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Teresa Delfino, President

Teresa Delfino, President
Controller, Bio-Botanical Research

Teresa, who lives in Aptos, joined the Board in 2016. Initially, she was the Board’s treasurer for 7 years. Teresa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz with an emphasis in Business Administration. Teresa has worked in administration and finance in many local management roles, including agriculture, tourism, and for the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency. She is a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) and is currently the controller for Bio-botanical Research in Watsonville. She is passionate about community service and is active in other local non-profits including CASA and Habitat for Humanity Monterey Bay. Teresa and her husband, Pete, have four children and two grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, playing pickleball, cooking, and riding bikes in our beautiful area.

Kim Carlos Tschantz, Vice President

Kim Carlos Tschantz, Vice President
Retired, Owner, Cypress Environmental and Land Use Planning

Kim joined the Board in 2022,but was previously involved as a committee member and a docent for WWW. He has lived in Santa Cruz County since 1978; most of this time in rural Aptos. He holds a Master of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University. He is also a Certified Environmental Professional (CEP). Kim managed the County Planning Department's Environmental Review program for over 10 years followed by operating his own environmental planning consulting business for 20 years. He is passionate about improving the quality of our environment. In 1977 Kim co-founded the environmental non-profit, Save Our Shores, and was a Board member of that organization for 15 years. He enjoys trail running through the redwoods, ocean swimming, kayaking, and backpacking in the Sierra Nevada.

Alexa Rosendale, Secretary

Alexa Rosendale, Secretary
Manager, Sierra Azul Nursery & Gardens

Alexa has been a Board member since 2020. She was born and raised in Watsonville where she continues to reside. Alexa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with an emphasis on marine ecology from Humboldt State University (now Cal Poly Humboldt). After a few years working and studying the subtidal kelp forests of the Monterey Bay, she returned to the land and the family business of Sierra Azul Nursery and Gardens / Rosendale Nursery where she grew up. She currently serves as manager of Sierra Azul and you can find her there most days helping connect people with plants. Growing up outside among plants helped her create a strong connection with nature, and she enjoys spending most of her free time outdoors - hiking, surfing, and going for walks on the beach.

Petrise Switzer, Treasurer

Petrise Switzer, Treasurer
Real Estate Broker, Escrow Manager

Petrise joined the Board in 2023. She has lived in the Monterey Bay area her entire life. She currently resides in a Watsonville neighborhood near the Struve Slough with her husband and two sons. Growing up on a ranch in Moss Landing near the Elkhorn Slough sparked her love for nature and the outdoors. She attended Cabrillo College and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from California State University, Monterey Bay. Petrise is a licensed real estate Broker and currently works as an escrow manager. She has been involved in the real estate industry since 2009 and has experience in sales, property management, and marketing. In her free time, Petrise loves to garden, go on hikes, and explore nature with her husband and two sons.

Donna Bradford

Donna Bradford
Retired, Water Resource Planner, County of Santa Cruz

Donna has been a Board member since 2014. A long-time Watsonville area resident, she now resides in the Prunedale area of north Monterey County. Donna earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from UC Santa Cruz and has a Master of Science degree in Marine Biology from San Francisco State University, which included extensive studies at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Her 25-year career as a Water Resource Planner with the County of Santa Cruz focused on the preservation and enhancement of watershed resources throughout the county, including ground and surface waters, water supply, and fish and wildlife. She first began working with Watsonville Wetlands Watch in 1994, as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Watsonville Sloughs System Water Quality Study. Donna is a second-generation native Californian who spends most of her free time outside growing vegetables and tending fruit trees.

Bob Culbertson

Bob Culbertson
Retired, California State Park Ranger and Superintendent

Bob lives with his wife on an apple farm in the woodlands at the base of Mount Madonna by Green Valley Creek overlooking the Pajaro Valley. He is a founding member of WWW and joined the Board when it incorporated in 1991. Bob’s long career as a California State Park Ranger and Superintendent led him to appreciate the natural systems around us. He has contributed to the organization in many ways including serving as Board president, heading committees, assisting with educational program development, and leading many student and visitor field trips over the years. Bob is currently on the Board of the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency, a member of the Agricultural History Project, and an appointee to the County of Santa Cruz Commission on the Environment. He enjoys visits from his four children and seven grandchildren.

Sam Earnshaw

Sam Earnshaw
Owner, Hedgerows Unlimited

Sam has been a Board member since 2019. A long-time resident of Watsonville, he now lives in Aromas with his wife, Jo Ann Baungartner. Sam graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974 where he studied Forestry. In the mid-1980’s Sam and his wife started Neptune Farms, which comprised 10 acres at three sites in Live Oak and Aptos. They marketed organic vegetables and cut flowers to five retail stores, four farmers markets and several wholesalers. Between 1992-2011, Sam served as the Watsonville program coordinator for the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF). Currently, Sam runs Hedgerows Unlimited and is also a Technical Service Provider with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. In these capacities he works on the design and installation of hedgerows, windbreaks, grassed waterways, filter strips and riparian restoration on farms. He is the author of the 2018 publication Hedgerows and Farmscaping for California Agriculture: A Resource Guide for Farmers.

Patrick J. Fitz

Pat Fitz
Owner, Fitz Fresh Mushrooms

Owner, Fitz Fresh Mushrooms

Pat, a resident of Watsonville, joined the Board in 2019. As the owner of Watsonville-based Fitz Fresh mushrooms, he oversees the farm operation which has become a model of sustainable agriculture in our area.

Jennifer Hernandez

Jennifer Hernandez
Student, Cabrillo College, and Intern, Santa Cruz County Office of Response, Recovery & Resilience

Jennifer Hernandez joined the Board in 2023. She was born and raised in Watsonville and is currently attending Cabrillo College. She aspires to receive a liberal arts associate's degree and to then transfer and receive a degree in Community and Regional Development, with an emphasis on Environmental Policy. Her involvement with Watsonville Wetlands Watch began as a Pajaro Valley High School student when she participated in WWW’s Climate Corps Leadership Institute program. This was followed by her work as a WWW Restoration & Urban Forestry intern and environmental educator at the Watsonville YMCA alongside WWW staff. These experiences sparked and sustained her love for nature, advocacy, and environmental justice. She is currently an intern with the Santa Cruz County Office of Response, Recovery and Resilience which deals with climate change and natural disaster issues affecting our community.

Christine Johnson-Lyons

Christine Johnson-Lyons
Retired, Executive Director, Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc.

Christine Johnson-Lyons, lives in Watsonville. She joined the Board in 2014 but was involved since the organization’s inception as a founder and later a member of various WWW committees. She served for three years as president of the Board. “Chris” is a long-time environmental and social justice community worker. Her work has led to improvements to the lives of lower income individuals and environmental resources particularly in the Pajaro Valley. She worked professionally as the former Executive Director of the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, leading that agency from 1986 to 2013. She loves spending time with her grandson, taking walks with her husband and their dog, “working” in her garden and researching family and local history.

Karina Moreno

Karina Moreno
Program and Leadership Coordinator, MILPA

Karina has been a Board member since 2018. She is an Indigenous Chicana, born and raised in Watsonville where she continues to call home. Growing up in this town, she learned first-hand about the disparities that small rural communities, like hers, commonly face from the effects of climate change and criminalization, and thus began merging her passion for environmental justice and racial equity. This led to her current work at the MILPA Collective, where she works to bring more opportunities to area youth, including dismantling the problems leading to the “school-to-prison pipeline”. Karina also serves on the City of Watsonville Climate Action and Adaptation Committee and two County of Santa Cruz commissions -- the Women’s Commission and the Human Services Commission.

Dawn K. Reis

Dawn K. Reis
Owner and Senior Wildlife and Aquatic Ecologist, Ecological Studies

Dawn, a Watsonville resident, has been a Board member since 2016. She started her own business, Ecological Studies in 2002. Dawn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration on Wildlife Conservation and a Master of Science degree in Aquatic Ecology and Conservation Biology. Her wildlife conservation career extends back to 1987, with research projects including work with dolphins, sea lions, and orcas. She has helped restore Peregrine Falcon, and Bald Eagle populations. Dawn’s work includes both habitat restoration designs for endangered wildlife, habitat evaluations, as well as projects dedicated to restoring endangered wildlife populations of raptors (birds of prey), amphibians and reptiles. Since 2008 she has operated a California Red-legged frog tadpole rearing facility, raising tadpoles that would have otherwise stranded from water loss, and releasing them as young frogs back into the wild.

Patty Ruppelt

Patty Ruppelt
Physical Therapist

Patty, a Watsonville area resident, joined the Board in 2023. She worked as a physical therapist for 30 years, and has been involved in social justice organizations throughout her life. Prior to joining the Board, Patty volunteered with WWW in various capacities over a 10-year period, including completing the docent training program in 2015. She is very involved in supporting WWW’s community outreach for the urban forest project. Patty is an avid gardener, studies medicinal plants, and enjoys walking in the woods and along the local sloughs and beaches.

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