Board & Advisors


Board of Directors

Mary Bergen – President and Chairperson

Mary is a long time Ojai Valley Avocado Rancher. She is also a retired maritime biologist who has worked for California Dept. of Fish & Game.

Laura S. Ciontea, CPA – Treasurer

Laura Ciontea, CPA, works in the audit and accounting practice of Damitz, Brooks, Nightingale, Turner & Morrisset. She joined the firm in 1997 and has over 30 years of experience in public accounting. Her principal areas of practice are accounting and auditing with special emphasis in nonprofit organizations, manufacturing, and benefit plans

Michelle Henson Secretary

Michelle is Vice President and Senior Commercial Loan Officer of Bank of the Sierra and has extensive experience working with youth and Rotary.

Larry Beckett

Larry is a retired school psychologist and avid horse lover, who has a serious interest in environmental issues.

Sandy Buechley

Sandy is a long-time Ojai civic and environmental leader, and works as Business Intelligence Manager at Patagonia.

James E. Clark II

Jim is a rancher and is also the owner of Clark Corporation and Pacific Pride in Santa Paula, and is an active trail rider. He has widespread knowledge of front and backcountry trails. His knowledge of the wilderness is utilized during liaisons with the U.S. Forest Service.

Greg LePine

Greg Lepine is an award-winning teacher retired from the Ojai Unified School District for over 20 years. Greg was instrumental in establishing a Career Technical Pathway class at Nordhoff High School in the fields of environmental science and sustainable agriculture where students worked alongside industry professionals.

Patrick Loughman

Pat is an attorney with Lowthorp, Richards, McMillan, Miller, Conway & Templeman. He assists the C.R.E.W. on all legal issues.  He is an avid outdoorsman.

C.R.E.W. Advisory Council

Becky Beckett
Bret Bradigan
Rob Brokaw
Bill Brothers
Ned Clark
Stefanie Coeler
Willi Coeler
Bill Shanbrom
Bill Slaughter
Alicia Stratton
Tony Thacher
David Vadnais
Allan J. West