Staff and Board

Staff

Kathleen Lee, Executive Director
Kathleen Lee, Executive Director

Kathleen is a long-time resident of the Monterey Peninsula. Until recently, Kathleen has been the District Director for Representative Jimmy Panetta and before that served 17 years as the Chief of Staff for a Monterey County Supervisor. Through this work, she has excellent contacts in state, county, and local governments and extensive experience handling significant local projects. She has served as an elected official herself as a member of the Board of Directors for the Monterey Regional Parks District, where she is in her 3rd term. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Fresno and a Masters in Public Administration from Golden Gate University.

 

Tracy Gillette-Ricci, Development Director
Tracy Gillette-Ricci, Development Director

Tracy is a graduate of Florida State University and started her career as a Social Worker. She grew up on the West Coast of Florida and has always had a love of marine areas and a passion to help preserve and protect natural resources. After moving to California in 1999, she discovered the Monterey Peninsula and in 2005 made it her home. She joined the Point Lobos Foundation staff in 2012 and has spent the last several years dedicated to supporting the organization's mission. Contact Tracy at 866-338-7227 extension 107 or tracy@pointlobos.org.

Reg Henry, Editor, Point Lobos Magazine
Reg Henry, Editor, Point Lobos Magazine

Reg is a former editor of The Herald who had a 45-year career in journalism and in retirement still writes a nationally syndicated column for the Pittsburgh (Pa.) Post-Gazette. Born in Singapore, where his father headed the Reuters news agency, Reg grew up in Australia, where he started as a cub reporter for the Courier-Mail in Brisbane. After service in the Australian Army in Vietnam, he moved to England and worked at The Times of London. After he married his American wife Priscilla in 1976, he moved to Pittsburgh and joined the Post-Gazette. Reg was the Herald editor from 1988 to 1993 and returned to Pittsburgh after the Herald was sold. He was the Post-Gazette's deputy editorial page editor when he retired from full-time journalism at the end of 2014. He moved back to this area in March 2015 and is now a Point Lobos docent and member of the foundation. Reg can be reached at regwriter43@gmail.com.

Caitlin McMillen
Caitlin McMillen, Finance Specialist

Caitlin is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and has worked as a project coordinator for interior design firms on the Monterey Peninsula for the past 10 years; managing the budget, procurement, and coordination of both high-end residential and hospitality projects throughout California. Caitlin lives in Monterey with her husband and son. Contact Caitlin at 866-338-7227 extension 103 or accountspayable@pointlobos.org.

Board of Directors

Karin Stratton, President
Karin Stratton, President

A collaborative leader, Karin has worked for nearly three decades in the non-profit sector, including San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, the New England Aquarium in Boston, and most recently in support of sustainability initiatives and conservation partnerships at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Karin is passionate about habitat and resource management, species conservation, and affecting positive change for the natural world. She is an avid native plant gardener, ocean advocate, and overall outdoor enthusiast. Her love of nature and wild places started at a very young age with countless visits to local parks and summer trips to the Jersey shore and her grandparent’s farm in Maine. She is a graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where she studied Biology and Environmental Studies, a springboard for her career path and passions. Late winter and early spring are her favorite seasons to hike Point Lobos because the native Ceanothus (California lilac) blooms are in full force providing a sea of periwinkle blossoms along many of the trails – a beautiful sight to see! It is truly Karin’s honor to serve her community through the Point Lobos Foundation.

Holly Carlin, board member
Holly Carlin, Treasurer

Holly retired as a CPA at the end of 2018 after 35 years in practice. The last 17 years she had her own practice where she specialized in nonprofit accounting for the last 10 years. She is a 5th generation Californian. Her grandparents lived in Carmel Valley and one of the family’s favorite places for picnics was Point Lobos. The Monterey Peninsula was a second home for her so she followed her parents to the peninsula in 1986 where she raised her son in Pacific Grove. Being newly retired, Holly looks forward to spending more time with her grandson in the bay area, working with the PLF and spending more time outside and with family and friends.

Barb McGaughey
Barb McGaughey, Vice President

Barb has been a lifelong advocate for the environment, starting with family camping trips as a child visiting National Parks throughout the United States. Raised in Detroit, she attended Michigan State University where she received a degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Education. Barb started her career as an Outdoor Education and Camp Director for YMCA camps in the midwest, which led to a thirty-five-year career with YMCA's in five states and brought her to the Monterey Peninsula in 2008 as CEO of the Central Coast YMCA. Currently, she serves as the Director of Association Resources for the California State Alliance of YMCAs, where she provides organizational consulting to YMCAs throughout California. In her spare time, she loves to travel, hike, and garden.

J Diaz
Jerry Diaz

Jerry is a 10th generation native Californian. His ancestry traces to both Rumsen and Ramaytush coastal tribes in the Ohlone nation. As a child, he spent summers camping in Big Sur and hiking trails from the Pinnacles to Point Lobos.

Formerly the Director of Strategic Client Services for the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Jerry founded Monterey Meetings and Events and currently consults with corporate and association executives for their national conferences and tradeshows.

A passionate traveler, Jerry immerses himself into every destination he travels to - in history, culture, and cuisine. Favorite pastimes are gardening, cooking ethnic dishes, and swimming.  Jerry, his wife and children spend countless hours treasuring the scenery and lifestyle of California's central coast. Jerry is pleased to join the Point Lobos Foundation Board.  Protecting and preserving this beautiful coast (and the planet) is one of his personal commitments.

J Rurka
Jim Rurka, Secretary

Before retirement to Carmel in 2013, Jim enjoyed a 45-year business career in Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, and now devotes much of his time to favorite outdoor activities—hiking, birding and photography—as often as possible at Point Lobos. Jim completed Point Lobos docent training in 2014, was elected a PLF Board member in 2015, and served as Deputy Docent Administrator and then Docent Administrator from 2016-2020.  Jim is currently a member of the PLF Board Governance Committee, and serves as Chair of the Partnerships and Collaborations Committee.  

Donita Grace
Donita Grace

As a child, Donita’s father served in the Air Force, which afforded her the opportunity to live in many locations. She was born in Texas and then lived in Colorado, France, and Guam before settling in California. She and her husband, who have been Point Lobos docents since 2014, divide their time between San Jose and Marina.

Donita is retired from a career in education as a middle school teacher and principal. In her role as a Point Lobos docent, she most enjoys school walks and talking to visitors about the importance of preserving the natural world for future generations.

Point Lobos was a favorite place when her children were growing up and that tradition continues today with her four grandchildren.

K Kelly
Karen Max Kelly

Karen’s deep appreciation for public lands started with annual camping forays to National Parks from her family’s St. Louis home; continued through graduate school and work as a field biologist in the Arctic, and grew profoundly via a mid-career job directing a conservation non-profit in Alaska.    

A 2014 move to the CA Central Coast to support her husband Brendan’s career led Karen to switch her own professional focus to helping non-profit organizations raise and manage money to best meet their missions.  Karen works as the Accounting Manager at Monterey Peninsula College Foundation and serves as Treasurer or on the Finance Committee of four local organizations. 

Public lands like Point Lobos do not become cherished jewels without the hard decisions and hard work of the public. Karen joined the Pt Lobos Foundation Board in 2021 to share in some of that hard work--and of course for the opportunity to develop an even deeper relationship with this glorious Reserve right in her neighborhood.

Scott Kurteff
Scott Kurteff

Scott grew up in the Mt. Diablo foothills. Exploring rural surroundings at home formed an enduring imprint. Moving to the Monterey Peninsula in 2000 intensified an appreciation for nature's perennial beauty. After working in management and Controller/CFO positions within large corporations and small businesses, Scott now serves as Chief Financial & Administrative Officer for the Central Coast YMCA. He holds a degree in Finance from UC Berkeley. Being a dad to three grown children provided an opportunity to witness first hand how a passion for the outdoors is set in motion. Scott considers it a privilege to support an organization that cultivates that passion in others while preserving a resource both powerful and fragile.  

Maurutto
Betty Maurutto, Docent Administrator

My last 70 plus years have been full of adventure, love, career pursuits and travel.  As a native Californian, I was born and raised in southern California.  After graduating from UCLA, my career as an educator began in Fountain Valley, CA and then continued in the 80’s as an elementary principal in Anaheim.  After completing my doctorate at USC, I enjoyed training school administrators with the California School Leadership Academy.  Now retired, my husband, Michael, and I love living in Carmel with its natural beauty and peacefulness.  Each wrinkle alongside my eyes is from the laughter and joy that I have had over the years.  I look forward to creating new wrinkles of time as I try new things, explore new territories and experience the positive surprises and opportunities of each day.  I am honored to be a part of the amazing Docent Organization and Point Lobos Foundation Board.

R Rodriguez
Ruth Rodriguez

Ruth is a lifetime resident of Monterey County and a CSUMB alumnus. She is currently the Manager for Community Services at CHISPA (Community Housing Improvements Systems and Planning Association) the largest nonprofit affordable Housing Developer in Monterey County. Ruth has previously served on the GRID Alternatives Board of Directors and also served as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Greenfield from 2007 through 2010. She is a 2012 LEAD Alumni (Leadership Education and Development). Ruth has a long history of participation with community groups and activities focused on community, health, education, and equity.  She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, the outdoors, and serving her community. 

Carol Rossi
Carol Rossi

With deep family roots in Santa Cruz, Carol has spent many summers around the Monterey Bay area. Carol enjoyed a professional career in sales and raised her family in the Bay Area. She has volunteered with many organizations over the past twenty years and especially enjoyed her time as a Girl Scout Nature Camp leader. Carol is now in Pacific Grove and is interested in sharing the beauty and promoting stewardship of Point Lobos.

Alan Shoebridge
Alan Shoebridge

Alan is the director of marketing for Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. He has also held senior marketing and communication leadership roles at Kaiser Permanente and Providence St. Joseph Health, two of the nation's largest healthcare providers. Alan earned his BA in English from the University of Oregon. He is a new resident of the area and quickly embraced the central coast lifestyle. In his free time, Alan enjoys cycling, reading, hiking and exploring Monterey County with his wife, Amber and their two English bulldogs.