The Advocates Board of Directors meet once a month to decide the direction of the organization. Newsworthy board decisions and future activities are described in the ‘Forest News’ section of this website.
Board Member Biographies
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD and SECRETARY. Geoff, a founding member and past president of the Advocates, was promoted to his current position of Secretary in January 2016 and chairman in January of 2014.
VICE PRESIDENT OF OUTREACH. John is a General Contractor and Real Estate Broker in Rio Del Mar. He is also on the board of Trips for Kids Santa Cruz, an active member of the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz, the Program Committee for the Girl Scouts and the Sierra Club. As a 34 year resident of Aptos, John has a profound appreciation for all that the Forest of Nisene Marks has to offer. In fact, one of his first dates with his wife-to-be, Robin, they did a little creek hiking in the Park. “For me, being a part of the Advocates for The Forest of Nisene Marks is a wonderful privilege to give back to a Park and community that has offered me so much. It’s an honor to follow in the footsteps of so many who have done so much in the past. It’s my turn to help polish and protect this little gem of a Park that is right in our back yard!” Happy trails everyone!
VICE PRESIDENT. Ed, the retired owner, president and CEO of ‘DSC Diamond-Bilt’, a Sacramento Valley manufacturing firm, is a 22 year resident of Rio Del Mar. In his years as a local, Ed was deeply involved for 20 years as a volunteer with California State Parks in the Santa Cruz District. He donated more than 3,500 hours of his time as a volunteer “Docent” at Seacliff State Beach and in The Forest of Nisene Marks. For this service, Ed has received the prestigious ‘California Poppy Award’ and the ‘Be the Difference Award’ for volunteer service in Santa Cruz County. Having led more than 200 interpretive youth hikes, hikes for State Parks staff and volunteers, and hikes for organizations such as the Sierra Club, the Nature Conservancy and the Save-the-Redwoods League, Ed has logged close to a thousand miles of hiking in Nisene Marks. This, along with Ed’s extensive exploration and study of California’s Coastal Redwoods throughout their 450-mile range, from the southern end of the ‘Big Sur’ to the Chetco River basin in southern Oregon’s ‘Siskiyou National Forest’, has resulted in him long ago being nicknamed by others as ‘Redwood-Ed’. All of this activity has culminated in Ed, through his website, Redwood-Ed, being able to provide others interested in our Coastal Redwoods with guidance to assist them in their quest to understand and explore these ‘Red-Gold’ marvels of nature.
Ed’s involvement with the ‘Advocates’ began as a donor in the 1990’s and advanced to membership on the ‘Advisory Board’ before becoming a member of the ‘Board of Directors’ in 2006. Ed’s work with the Advocates has included solo trail inspections, trail work days, seasonal bridge installations/removals, and outlaw-activity suppression. Also, as a volunteer with State Parks and the Advocates, Ed was the initiator and driving force, along with the Advocates’ then president, Paul Ticknor, in the design, production and installation of new interpretive displays, financed by the Advocates, at the Kiosk and Porter gate areas of the park.
PRESIDENT. Allison founded her own business in 2015 – The Heart Gym for Parents and Teens. She leads Parenting, Dad’s and Teen classes in the brain science of emotions and defensive reactions so that families can connect and live in more harmony. She has had a career in Mediation doing conflict resolution and ADR, coaching soccer and running, and previously in
business since 1989 with mini breaks to live in France and Spain as well as stay home with her two daughters. She loves to be outside in nature either exercising or playing with her family. She lives adjacent to Nisene Marks and is grateful every day she has it as a back yard to run, mountain bike, hike and play in. Her four legged running partner, Kona, loves swimming and chasing sticks in Aptos Creek. Allison also loves the Redwoods’ quiet, timeless beauty to help her slow down and appreciate life. She enjoys giving back to her community and does this by serving on this board, coaching youth soccer and coaching girls running through the Girls on the Run program.
TREASURER. I’ve been hiking and exploring the park since I moved to Santa Cruz County in 1976. I have also been serving on the advocates Board of Directors since 1993 and published a guidebook to the park in 1995. In short, this park is in my blood and it has been a great joy to give back to my community.
DIRECTOR, TRAIL BOSS and DonorPerfect Committee. Bob retired last year after 39 years as an engineer in Silicon Valley. He enjoys hiking, and thinks working on trails at the Forest of Nisene Marks is a way to give back for all the trails he has hiked on. He also likes building things, so the maintenance and improvements of structures is very rewarding. Bob works on supporting our new donation processing software package.
MELANIE DOMINGUEZ – DIRECTOR, joined the Advocates board in the Spring of 2016. Growing up in Santa Cruz I did not really enjoy Nisene Marks until I was about 16 years old and since then I have been in the forest running, cycling, hiking, birdwatching, and dog walking. Exploring the forest and its flora and fauna became a growing hobby of mine. I love the beach and all areas of Santa Cruz but there is something about Nisene Marks that is so interesting with all the history and beauty it holds. As a biologist I love exploring the forest and have the desire to protect and enhance the park. I look forward to writing about all the animals you can experience in Nisene Marks and hope it will inspire others to explore as I have.
DIANE DELUCHI – DIRECTOR. She joined the Advocates board in the Spring of 2016.