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Bachelors of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Berkeley. Dan is the owner of a small business IT management consulting company which caters to small businesses and nonprofits.  Dan sits on the Huntington Beach City Council after winning the election in November 2020. As a native of Orange County, Dan grew up in Seal Beach.  Prior to being elected to the City Council, Dan served for 8 years on the Planning Commission where he voted to protect open space.  Dan has also served as a Reserve Firefighter/EMT with the Orange County Fire Authority, Executive Board Member of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust, Vice-Chair of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Citizens Advisory Committee, Board Member of Algalita Marine Research and Education, Huntington Beach Tomorrow, and the Huntington Beach Public Art Alliance.  Dan rebuilt and maintains the BCLT Eco Cam system.
Past BCLT Treasurer (2018-2020)  2013-present

Dan Kalmick
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 which caters to small businesses and nonprofits. Dan sits on the Huntington Beach City Council after winning the election in November 2020. As a native of Orange County, Dan grew up in Seal Beach. Prior to being elected to the City Council, Dan served for 8 years on the Planning Commission where he voted to protect open space. Dan has also served as a Reserve Firefighter/EMT with the Orange County Fire Authority, Executive Board Member of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust, Vice-Chair of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Citizens Advisory Committee, Board Member of Algalita Marine Research and Education, Huntington Beach Tomorrow, and the Huntington Beach Public Art Alliance. Dan rebuilt and maintains the BCLT Eco Cam system. Past BCLT Treasurer (2018-2020)
2013-present
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.  A board member for BCLT starting in 2010.  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. 2010-present

Roberta Armstrong
Vice 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. A board member for BCLT starting in 2010. 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.
2010-present
Bachelors in Psychology from Rutgers University.  Jeff was born and raised in Union County, New Jersey and moved to Huntington Beach in 1995. Jeff has been a BCLT member for 22 years and a core team leader for the Stewards for 20 years.  He joins our Board after retiring last year from a 32-year career working in the insurance/reinsurance field.   Jeff and his wife Natalie were awarded the Kennedy-Kolpin Bolsa Chica Conservation Award in 2008.  He is a member of the development committee and is in his 4th year serving on our Wings Over Bolsa calendar committee. 2018-present

Jeff Rokos
Treasurer

Bachelors in Psychology from Rutgers University. Jeff was born and raised in Union County, New Jersey and moved to Huntington Beach in 1995. Jeff has been a BCLT member for 22 years and a core team leader for the Stewards for 20 years. He joins our Board after retiring last year from a 32-year career working in the insurance/reinsurance field. Jeff and his wife Natalie were awarded the Kennedy-Kolpin Bolsa Chica Conservation Award in 2008. He is a member of the development committee and is in his 4th year serving on our Wings Over Bolsa calendar committee.
2018-present
Katy received a Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Regenerative Studies from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California. She now works as a landscape designer with a firm in Orange County specializing in residential design. She started off volunteering with the Stewards in the restoration committee in 2021 and has since continued and is also now a Steward. She has served as a volunteer for numerous organizations throughout the years like the YWCA, Boy Scouts of America, Soroptimists (women in business helping women), benefit dinners/fundraisers, and various elementary schools (PTA/PTO fundraisers). Katy is a local, born on base at Camp Pendleton where her father was stationed, and now living in Long Beach exploring California’s vast terrains. 2022-present

Katy Leach
Secretary

Katy received a Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Regenerative Studies from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California. She now works as a landscape designer with a firm in Orange County specializing in residential design. She started off volunteering with the Stewards in the restoration committee in 2021 and has since continued and is also now a Steward. She has served as a volunteer for numerous organizations throughout the years like the YWCA, Boy Scouts of America, Soroptimists (women in business helping women), benefit dinners/fundraisers, and various elementary schools (PTA/PTO fundraisers). Katy is a local, born on base at Camp Pendleton where her father was stationed, and now living in Long Beach exploring California’s vast terrains.
2022-present
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.  2008-present

Laurel Telfer

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.
2008-present
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.  2015-present

Roger Bloom

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.
2015-present
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. 2015-present

John, A. Doyle

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.
2015-present
Bachelors in History and Masters in Library Science from Rutgers University. Babs feels she was lucky to grow up on a dairy farm in northwest New Jersey and has always felt close to nature. Since retirement her passion is opening the eyes of the next generation to the wonders of the living food web at the Bolsa Chica as a docent for BCLT’s Miracles of the Marsh education program. She serves on the Wings Over Bolsa calendar committee and does outreach to the general public on BCLT’s 3rd Sunday Table & Tour. 2019-present

Babs Levitan

Bachelors in History and Masters in Library Science from Rutgers University. Babs feels she was lucky to grow up on a dairy farm in northwest New Jersey and has always felt close to nature. Since retirement her passion is opening the eyes of the next generation to the wonders of the living food web at the Bolsa Chica as a docent for BCLT’s Miracles of the Marsh education program. She serves on the Wings Over Bolsa calendar committee and does outreach to the general public on BCLT’s 3rd Sunday Table & Tour.
2019-present
Bachelors of Social Sciences, UC Irvine, 1980; Masters of Architecture, UCLA, 1983.  She worked for 24 years in the corporate architecture world designing resort hotels around the world, then another 8 years as a small business owner when she and Homer, her husband, started Oatman Architects at the depth of the last great recession.  As an architect, she promoted green sustainable architectural design throughout her career.  Congressman Harley Rouda hired her to be his District Director for the 116th Congress (2019-2021). Laura managed Representative Rouda’s environmental portfolio for his Newport Beach office, and considered the work being done by Bolsa Chica Land Trust to be one of the highlights of this district. She is excited to be able to continue this work as a Boardmember of BCLT, to help preserve, protect and maintain this natural wonder. She currently lives in Newport Beach, in the same house where she and Homer raised their five children, along with 3 rescue dogs and 3 Sulcata tortoises. 2021-present

Laura Oatman

Bachelors of Social Sciences, UC Irvine, 1980; Masters of Architecture, UCLA, 1983. She worked for 24 years in the corporate architecture world designing resort hotels around the world, then another 8 years as a small business owner when she and Homer, her husband, started Oatman Architects at the depth of the last great recession. As an architect, she promoted green sustainable architectural design throughout her career. Congressman Harley Rouda hired her to be his District Director for the 116th Congress (2019-2021). Laura managed Representative Rouda’s environmental portfolio for his Newport Beach office, and considered the work being done by Bolsa Chica Land Trust to be one of the highlights of this district. She is excited to be able to continue this work as a Boardmember of BCLT, to help preserve, protect and maintain this natural wonder. She currently lives in Newport Beach, in the same house where she and Homer raised their five children, along with 3 rescue dogs and 3 Sulcata tortoises.
2021-present
Jason grew up in Illinois where he studied computer science.  He has spent his career in consumer electronics and technology focused on sales, operations, and business development.  Jason lives adjacent to Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and is an avid visitor and hiker in the space.  He began volunteering with the restoration team in 2021 and became a Steward before joining the board.  Jason sits on the development and restoration committees. 2022-present

Jason Fike

Jason grew up in Illinois where he studied computer science. He has spent his career in consumer electronics and technology focused on sales, operations, and business development. Jason lives adjacent to Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and is an avid visitor and hiker in the space. He began volunteering with the restoration team in 2021 and became a Steward before joining the board. Jason sits on the development and restoration committees.
2022-present
Marie earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Social Ecology and Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. She has over 30 years of experience working as a Planner/Environmental Specialist for local governmental agencies and the private sector where she focused on writing and reviewing environmental documents, overseeing habitat restoration of coastal sage scrub communities, and ensuring water quality compliance by completing inspections related to stormwater runoff. Marie was previously involved with the nonprofit group, Trails for All, where she was responsible for leading groups to do cleanups each year along the Anaheim Wetlands and the Santa Ana River. Marie currently works part-time as an environmental consultant. She has been a board member since 2023 and is involved in public outreach at the Sunday tables greeting and answering questions from patrons as they head out to the Bolsa Chica trails. 2023-present

Marie Newland

Marie earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Social Ecology and Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. She has over 30 years of experience working as a Planner/Environmental Specialist for local governmental agencies and the private sector where she focused on writing and reviewing environmental documents, overseeing habitat restoration of coastal sage scrub communities, and ensuring water quality compliance by completing inspections related to stormwater runoff. Marie was previously involved with the nonprofit group, Trails for All, where she was responsible for leading groups to do cleanups each year along the Anaheim Wetlands and the Santa Ana River. Marie currently works part-time as an environmental consultant. She has been a board member since 2023 and is involved in public outreach at the Sunday tables greeting and answering questions from patrons as they head out to the Bolsa Chica trails.
2023-present

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

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.
As Director of Restoration and Stewardship, Beverley manages the on-site Growing Space and Stewards restoration work, including volunteer scheduling, coordination, and training. She is also the liaison with the school districts, individual schools, and teachers in coordinating their participation in the Miracles of the Marsh educational program. In her spare time, she continues dealing with various office tasks and works with several committees to help keep BCLT running smoothly. Beverley received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She has taught literature and writing classes in the local homeschool community which she was involved with when homeschooling her, now grown, children. Beverley started as a BCLT Steward with her children in 2009 and received the Kennedy-Kolpin Conservation Award in 2014.

Beverley Hansen
Director of Restoration and Stewardship

As Director of Restoration and Stewardship, Beverley manages the on-site Growing Space and Stewards restoration work, including volunteer scheduling, coordination, and training. She is also the liaison with the school districts, individual schools, and teachers in coordinating their participation in the Miracles of the Marsh educational program. In her spare time, she continues dealing with various office tasks and works with several committees to help keep BCLT running smoothly. Beverley received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She has taught literature and writing classes in the local homeschool community which she was involved with when homeschooling her, now grown, children. Beverley started as a BCLT Steward with her children in 2009 and received the Kennedy-Kolpin Conservation Award in 2014.
Bequi grew up hiking and riding her horses through the mixed conifer forests of the San Gabriel Mountains and the Joshua Trees of the Mojave Desert. There she began understanding ecosystems, learning the names of plants and animals and dreamed of becoming a Park Ranger at Yosemite NP.  Life took her in other directions and instead she became a Sign Language Interpreter, homeschooling mom of two and Lead Organizer of the Orange County Mini Maker Faire along with many other interesting adventures. Her love of nature was woven throughout it all.  She is also a NAI Certified Interpretive Guide, Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteer.  Bequi is thrilled to be a part of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust team.

Bequi Howarth
Administrative Assistant

Bequi grew up hiking and riding her horses through the mixed conifer forests of the San Gabriel Mountains and the Joshua Trees of the Mojave Desert. There she began understanding ecosystems, learning the names of plants and animals and dreamed of becoming a Park Ranger at Yosemite NP. Life took her in other directions and instead she became a Sign Language Interpreter, homeschooling mom of two and Lead Organizer of the Orange County Mini Maker Faire along with many other interesting adventures. Her love of nature was woven throughout it all. She is also a NAI Certified Interpretive Guide, Irvine Ranch Conservancy volunteer. Bequi is thrilled to be a part of the Bolsa Chica Land Trust team.
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

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.
Dr. Dixie Fisher, PhD— Professional Education, University of Southern California, M.S.— Veterinary Science and B.A cum laude— Microbiology/Chemistry, University of Nebraska. She directed the Animal Diagnostic and Research Support Laboratory at USC and taught master’s level educational research courses for the Department of Medical Education. She has peer-reviewed publications in the areas of animal, fish, reptile, and educational research, and has presented numerous workshops on teaching effectively, presentation skills, and emotional intelligence. Since retiring as Associate Professor Emerita in 2018, she has enjoyed vegetable container gardening, traveling, and tennis. She now looks forward to her new endeavor coordinating the Bolsa Chica student research projects.

Dr. Dixie Fisher
Research Coordinator

Dr. Dixie Fisher, PhD— Professional Education, University of Southern California, M.S.— Veterinary Science and B.A cum laude— Microbiology/Chemistry, University of Nebraska. She directed the Animal Diagnostic and Research Support Laboratory at USC and taught master’s level educational research courses for the Department of Medical Education. She has peer-reviewed publications in the areas of animal, fish, reptile, and educational research, and has presented numerous workshops on teaching effectively, presentation skills, and emotional intelligence. Since retiring as Associate Professor Emerita in 2018, she has enjoyed vegetable container gardening, traveling, and tennis. She now looks forward to her new endeavor coordinating the Bolsa Chica student research projects.
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 completed the GIS/GPS mapping of the Lower Bench of the Mesa and cataloged all plant species on the 118 acres.  In 2022 she and a team of Steward volunteers surveyed and mapped the endangered Southern Tar Plant on the public area of the Lower Bench of the Mesa.

Erin Chin
Biologist, Research and Digital Outreach Director

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 completed the GIS/GPS mapping of the Lower Bench of the Mesa and cataloged all plant species on the 118 acres. In 2022 she and a team of Steward volunteers surveyed and mapped the endangered Southern Tar Plant on the public area of the Lower Bench of the Mesa.

Emeritus Board Members

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