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.  

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.

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.

Susan Conn, Pioneer, CA (Treasurer):  Susan, a mother of five children, lives in       Pioneer and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCAA). She has previously served two elected terms on the School Board and City Council for the City of St. Helens, Oregon, as well as appointed positions with the Columbia County Commission on Children & Families and St. Helens Library Board. Wide-ranging professional experience, including work in retail, banking, teaching, and tax preparation. Skill and training in grant writing, community organizing and economic development.

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.

Craig Baracco, Executive Director: Growing up in Amador County, Craig learned to appreciate the Foothill’s natural beauty while camping with his boy scout troop.

Craig has worked as a reporter covering local government for both the Ledger-Dispatch Newspaper, and KVGC Radio for over ten years. Before that he was a City Planner working on land use and environmental issues for Yolo County, the City of Stockton, and as private consultant. He brings an in-depth knowledge of government, land use policy and communication to the Conservancy.

He is a member of the Italian Benevolent Society and occasionally brews his own beer.

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