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Who We Are

Susan M. Clark, M.A., President.
The Foundation President since 1990, Clark 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 a large history of 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. She manages a historical consulting business in Santa Rosa and from 1991 to 2007, she served as Fifth District Commissioner on Sonoma County Landmarks Commission. She is the author of The Sea Ranch, a volume in the Arcadia "Images of America" series that celebrates local history across the country.

Thom Matson, Treasurer.
A part-time Sea Rancher since 2009, 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. His 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 is 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 Staffs of the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmy Awards since 1997.

Marghi Hagen, M.A., Ph.D.
Hagen has lived at The Sea Ranch for the past six years. She works as a social justice researcher and publishes mainly on issues of wealth disparity. She is actively involved in several non-profit organizations on the coast including the Alliance for Redwood Coast Housing, the Redwood Coast Humane Society, and the Redwood Coast Alliance which she initiated in 2006. She began the Guest Chefs series, which has raised as much as $11,000 annually for local non-profits, and she acts as the Volunteer Advocate for The Sea Ranch.

George Rathmell, M.A., Secretary/Vice-President.
A Sea Rancher since 1968, Rathmell has served on numerous Sea Ranch committees and arbitration groups. He chaired the Sea Ranch Community Center Task Force that led to the restoration of the Knipp-Stengel Barn and the construction of the Del Mar Center, and is the pro-bono publisher of The Barn Book. He has devoted hundreds of hours of labor to the projects of saving the Barn and the Del Mar schoolhouse. He is a Thespian stage hand, co-sponsor of The Sea Ranch Classic Film Program and a Division Leader for The Sea Ranch Disaster Response Team.

Mary Street Alinder
Mary Street Alinder and her husband Jim first came to Sea Ranch in 1978, becoming members in 1984. They soon realized that whenever they left they became depressed and when their last child went off to school in 1990, they moved here full-time. Thirty years later, they remain happy with that decision. Alinder is involved in the community. She served as chair of TSRA 50th Birthday Celebration, an entire year of nearly 50 events with more than half open to our coastal neighbors. Folks could dance on the beach with the legendary choreographer and Sea Ranch founder Anna Halprin, join in simultaneous neighborhood potlucks that spanned TSR's entire 10 mile length, and listen to the Kronos Quartet perform, "The Sea Ranch Songs," by composer Aleksandra Vrebalov in TSR's iconic White Barn. She has been chair of the Vision Committee for many years and currently serves as its co-chair. Alinder has been a member of TSR's organic garden, The Posh Squash, for 29 years. An independent scholar specializing in the history of photography, she has no thought of retiring. From 1979 until his death in 1984 Alinder worked as the chief assistant to Ansel Adams. In 1985, she completed the New York Times best seller, "Ansel Adams: An Autobiography", followed by "Ansel Adams: Letters and Images" in 1988. She is the biographer of Ansel Adams and an authority on 20th century photography. Her books include "Ansel Adams: A Biography" and "Group f.64", both published by Bloomsbury. She has curated many exhibitions and travels worldwide as a speaker on photography. Since 1990, the Alinders have owned the Alinder Gallery in the neighboring town of Gualala. They specialize in original photographs by Ansel Adams and Jim Alinder.

The Sea Ranch Foundation
P.O. Box 98
The Sea Ranch, CA 95497
phone: (707) 785 2989
email: gwr@mcn.org

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