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.
Joe Zicherman, Vice President Joe is a consulting fire scientist and has worked over 30 years to solve fire-safety problems in the public and private sector. 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 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 problems related to Wildland-Urban Interface fires. Joe has been a landowner in Boonville for over 20 years, growing grapes and continuing with part-time fire-safety consulting work. He has also worked with people who lost their homes in recent fires.
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.
Anna Garza, Secretary Anna is a retired higher education professional with experience as both a counselor and administrator in two and four year colleges in California. She now lives in Fort Bragg outside the city area in a forested residential neighborhood. Anna enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling and spending time with her husband Paul and their grandchildren. During her work life in the CA community colleges Anna had responsibility for legislated programs so she is familiar with navigating state regulation, program and grant management, and legislative and budget advocacy. Throughout her career, Anna was always involved in professional organizations and served on boards including positions in leadership. Recently and as a retiree Anna helped form the Fort Bragg South fire safe council on the coast and worked with that group to improve secondary emergency access for their neighborhood. She also organized some educational programs around fire safe landscaping and fuel reduction until COVID 19 hit but since the pandemic has helped to publicize the MCFSC Chipper Days program on the coast.
Charlie Kelly 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.
Our board meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at 12:30-2pm. Until further notice board meetings are being conducted virtually.