Lisa Bauer – Director
Lisa lives in Yorkville, CA, far off the grid, at the top of Anderson Valley, and owns a small winery, Yamakiri Wines. She manages several vineyards, where she dry-farms older vines using natural farming methods. She also co-manages the rural road on which her ranch sits, and volunteers on the Yorkville Community Benefits Association, a board which raises funds for local firefighting resources in Yorkville. In a previous life, Lisa ran the recycling and refuse programs at UC Berkeley, where she worked with students, taught several environmental sustainability classes and managed early sustainability efforts at the university.
Mike Webster – Director
Mike is a retired employee of the US Geological Survey where he served as Field Office Chief at the Ukiah, CA, Field Office for 18 years. He has a strong background in water resources and flow conditions in Mendocino County streams and rivers. Mike works as a private consultant assisting the Sonoma County Water Agency with some of their stream gauging needs. He received his bachelor’s in biology from Sonoma State University.
Amanda Reiman – Director
Amanda Reiman is the Vice President of Community Relations for Flow Kana, a branded cannabis distribution company that works with small farmers in the Emerald Triangle. She is also the Secretary of the International Cannabis Farmer’s Association, a non profit that advocates for research and policies that favor sun grown cannabis cultivation through traditional farming methods and a Board member for the California Cannabis Tourism Association, the Mendocino Cannabis Industry Association and The Initiative, the first incubator/accelerator for women owned cannabis businesses. After receiving her PhD from UC Berkeley, Dr. Reiman was the Director of Research and Patient Services at Berkeley Patients Group, one of the oldest dispensaries in the country, and the Manager of Marijuana Law and Policy for the Drug Policy Alliance, a national non-profit that was engaged in the drafting and campaigns of legalization initiatives across the country and abroad. She also taught courses on substance abuse treatment and drug policy at UC Berkeley for 10 years and had published several research articles on the use of cannabis as a substitute for opiates.
Joe Zicherman – Director
Joe Zicherman is a consulting fire scientist, and for over 30 years has worked to solve fire safety problems in the public and private sector. He became involved in fire science engineering while an employee of the UC Forest Products Lab in Richmond in 1973. Along with that job, he followed a graduate program at UC Berkeley and received a doctoral degree in 1978, after which he founded a consulting group call Fire Cause Analysis in Berkeley. In the past decade or so he has become increasingly involved in wildland fires, and the problem of increasingly fires in wildland–urban interface situations. As a consultant to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, he authored the technical and cost/benefit justifications for the fire safety building requirements, approved by the California Building Standards Commission and now included in California Building Code Chapter 7a. He is currently working with groups who lost their homes in the Camp Fire, and spent several days on site in Butte County in December 2018. He has also been a landowner in Boonville for over twenty years, growing grapes while continuing his fire safety consulting work on a part-time basis. He appreciates working on the Fire Safe Council, applying some of his knowledge directly to the community here in Mendocino County.
Nancy Armstrong Frost – Associate Director
Nancy is a Yorkville, CA resident and rancher, a vineyard owner, Oat Valley Vineyards olive oil owner, Yorkville community volunteer, and mother to three adult children, three dogs, and six chickens. With Southern Mendocino and Northern Sonoma roots going back over a century, Nancy is a firm advocate for the role of property holders in fire resiliency education. She received her degree from Chico State in business.
Charlie Kelly – Director
Charlie grew up on a ranch in Southern California, under the tutelage of a true environmentalist and steward of the Earth, his Dad. Charlie further developed his love of Nature – and our World – becoming an Eagle Scout (1962). Charlie is a Rotarian (35 years or so), and has served in several positions up to being the District Governor (6 NW California counties). And, for the last 18 years, has driven a water tender on many, many, wildfires (including 6 of the top 10). He is now a trainer for CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams).
Our board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month at 12:30pm, in the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District (MCRCD) conference room, at 410 Jones Street Suite C-3, Ukiah, CA.
Our meetings are wheel chair accessible.