Monta retired in 2017 as CEO of the Carmel Chamber of Commerce after 14 years. Prior to that, she was the CEO of two Girl Scout Councils in Western Oregon and Chicago. Her educational background is a Bachelor's (Univ. of Washington) and Master's (Univ. of Oregon) in Parks and Recreation Management and another Masters from Golden Gate University in Public Administration (2004). This is her second “gig" as an Interim Executive Director - serving previously as Interim Executive Director for Chamber Music Monterey Bay. She is currently serving a 4-year term as an elected board member for the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District. She lives in Monterey with her spouse and can be reached at email@example.com or 866-338-7227 ext. 102.
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Anna is originally from the great state of Minnesota and has lived on the West Coast for the past 25 years. She attended high school in Washington, receiving her BS in Botany and minor in Plant Systematics and Ecology at Oregon State University. Through curiosity, Anna found her way down to California, and fell in love with the wide variety of landscapes and never ending adventures. For the past 13 years Anna has worked for the US Forest Service (USFS) throughout Oregon and California. At the USFS she held a wide array of positions in botany, fire control, hydrology, volunteer management, restoration and recreation. Anna has been working as a Botanist for the past 4 years, focusing on spring and meadow restorations, wetland delineations, training and supervision of interns, native plant seed collection, cultivation and planting and GIS/data collection and management. Contact Anna at 866-338-7227 extension 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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Joe is a retired Project Management professional whose career included management positions with Bank of America, Visa International and Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and the UK. Before retiring he was Vice President and Manager of Project Managers for Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco. Joe has had a family presence on the Monterey Peninsula since 1981 and currently resides in Carmel Highlands. Joe also serves on the Board of the Big Sur International Marathon and has been the Operations & Venue Manager for the Carmel International Film Festival.
Karin is the Partnership Manager for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program. She engages over 200 Conservation Partners across 9 countries and 4 continents. Trained as a biologist and environmental scientist, Karin’s profession is truly her passion. She has over 25 years’ experience working at zoos and aquariums with a background in conservation education, husbandry, membership, development, guest experience, interpretation and training. She greatly enjoys collaboration among partners and industry leaders to affect positive change for the natural world. Karin is an avid gardener, native plant advocate and overall outdoor enthusiast. Late winter and early spring are her favorite seasons to hike Point Lobos because the Ceanothus (California lilac) blooms are in full force; she is so fond of the lilac-periwinkle blossoms, she painted her front door the same vibrant color.
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.
A lifelong Salinas resident, Juan Govea serves as the Director of Community Engagement at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History where he oversees the museum’s exhibits, educational, and community science programs which provide free educational experiences for over 12,000 local students annually. He has been nationally recognized as an educator, serving as a U.S. Department of Education Fellow and has spoken at the White House about his experience in education. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, birding. and hiking. He is especially fond of hiking to the tops of Monterey County's highest peaks.
Kit has spent her working career in the environmental field. This included regulation and planning with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, managing environmental and social issues for a global energy company, and currently as an independent environmental consultant. Her experience encompasses environmental law and strategy, government and community relations, and strategic and operational planning, among other areas. Her professional focus and personal passion have always been natural resources conservation, especially through organizational collaboration and partnerships. She feels deeply privileged to be able to put that passion to work as both a member of the Point Lobos Foundation Board of Directors and as a docent at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.
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.
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 fro YMCA camps in the midwest, which led to a thirty-five-year career with Y's in five states, bringing 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 YMCA's, where she provides organizational consulting to YMCA's throughout California. In her spare time, she loves to travel, hike, and garden.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Castel attended SUNY at Buffalo and Kingsborough College, where he received a degree in Chemistry. He then embarked on a career on Wall St, the last 20 years as the Senior NASDAQ Trader at Goldman Sachs where he developed a reputation as a skilled trader, teacher and mentor. Upon retirement in 2004 he pursued his passion for the arts, travelled extensively and volunteered with Earthwatch, Boarder Babies and as a Wish Granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, among others. Since moving to Carmel in 2011, he has continued his volunteer ethic as a Guide at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and as a Docent at Point Lobos. He enjoys photography, drawing, painting, Krav Maga, Tai Chi, hiking and travel.
Before retiring in January, 2013, Jim spent 45 years in executive marketing and business development positions at large pharmaceutical companies as well as both established and start-up biotechnology firms. Over the course of his career, Jim successfully closed more than 25 licensing, partnership and venture deals, launched new pharmaceutical products into U.S. and European markets, and served as CEO and member of the Board of Directors of both private and public U.S. healthcare companies. He is also a former director of the Emerging Companies Section and Governing Board of the Biotechnology Industry Organization. Jim holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature with a minor in Business from Seton Hall University, where he also attended its Graduate School of Business. Jim served in the U.S. Navy, and is a 2014 graduate of PLSNR Docent Training Class 36. Jim and his wife Anne reside in Carmel, have two children (Mark and Jennifer) and three grandchildren (Isabel, Nathan and Haley). They are thoroughly enjoying family, friends, travel and volunteer work in the community.
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.