BCLT Directors

Board of Directors

Bachelor of Science from CA State University, Fresno and Special Education Credentials from CA State University, Long Beach and UC Irvine. Jennifer was a special education teacher for the Orange County Department of Education for six years. She is now a realtor in Huntington Beach working through Star Real Estate. She is the owner/broker of Crossroads Property Management and is a licensed Eco-Broker. Jennifer sits on BCLT’s acquisition and development committees.

Jennifer Thomas
President

Ph.D. – English, University of California, Berkeley. Core team member of the Stewards, recently retired from many years as a fundraising professional working in higher education and NFP organizations. In 2013 Roberta took the lead in establishing the Bolsa Chica Land Trust’s first endowment and she is currently working on nurturing the endowment and our planned giving portfolio. Roberta chairs our development committee. Roberta and her husband Mike are both recipients of the Kennedy-Kolpin Conservation Award.

Roberta Armstrong
Vice President

Bachelors of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Berkeley. Dan is the owner of a small business IT management consulting company and is the current Chair of the Huntington Beach Planning Commission. He is a member of the General Plan Advisory Committee for the City’s current General Plan update, a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee with the Orange County Transportation Authority, and also sits on the Board of Algalita Marine Research and Education.  Dan has been a Reserve Firefighter/EMT in Seal Beach with the Orange County Fire Authority and an Executive Board member with the Huntington Beach Downtown Residents Association. Dan volunteers with the Huntington Beach Fire Department performing Senior Home Inspections with Project SHIP and he also facilitates a computer class for Seniors at Rogers Senior Center in Downtown Huntington Beach.  Dan currently chairs the BCLT education & technologies committee.

Dan Kalmick
Treasurer

Bachelor’s degree in History from Cal State University, Long Beach. Retired teacher who taught history, photography and social science at Norco High School for 18 years. Marinka is a docent for the Miracles program and is a member of the core Stewards team. Marinka meticulously maintains all records pertaining to our education and restoration projects. Marinka is a recipient of the Kennedy-Kolpin Bolsa Chica Conservation Award and currently sits on the communications, education and technology, and nominations committees.

Marinka Horack
Secretary and Historian

Past Treasurer.  UCLA graduate in Business Administration/Finance. Retired Vice President of Marketing and Sales in office furniture manufacturing.

James V. Anderson

Co-founder and former Executive Director. Flossie served as our first President from 1992-1994 and then served as the Acquisition Chair from 1994 – 2002. From 2002 – 2004 and again from 2007 – 2012 Flossie was the BCLT Executive Director. She has a Masters in Biology and taught at the community college level for many years. Flossie now sits on the government relations and acquisition committees.

Flossie Horgan

Past BCLT President, owns a 30 year old dental practice in Huntington Beach. Served on the Huntington Beach Planning Commission for 4 years, Chairman for year 2000. Co-Chair of the General Plan Rewrite committee for Huntington Beach. Co-Chair of the Art Center Foundation and of the Summer Classic Equestrian Event for the Art Center. He is currently on the development and acquisition committees.

Dr. Gerald Chapman

Educated in engineering and earth sciences in Colorado. He practiced for 11 years with a consulting engineering firm in Boulder, CO and then changed careers to technical marketing of industrial electronic components for a national corporation which brought him to Southern California in 2000. Dave is on BCLT’s development committee and is also on the Board of Directors of Residents for Responsible Desalination (R4RD), a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Dave Hamilton

Retired plumber, core team member of the Stewards for 20 years. Mike is responsible for the acquisition and maintenance of all the tools and equipment for the restoration project, delivers the Miracles of the Marsh student workbooks to 25 schools each year, leads our beach clean ups and is always willing to lend a hand in all aspects of BCLT. Mike is a recipient of the Kennedy-Kolpin Conservation Award. Mike chairs our acquisition committee and is on our restoration committee.

Michael McMahan

Bachelors of Biology and Masters in Cell Biology from UCLA. Professor Emeritus of Cypress College. Karen teaches Oral Histology and Embryology in the Dental Hygiene program. She has a 34 year tenure in the California Community Colleges and has served as Department Chair and Academic Senate President. Karen currently sits on our restoration committee.

Karen Merickel

Past Executive Director. Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Southern California. He is the founder and chairman of Glendale-Crescenta VOICE (Volunteers Organized in Conserving the Environment). He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy, the Glendale Parks & Open Space Foundation, and represents the City of Glendale at the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Marc is the editor of the BCLT Members Newsletter, Music from the Mesa and is on our communications committee.

Marc Stirdivant

Bachelors in Education from the University of Southern California and Masters in the same from the CA State University, Long Beach. Educator in Los Alamitos Unified School District for 36 years. Orange County Regional Board Member of the California Association for the Gifted, 1988 – 1992. Program Reviewer for the U.S. National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, 1999-2003. Laurel was the recipient of the National Distinguished Principal Award from California in 2004. She was the Orange County Region 17 Representative, Statewide Elementary Education Council, Association for California School Administrators, 2002-2006. Laurel received the PTA Statewide Golden Oak Award in 1996 and the PTA Continuing Service Award in 2006. She is currently a consultant/coach with the non-profit Pivot Learning Partners. Laurel is the author of our Miracles of the Marsh program’s Student Workbook, and is a Miracles Docent. Laurel also sits on the BCLT education & technology and nominations committees.

Laurel Telfer

Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Analysis and Design, CA State Fullerton, Masters Degree in Education, National University. Jayson is an Oceanography/Biology teacher at Huntington Beach High School (15 years). Jayson developed the Bolsa Chica Bingo game and was the mastermind behind the first Bolsa Chica Nest Cam which live streams from a remote nesting location at Bolsa Chica. Jayson is the catalyst for bringing a new wave of technologies to students of all ages for further study of the environment. Jayson is on our education and technology committee.

Jayson Ruth

Ph.D. – BA and MA in Anthropology from CA State University, Long Beach and her Ph.D.in Social Science/Comparative Culture from University of California, Irvine. Mikel is an Applied Anthropologist, Professor, and for 14 years, the Chair of the Human Services Department at CA State University, Fullerton. Her primary fields of research, teaching and practice are applied anthropology in health, education, and archaeology; pedagogy; mixed heritage identity; skills of cultural diversity competence; and the intersection of race, ethnic, and gender relations in the US. Her publications appear in, Practicing Anthropology, the Journal of Applied Social Science, the Journal of Counseling and Development, the American Journal of Nursing, and the Applied Anthropologist. The 4th edition of her book, the Four Skill of Cultural Diversity Competence, was published in 2013 by Brooks-Cole/Wadsworth/ Cengage. Mikel is currently on our acquisition committee.

Mikel Hogan

Roger is a journalist and marketing/communications consultant who began his career as a writer and then editor at the Huntington Beach Independent. He has been an editor at the Orange County Register and managing editor of the Orange County Business Journal. He was the first marketing director at Rutan & Tucker LLP, then the largest law firm in Orange County, and has provided media relations and strategic advice to professional firms, nonprofits and political campaigns. He and his family are longtime volunteers with the Stewards, and his two daughters were among the co-founders of the Junior Stewards.

Roger Bloom

Ph.D. – Social Ethics and Gerontology, University of Southern California. John is a professor in the College of Health and Human Development, California State University, Fullerton. As a licensed psychotherapist, he has been in private practice in Southern California for many years. His research interests include: gerontology, ethics in the helping professions, and long-term support for persons with disabilities. John serves on the restoration committee.

John, A. Doyle

Juris Doctor, University of California Hastings College of the Law; Bachelors of Science in Political Science, Northeastern University. Corey was born and raised in Huntington Beach, graduating from Marina High School in 2002. Corey spent five summers working as a Recurrent Beach Lifeguard for the city of Huntington Beach. Currently, Corey is an associate at the law firm of Miller Miller Menthe, LLP, in Newport Beach, specializing in Business Litigation and Transactional Law, providing legal guidance regarding the structuring and governance of business entities.

Corey Miller

Retired Vice President of Rainbow Environmental Services.  With Rainbow, Sue helped to develop and implement state recycling mandates and worked with all city recycling coordinators and the OC League of Cities to coordinate programs, resources and information.  She has experience with air, water and land regulatory agencies.  As Vice President of Environmental and Public Affairs, Sue established a partnership with the Discovery Cube, bringing to schools in Rainbow’s service areas free reduce, reuse and recycling assemblies to 3rd and 4th graders.  She worked to develop and provide state standards- based school environmental curriculum grades pre-K to 6, and wrote and published Rainbow’s first Sustainability Report.  Sue has a passion for Native American history and sits on our development and acquisition committees.

Sue Gordon

Staff

Kim co-founded the Bolsa Chica Stewards, the restoration team of the Land Trust 20 years ago and served as its Director.  As Executive Director since 2012, Kim is working to expand BCLT’s membership base and to network with diverse and millennial populations to engage them at Bolsa Chica.  Kim’s focus is also to nurture sound partnerships with our corporate and private donors and with the relevant state agencies to establish long-term funding support for the entire Bolsa Chica.  After organizing the BCLT support for preservation at two critical Coastal Commission hearings, she continues to work with the scientific community, Native American community and state agencies towards our goal of saving the Sacred Cogged Stone site.  Kim oversees all operations, projects, programs and committees of BCLT.  Kim, with her husband Thierry, were the first recipients of the Kennedy-Kolpin Bolsa Chica Conservation Award.

Kim Koplin
Executive Director

Restoration Coordinator and Executive Assistant.  Erin received her Masters’ Degree in Biology from California State University, Fullerton in 2012 and has done extensive research in the Sonoran Desert on the nesting ecology of Costa’s Hummingbird and at Bolsa Chica for the Elegant Tern.  Erin recently completed the GIS/GPS mapping of the Lower Bench of the Mesa and cataloged all plant species on the 118 acres.  Erin plans and oversees each volunteer workday and is in charge of volunteer outreach.  In addition, Erin is BCLT’s Executive Assistant and her responsibilities in this role include supporting our membership outreach through social media and maintaining our database in addition to being the office support for all of our projects and programs.

Erin Chin
Restoration Coordinator

Danny received a Master of Arts in Education and a California Teaching Credential from the University of California, Irvine and has been a Language Arts teacher in the Paramount Unified School District for 12 years.  In addition, Danny has been the faculty advisor of the Paramount High School student’s Green Club since 2006.  Danny is also a Sierra Club Outings Leader.  His focus with the Jr. Stewards is to engage all of the children in the restoration project and local ecology, but also to help the older Jr. Stewards who are now in high school expand their roles in our program and to participate in larger environmental projects in our area.

Danny Hasheminejad
Jr. Stewards Coordinator

Beverley received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.  She teaches literature and writing classes part time in the local homeschool community which she became involved in while homeschooling her own children.  Beverley started as a BCLT Steward with her children in 2009 and received the Kennedy-Kolpin Conservation Award in 2014.  As Administrative Assistant Beverley helps keep the office running smoothly.   

Beverley Hansen
Administrative Assistant

Education Coordinators

Bev is a part time Miracles School Tour Coordinator.  She earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction and an Administrative Services Credential from Cal State University, Fullerton.  Bev was an elementary school teacher in the Garden Grove Unified School District for 32 years and a Title 1 Coordinator for six years.  Bev is the liaison with the school districts, individual schools and teachers in coordinating the in-class presentations, delivery and utilization of the student workbooks and the 2 hour docent led tours for each of the 2,300 students who go through the Miracles program each year.

Bev Nogy

Ron is a part time Miracles Docent Coordinator.  Now retired from a successful corporate life, Ron coordinates our team of 28 docents, organizing their training and scheduling.  Ron is responsible to make certain that the docents have everything they need to host a successful and memorable tour for each student.  He blends his experience as a former president/COO of several manufacturing companies with his love of the environment and his vision of bettering it through the education of the next generation.

Ron Krasnitz