Board of Directors

Board of Directors
Roger Williams, Chairman, is an executive with one of the world's largest internet companies. Roger's appreciation for the beauty and uniqueness of Hetch Hetchy Valley grew out of many hiking and fishing trips in Yosemite National Park. As a backpacker leader with the Sierra Club, he regularly takes others into the mountains to share in his enjoyment of these amazing natural resources. He lives in San Francisco and so has drunk a lot of water from the Tuolumne River that did not need to be stored in a national park.

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Roger Williams - Chairman

 

Virginia Johannessen, Vice-chair, lives in Los Angeles and is involved in the entertainment industry with husband Chip Johannessen.  She feels passionately that Angelenos and all Americans need to understand they are being deprived of a second Yosemite Valley they already own within their national park.  She is working to spread that message on social media.  Virginia was born and raised in Berkeley, and educated at Harvard.  Her grandparents met on a Sierra Club trip, which at that point could include the Hetch Hetchy Valley.  She expects her daughter to be able to go on a Sierra Club trip that once again includes the Hetch Hetchy Valley.

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Virginia Johannessen - Vice-chair

 

Peter Van Kuran, Treasurer, has 30 years business management experience in the global high-tech industry, and is inspired to work on Hetch Hetchy based on a lifelong love of hiking and climbing in Yosemite.
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Peter Van Kuran - Treasurer

Mark Palley, Secretary, is a civil litigation attorney and a founding partner of an Oakland law firm called Marion's Inn.

Mark Palley - Secretary

Sean Bothwell is the Executive Director for the California Coastkeeper Alliance (CCKA), a network of 12 California Waterkeepers working to defend California's ocean, coast and water from pollution, and securing sustainable water supplies.  Sean works to implement initiatives to enhance the quantity and quality of California's water, and he is the lead environmental advocate on the State Water Board's Desalination Policy, Trash Policy, and the Once-Through Cooling Policy.  Sean tracks and analyzes proposed bills during the state's legislative sessions, and is responsible for developing and implementing CCKA's sustainable water supply program.  Prior to joining CCKA, Sean provided legal expertise to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, with a particular focus on the Public Trust Doctrine.  Sean attended Vermont Law School after being inspired by Hetch Hetchy and spends his free time backpacking in Yosemite's backcountry.
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Sean Bothwell

 

Kathy Bowler is the former head of the California Democratic Party.
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Kathy Bowler

 

Mark Cederborg is a Restoration Specialist, Manager and Principal at Hanford ARC, a general engineering construction firm specializing in heavy civil construction and habitat restoration in sensitive resource areas.  In partnership with The National Park Service and other Federal, State and local agencies, Mr. Cederborg implements innovative construction techniques to protect and restore delicate ecosystems.  Mr. Cederborg has contructed over 60 habitat restoration projects totalling $35 million over the past 14 years.  In 2009, Mr. Cederborg was recognized by the Secretary of the Interior as part of the Partners in Conservation Award, given to the Giacomini Wetland Restoration at Point Reyes National Seashore, for his work on one of California's largest outer coastal wetland restoration projects.  Mr. Cederborg's commitment to restoring Hetch Hetchy first began in 1993 when he visited the valley, and realized another hidden Yosemite lay flooded.  In 1999, he became founding board member of Restore Hetch Hetchy.
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Mark Cederborg

 

James Fousekis is a retired lawyer (BA UC Berkeley; LLB Yale Law School), who practiced commercial litigation in San Francisco for over 40 years until retiring eleven years ago. He is involved now with a number of non-profit organizations. Jim founded and still serves on the board of The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence - a large legal-directed gun control organization with some 12 lawyers on its staff. Jim is also primarily responsible for his family's ranch located near the northeast corner of Yosemite, outside of Bridgeport, California.

 

Jim first visited Yosemite with my Boy Scout Troop some 70 years ago, and today still have that same feeling of magnificence. When he first visited Hetch Hetchy some 40 years ago and experienced its magnificence,  his wife said the Reservoir should be drained. Jim thought she had lost it but today thinks she had wonderful foresight! he has hiked around parts of the Reservoir, fished at the far end, and hopes that his children and others can enjoy its full splendor.

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James Fousekis

 

Ann Hayden is the Director, Western Water and California Habitat Exchange, for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Ann joined EDF in 2002 to help lead its efforts to improve urban and agricultural water supply reliability and restore the San Francisco Bay Delta estuary.  She currently leads EDF's work to advance implementation of sustainable groundwater management and water transfers as well as habitat markets to restore critical habitat to benefit the environment and agriculture in California.  She builds broad coalitions of state and federal agencies, non-profit partners, landowners, and the private sector to support the development and implementation of environmental markets that help increase California's healthy freshwater and terrestrial systems and improve delivery of the environmental services these habitats provide.  Ann has earned an M.A. in Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara, and a B.A. in Marine Biology from UC Santa Cruz.
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Ann Hayden

 

Rex Hime from Sacramento serves as the President and CEO of California Business Properties Association.  He previously served on the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.  He is a UCD graduate in political science and received his law degree from UCD School of Law.  He served as a Regent of the University of California and currently sits as a member of the Cal-Expo Board of Directors.  He joined the Restore Hetch Hetchy Board in January of 2013.
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Rex Hime

 

Lance Olson is a Sacramento attorney who specialized in election and political law.  He is an avid backpacker and road bike enthusiast.  He and his wife Suzette enjoy visiting Yosemite National Park many times each year and are devoted to the cause of restoring Hetch Hetchy.  He joined the board in May 2007.
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Lance Olson

 

Craig Reynolds lives in Davis where he recently retired from 30 years of service in the California Legislature as Chief of Staff for several legislators, including, most recently, 14 years with Senator and Assemblywoman Lois Wolk.   He staffed hundreds of bills and policy initiatives, including in 2004 the legislative request to Governor Schwarzenegger to study the feasibility of restoring the Hetch Hetchy Valley.   He began his education at Davis Parent Nursery School and completed it at Phillips Academy Andover and Stanford University where he captained their wrestling teams. In retirement, he runs a small business importing and distributing a boutique brand of agave spirits.  He and his wife are regular volunteers at Project Amigo in Colima, Mexico.

 

Craig is a longtime supporter of RHH.  He has been a regular camper at Tuolumne Meadows since the age of 2 and now, with his wife Cass Sylvia, serves as a National Park Service Volunteer Campground Host at Tuolumne Meadows.
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Craig Reynolds

 

 

Ron Sundergill has served as the Pacific Region Director of the National Parks Association (NPCA) since 2005. Prior to NPCA, he served as the CEO of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy in Santa Rosa California, a non-profit organization that educates leaders working to create sustainable public policy.  He also represented the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) before the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch on a wide range of issues, including renewable energy, federal energy budget priorities, and tax policy.  Prior to joining UCS, Ron served as the Director of Legislation in the Maryland Department of Human Resources.  Ron served as president of the Frederick County, Maryland, Board of County Commissioners from 1990 to 1994.  This was an elected position representing 150,000 residents.  He was also responsible for the management of the county during the time period, serving as the county chief executive and board chair.  Prior to his work as an elected official at the county level, Ron worked for the U.S. Catholic Conference's Campaign for Human Development (CHD) where he directed a program targeted to support cooperative business ventures and cooperative housing in low-income communities in the United States.  While employed at CHD, he co-founded the National Network of Grantmakers.  Ron holds a B.A. in political science from Hood College in Maryland.  As the Pacific Region Director of NPCA, his work includes advocating for protection of, and greater funding for, national parks in the states of California, Hawaii and Nevada.  NPCA has over 110,000 members and supporters in the three states that make up the region.
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Ron Sundergill

 

Melanie Webber founded and runs the award-winning mWEBB Communications (2011 American Business Award for PR Campaign of the year), which provides hands-on, high-level creative public relations, strategic communications and marketing communications services to a variety of clients from technology to lifestyle and wine to the environment (including Restore Hetch Hetchy).  Melanie also has an extensive entertainment industry background, including theater and film producer, and helping to found The Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble in Pennsylvania.  Her corporate career includes nine years as Vice President of Corporate Communications at publicly-traded Autobytel Inc.  A graduate of Northwestern University's School of Communications, her varied background includes many pro-bono media campaigns, including The National Park Service Channel Islands (Save the Fox campaign), PS I Love You Foundation (at-risk kids), and the Coast2Coast Swim Challenge (swim lessons for under-served kids).  Melanie has written for a variety of publications and blogs including The San Francisco Chronicle, Screen Actor Magazine, Huffington Post, Paso Robles Press, among others.  A triathlete who has completed two half Ironman races, Melanie has participated in three of Restore Hetch Hetchy's Muir March/Rides, including a 7-day backpack into Yosemite backcountry and the inaugural 200 mile Muir's Ride.  She is one of the team who puts on the highly-regarded Garagiste Wine Festivals, is WSET Level Three certified (in wine and spirits) and is currently working on her WSET Level Four Diploma Certification.
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Melanie Webber