2022-2023 Board of Directors

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Larry Patterson, Board President, Camanche Village, CA:  MS Civil/Transportation Engineering UC Berkeley, BS Civil Engineering University of Texas, private consultant, former Public Works Director and City Manager of San Mateo, recipient of the League’s James L. Martin Award in 2012

Jillian Buckholz, Amador City, CA: Climate action and sustainability planning consultant with over 15 years of experience in the higher education sector. Extensive background in designing, facilitating, and working with executive-level committees and working groups with a proven track record of implementing projects to meet specific sustainability goals. Environmental justice is at the center of her work, focusing on moving sustainability initiatives forward that support people and the planet.

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.

Caryl Callsen, Pioneer, CA (Treasurer): Masters in Public Administration; retired public-school business manager and personnel director; president of Sacramento Call to Action; Vision Council Member, National Call to Action; former chair and current member, Amador Democratic Central Committee; former president and board member, the Amador Interfaith Council (Food Bank); former member, Amador County Planning Commission.

Marta Johnson, R.N., Mokelumne Hill, CA (President): Foothill Conservancy founding member. Relocated in 1989 from San Francisco to Calaveras. A Universal Life Minister and Board-Certified Health and Wellness Nurse Coach, Marta is Director of Creative Health Resources and is a Labyrinth facilitator. She was Calaveras Arts Council Board Chair and board member for twelve years. With her background in healthcare, holism and the Arts, Marta promotes creative ways of protecting our Sierra Foothills bioregion. creativehealthresources.com

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.

Meg Newell – MN Licensed Attorney, ESL Teacher, Corporate Training, Community Human Rights and Relations Commissioner, Community Mediator/Juvenile Restorative Justice; J.D. from Washington University School of Law, M.A. Linguistics, B.A. Philosophy; experience in consulting and grant writing. Currently serving on the Board of Operation Care and is a volunteer Mentor & Tutor at Amador College Connect; interests include sculpture, pottery and painting.

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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