2017 - 2018 Board of Directors


Officers

President

Kate Powers, San Rafael

Kate has a BA in Environmental Design. She’s lived in the Bay Area for over 25 years, previously residing in Colorado. Kate has volunteered for a number of environmental organizations. She co-coordinated the Reflections on Water exhibit at the Bay Model and the 2013 Marin Watershed Forum in partnership with the Gallinas Watershed Council. She also has co-coordinated Lectures and Master classes for the Environmental Forum of Marin. Most recently she co-directed the Environmental Forum’s Master Class 41. She currently sits on San Rafael’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee. She has been President of MCL since May 2015.

   
 

1st Vice President

Linda Novy, Fairfax

Linda is a former MCL board member who previously served from 1998 – 2000. She is an active landscape management consultant in the bay area and has a passion for protecting the environment. Her volunteer experience includes serving as a Marin County Economic Commissioner, Parks and Open Space Commissioner, Marin Horse Council and Marin Stables and Trails Board of Directors. She currently serves on the County of Marin Integrated Pest Management Commission, and is a Volunteer Mounted Patrol member for the Marin County Parks and Open Space District.

For the last two decades, Linda has been involved with MCL’s Business-Environment Breakfasts, developed to help foster more communication and collaboration between business entities and  environmental concerns. Linda lives in Fairfax where she hikes the trails regularly.

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2nd Vice President

Doug Wilson, Mill Valley

Doug was born and raised in the Bay Area and has been a member of MCL since the 1980s. His interests have tended toward land use, transportation and open space policy. In past years Doug served on the Fairfax Town Council and as mayor, on the Marin County Parks, Open Space and Cultural Affairs Commission, chaired the Marin County Solid Waste Advisory Committee and represented Marin on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Previously he served as a member and Chair of the Sierra Club Marin Group Executive Committee.

Doug is a retired builder and construction manager with a BA, and MA from UC Berkeley and now has time for pursuing art. One of his recent ceramic sculptures won top honors at the Marin County Fair.

Doug currently serves as co-chair of MCL's Climate Action Working Group.

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Kenneth Drexler

Treasurer

Ken Drexler, Fairfax

Ken is an estate planning attorney in San Rafael. He formerly chaired the State Bar Commission on Administration of Justice and serves as Secretary to the PRE Road Advisory Board. He is on the Board of Environmental Action Committee of West Marin and is a member of the California Planning & Conservation League, and Sierra Club, among environmental non-profits.

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Secretary

Patricia Nelson, San Rafael

Patricia is an attorney who practices in the areas of government contract and environmental law. She has a particular interest in water issues and the ways in which water affects land use and energy decision-making. She has completed the Master Class at the Environmental Forum of Marin and has served on the Forum board since 2013. She also writes environmental poetry and works with the “Activist” group of poets led by John Hart.

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Directors

 

 Nona Dennis

Nona Dennis, Mill Valley

Nona is a retired Environmental Consultant and Environmental Educator, and was formerly adjunct faculty in the University of San Francisco graduate program in Environmental Management. She is a past board member and Life Member of the Environmental Forum of Marin and frequently an instructor in the Forum Training Program; past chair of Mill Valley Planning Commission; past state President of the Association of Environmental Professionals and director of the National Association of Environmental Professionals. Nona served on the St. Vincent’s/Silveira Advisory Task Force and on the Sustainability Working Group for the Marin Countywide Plan update. Nona served as President of MCL from 2008 – 2011 and is currently the chair of the Parks and Open Space Committee and the editor of the MCL News.

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 Heather Furmidge, Pt. Reyes Station

Heather has recently retired from a 30 year career in high tech and business consulting. She was most recently the Chief Operating Officer for SYPartners — a consultancy that works with CEOs and leaders of Fortune 500 companies to set vision and strategy. Previously, Heather held positions at Apple Computer, Netscape Communications, TechTV, and Liquid Audio, among other tech firms. She is currently volunteering with Point Blue Conservation Science’s STRAW program learning habitat restoration and helping with business planning. Heather is a graduate of the Environmental Forum of Marin, has served on the Forum board, and was the Program Director for Master Class 40.

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Sally Gale, Petaluma

Sally is a leader in natural resource conservation and protection in Marin’s ranching community. Sally is the Board Chair of the Marin Resource Conservation District, and has served for more than 18 years. Sally has overseen advances in habitat restoration, stream enhancement and water quality improvements on ranchland throughout Marin County.  Additionally, Sally and her husband Mike have become models for environmentally sensitive and humane food production as well as sustainable land management on their Chileno Valley Grass Fed Beef Ranch, where they produce beef, lamb, apples, tomatoes and eggs for sale directly to the public. Each Fall, Chileno Valley Ranch is open Sundays for organic apple picking and farm tours for children.

In 2011, Sally and Mike Gale received the John M. McPhail Jr. Green Business Award from MCL for their outstanding model of land stewardship and enhancement of wildlife habitat at Chileno Valley Ranch.

Sally serves as co-chair of the Agricultural Land Use Committee.

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David Lewis, Novato

David Lewis is Director of the University of California Cooperative Extension offices in Marin and Napa Counties. He is also the Watershed Management Advisor in the North Bay. He is a Carleton College graduate and holds a Master’s of Science degree in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis. His training and background are in geology, soils, and watershed hydrology.  

He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having contributed to the African Food Systems Initiative in Niger, West Africa from 1990 to 1992. He subsequently developed programs and trained volunteers in Zimbabwe and Albania. 

In his UCCE role, he oversees all research and extension programs in Marin and Napa Counties, bringing research, science-based information to bear on local community needs and issues. He also develops and implements projects that integrate natural resource conservation with agricultural land use management. He is committed to developing and disseminating the tools and practices that support beneficial contributions of working landscapes to local economies and the environment.

David currently serves as co-chair of the Agricultural Land Use Committee.

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Ralph Mihan, San Rafael

Ralph Mihan is a lifelong resident of Marin County who has hiked and enjoyed Marin, Federal, State, County and local open space and neighborhood parks since early childhood having grown up in San Anselmo and now residing in west San Rafael for the last 47 years. Ralph retired after a 37 year career as regional legal counsel for the Western Region of the National Park Service (62 National Parks) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (32 wildlife refuges). During his professional career he was involved in the acquisition of over 1 million acres of land and all aspects of  the management of those lands for preservation and appropriate public recreational use. He is involved in many Marin organizations, including founding Director of the Marin Open Space Trust (MOST), on the San Rafael Park and Recreation Commission (since 1982), serves on the Board of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council and Board of Directors of the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, as well as active in several other conservation and recreation entities.

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Bob Miller, San Rafael

Bob Miller is emeritus professor of health economics at UC San Francisco where he was a faculty member for 25 years until he retired in early 2015; he received his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan. Among other work, from 1993-2002 he published what were considered definitive literature analyses that compared managed care versus non-managed care health plan performance related to utilization, quality, and service; his series of papers on health information technology costs, benefits, barriers/facilitators and financing included estimates of the cost of electronic health records that were incorporated into the $30 billion federally-funded incentive program designed to accelerate health information technology adoption by physicians and hospitals. 

Bob is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee for a $200 million UnitedHealthcare loan program that helps health care provider organizations serving disadvantaged patients to access to California’s tax-exempt municipal bond market. 

Bob was a member of the Environmental Forum of Marin’s Master Class 42; his project on the economics of carbon sequestration in Marin rangelands reflects his interest in the economics of climate change and of greenhouse gas emission reduction and sequestration. Currently, Bob is looking at carbon-sequestration costs, benefits, barriers and facilitators, on behalf of MCL’s Climate Action Working Group, in order to further a wider understanding of the comparative cost-effectiveness of potentially important greenhouse gas (GHG) abatement alternatives. 

He is a long-time hiker and member of birding and environmental organizations.

He moved to San Rafael in 2013 in part to be closer to Marin’s protected parklands, open spaces, and farmlands.

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 Larry Minikes

Larry Minikes, San Rafael

Larry joined the Bay Area Trails Preservation Council in 1992 and served as its president from 1997 – 2002. In 1993 he joined the Tamalpais Conservation Club (TCC) board and served several years as the TCC corresponding secretary. Starting in 2003, he began serving the first of six non-consecutive terms as TCC president representing community interests at public meetings. In 1999/2000 Larry founded the Marin Municipal Water District Watershed Citizens Advisory Committee (WCAC). After two years of successive meetings the WCAC successfully developed and received board approval for its 50-year watershed protection plan.

For the past fourteen years Larry has run a product design, development and marketing company, A/V Stim, LLC. His latest Silicon Valley and Harvard-based venture, Wellness Realities, focuses on health and wellness augmented and virtual reality mobile applications, along with biometric device development. He and his wife have been partners for 38 years and have two lovely daughters. Larry loves the outdoors and is an avid hiker and mountain biker who gets out on the mountain and into open space several times each week.

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Vicki Nichols, Sausalito

Vicki joined the Marin Conservation League board in its 75th year, 2009. She has served terms as Secretary and Second Vice President and for several years has chaired the Operations and Development Committee. Living in Sausalito for over 30 years she has been very active in local government. Her current interest is participating in the necessary county-wide planning for sea level adaptation. She currently serves on the boards of Marin Bayland Advocates and Earthshare California.

She continues her love of historical preservation by participating as a classroom and site visit instructor for the Sausalito Marin City School District third grade classes teaching Sausalito history. She is currently working with the City of Sausalito to update their Historical Preservation Regulations. Vicki is completing her first term as a Sausalito Planning Commissioner. She has found the work very interesting and an opportunity to keep planning for Sea Level Rise at the forefront of land use policy. 

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Pamela Reaves, San Rafael

Pamela has been a Clinical Psychologist in private practice for over twenty years. She currently serves as co-chair of MCL's Climate Action Working Group.

Pamela is particularly interested in how carbon sequestration via creek restoration and ranch management practices can help combat climate disruption. She is also very interested in increasing the health of our watersheds. In 2003 she completed the Marin Environmental Forum training and subsequently co-facilitated toxins training and advocacy training for several years. Pamela co-founded Safe and Healthy San Rafael in 2003 which was successful in partnering with the City to implement its first Integrated Pest Management Policy in 2007. Pamela served on the Marin County Integrated Pest Management Commission for three terms. While serving, she was appointed as one of two public members on the committee that successfully overhauled the IPM Ordinance and Policy.


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Susan Stompe, Novato

Susan is a retired businesswoman, has been active in conservation and civic affairs for many years. She served as MCL's President in 1997-1998, 2000-2002, and 2011-2013, she chairs both its North Marin Unit and Land Use and Transportation Committee and coordinates MCL’s Coastal Cleanup efforts in Novato.

Susan has served Novato as mayor, councilmember, planning commissioner and co-chair of Novato Clean and Green Day. She has also served on the boards of The Olompali People, Marin Baylands Advocates, League of Women Voters, Environmental Forum of Marin, Marin State Parks Association., Novato Human Needs Center, and Sierra Club/San Francisco Bay Chapter.

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Judith Teichman, Pt. Reyes Station

A retired public law lawyer and museum administrator, Judy lives part-time in Point Reyes Station and part-time in San Francisco. As an equestrian, she appreciates West Marin’s open spaces and trails. She is interested in land use and management issues, particularly as they relate to parks, open space and agricultural land. She believes that worker housing is essential to the resiliency of communities in West Marin and a way to reduce the carbon emissions that go with long worker commutes. She’s organized farm and ranch visits to give Marin Conservation League members an opportunity to observe for themselves Marin farmers' and ranchers' work as stewards of the land. 

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Susan Stompe

Ann Thomas, Corte Madera

Ann, who has been active in Marin County environmental and community issues for many years, is serving a three-year term ending in 2018. Formerly a member of the Kentfield Planning Advisory Board, Ann serves on the Corte Madera Flood Control Board, the Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed board, and is active with Marin Baylands Advocates.


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Arlin Weinberger, San Rafael

Arlin grew up in San Francisco and moved to Marin in 2004. While still living in the city, she joined Friends of Mt Tam (then Mt Tamalpais Interpretive Association) and served on the board for nine years, six as president, ushering in the new name and membership changes. She also served on the board of Tamalpais Conservation Club for eight years, producing its newsletter. She is now in her ninth year as chair of the California Alpine Club Foundation, awarding grants to environmental organizations in Marin and the Tahoe area. Recently, she has become a community “ambassador” for One Tam, the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative initiative.

Arlin has been hiking Mt Tam for over 20 years with her weekly Wednesday group. Her professional background is in corporate communications.

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Greg Zitney, Novato

Greg is a consulting Environmental Planner and Certified Wildlife Biologist® and has been a resident of Marin County since 1974. His primary areas of expertise include California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act procedures; procedural and reclamation plan requirements under California’s Surface Mining and Reclamation Act; and biological resource impact assessment and mitigation planning. He has been involved with many projects in Marin County, including the first master plan for GGNRA; an environmental assessment for McInnis County Park; a study of the cumulative effects of dock development and boat traffic on wildlife of Richardson Bay; a peer review of the San Rafael Rock Quarry reclamation plan; and impact assessments for a variety of development proposals along the County’s bay shoreline and upland sites.

Greg previously served on the Board of Directors for the Western Section of The Wildlife Society and the Association of Environmental Professionals, and most recently completed four years of service as a member of the Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission, including two as its Chair.

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