Concerned Resource and Environmental Workers

Developing Young Leaders. Caring for the Environment.

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.

Bill Brothers

Bill is a former teacher in an environmental education private school, as well as a retired businessman and a lifelong animal welfare advocate. His special interests in the Ojai Valley include land preservation, and trail building and maintenance.

Sandy Buechley

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

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.

C.R.E.W. Advisory Council

Becky Beckett
Bret Bradigan
Rob Brokaw
Jim Clark
Ned Clark
Stefanie Coeler
Wiley Coeler
Pat Loughman
Bill Shanbrom
Alicia Stratton
Tony Thacher
David Vadnais
Allan J. West