BOARD OF DIRECTORS and ADVISORY COUNCIL

MARY BERGEN 
President and Chairperson

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

 

MICHELLE HENSON
Secretary

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.

 

GREG LEPINE

Greg is an award-winning teacher with a career that spanned more than 20 years in the Ojai Unified School District. 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.  Recently retired, Greg continues to actively support the environmental education of students and C.R.E.W. members.

 

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.

 

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.

 

SANDY BUECHLEY

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

 

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

 

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.