The Foundation

Advisory Board

Denise Cadman is an Environmental Specialist for the City of Santa Rosa. This position involves managing 1500 acres of irrigated and natural area land in the Laguna de Santa Rosa planting creek corridors, removing invasive species, conducting studies and performing long-term surveys on plants, birds, and mammals. An education program compliments these efforts. Denise grew up in the wilds of Rincon Valley and received her BA, secondary teaching credential, and MA from the biology department of Sonoma State University. In addition to working for the City of Santa Rosa, Denise teaches at the Santa Rosa Junior College as an adjunct faculty member in the Life Science Department and she and her husband operate a draft horse powered family farm in the Laguna de Santa Rosa. Denise attributes her career in natural resource management to a love of bird watching.

Connie Codding, wife of deceased shopping center developer Hugh Codding, has been very active in local philanthropy for a number of years. She is President of the Codding Foundation, a family philanthropic foundation benefitting youth up to 18 years of age in Sonoma County. She currently serves as Executive Vice President of Codding Enterprises which is developing Sonoma Mountain Village, a One Planet sustainable community located in Rohnert Park. In addition, Mrs. Codding serves on the boards of PDI Surgery Center, Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific Board of Advocates in Sonoma County, Sonoma Paradiso Foundation and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Sonoma State University. Having grown up on Sonoma County, she enjoys many outdoor activities.

Bill Cox started his Department of Fish & Game career in 1974 as a Seasonal Aide living in Point Arena studying the salmon and steelhead runs on the Garcia, Gualala, and Klamath rivers for what was then known as the Anadromous Fisheries Division. His full-time appointment came in November of 1977 in Yountville, in 1980 Bill moved out to Sebastopol to cover Sonoma County, representing the Department on all things fish and stream related. Then, in 1982, Bill picked up Marin County as well. Bill sees his greatest accomplishments as being the positive relationships he has built with the local agencies and the public in Sonoma and Marin counties.

Caryl Hart is a Commissioner on the State of CA Parks & Recreation Commission and is also Director of Sonoma County Regional Parks. She has extensive experience in land conservation practice and policy, with a focus on land use and climate change. She is currently Chair of the Commission, and has been a member since 2000. From 2006-09, Commissioner Hart served as a member of the Forest Protocols Advisory Committee to the Climate Action Reserve, which developed accounting principles governing participation in voluntary carbon markets. She acted for fifteen years as an advisor to the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, and was a founding member of LandPaths, an environmental land trust and land management non-profit dedicated to maximizing resource conservation while allowing managed public access. Hart received her PhD in Environmental Science Policy and Management at the College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley, her J.D. at the University of San Francisco College of Law, and a B.A. in economics from Cornell University.

Hugh Helm is a retired attorney who practiced law in Ohio and California for 35 years. He taught legal ethics at Empire School of Law for 15 years and served as a small claims judge for 10 years.  He is active in Rotary, is a team leader in the land monitoring program of Sonoma Land Trust, a docent at Bouverie Preserve, and a docent trainee at the Laguna Foundation.  His interests involve anything outdoors, and his partner Christine has been a very active docent with the Laguna Foundation since 2004.

Lawrence Jaffe is an attorney in Sebastopol.  He is the current President of the Board of the Sebastopol Grange and is a Board member and Past President of the Climate Protection Campaign.  He is a graduate of the University of California Santa Cruz and the New College of California Law School. 

Dr. Claudia Luke, Director of Sonoma State University Field Stations & Nature Preserves, has 20 years of experience directing field stations for the University of California and California State University. At Sonoma State University, she serves as Director for three SSU field stations (Fairfield Osborn Preserve,  Galbreath Wildlands Preserve, and Los Guilicos Preserve) which support academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences by providing education and research experiences in place-based learning. She has worked extensively with partners and collaborators to build regional academic-management collaborations in the areas of watershed management, habitat connectivity, habitat restoration, and environmental education.  She has served as a Board Member and Science Advisor on the South Coast Wildlands Project and as Secretary-Treasurer to the Organization of Biological Field Stations.

Steve Rabinowitsh is an instructor of Political Science at Santa Rosa Junior College. He has been teaching at SRJC since 1987. He has Masters Degrees in both Political Science and Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado.Steve served on the Santa Rosa City Council and the Executive Board of the Association of Bay Area Governments from 1998-2006. He helped organize and sustain community support for the Prince Memorial Greenway and was involved in promoting bikeway construction, smart growth, affordable housing, open space protection and public art. He currently serves on the SMART Citizens Oversight Committee, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District Advisory Committee, the Sonoma County Community Foundation Board of Directors and Grant Distribution Committee, the Santa Rosa Art in Public Places Committee and is the Chair of the Santa Rosa Watersways Advisory Committee.

Rick Theis is founder and Board Chair of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy.  He sees the Institute as more than a leadership program for environmentalists; it is an opportunity for all members of the community interested in a sustainable future to learn about the ecosystem we live in, and to realize that public policy must change if we are to have a better future for ourselves and our children. Rick earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and his M.S. in Information Media from St. Cloud State University.  Before his retirement he was the long-time Executive Director for the Sonoma County Grape Growers Association.

Vic Trione, Chairman of the Board, Luther Burbank Savings; Principal, Trione Winery.

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