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MEET THE BOARD

BOARD MEMBERS

Sandy Buechley

SANDY BUECHLEY

PRESIDENT

A long-time Ojai civic and environmental leader, Sandy recently retired as Business Intelligence Manager after a 37-year tenure with Patagonia.

Larry Beckett

LARRY BECKETT
VICE PRESIDENT

As a retired school psychologist and avid horse lover, Larry is passionate about a wide range of environmental issues.

Mary Bergen

MARY BERGEN
SECRETARY

Mary is a longtime Ojai Valley equestrian, avocado rancher, and advocate of healthy watersheds. She is also a retired marine biologist who has worked for California Department of Fish & Game.

Laura S. Ciontea

LAURA S. CIONTEA
CPA - TREASURER

Laura works in the audit and accounting practice of Damitz, Brooks, Nightingale, Turner & Morrisset. She joined the firm in 1997 and has over 30 years of experience in public accounting. Her principal areas of practice are accounting and auditing with special emphasis in nonprofit organizations, manufacturing, and benefit plans.

Becky Beckett

BECKY BECKETT

Becky grew up in Ojai, riding her horse on the trails before becoming a science teacher at Nordhoff H.S. for 14 years and principal at Chaparral H.S. for 5 years. She developed the Ojai Valley Unified School District’s Environmental Field Studies program, helped found the Health Science Academy, and started a native plant garden. Becky now works part time as a teacher for Valley Oak Charter.

Bill Brothers

BILL BROTHERS

Bill is a former teacher in an environmental education private school, as well as a retired businessman and a lifelong animal welfare advocate. His special interests in the Ojai Valley include land preservation, and trail building and maintenance.

Michelle Henson

MICHELLE HENSON

Michelle is a banking and loan expert, having recently retired as Vice President and Senior Commercial Loan Officer at Bank of the Sierra. Michelle has extensive experience working with youth and Rotary.

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JOHN MCNEIL

John McNeil is a long time Ojai Valley resident who enjoys hiking, biking and maintenance of our trail system. He recently retired as an Assistant Fire Chief after a 35-year career with the Ventura County Fire Department. He started with the department as a member of a seasonal wildland crew before graduating from the fire academy in 1988 and advancing through the ranks. He became a battalion chief in 2013 and a division chief in 2017 before his promotion to assistant chief in charge of the Emergency Services and Operations Bureau in 2019. In that role, McNeil has been responsible for oversight of fire stations and the fire dispatch center. He has extensive experience in urban search and rescue, wildland firefighting and human resources.

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ATTICUS REYES
 

Atticus has called Ojai home since attending and graduating from Nordhoff High School. While at Nordhoff he played four sports, participated in Nordhoff Drama productions and served as an Associate Teacher for freshmen students during his senior year. While attending California State University Channel Islands, he helped coach the Nordhoff Junior Varsity Football Team. He was selected to participate in a Congressional Internship Program, interning for Congressman Eric Swalwell in Washington D.C. He was elected ASI Student Government President and graduated from CSUCI with a degree in History, and a minor in Political Science. 

 

Atticus now works for State Assemblymember Steve Bennett as a field representative covering the issues of education, public safety, transportation, and immigration. He also currently serves as President of the Ojai Unified School District Board of Trustees. On the weekends you can catch Atticus trail running or playing basketball throughout the Ojai Valley.

Bill Slaughter

BILL SLAUGHTER
 

Founding partner of the firm, Slaughter, Reagan & Cole, LLP, and trial attorney for 30 years, Bill has served on the boards of Ventura County Sheriff’s Foundation, Notes for Notes, Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce, Santa Paula Boys and Girls Club, and Sisar Water Company. A lifelong climber and outdoor sports enthusiast, Bill has served since the mid-1980s as a member and Captain of the Upper Ojai Search and Rescue Team (part of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department) through which he manages search and rescue activities in Ventura County and across California.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

BRET BRADIGAN

ROB BROKAW

JAMES E. CLARK II

NED CLARK

STEFANIE COELER

WILLI COELER

DIANE CROSS

GREG LEPINE

JIM LITTLE

PATRICK LOUGHMAN

WILLIAM SHANBROM ALICIA STRATTON

TONY THACHER

DAVID VADNAIS

ALLAN J. WEST

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