Board & Advisors

THE C.R.E.W. BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ADVISORY COUNCIL

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.

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.

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.