Pacifica Land Trust

Pacifica Land Trust Board of Directors

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The Pacifica Land Trust Board of Directors at Sharp Park Beach from 2015.

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Samuel Casillas, President

Sam became a PLT Director in September 2008 and is currently the Director of Commercial Operations at Theravance BioPharma. Previously he was The Director of Corporate Relations for the University of California, San Francisco, where he was a Member of the University Development and Foundation Department. Sam was responsible for developing strategic corporate partnerships and tactical plans for sponsorships and campaign fundraising for the university Mission Bay hospitals project and more than 75 medical departments. He has worked as a commercial operations manager for both Genentech and Eli Lilly, where he launched critically needed therapies for multiple diseases. He also served with the Peace Corps in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa.

Sam moved to Pacifica because of its dynamic open space environment and the communities priority to preserve wildlife. He believes that the preservation and expansion of Pacifica serves as a model for the state and also the future economic engine for the city. He is now a volunteer with many environmental groups and is focused on the future integration of Pacifica’s open space with other park systems and public lands. Sam holds a business degree from the University of California, Riverside and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His volunteer services includes past board memberships for the Pacifica Library Foundation, Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) Liaison Committee, Pacifica Economic Development Committee, and the Pedro Point Community Association.

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Dinah F. Verby, Vice President

Dinah F. Verby is a retired attorney and mediator. Before retiring she also served as an Administrative Law Judge for the San Francisco Rent Board, and was on the mediation panels for the San Mateo Superior Court and Small Claims Court, as well as the California 1st District Court of Appeal. Since moving to Pacifica in 1989, Dinah has been active in various community activities, including efforts to preserve open space, wildlife habitat, and growth control, while promoting sustainable development principles. She is also a member of the Pacifica Climate Committee, a group of citizens who are working to implement citywide policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Breck Hitz, Treasurer

Breck Hitz and his wife, Anne, moved to Pacifica from San Francisco more than 25 years ago. Both are active in the Pedro Point Community Association, and Breck is a past board member of the Pacifica Library Foundation. The couple has two children, Emily and Willy, both of whom are graduates of the University of British Columbia. Professionally, Breck is the former executive director of the Laser and Electro-Optics Manufacturers’ Association and former editor of Photonics Spectra magazine. Now retired, he is active with the local police department's Community Emergency Response Team program.

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Alison Sanders, Secretary

Alison Sanders has lived in Pacifica since 1998. She is the co-owner of Ocean Yoga, a local yoga and massage business. Alison has also been active in various non-profit efforts including the Pacifica Ocean Discovery Center and the Marine Mammal Center.

Alison served as the the Director of the Office and Research and Sponsored Programs at San Francisco State University, where she has worked for the last 17 years.

She also obtained her B.S. in Biology and M.A. in Marine Biology from SF State, while working with the Oceanic Society on the Belize Dolphin Project.

Alison is excited to be a part of the Pacifica Land Trust, and working with a great organization.

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Michael Crabtree

Michael recently retired after working in the City of Pacifica Planning Department for over 20 years. He served as Planning Director from 1997 to 2010, where he oversaw all aspects of the City’s planning function. When Michael first joined the Planning Department in 1985, one of his tasks was to work with the Open Space Task Force and help complete the Open Space Task Force Report, which contained a number of recommendations for preserving open space in Pacifica, including the establishment of an Open Space Committee and creation of the Pacifica Land Trust. Michael provided assistance in setting up both these organizations.

Michael’s other duties with the City of Pacifica included working with citizen groups such as the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Liaison Committee and the Climate Change Task Force. He also helped initiate the current General Plan Update process.

Michael was drawn to Pacifica by its scenic beauty and flourishing coastal environment. He strongly believes in environmental protection, and that a balance can be found between open space preservation and reasonable economic growth. Michael currently lives in the Sunset District of San Francisco. He obtained his Master of Arts degree in Geography from San Francisco State University in 1987.

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Radford (Skid) Hall

Skid Hall has his MS and Ph.D. in Water/Natural and Recreational Resources Planning and Policy from Colorado State University and has been a member of the Pacifica Land Trust (PLT) for over 20 years. He has served as President and Treasurer in the past. He was actively involved in the Pedro Point and Mori Point projects for PLT. Now professionally retired, he is a civil engineer and had a long career with US Army Corps of Engineers and also as a planning and permitting consultant in the SF Bay area. He is on the Stanford University Urban Studies Program faculty and has been a lecturer there for two decades. He served several terms as a planning commissioner for the City of Pacifica and was a initial member of the Pacifica Hillside Review Board and served on past economic development and land use committees. Skid is a member of the American Planning Association (APA) the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is also a Certified Environmental Planner (CEP). He has lived in Pacifica with his family since 1965.

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Bernard Halloran

Bernie is professor emeritus in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and member of the University of California Berkeley Bioengineering program. Professionally Bernie’s research program focuses on human aging and bone diseases. He has more than 130 publications and his laboratory is internationally recognized for its leadership in basic and clinical research dealing with aging.

Bernie and his wife Eulalia moved to Pacifica in 1980 and quickly fell in love with the natural beauty and pristine environment of Pacifica. Since then Bernie has served on numerous city committees including the Waste Water Treatment and Flood Control committees. He co-founded the San Pedro Creek Watershed Coalition and The Pacifica State Beach Coalition, and was instrumental in the purchase and restoration of beach property that has since been given to the State Parks and is now part of Pacifica State Beach. Bernie is deeply concerned about the environment. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Pacifica Land Trust for more than 10 years and is committed to the preservation of open space in Pacifica.

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Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson is a landscape photographer, author, designer and educator. He has been photographing since 1973. His work has been featured in Communication Arts, Life Magazine, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, PBS Newshour and ABC Discovery News, among many others.

His books include At Mono Lake, the award winning and critically acclaimed The Great Central Valley: California’s Heartland, Making a Digital Book and the new Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography. Internationally recognized as a digital photography pioneer, Johnson's photographs have been exhibited, published and collected in the United States, Europe, Mexico and Japan. His work has concentrated on large environmentally sensitive photograph projects. Stephen is well known for his passionate lectures and deep love for the traditions of fine photography. His photography Studios, Galleries and Education Center are located in Pacifica, California. ""

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Kathy Kellerman

Kathy moved to Pacifica in 1997 and immediately fell in love with its natural beauty. After the birth of her daughter, she plunged into local volunteerism, serving as Board President of the Pacifica Co-op Nursery School, docent at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and Pedro Point Headlands Steward. She headed native plant landscaping at Ocean Shore School, which led to her current job as Native Plant Nursery Manager at Go Native, a habitat restoration company. She is currently Project Manager for the Pedro Point Headlands Restoration and Trails Project and is enthusiastic about protecting this important open space for future inclusion in the San Mateo County Parks system.

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Julie Lancelle

Julie Lancelle has recently rejoined the Pacifica Land Trust Board after serving many years in Pacifica as an elected official and on volunteer boards, including 2 stints on the City Council (1992-94, 2002-2010). Julie became involved in environmental protection efforts shortly after moving to Pacifica with her family in 1986, participating in Pacifica Citizens Proposal for Route 1, Pacificans for Mori Point, and as a member of the Open Space Task Force and later the Open Space Committee. This work led to helping with the formation of the Pacifica Land Trust in 1991 and advocating for the funding of the Pedro Point Headlands before the Coastal Commission. Later she was able to join the Board of PLT in 1998 and served until 2002, when she went onto the City Council. Julie fought side by side with other Pacificans to defeat various attempts to develop Mori Point in the 1980’s and 90’s. Those efforts were rewarded in the summer of 2000 when the Pacifica Land Trust (with the support of the Trust for Public Land, the National Park Service, and the people of Pacifica) launched the campaign to save Mori Point by raising $100,000 in 2 months in order to help with the purchase costs and show the Park Service and the Trust for Public Land our community’s strong commitment to saving the 109 acre property

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Celeste Langille

Celeste is a public interest environmental attorney. Celeste and her family moved to Pacifica in 2003. Inspired by Pacifica’s scenic beauty and her passion for conservation, Celeste became a member of the Open Space Committee in 2004 and the GGNRA Liaison Committee soon thereafter. She went on to serve on the Planning Commission and also on the Climate Action Plan Task Force. She is currently a member of the Pacifica Climate Committee, a local grassroots group advocating for climate change planning and public education. Celeste hopes to incorporate building resilience to climate change impacts into future PLT projects.

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Andrew Meiman

Andrew Meiman joined the Pacifica Land Trust Board with a track record of volunteer service and a professional career centered around improving communities’ natural and built environment. In 2008, he co-founded the Pacifica Education Foundation and served on its Board through 2015, with six of those years as it’s CFO and Treasurer. Andrew is a Principal and Co-Founder of ARC Alternatives, a clean energy consulting company based in San Francisco, serving public sector and institutional clients throughout California. ARC Alternatives manages strategic energy programs and advises their clients in their efforts to save energy through efficiency investments and decarbonize their supply by switching to clean power generation, such as solar photovoltaics. Previous professional experience includes management consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton in public transit and electronic payments. He holds an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a registered Professional Engineer (Mechanical) in California.

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John Murphy

I've lived in Pacifica for 17 years and am devoted to hiking and walking the trails and running on the roads of the area. I was a founding member of the Pacifica Land Trust and am now able to again participate in their work. The Land Trust movement is dedicated to honoring property rights and to finding ways to help to preserve the scenic, recreational and natural values of our area. I am a chemist and the director of an environmental laboratory in South San Francisco. My wife is a teacher, we have three children and two grandchildren.

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Lynn Adams

Stewardship and Volunteer Coordinator

Lynn Adams is a strong leader with tireless enthusiasm to help the earth and ocean. Connecting people to each other and helping them to learn about native plants and healthy ecosystems makes her the perfect candidate to be the Pacifica Land Trust stewardship coordinator. Under the direction of the Pacifica Land Trust, she has recruited over 1000 volunteers to restore the Pedro Point Headlands and helped these volunteers to reduce invasive species, define a trail system, restore trails to minimize erosion and plant native grasses and natives in newly renovated areas. Lynn is also the President of the Pacifica Beach Coalition engaging thousands of volunteers each year to help the ocean and coastal habitats through beach cleanups and habitat restoration work.

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Romany Hall Sieferman

Administrative Assistant

Pacifica Land Trust
P.O. Box 988, Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 359-3275

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Last updated - May 25, 2017