa. Carol was a member of Tuleyome's Board of Directors for some years when the two groups decided to join forces and Tuleyome NAPA was born. Contact by email:
Habitat Restoration Coordinator– Claudia Morgan
Claudia Morgan was born and raised in Switzerland where she worked in industrial design before moving to the U. S. in the early 1990's.
She found time while raising two boys to continue creating pottery. With her two children growing up, she returned to school to get a degree from Sonoma State in Environmental Studies and Planning, with a minor in Biology.
An experiment testing different ways to eradicate Harding grass spurred an interest in native plants, particularly native grasses. Since graduating she has worked on several projects involving habitat restoration and has identified and inventoried alien invasive species, and worked on restoring native grasslands.
Claudia currently works in the Agricultural Commissioner's office here in Napa. Claudia will be working part-time for Tuleyome on native plant restoration projects.
Trail Development Coordinator– "Bam Bam" a.k.a. Eric Barnett
Eric Barnett, whom everyone calls "Bam Bam", was a carpenter for 15 years. A California native, he has family in the area and has lived in Napa for 12 years. Some time ago he discovered an affinity for trail work. He trained with and has been leading trail crews for V-O-CAL (Volunteers for Outdoor California) since 2008. Bam Bam is park host for the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District's Moore Creek Park and also works for the District in Bothe State Park. Bam Bam will be training and leading volunteer trail crews for Tuleyome.
Habitat Restoration Assistant – Kellie Anderson
Kellie was raised in Contra Costa County during the era of the big urban sprawl. The places she loved, the golden oak hills of Alhambra Valley and the cornucopia farm fields of Brentwood were paved over as she watched from helpless teenage eyes. Kellie began work immediately out of high school for the Contra Costa County Agriculture Commissioner' Office, where she observed that a healthy farming economy could indeed hold off the march of development and has worked ever since as an advocate for strong agricultural land use policy.
Kellie has a degree in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology and Natural History. Since moving to Napa County 22 years ago, Kellie has worked in production agriculture, and natural resource management. Kellie has made it her life's mission to protect agriculture and open space as the highest and best use of the land. Kellie is a founding member of Save Rural Angwin, the sponsor of Measure U, the Angwin Agricultural Land Preservation initiative.
Kellie is an obsessive reader with Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, William Kittridge, John Steinbeck, Wendell Berry and Linda Hussa among her favorite authors. Kellie enjoys travel to her family's ranch east of Klamath Falls, Oregon to stay connected to the world of alfalfa, cattle, spuds, good cow dogs and her Western heritage.
Project Associate – Tony Perkins
Bio coming soon...