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Board of Directors as of August 2023

Nancy Armstrong-Frost, President 

Nancy is a Yorkville, CA resident and rancher, a vineyard owner, and the owner of Oat  Valley Vineyards olive oil. She is also a 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 an advocate for property  holders in fire-resiliency education. She received a business degree from Chico State.  Her term expires August 2024.

Joe Zicherman, Vice-President 

Joe is a consulting fire scientist with over 30 years in solving fire-safety problems in the  public and private sectors. He worked for the UC Forest Products Lab in Richmond in  1973 and, after consulting with Fire Cause Analysis in Berkeley, received a doctoral  degree at UC Berkeley in 1978. Joe’s consultation work for the State Fire Marshal’s  office on fire-safety building requirements was incorporated into the California Building  Code, and he has recently become increasingly involved in WUI fire issues. Joe has been  a Boonville landowner for over 20 years, growing grapes and doing part-time fire-safety  consulting work. He has also worked with people who lost their homes in recent fires.  His term expires August 2025.


Lisa Bauer, Treasurer 

Lisa lives in Yorkville, CA, far off the grid above Anderson Valley, and owns a small  winery, Yamakiri Wines. She dry-farms older vines using natural farming methods in  several vineyards she manages. Lisa also co-manages the rural road where her ranch  sits, and volunteers on the Yorkville Community Benefits Association board, raising  funds for Yorkville firefighting resources. She 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. Her term expires August 2025.



Anna Garza, Secretary 

Anna is retired from a career as a counselor and administrator in 2- and 4-year  California colleges, and is familiar with state regulations, program and grant  management, and legislative & budget advocacy. She has been involved in professional  organizations and boards including leadership positions. Anna lives outside Fort Bragg,  and helped form the Fort Bragg South Fire Safe Council. She has also organized  educational programs on fire-safe landscaping and fuel reduction. Anna enjoys  gardening, cooking, traveling and spending time with her husband Paul and their  grandchildren. Her term expires Aug 2025.


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. He further developed his love of  Nature and our World by becoming an Eagle Scout (1962). Charlie has been a Rotarian for about 35 years, including the position of District Governor for six Northwest  California counties. For the last 18 years, he has also driven a water tender on many,  many wildfires (including 6 of the top 10), and is a CERT (Community Emergency  Response Teams) trainer. Charlie lives near Lake Mendocino in Ukiah, CA. His term expires August 2024.


Mike Jones, Director 

Mike Jones is the University of California Cooperative Extension Forest Advisor for  Mendocino, Lake, and Sonoma Counties. He conducts a research/education program  that helps private landowners steward forest lands, including home-hardening and  defensible space. He is a founding member and Chair of the Mendocino County  Prescribed Burn Association, Chair of the Insect Committee for the California Forest  Pest Council, and a member of the Jackson Demonstration State Forest Advisory Group and Board of Forestry Effectiveness Monitoring Committee. Mike has a doctorate  degree in Entomology from the State University of New York and is an alumnus of UC  Davis.  His term expires August 2024.


Sue Carberry, Director 

Sue Carberry comes to MCFSC with 21 years of experience as a firefighter and EMT,  including 5 years as Fire Chief for the Laytonville Volunteer Fire Department. Sue was also an athletic director at both high school and college levels, and currently  represents the Mendocino County Fire Chiefs Association on the Mendocino County  Emergency Medical Care Committee, which advises the Board of Supervisors and the  Local Emergency Medical Services Authority.  Her term expires August 2024.


Board Meetings

Our board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month, 12:30-2pm.  Until further notice board meetings are being conducted virtually.


Members of the MCFSC Board of Directors serve on various committees, which may also include non-board  members. Committees currently include:

  • Human Resources 
  • Outreach & Education 
  • Finance/Audit 
  • Public Policy & Legislation
  • Fire Science Research

If you are interested in a position on our Board of Directors or on one of its committees, please contact us at