2020-2021 Board of Directors

Meet the Board

Foothill Conservancy Staff

Carolyn Schooley

admin. assistant

Advisory council

Katherine Evatt
Martha Davis
Bob Leitzell
R. Winston “Pete” Bell, Jr.

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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.

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.

Kelsi Williams, Ed.D, Volcano, CA: Organizational leadership researcher and expert; specialty focus on community and youth education; fourth-generation, lifelong Amador County resident; 4-H project leader; member, Volcano Community Association, California Science Teachers Association, and Internal Leadership Association.

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.

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.

Mara Feeney, Fiddletown, CA: Retired Community and Regional Planner; founder of Mara Feeney & Associates (San Francisco-based consulting firm specializing in socioeconomic impact analysis and community outreach for hazardous site cleanups); past board president, Habitat for Humanity San Francisco; past Board Member of GRID Alternatives; co-owner, Damas Vineyards.

Will Mosgrove, Mokelumne Hill, CA: Retired Graduate Director, School of Photography, Academy of Art University San Francisco; co-owner, Acme Art – Moke Hill, a creative playground for learning and creating art; board member, Mokelumne Hill Sanitation District; co-captain, Mokelumne Hill Community Watch; volunteer, Mokelumne Hill Public Library; volunteer Coordinator, Mokelumne Hill Summer Art Camp and summer Music in the Park series.

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.

Sherry Pease, Executive Director: AA Business Entrepreneurship, BS Business Administration, 15 years business operations leadership, upcycler and container gardener.

Shane Dante, Watershed Advocate: AA Humanities, BS Wildlife Conservation and Management, 3 years studying wildlife, 1 year in hydrologic monitoring and outdoorsman.

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