Mono Lake Committee Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors are concerned citizens from all corners of California, dedicated to the protection and restoration of Mono Lake, and public education about smart resource management. They come from diverse backgrounds and professions and provide overall direction and strategic support for implementing the Committee's mission. The Board meets at least three times a year.
Sally Gaines, Mammoth Lakes—Chair
Sally was a co-founder of the Mono Lake Committee in 1978. She and her late husband David Gaines were the driving force behind the scientific research and advocacy that led to initial protections for Mono Lake. After several years as an integral staff member, Sally became part of the Board and has provided invaluable guidance to the Committee throughout. She is now a teacher, and is living in Mammoth Lakes with her husband Rick Kattelmann.
Tom Soto, Santa Monica—Secretary
Tom is a managing partner and co-founder of Craton Equity Partners, an innovative clean technology private equity firm focused on reducing carbon and responding to climate change. He is a leader in California's Hispanic community and has advised local and national figures from the White House to the City of Los Angeles. Tom says, "Mono Lake stands at the physical and policy intersection of massive environmental questions related to California's future."
David Kanner, Redwood City—Treasurer
David is a former Mono Lake Bike-A-Thon rider (1985–1994) and also a Director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula. He is a CPA and partner with Seiler & Company, an accounting firm in the Bay Area. David says, "Being involved with the staff and Board is a chance to work with people wo inspire me through their dedication—to Mono Lake, to the bigger ideals it represents, and beyond economic or personal gain." David is organizing the Reunion Ride from Lone Pine to Lee Vining on August 25–29, 2010!
Martha Davis, Riverside
Martha is a former Executive Director who led the Committee through all obstacles to the State Water Resources Control Board decision in 1994. That decision gained a large measure of protection for Mono Lake. Today she works as the Executive Manager for Policy Development for the Inland Empire Utilities Agency. Martha says, "When I see the water flowing into Mono Lake and how the lake is rising, I realize how much can be done to restore and preserve our natural resources."
Vireo Gaines, Bishop
Vireo was born and raised in the Eastern Sierra, and has been actively involved in the Mono Lake story since birth, from modeling for the Newsletter catalog as an infant to working in the bookstore as a teenager. She majored in Environmental Studies at Northern Arizona University. Vireo says, "I drove by the lake a few times in the past week. I had an overwhelming feeling of connectedness to this place. It's not a feeling that I will ever lose. It's not about beauty, curiosity, or interest. Mono Lake is like a family member."
Richard Lehman, Fresno
As a Congressman, Rick pushed legislation to create the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area in 1984 and later made sure that federal air pollution laws covered dust storms at Mono Lake. He is currently a lobbyist in Sacramento. Rick says, "Mono Lake sells itself—once you get people to see it, they're hooked. It's an absolutely unique part of the American landscape, and is unlike anything else I've seen. This alone makes it well worth saving ... it is our responsibility to protect the resource."
Sherryl Taylor, Mammoth Lakes
Sherryl is the President of the local Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. She volunteers at Mono Lake and at the Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve. Sherryl says, "I believe that experiencing Mono Lake and other wild places inspires awe and respect for the natural world. I believe in the importance for people of all ages to learn about the Mono Basin from passionate and knowledgeable teachers, from effective publications, and purposeful events."
Doug Virtue, San Pedro
Doug is Executive Vice President of Virco Mfg. Corporation, a leading manufacturer and supplier of equipment for educators. Virco is also a leader in sustainable business practices, having been honored as one of the Environmental Protection Agency's three initial members of the Waste Wise Hall of Fame. Doug has climbed, hiked, and fished throughout the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin. His particular emphasis is on the value of education to help future generations make balanced decisions about sensitive and valuable areas such as the Mono Basin.
Brent Coeur-Barron, Corporate Counsel
To contact the Mono Lake Committee Board of Directors, e-mail mlcbo...@monolake.org.