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Susan M. Clark, M.A., President.
The Foundation President since 1990, Clark has been a Sea Rancher since 1976. She was a two term director of The Sea Ranch Association from 1991 to 1997, serving as it Chair from 1994-96. As an architectural historian, she has collected an extensive set of historical documents about the north coast, including maps, photos, records, and personal interviews of older coastal residents. She led the efforts to register the Knipp-Stengel Barn on the National Register of Historic Places. From 1991 to 2007, she served as Fifth District Commissioner on Sonoma County Landmarks Commission. She served on the Santa Rosa Cultural Heritage Board from 1991 to 2007 and the Design Review Board for Santa Rosa from 2007 to 2013. She is the author of The Sea Ranch, a volume in the Arcadia “Images of America” series that celebrates local history across the country. She manages a historical consulting business in Santa Rosa.
Maggie Crosby, Vice President.
Maggie Crosby and her husband David Robertson have been The Sea Ranch members since 1998. They built their Sea Ranch house in 2005 and have lived in the community full time since 2013. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Yale Law School, Maggie directed the American Civil Liberties Union's reproductive justice work in California, including its California Supreme Court docket. She also worked on other civil liberties issues, including freedom of speech, religious liberty, freedom of the press, and voting rights. She has taught Stanford Law School courses on constitutional litigation and legislation. Recently, she served as Vice Chair of TSR's Forest Task Force, has been a volunteer with the Redwood Coast Humane Society, and has worked with Action Network on immigration issues. She works, for fun, once a week in the Posh Squash greenhouse.
Doug Paul, Treasurer.
Doug is a part-time Sea Rancher since 1976, and Sea Ranch home owner since 1998. Doug has been a member of the Sea Ranch Archives Committee since 2007, and was the chair for two years. He is the current Treasurer for Archives. Doug was also the secretary of the Sea Ranch Finance Committee, serving for six years on this committee. Doug has a BA in Economics and an MBA in Finance from UC Berkeley, and a Masters in Taxation from Golden Gate University. He was a self-employed tax focused CPA for most of his professional career of over 40 years. He is now fully retired other than some limited estate planning and real estate investment consultation. Doug is a Past President of the Marin County Estate Planning Council, past Chair of the Mill Valley Schools Community Foundation, a former board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Marin, Inc. and of the Redwood High School Scholarship Foundation. He is on the Emeritus Board of the Marin branch of the SF YMCA. Doug has been happily married to his German wife Elke since 1975; they have two grown children. Their philanthropic interests broadly attempt to assist organizations working to better the environment, provide international humanitarian aid, provide educational opportunities for low income students, and encourage support for the arts.
Roland Pesch, Secretary.
Roland is a former software developer and technical writer. As Editor-in-Chief at a free-software startup, and in collaboration with the Free Software Foundation (FSF), he authored or edited all the manuals for the core suite of FSF software-development tools. Roland is fluent in English and Spanish. For the past two decades, Roland and his wife Kathy Rosskopf have devoted between 20% and 30% of their gross income to philanthropy. Aside from supporting humanitarian and nature-conservation groups, their grants have created endowed scholarships at two liberal-arts colleges, paid for computers for less-privileged kids, sponsored coral-reef restoration, and paid for ecological research in areas as diverse as tree frogs in tropical forests and post-fire ecology studies of California redwoods. Roland is a graduate of Oberlin College. Roland's primary residence has been at Sea Ranch since 2012. He first experienced Sea Ranch in the 1980s, and became a Sea Rancher in 2010. In 2015/2016, Roland helped lead the last-ditch effort to save the redwoods in the Sea Ranch Central Forest from logging.
Tempra Board, Director at Large.
Tempra has been a Sea Ranch member since 2015, and a full-time resident since 2018 when she and her husband, David Yager, completed construction of their new home. Tempra has been a grant writer, fund developer, and document designer for nonprofit organizations for nearly 25 years. She has a bachelor of arts in English from Humboldt State University and a master of arts in Communication Development from Colorado State University. She currently serves on The Sea Ranch Communications Committee, and writes articles and designs the layout for The Sea Ranch Soundings. She and David, a ceramic artist and portrait photographer, are members of Gualala Arts and the North Coast Artists Guild. Tempra has lately been rekindling her love of drawing and the natural environment through nature journaling and sketching. She is an active philanthropist and fundraiser, helping support more than a dozen organizations each year through financial contributions.
Thom Matson, Director Emeritus.
A 12-year resident of the Sea Ranch, Matson retired after 31 years with AT&T in 2012 as a Sales Vice President, where he led a team of several thousand sales professionals. Matson served as Treasurer of our Foundation for many years. His other north coast involvements include: Served three years on the Arena Theater Board of Directors, including two years as Treasurer, Vice-Chair of The Sea Ranch 50th Birthday Committee, Co-chair of The Sea Ranch Vision Committee, and President of the Condo 2 Board. He serves as a Team Leader and Judge for Humanitas, a Hollywood non-profit that provides prize money to screenwriters. He served for several years on the Emeritus Board of Frameline, the world's largest LGBT film festival, having served 6 years on the Board and a term as Board President. He has worked on the Production Staff of the Academy Awards since 1997 and also worked on the Production Staff of the Primetime Emmy Awards for several years.
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