BOARD OF DIRECTORS and ADVISORY COUNCIL

SANDY BUECHLEY
President

A long-time Ojai civic and environmental leader, Sandy recently retired as Business Intelligence Manager after a 37-year tenure with Patagonia.

 

LAURA S. CIONTEA
CPA – Treasurer

Laura 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.

 

BILL SLAUGHTER

Founding partner of the firm, Slaughter, Reagan & Cole, LLP, and trial attorney for 30 years, Bill has served on the boards of Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation, Notes for Notes, Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce, Santa Paula Boys and Girls Club, and Sisar Water Company. A lifelong climber and outdoor sports enthusiast, Bill has served since the mid-1980s as a member and Captain of the Upper Ojai Search and Rescue Team (part of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department) through which he manages search and rescue activities in Ventura County and across California.

 

LARRY BECKETT
Vice President

As a retired school psychologist and avid horse lover, Larry is passionate about a wide range of 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.

 

BECKY BECKETT

Becky grew up in Ojai, riding her horse on the trails before becoming a science teacher at Nordhoff H.S. for 14 years and principal at Chaparral H.S. for 5 years. She developed the Ojai Valley Unified School District’s Environmental Field Studies program, helped found the Health Science Academy, and started a native plant garden. Becky now works part time as a teacher for Valley Oak Charter.

 

MARY BERGEN 
Secretary

Mary is a longtime Ojai Valley equestrian, avocado rancher, and advocate of healthy watersheds. She is also a retired Marine Biologist who has worked for California Department of Fish & Game.

 

MICHELLE HENSON

Michelle is a banking and loan expert, having recently retired as Vice President and Senior Commercial Loan Officer at Bank of the Sierra. Michelle has extensive experience working with youth and Rotary.

 

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Bret Bradigan
Rob Brokaw
James E. Clark II
Ned Clark
Willi Coeler
Stefanie Coeler
Diane Cross
Greg Lepine
Jim Little
Patrick Loughman
William Shanbrom
Alicia Stratton
Tony Thacher
David Vadnais
Allan J. West

 

SUPPORT THE C.R.E.W.

The C.R.E.W. provides employment and leadership training to teens and young adults through hands-on environmental work.  Since 1991, C.R.E.W. members work year-round to maintain trails, restore habitats, and reduce the risk of wildfire, while building skills and developing relationships that last a lifetime.