Tuolumne River Trust Advisory Committee

The following are members of our Advisory Committee:

John Amodio
John was Executive Director of the Tuolumne River Trust during the 1980’s when 83 miles of the Tuolumne River were declared Wild and Scenic. He then worked for the State of California Department of Conservation. Gov. Pete Wilson appointed John to the Calif. Integrated Waste Management Board to serve as liaison to the environmental community. Over the years, John has served with many environmental organizations.

Abigail Blodgett
Abigail is an environmental attorney who has over a decade of experience with environmental law, advocacy, and science.  She has focused on improving water quality, reducing pollution, and advocating for smart land use policies.

Karyn Bryant
Karyn now serves as Director of California Major Gifts at American Rivers. She has written about TRT: “As my first river conservation position and after having been employed by TRT for over 7 years, I will always advocate for the health of the Tuolumne River as my favorite river. I believe in the leadership and experienced program staff of TRT and want to see the organization continue to grow and succeed.” 

Cindy Charles
Cindy Charles is an avid woman fly fisher and represents the fly fishing and recreational communities. She knows the Tuolumne intimately and has been a supporter of the Trust for many years. She has been working for quite a while on many issues related to the State Water Board’s Bay Delta plan and FERC relicensing of New Don Pedro Dam.

Sally Chenault
Sally has a lifetime of personal experience along the Tuolumne River having grown up in Modesto. She is an attorney and mediator with offices  located in Sonora, CA and Modesto, CA. With excellent training from the Junior League of Santa Barbara, she brings skills of fundraising, public speaking, and lobbying to the Trust as well as a deep-rooted love of the Tuolumne and Clavey Rivers.

Ann Clark, Ph.D.
Ann has been an active supporter of the Tuolumne River Trust’s Bay Area program since its inception. During that time she has met with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and local environmental organizations to craft a Water System Improvement Project which would protect and conserve the Tuolumne River. For many years Ann has been active in San Francisco to facilitate grassroots outreach on a local level with groups such as SPUR, NRDC, the Commonwealth Club and Friends of Camp Mather to mention a few. She has a particular interest in outreach to school children in the classroom and on The River.

William Collins
Bill has spent over 45 years working on environmental issues and in politics. He has served as the President of the San Diego League of Conservation Voters and was the Water Committee Chair of the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club. He served on TRT’s Board of Directors from December 2011 to summer of 2013.

Eddie Corwin
Eddie works at Google on health and sustainability best practices for their global offices, providing a platform to track energy, water, waste, indoor air quality, etc. Growing up in San Francisco, he is familiar with the Tuolumne and the Sierra ecosystems. His passion for California and the environment have led to creative problem-solving partnerships and his role as one of TRT’s newest advisors – welcome, Eddie!

Kerstyn Crumb
Kerstyn is an attorney whose skills in synthesizing scientific and legal information can be translated to TRT’s work on water usage and clean water issues. She grew up at the confluence of two great rivers – the Potomac and Shenandoah – with a lifelong appreciation of wild places and biological diversity. She hopes to use her advocacy and negotiation skills to promote TRT’s mission. She learned of the work of TRT while meeting with staff and board members at the Silicon Valley Board Match.

Joe Daly
Joe served as the Board Chair throughout most of the 1980s and 1990s when Wild and Scenic designation was achieved for the main stem of the Tuolumne and a potential dam on the Clavey River was rejected by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He is the co-founder of Echo River Trips, which for many years ran whitewater rafting trips on the Tuolumne. His loyalties to the river remain strong and he joined the advisory board in November 2010.

Heather Dempsey
Heather served as Bay Area Program Director for the Tuolumne River Trust from 2004 to 2007. Heather came to the Trust with a diversity of experience in the environmental field from both the non-profit and government sectors. As a grant manager for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, she became well-versed in river restoration efforts in California and the role of government agencies in river management . Heather earned her Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a focus on large-scale conservation.

Tim Eichenberg
Tim Eichenberg is an environmental lawyer and consultant, and teaches Ocean and Coastal Law at the Vermont Law School. As former Chief Counsel of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, he helped develop the nation’s first comprehensive policies and regulations on climate change. He also has served as legal counsel for the California Coastal Commission, The Ocean Conservancy, Oceana, the Marine Law Institute, and Environmental Defense Center, where he engaged in environmental litigation, lobbying and rulemaking. He chaired the Clean Water Network in Washington, D.C., co-founded the Casco Baykeeper Program in Maine, and published more than 30 articles and reports on marine-related issues, including the ABA’s book on Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy. He holds a BA from Earlham College, a JD from the Washington University School of Law, and postdoctoral fellowship in marine policy at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Baykeeper and Friends of the Sea Otter, and the Board of Advisors of the Center for Urban Environmental Law at Golden Gate University.

Jim Greene, Jr.
Jim retired from the US Navy in 1995 having completed 32 years of active duty. He is currently on the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and also consults for Defense Industry clients. Since retirement he has been actively involved with numerous land and river preservation non-profit organizations as a Board member or advisor including a five year term as Chair of the Henrys Fork Foundation dedicated to preserving the headwaters of the Snake River in SW Idaho . Jim is an avid fly fisherman and first encountered the Tuolumne River on a 1970 camping and fishing trip at Tuolumne Meadows.

Sam Harned
Sam is a landscape architect with KLA in Sonora. As a child, his father instilled a love of nature in his brothers and him, and Sam passes this along to his own young children. Sam in interested in serving TRT because he appreciates the need to preserve and protect rivers as a resource for a healthy and sustainable environment. He brings passion as well as technical and architectual expertise to the Trust.

Noah Hughes
Noah teaches earth science and geology at Modesto Junior College. As an avid kayaker, Noah brings an intimate knowledge of the Upper and Lower Tuolumne River and is excited about using his expertise as an educator to further the mission of the Trust.

Brian Korpics
Brian is an environmental attorney with the California PUC. He looks forward to leveraging his professional skills and network to serve an organization that shares his values. He has spent a lot of time climbing, backpacking, and swimming near the headwaters of the Tuolumne, and has worked with other environmental non-profits including the Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Law Institute, and Clean Coalition. We welcome Brian as one of our four new advisors!

Jerry Meral
Dr. Gerald H. Meral is the Natural Heritage Institute’s (NHI) Director of California Water Programs. Until the end of 2013, he served as Deputy Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency. At NHI, Dr. Meral is building a suite of new projects to forge consensus solutions to some of California’s most intractable water management problems, including implementation of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, sustainable management of California’s groundwater resources, realigning public funding for delta levees, and promoting water conservation. Dr. Meral previously served as Executive Director of the Planning and Conservation League (1983-2003), Deputy Director of the California Department of Water Resources (1975-1983), Director of the Western Water Program at the Environmental Defense Fund (1971-1975). He has a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California.

Amy Meyer
Amy is a founding member of the Tuolumne River Trust and was vice-president of the board for several years. She has been co-chairman of People for a Golden Gate National Recreation Area since 1971, was vice-chair of the GGNRA’s federal Advisory Commission for 28 years, and was a member of the board of the Presidio Trust. She is currently a chairman of People for the Presidio. She has been an advisor to the Trust since 2002.

Jenna Olsen
Former Executive Director of Tuolumne River Trust through 2005, Jenna currently is employed as Senior Manager Government Partnerships and Third Party Contracts with Pacific Gas & Electric.

Jennifer (Jenny) Pierce
Jenny has just completed law school at Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall). Having grown up in Nevada City along the Yuba River, she focused her studies on environmental law. She is interested in serving TRT to further her knowledge of environmental advocacy and advance the preservation of the watershed. We welcome Jenny as another fantastic new addition to the advisory committee!

Max Pike
Max has returned to the Bay Area after earning his MBA at the University of Texas Austin.  He currently works for Haven – an international transportation and logistics company located in San Francisco.  He looks forward to kayaking and rafting the Tuolumne and other Sierra rivers as well as working more closely with TRT.

Eric Riemer
Eric has been a finance professional for twenty years – the last twelve at Charles Schwab. Before Schwab, he worked at Credo Mobile (formerly Working Assets), a leading social and ecologically responsible company. He spends family time outdoors in the Tahoe Sierra and is completing the Harvard University Extension School Environmental Policy and International Development Certificate Program. In his neighborhood, Eric has been the unofficial head of the Sleepy Hollow Creek committee. We are delighted to welcome him to the TRT team!

Richard Roos-Collins
Richard is an attorney and member of the Natural Heritage Institute. He also served as President and Board member of Tuolumne River Trust for 10 years.

Jon Rosenfield, Ph.D.
Jon is a conservation biologist on staff at The Bay Institute. He brings a wealth of expertise on aquatic and landscape ecology, water policy and water politics of the Bay Area and Central Valley.

Norwood Scott
Technical Advisor, Pacific Islands Office, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Board President, American Whitewater; Former Board Member, Tuolumne River Trust (7 years); U.S. Wildwater Team 1998-2003.

Wes Sperry

Wes joined the advisory board of the Trust in 2016. To him, rivers, in particular the Tuolumne, are a source for both his personal recreation and valuable water for his family’s farms. Wes is a fifth generation almond farmer and the current CEO of Sperry Farms in Stanislaus County. He is also a backpacker in the upper Tuolumne watershed and enjoys flyfishing on the lower river.

Ron Stork
Ron is the Senior Policy Advocate for Friends of the River. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Agriculture at the University of California at Davis in Plant Science. In his occasional spare time, Ron can be found ambling around mountain trails or floating western rivers with a hand lens and a large Flora in hand searching for rare wildflowers. Ron served on the Trust Board for 20 years before joining the advisory committee in 2002.

Patricia “Tricia” Sullivan
Tricia studied Biology both as an undergraduate at UC Davis and in graduate school at Harvard. She joined PG&E in 1980, and in 1988, joined the Environmental Affairs Department, where she manages investigation and remediation of historically contaminated sites (such as former Manufactured Gas Plant sites). Tricia’s hobbies included hiking, backpacking and/or camping, bird watching and, in general, being in nature. She is a former Trust Board member and joined the Advisory Committee in 2002.

Steve Welch

Steve joined the Advisory Board of the Tuolumne River Trust in January 2011. As a resident of the Tuolumne River watershed, he has been a strong and generous supporter of the Trust for many years. Since 1984, he has been the general manager of ARTA River Trips (a non-profit since 1963). For the past 15 years, Steve has been President of the Tuolumne River Outfitters Association.

Holly Welles, Ph.D.
Holly Welles is the Communications and Outreach Manager for the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) at Princeton University. Holly transitioned from the Trust’s Board to the Advisory Committee in 2007 when she and her family moved from the Bay Area to Princeton, New Jersey. Prior to the transition, she was an Environmental Policy Manager at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. She misses Northern California and the Tuolumne family. Holly holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from UC Berkeley and a Master of Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Bart Westcott
Bart is a retired insurance executive who has been a board member of Acterra – Action for a Healthy Planet – and other organizations. As a long time “advocate for the natural world,” his and Peter Drekmeier’s paths have crossed over the years. Bart and his wife, Nancy, have been TRT supporters. He values TRT’s mission and would like to help advance the Trust using his skills in finance, risk management, and communication.

Jennifer M. White, Ph.D.
Former  Director for Education, U.C. Berkeley Botanical Garden; former staff Science educator Lawrence Hall of Science; Former member, Advisory Committee to Yosemite Park Concession Services. Jenny is an avid fly fisherman and outdoor enthusiast.

John Woolard
John Woolard is the former CEO of BrightSource Energy and was President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board. John is the co-author of a US Patent for web-based Energy Management Systems, and has been a leader in energy technology for many years, meeting several times with President Bush in executive sessions on National Energy Policy. John has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, a Masters in Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia , and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia . Along with the Trust, John also serves on the Board of the California Clean Energy Fund, the Strategic Advisory Board for Xcel Energy, and is a Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He is also a frequent guest lecturer at the Haas School of Business, as well as many national energy and technology conferences. John served on the Trust Board from 2002 to 2006.

updated June 27, 2017