Board & Advisors


Board of Directors

James E. Clark II – President & Chairman

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.

William C. Murphy – Executive Director

Bill has over 24 years experience managing and leading people in a command-structured environment. During his career as a Naval Aviator, he managed budgets, personnel and government projects aboard ships, aviation squadrons and joint military commands. He currently serves as a Director on the Ojai Valley Sanitary District Board of Directors. Bill holds a BA in Accounting and Business Management from Asbury University as well as an MS in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College.

John Chapman Morris- Vice President

John is President of William L. Morris Chevrolet-Oldsmobile in Fillmore and is owner of Braemore Ranch. He is on the Board of Directors of the Fillmore Rapid Transit District. John rides with the Rancheros Vistadores and is an avid outdoorsman.

Michelle Henson - Secretary

Michelle is Vice President of Ojai Community Bank and has extensive experience working with youth and Rotary.

Mary Bergen – Treasurer

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.

Larry Beckett

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

Patrick Loughman, Esq.

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

Larry Reilley

Larry is owner of insurance agency, Austin, Reilley & Doud. He is a licensed insurance broker, as well as an avid horse rider.

Advisory Council

Rob Brokaw

Rob is the owner and manager of Brokaw Nursery, Inc. in Saticoy and is an avid backpacker.

Tony Thacher

Tony is the owner and manager of Friends Ranches and is closely associated with the Thacher School. He has been an active Board member since 1994.

Dick Weirick

Dick is a retired realtor, avid hiker, and is heavily involved with local service organizations, including Rotary.

Allan J. West

Allan is the Retired National Deputy Director, U.S. Forest Service. He has also served on the C.R.E.W. Board since 1994. He is currently a consultant to agriculture and government.

Richard Wilson

Richard has been a ranch owner for over 40 years. He was formerly the Director of The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. He has served as a Board Member of both the State Coastal Commission and State Board of Forestry as well as a Trustee of the Thacher School.