2022-2023 Board of Directors

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Tyx Pulskamp, Sutter Creek, CA (Secretary): Tyx began his advocacy journey as an Amador High School student, attending regional, state, and national leadership development conferences including state and federal youth lobby days. Over the twenty years since graduation, Tyx has engaged in numerous successful fundraising campaigns, helping to generate tens of thousands of dollars for otherwise underfunded causes, projects, and needs.  

Toby Salk, Ione and Berkeley, CA: Toby has worked in advertising for private sector companies for thirty years. For the past 15 years, she has been teaching, lecturing and writing about Mah Jongg. She is a volunteer for the Rotary District 5170 Vietnam Scholarship Project providing scholarships for schoolgirls in Vietnam without which, these young women could be vulnerable to human trafficking. Over the past thirty years, Toby has organized and hosted events for the private sector, Mah Jongg and the Scholarship Project.

Brian Jobson, Sutter Creek, CA: Retired Manager of Power Contracts and Regulatory Affairs with SMUD. B.S. Environmental Studies,  graduate work in water science. Career in water and power contract negotiations and CEQA/NEPA compliance. Worked closely with engineers, lobbyist, lawyers, legislators, regulators and the public. Served 10 years on the Amador County Planning Commission for District 10.

Susan Bragstad, Amador City, CA: retired architect; owner, Amador Olive Oil Company; founding director, Motherlode Land Trust; director, Amador Farmers Markets, Farms of Amador; former director, Kennedy Mine Foundation; member, Amador City Council.

Leslie Smith, Sutter Creek, CA: Raised in Washington State, Leslie is a happy California transplant having moved to Sunny Sutter Creek full time in 2020. As a nascent fly fisher and lifelong skier, she is committed to the natural environment and brings extensive organizational and finance experience to the board from a nearly 40 year career in banking.

MaryAnn Kelley, Pioneer, CA: Retired Amador High School master teacher, co-owner of local retail business. Volunteer, Eldorado National Forest; member, Amador County Homeless Task Force Outreach Committee; and volunteer, West Point Community Garden. Avid backpacker and environmentalist, mother of two adult children, has worked with parents, youth, and community members for 30 years. B.A., Geography; teaching credential.

Meredith Sierra, Watershed Conservation and Land Use Advocate, Shingle Springs, CA: B.S. Environmental Studies from California State University Sacramento (CSUS), former Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician at Sierra Wildlife Rescue, Student Education Assistant at CSUS, and Park Aide at the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. Animal lover, adventure seeker, and environmentalist meredith@foothillconservancy.org

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