Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Officers

Bob Miller

President

Bob Miller, San Rafael
Bob is Emeritus Professor of Health Economics at University of California, San Francisco. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan. He was a member of the Environmental Forum of Marin’s Master Class 42, served on the City of San Rafael's Climate Change Action Plan Update Committee, and currently serves on the General Plan 2040 Steering Committee. At MCL, he is active in the Climate Action Working Group and serves on the Executive, Finance, and Membership Development Committees. Bob moved to San Rafael in 2013 in part to be closer to Marin’s protected park lands, open spaces, and farmlands.
Terri Thomas

2nd Vice President

Terri Thomas, Sausalito
Terri Thomas is a natural resources manager, ecologist, and planner. She worked in Crater Lake, Yosemite, and Everglades national parks and was Chief of Natural Resources Management and Science at Golden Gate National Recreation Area, followed by the Director of Conservation, Science and Research at the Presidio Trust. Terri has a BS in Forestry and an MS in Forest Ecology. She has served as a board member of Fire Safe Marin and the Director of Natural Resources and Climate Resiliency for Conservation Corps North Bay. Currently she also serves as Vice President of the George Wright Society, and as Director of Ecology for the Environmental Forum of Marin.
Mike Swezy

1st Vice President

Mike Swezy, Fairfax
Mike was Watershed Manager with Marin Municipal Water District, protecting watershed lands on Mt. Tamalpais and West Marin for 23 years. Prior to MMWD, Mike worked as an ecologist for California State Parks, helped create the Marin Conservation Corps, and served on fire crews with the US Forest Service. He holds a Bachelor of Science in forestry from UC Berkeley and a Master of Science in fire ecology from the University of Washington, and is a California Registered Professional Forester. Mike served on FIRESafe MARIN's Board of Directors for ten years, including three as President. In 2014, he was awarded MCL's Green Award for Environmental Leadership.
Richard Jensen

Treasurer

Richard Jensen, Corte Madera
Rich joined the Marin Conservation Board of Directors as Treasurer in February 2021. He retired after working in the financial services industry for over 40 years. Before joining Wells Fargo, he worked for Bank of America and American Express. He is now a Business Management Consultant to nonprofits in Marin County, providing strategic and marketing planning advice with a focus on goal formation, fundraising, board governance and financial control. Richard received his BA in Economics and MBA in General Management from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and serves on a variety of nonprofit boards.
Susan Stompe

Secretary

Susan Stompe, Novato
Susan is a retired businesswoman and has been active in conservation and civic affairs for many years. She served as MCL's President in 1997-1998, 2000-2002, and 2011-2013, she chairs both its North Marin Unit and Land Use and Transportation Committee and coordinates MCL’s Coastal Cleanup efforts in Novato. Susan has served Novato as mayor, councilmember, planning commissioner, and co-chair of Novato Clean and Green Day. She has also served on the boards of The Olompali People, Marin Baylands Advocates, League of Women Voters, Environmental Forum of Marin, Marin State Parks Association., Novato Human Needs Center, and Sierra Club’s San Francisco Bay Chapter.

Directors

Kim Baenisch

Kim Baenisch

San Rafael
Kim Baenisch is a lover of the outdoors, which she feels everyone should be able to access. For the past 15 years, Kim led nationally recognized non-profits that work to reduce greenhouse gases through non-motorized transportation options (Marin County Bicycle Coalition) and empower youth through nature-based experiences (Trips for Kids Marin). She holds a Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University, and has worked in landscape design and environmental restoration. Originally from suburban Long Island, NY, she found her true home when moving to Marin County in 1987. Kim is a long time recreational hiker, mountain and commute cyclist, and gardener.
Nona Dennis

Nona Dennis

Mill Valley
Nona is a retired Environmental Consultant and Environmental Educator, and was formerly adjunct faculty in the University of San Francisco graduate program in Environmental Management. She is a past board member and Life Member of the Environmental Forum of Marin and frequently an instructor in the Forum Training Program; past chair of Mill Valley Planning Commission; past state President of the Association of Environmental Professionals and director of the National Association of Environmental Professionals. Nona served on the Sustainability Working Group for the Marin Countywide Plan update and as President of MCL from 2008 – 2011.
Paul Jensen

Paul Jensen

San Rafael
Paul’s career in city planning started with the City of San Rafael in 1980, and included owning and operating a planning consultant business specializing in development project management, environmental review, and policy writing. Paul has served as the City of San Rafael Community Development Director, and believes that balancing environmental protection with community needs such as housing and commerce is necessary for a healthy future. Paul is a native San Franciscan and have lived in Marin County since 1980. He has been a member of MCL for 30 years. He holds a BA in Geography/Urban Planning and an American Institute of Certified Planner (AICP) certification.
Larry Kennings

Larry Kennings

Mill Valley
Larry is a land use planning consultant with 45 years of professional experience in Marin County, including the Master Plan for the GGNRA, General Plans for Fairfax and Mill Valley, and community plans for Bolinas and Marshall. He currently serves as a member of the Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission. He also is on the Board of Directors of the Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative and the Steering Committee for the Housing Crisis Action Group. He was a Founding Director of the Environment Group Hawaii, the International Association of Public Participation, and the Alumni Association of the University of California's College of Environmental Design.
Larry Minikes

Larry Minikes

San Rafael
Larry served as President of Bay Area Trails Preservation Council and the Tamalpais Conservation Club board. As founder and executive director of Mount Tam Jam, Larry launched the first music festival in 46 years at the Sidney B. Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre on Mount Tamalpais, resulting in raising much needed funds for Mount Tamalpais State Park. Larry also founded the Marin Municipal Water District Watershed Citizens Advisory Committee, which successfully developed Mount Tamalpais Watershed Management’s 50-year watershed protection plan. Larry also recently served on the MMWD Citizen Advisory Panel on Infrastructure, and runs a consumer electronics health and wellness product design and development company, A/V Stim, LLC.
Kate Powers

Kate Powers

San Rafael
Kate has been a member of MCL’s Board since 2014, serving as President from 2015 to 2018. She tracks transportation projects for MCL’s Land Use, Transportation and Water committee with a focus on improving and protecting watersheds and integrating environmental planning in early stages of all land use and transportation planning. Kate is the current editor of MCL’s newsletter. She serves on Transportation Authority of Marin’s Citizen Oversight Committee and San Rafael’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee. She previously served on San Rafael’s 2040 General Plan Steering Committee. She holds a BA in Environmental Design.
Roger Roberts

Roger Roberts

San Rafael
A resident of Marin County since 1970, Roger retired after a 35 year career in International Trade and Project Finance. He has been a member of the Marin Conservation League for approximately 20 years, served on the Board for 12 years, 3 of those years as President. Roger has M.Sc. in World Business Administration and Finance from San Francisco State University and B.A. in Government and International Relations from the College of William and Mary. He served on the board of directors of Marin Citizens for Energy Planning and as City Councilman for the City of Larkspur.
Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson

Mill Valley
Doug was born and raised in the Bay Area and has been a member of MCL since the 1980s. Doug served on the Fairfax Town Council as mayor; on the Marin County Parks, Open Space and Cultural Affairs Commission; chaired the Marin County Solid Waste Advisory Committee and the Sierra Club Marin Group Executive Committee; and represented Marin on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Doug is a retired builder and construction manager with a BA and MA from UC Berkeley and now has time for pursuing art. One of his recent ceramic sculptures won top honors at the Marin County Fair.
Bob Berner

Bob Berner

Dillon Beach
Bob served as Executive Director of Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) for 28 years from 1984 until he retired in 2012. Prior to MALT, he was Executive Director of San Francisco Heritage (formerly, The Foundation for San Francisco's Architectural Heritage), and Vice-President, Director of Finance for the Nature Conservancy. He currently serves as a member of the Marin County Measure A Community Oversight Committee. Bob previously served on the MCL Board from 1993-1999. He was awarded the Peter Behr Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 and the Marin Green Award in 2009.
Ken Drexler

Ken Drexler

Fairfax
Ken is an estate planning attorney in San Rafael. He formerly chaired the State Bar Commission on Administration of Justice and serves as Secretary to the PRE Road Advisory Board. He is on the Board of Environmental Action Committee of West Marin and is a member of the California Planning & Conservation League, Sierra Club, and other environmental non-profits.
Roger Harris

Roger Harris

Corte Madera
Roger is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, and has served as assistant director of the Richardson Bay Audubon Center for the National Audubon Society and principal of an environmental consulting firm where he specialized in endangered species, wetlands, and native habitat restoration. Now retired, Roger leads field trips and lectures locally for a number of environmental organizations and internationally for the Oceanic Society. He is on the Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission, the boards of the Marin Audubon Society and the Task Force on the Americas, and on the executive committee of the U.S. Peace Council.
Madeline Kellner

Madeline Kellner

Novato
In addition to her career with Kaiser, Madeline served as Marin County Health Services Director and as Executive Director of the In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority of Marin. She has served on two non-profit boards in Marin: 10,000 Degrees and Homeward Bound. Madeline was Novato City mayor in 2011. She served on the Marin Transit, Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM), and Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) boards and on the board of the League of California Cities. Recently, Madeline and husband Clint served as Peace Corps volunteers in Guatemala and the Amazon of Peru. Madeline serves on the NorCal Peace Corps Association board.
David Lewis

David Lewis

Novato
David Lewis is Director of the University of California Cooperative Extension offices in Marin and Napa Counties. He is also the Watershed Management Advisor in the North Bay. In his UCCE role, he oversees all research and extension programs in Marin and Napa Counties, bringing science-based information to local community needs, and integrates natural resource conservation with agricultural land use management. He is a Carleton College graduate and holds a Master’s of Science degree in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis. His training and background are in geology, soils, and watershed hydrology. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Niger, West Africa.
Linda Novy

Linda J. Novy

Fairfax
Linda is a long-term MCL member, serving on the Board for many years and as President from 2018-2020. She is an active landscape management consultant in the Bay Area and has a passion for protecting the environment. She has served as Marin County Economic Commissioner, Parks and Open Space Commissioner, Marin Horse Council volunteer, Marin Stables and Trails board member, and former IPM Commissioner. She is also a Volunteer Mounted Patrol member for the Marin County Parks and Open Space District. For the last two decades, Linda has been involved with MCL’s Business & Environment Breakfasts, which foster communication and collaboration between businesses and environmental advocates.
Pam Reaves

Pam Reaves

San Rafael
Pam was a member of the San Rafael 2040 General Plan Steering Committee and the San Rafael Climate Change Action Plan Update Working Group. She graduated form the Environmental Forum of Marin, and co-coordinated Toxins Day and Advocacy Day. She was a Marin County Integrated Pest Management Commissioner and helped revamp the County IPM Ordinance to improve oversight, transparency, and collaboration. She and her wife have lived in San Rafael for 22 years and have created a waterwise luscious edible garden as well as bird, bee, and butterfly habitat. Pam loves to hike for rejuvenation and exercise. She is newly retired from her clinical psychology practice.
Jeff Stump

Jeff Stump

Inverness
Jeff has worked in land conservation and policy at the local, state and national level for 26 years. Jeff has worked for the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, American Land Conservancy, and the California Coastal Commission. He holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental policy analysis and planning from the University of California at Davis. Jeff lives in Inverness and spends much of his free time hiking and biking the local trails.
Greg Zitney

Greg Zitney

Novato
Greg is a consulting Environmental Planner and Certified Wildlife Biologist®. He has been involved with the first master plan for GGNRA; environmental assessment for McInnis County Park; a study of the cumulative effects of dock development and boat traffic on wildlife of Richardson Bay; a peer review of the San Rafael Rock Quarry reclamation plan; and impact assessments for a variety of development proposals. Greg previously served on the Board of Directors for the Western Section of The Wildlife Society and the Association of Environmental Professionals, and most recently served as Chair of the Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission.

Staff

Martha Richter Smith

Office Administrator

Martha Richter Smith, San Anselmo
Hailing from New England, Martha moved to the Bay Area in the mid-nineties to work in the entertainment sector but in recent years has transitioned to the non-profit arena. Most recently, she worked at The Life You Can Save where she contributed her project management skills to assisting in the research and publication of the 10-year Anniversary edition of The Life You Can Save authored by Peter Singer. She enjoys hiking in the hills of Marin, gardening, and cooking for friends and family.
Katie Rogers

Communications and Outreach Manager

Katie Rogers, San Geronimo
A Bay Area native, Katie holds a Masters degree in Sustainability Planning & Management from University of Colorado, Boulder. She has dual Bachelor degrees in Communications and Anthropology, and a minor in Art History, from University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining MCL, Katie led communications for a sustainability education and workforce development nonprofit, certified B Corps (companies committed to achieving the triple bottom line of People, Planet, and Profit), created marketing campaigns for ad agencies in California, New York City, and Seattle, and was lab director for an archaeological project in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile.

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