RVOEP Advisory Board
Since its founding in 1995 by a small group of local community members, the Redwood Valley Outdoor Education Project has operated under the premise that a few committed citizens can, indeed, make a difference.
The RVOEP was conceived and developed in 1995 by a citizen group dedicated to establishing an environmental education program for students attending the Ukiah Unified Schools. The project was set in motion when local citizens Spencer Brewer and Jennifer Harris, initiators of the project, gathered others in the community enthused by their vision–a diverse group that included educators, foresters, resource managers, and representatives of environmental groups. Harris, a retired high school science teacher with impressive community development skills, took on the role of organizing the group, devoting her energies to generating funds and gathering whatever other resources were needed to make the vision a reality.
Remarkably, eighteen years later, three of the founding members of the community Advisory Board continue to donate their time and energy to this project, while others have served and moved on and new members have stepped forward to continue the work of this group as a vital guiding and supportive source for the project. In addition to raising funds, this dedicated group of community volunteers has been actively involved in caring for and improving the RVOEP site for more than fifteen years. The RVOEP is truly a community project, existing, in large part, due to the unflagging dedication, commitment, and generosity of this group of community members. Currently the advisory board consists of the 15 members listed below.
Founding RVOEP Board Member (1995), Chairperson and Retired Teacher; Past Mentor Teacher UUSD; Advisory Board Member since 1995.
Founding RVOEP Board Member (1995), Retired County Assessor; Professional Forester.
Founding RVOEP Board Member (1995), Retired Registered Professional Forester; Member Society of American Foresters.
RVOEP Director/Educational Coordinator; Advisory Board Member since 2001.
Past President San Hedrin Chapter Native Plant Society; Inland Mendocino Land Trust Board of Directors; Advisory Board Member since 2002.
Peregrine Audubon Society Chapter President; Retired Research Associate, Hopland Research Center, University of California; Advisory Board Member since 2004.
Biologist; Past President Kiwanis Club; Advisory Board Member since 2004.
Retired Teacher; Advisory Board Member since 2004.
Sheriff’s Activity League; Advisory Board Member since 2006.
Membership Chair; Advisory Board Member since 2010.
Mendocino County Resource Conservation District; Advisory Board Member since 2011.
Retired Director of Mendocino County Department of Social Services; Former Scout Leader and Eagle Scout; Advisory Board Member since 2012.
Retired Director of Tapestry Family Services; Advisory Board Members since 2012.
Biologist; Advisory Board Member since 2012.
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Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, UUSD; Advisory Board Member since 2012.