MARSHA ANDERSON grew up on her family's farm in Marin County. She and her husband, John, have lived in Yolo County for thirty-three years. Together they own and operate Hedgerow Farms. Hedgerow Farms is a major producer of native grassland seed and is actively involved in grassland restoration. Since 1998, Marsha has bred and raised Hanoverian and Oldenburg horses. She has produced the licensed Hanoverian stallion 'Warcloud' and numerous horses competing in dressage and the hunter jumper ring. Ms. Anderson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Bacteriology from U.C. Davis and a Certificate in Financial Planning from U.C. Extension. She is currently on the board of the Yolo Land Trust and serves as treasurer. She is a past member of the Winters Joint Unified School District Board, serving terms as President and Clerk. She is currently a member of Soroptimist International of Winters and California Native Grasslands Association. Ms. Anderson joined the Audubon California board in 2007.
WILLIE BURNSIDE is a retired Senior Partner of The Boston Consulting Group, where he worked for over thirty years. Willie has been an avid birder since his childhood in Northern Ireland, a pastime he has continued during a career which has taken him to London, Boston, Chicago and, for the past twenty years, Los Angeles. He is a Board Member of the Executive Service Corps of Southern California, past Board Member of Occidental College, The French Foundation for Alzheimer's Research and The California Club, and past member of the Finance Committee of Jesus College, Cambridge. In addition to birding, Willie enjoys photography, including bird photography, hiking, travel, fishing and golf. He obtained a degree in Classical Studies from Cambridge University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
WES CRAVEN is a Los Angeles based filmmaker recognized for his genre-bending and innovative horror films. Craven has been challenging audiences since 1972 when he wrote, directed and edited his controversial first film, Last House on the Left. Best known for creating the iconic Freddy Kreuger in Nightmare on Elm Street and for directing the record breaking Scream franchise, Craven has directed 29 feature films, over 20 television shows & movies of the week and has published one novel, The Fountain Society (1999). Craven's work has earned acclaim at festivals and award shows worldwide. In 1994, his film Wes Craven's New Nightmare earned a nomination for Best Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards and introduced the concept of self-reflexive genre films to the world. Craven departed from the genre in 1999 with Music of the Heart, a film that earned Meryl Streep an Academy Award nomination.
Craven was born and raised in the mid-western suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio. He earned undergraduate degrees in English and Psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois and a masters degree in Philosophy and Writing from John Hopkins University. Prior to pursuing his film career, Craven taught humanities at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. Craven's most recent feature films, My Soul To Take (2010) and Scream 4 (2011) have been collaborations with his wife, producer Iya Labunka. Both Craven and Labunka are supporters of Debs Park. Wes is a lifelong bird lover and has been an Audubon Board Member since 2010.
JIMM EDGAR is an ordained minister who has worked for 37 years with the organization of Young Life, an international youth ministry. He has been an avid birder for over 30 years and has been the compiler for the Mt. Diablo Audubon Society's 2 Christmas bird counts for over 20 years. Because his wife is a flight attendant for United Airlines, he has the privilege of flying almost for free and has been able to at the drop on a hat get on an airplane to chase birds all over the country. He is a regular field trip leader for Mt. Diablo Audubon around Northern California.
SUSAN GOTTLIEB is the co-founder and co-owner of The G2 Gallery (www.theg2gallery.com) in Venice, California, a philanthropic art gallery which features wildlife and nature art exclusively. All proceeds from sales of work at the gallery are donated to conservation organizations. Ms. Gottlieb is dedicated to conservation and passionate about birds and wildlife. Both she and her husband, Mr. Dan Gottlieb, are talented wildlife photographers who travel around the world to capture photos of wildlife and nature. She also began a native garden in Beverly Hills in 1990 to save water with drought tolerant plants and attract birds. The garden has been designated as official Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation and featured in various newspaper and magazine articles. Ms. Gottlieb serves on the board of The Friends of the Ballona Wetlands and supports many conservation organizations. She lives with her husband and four rescued cats, which are able to roam their property and enjoy the outdoors safely and without threatening birds or other animals thanks to a special open air cat run they constructed on their property. Ms. Gottlieb has been a member of the board since 2009.
KABERI KAR GUPTA is an ecologist with training in conservation biology, animal behavior, habitat ecology, and physical anthropology. She has studied behavioral ecology and conservation of mammals and birds in the New and the Old World. Her graduate work focused on nonhuman primate behavioral ecology in India. She got her first Masters in wildlife biology from Wildlife Institute of India and studied common langurs in the Himalayan forests. As a part of her Ph.D. work at the Arizona State University she studied ecology and conservation strategies of a nocturnal primate (slender loris) in a human dominated landscape in southern India where she conducted part of her fieldwork with a toddler in her back. In the past 15 years she has worked as a consultant biologist and educator developing management policies for a Tiger Reserve in India and in the US, and taught undergraduate and graduate students in India and in CSU Fresno. Currently, she is coordinating Fresno Bird Count, a citizen science project focusing on the effect of urbanization, human socioeconomics and urban water use on the biodiversity especially birds and plants in Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan Area. She has recently received a Together Green Leadership Fellowship to develop a collaborative project on sustainable and biodiversity rich urban residential landscapes in Fresno. Her other interests include understanding the effect of ecological development programs on local communities, especially their women using local and traditional ecological knowledge, local common-pool resource use and its role in conservation of natural resources. She has been a board member and education chair of Fresno Audubon Society since 2009. She lives in Fresno with her two daughters and her ornithologist husband.
DAVID JENSEN has served as the president of the Mendocino Coast Audubon Society for six years. He has been interested in birds his entire life and has been actively birding since he met the legendary David Gaines in 1977. At that time Jensen was working as a commercial fisherman and construction diver. He later returned to college and earned a Master's degree in Entomology at U.C. Berkeley, where he studied the effects of selenium poisoning at Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge. That led him to a career in environmental management, which has included hazardous waste enforcement, the cleanup of a former uranium processing plant, and his current role as Director of Environmental Health for Mendocino County. David's diverse background and education have helped him to collaborate with differing factions. As a regional stakeholder in the Marine Life Protection Act's North Coast Region, David worked with commercial, sport, tribal and environmental groups to negotiate the protection of important seabird rookeries. Part teacher and part missionary, David most enjoys working with beginning birders, patiently answering their questions as he introduces them to the wonders of the avian world, passing on the legacy he inherited more than thirty-five years ago.
BARBARA KUS is a research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Western Ecological Research Center at the San Diego Field Station. One of her key study areas is birds inhabiting coastal drainages of southern California, and she has played an important role in addressing the recovery of two riparian-dependent endangered species, the Least Bell's Vireo and the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher. Kus holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and a Master's in Ecology from the University of California, Davis, and has taught courses in Ornithology, Conservation of Wildlife, and Ecology and Evolution. She joined the Audubon California Board in May 2010.
BLAKE MATHESON a fourth generation resident of the Monterey Peninsula on California's Central Coast. After studying Philosophy and Political Science at Santa Clara University and Oxford in the UK he received his JD in Environmental Law from Lewis and Clark College. He currently serves as President and C.F.O. of a privately held software company in the consumer lending sector. He is the President and Conservation Chair of the Monterey Audubon Society and sits on the Board of the Pacific Grove Natural History Museum. His essays and articles on wildlife and conservation have appeared in a variety of publications. He is an avid and active birder both regionally and globally."
PEDRO NAVA is currently of Counsel to Huskinson Brown Heidenreich & Carlin LLP
Mr. Nava is a former member of the California State Assembly (November 2004-November 2010) and grew up and attended public schools in Southern California. He studied at San Bernardino Valley College, graduated from California State University, San Bernardino, and obtained his law degree from the University of California, Davis, Martin Luther King Jr. Hall, School of Law. Before attending law school, he managed a program for at-risk high school students at the Chaffey Unified School District. After graduation from law school, Mr. Nava worked in job training programs for the economically disadvantaged in Fresno. Mr. Nava later became a Deputy District Attorney in the Fresno County DA's Office, involved in Targeted Narcotics Prosecution; headed up the county-wide Drug Crime Task Force; was a Board member of the Fresno Rape Crisis Center; and was President of the Fresno Community College President's EOP&S Advisory Committee. In 1985, he joined the Santa Barbara DA's office where, for a time, he was assigned to the Consumer/Business Law Section. From 1987 until his election in 2004 Mr. Nava was a civil litigator, primarily representing nurses and health care practitioners. Mr. Nava also served on the California Coastal Commission from 1997 until 2004, appointed by then California State Assembly Speaker Cruz Bustamante, where he earned the highest environmental protection vote awarded by the Sierra Club.
KRISTI PATTERSON (Chair) has managed the Western region product implementation group of Kana Communications, a software company. She also created and led the education and training division for Kana's training of employees, customers, and partners since 1998. Prior to joining Kana, she worked with Bain Consulting in San Francisco and let the design and implementation of Bain's first technology networking and communication system. In 1996 she joined Netscape Communications and oversaw building an internal product knowledge system and managed the ales and training for the northern California channel sales group. Ms. Patterson received her Master's degree in Organizational Communication and Learning from Arizona State University. Growing up in Santa Cruz and spending summers on the ocean or backpacking in the Sierra Nevada, Ms. Patterson continues to enjoy exploring Northern California, Western Colorado and Montana with her husband, Tom, and their two children. They reside in Portola Valley. Ms. Patterson joined the Audubon California board in 2007.
CHRIS REDFERN is executive director of the San Diego Audubon Society (SDAS). Since joining SDAS in 2005, he has established a number of new projects and programs, including community-based habitat restoration projects benefiting endangered birds (including California Least Tern and Western Snowy Plover), a collaborative outdoor nature program that reconnects school children to nature in their own neighborhoods, and a partnership with the National Wildlife Federation's Flyway Cities Coalition. Chris serves on the board of the San Diego Conservation Resources Network and is an active member of the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project Task Force, the Rose Creek Watershed Alliance, and the San Diego Nature Education Network. Prior to joining SDAS, Chris had a successful career of 14 years in the software industry.
DIANE ROSS-LEECH, the Director of Environmental Policy at Pacific Gas & Electric, supervises a department of ten employees that are responsible for overseeing environmental regulatory and legislative review and analysis, environmental justice strategies, developing habitat conservation plans for PG&E's operations, implementing avian protection programs, analyzing renewable energy projects and policies, collaborating with federal, state and regional environmental regulatory agencies, and partnering with critical environmental non-profit organizations. Diane attended both the University of California at Davis and the University of California at Berkeley. Diane served as the Board President of Golden Gate Audubon Society from 2006 through 2011, and as the Chair of the Management Board for SF Bay Joint Venture since 2010, and will continue to serve as Chair through mid-2013.
JACOB SCHUTT joined Parallel Advisors to help create a truly innovative wealth management firm founded on the principles of a disciplined planning process, an open architecture platform, and transparent reporting. Prior to joining Parallel, Jake worked for Morgan Stanley's Global Wealth Management Group. He achieved the Pace Setter's award and built his business providing advice to affluent individuals, families, and trusts. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Jake was a senior technology consultant for several web development firms serving the largest global non-profit organizations. Jake holds a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is also the trustee of several trusts, serves as Chairman of the Board for Wilmon Timberlands, a timber investment and management company. He serves on the Finance Committee of Marin Headlands Center for the Arts, a non-profit organization that provides artist residency programs in Marin. He is also a board member at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center in Tiburon.
A. SIDNEY ENGLAND, PH.D., of Davis is an ornithologist and the Director of Environmental Planning for the University of California, Davis. Dr. England is an expert on the ecology of the Swainson's Hawk, a species listed as threatened in California. In 1997 he co-authored an account on the species in the American Ornithologists' Union project, The Birds of North America - Life Histories for the 21st Century. Dr. England routinely faces the issues of resource management and regional planning by serving on the boards of directors for the Conaway Ranch Joint Powers Authority, Water Resources Association of Yolo County, the Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee, and the Swainson's Hawk Technical Advisory Committee. He was the president of the Yolo Audubon Society 2001-03, and has been on the board of the chapter for over a decade. An avid birder, he has traveled widely in Central and South America, and teaches introductory field ornithology through the University Extension at UC Davis.
ROBERT STEPHENS of Soquel founded the Elkhorn Native Plant Nursery in Moss Landing, a wholesale and retail nursery providing California native plants and seeds for landscaping and restoration. The nursery also offers botanical consultations, planning and implementing restoration, erosion control and landscaping projects, and seed collection and seed cleaning. Robert also operates a commercial apple orchard in Soquel and serves on the San Felipe Ranch Board of Directors, a cattle ranch in Central California. He is an advisory board member of the O'Neill Sea Odyssey and the Elkhorn Slough Foundation. He is the past chair of the Audubon California board of directors. He has twin daughters and enjoys horseback riding, biking, fishing, kayaking, nature photography and swimming.