2020-2021 Board of Directors

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Foothill Conservancy Staff

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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

Marina Brand, Ione, CA: Retired biologist and environmental scientist. Former program manager, state Delta Science Program; assistant division chief, State Lands Commission; manager and scientist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife; environmental consultant, and local government environmental planner. Special interest in habitat, preservation and enhancement through sensible land use planning and understanding of biological/ecological systems. Equestrian and horse breeder. B.A., Psychology, M.S., Biology.

Amanda Bohl, Sacramento, CA: Special assistant for planning and science, Delta Stewardship Council; president, Sacramento Valley Conservancy; member, Mother Lode Land Trust Advisory Board. Former economic development lead, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy; program director, Amador Land Conservancy; executive director, Mother Lode Land Trust. Mother of two, enjoys traveling, swimming, running, and spending as much time as possible outdoors. B.A., International Studies; M.S., Community Development.

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.

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

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.

Megan Fiske, Watershed & Land Use Advocate, Arnold, CA:  BS Wildlife Conservation and Management, biologist, published scientific author, photographer, naturalist guide. megan@foothillconservancy.org

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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