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Board of Directors

Our diverse board of directors is composed of business leaders, conservationists, scientists and educators, and is representative of the Laguna’s broad appeal to Sonoma County’s many cultural and economic communities. Our strategic approach is collaborative, building a “big tent” embracing private landowners and public agencies to jointly solve problems and improve management of the Laguna’s natural resources. Our directorship, accordingly, reflects a wide range of perspectives and interests, but shares the common goal of improving the health and functioning of the Laguna. 

Officers

President
Carolyn Johnson has rejoined the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation Board of Directors, having previously served from 1998 to 2006. She brings fundraising, organizational and leadership experience after serving ten years on the board of Point Blue Conservation Science (formerly PRBO Conservation Science), including three years as Board Chair. She is a co-founder of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy; President of Fledgling Fund, a philanthropic family foundation. Carolyn holds an Interdisciplinary MA from SSU in wetland restoration and preservation and land use policy, a BA from The Evergreen State College.
Vice President
Linda Fraley
was raised in Santa Rosa after spending her first year of life in Berkeley where her parents met and married and her second on a sheep ranch near Valley Ford. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Zoology in 1972 and from UC San Francisco with an MD. Her career as a pediatrician was spent in Fresno. She was an adjunct faculty member of UCSF while overseeing resident physicians. The majority of her time was spent in private practice. During that time she developed knowledge of human resources and practice management. She has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Valley Children's Hospital 2011-2017. Her love of Sonoma County brought her home again in 2014 where she has enjoyed both Laguna Guide and Docent training. She is delighted to be at home amongst friends, family and the oaks of the Laguna watershed.
Treasurer
Janine Barnes moved to Sebastopol in 1983. Since then, she has experienced and enjoyed the many positive changes in the Laguna. While raising her two daughters, she became aware of the Laguna Foundation when her daughters participated in the Foundations sponsored field trips to the Laguna in their fifth and sixth grade classes. Janine currently works for Boyle & Stoll CPAs specializing in non-profit audits and tax.
Secretary
Suzanne Knecht and her husband Jerry moved to Sebastopol in 2010, after 27 years in San Anselmo, in a process of reinvention, but mostly to be closer to their grandchildren. Suzanne discovered the Laguna as a great area to walk her dog and soon became captive to its beauty. Suzanne holds a BA in History from Connecticut College and has supplemented her formal education with art studies at the College of Marin. Before indulging her passion for art, she was a qualified retirement plan consultant in San Francisco designing programs to meet company objectives within the legal framework of ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code. She has been a docent with the Bayshore Studies program in Tiburon, a Board member of the Environmental Forum of Marin, and directed fundraising efforts for The Friends of the San Anselmo Library. Suzanne and her husband are also sailors and both attained a lifelong goal completing a 30,000-mile voyage around the world in their 42' sailboat, about which Suzanne wrote a book. As a sailor, she feels a special kinship with water, the basis for her interest in working with the Laguna Foundation. The move to Sebastopol marks a departure from the sea in favor of their new life as farmers.

Directors

John Dell'Osso
After 36 years in the National Park Service, John retired in 2019 as Chief of Interpretation and Communication with Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS). He is passionate about education and curriculum-based programs and oversaw many docent programs at PRNS. John was a leader in PRNSís nonprofit arm, Point Reyes National Seashore Association, throughout his career and participated in various fundraising efforts that made possible the visitor centers at Bear Valley and Drakes Beach. John is involved in many civic organizations and activities, including serving on the Cotati City Council for 13 years (3 as mayor) and an advisor to Sonoma County Ag+Open Space. John is an avid birdwatcher. And with the headwaters of the Laguna passing directly behind his house in Cotati, he has truly found home.
Morgan Marchbanks, EdD
Dr. Morgan Marchbanks holds a Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership for Social Justice, a M.A in Educational Administration, M.A in Secondary Teaching, an English teaching credential, in addition to numerous academic awards and professional achievements. Her educational pathway started at Santa Rosa Junior College and her advance degrees were earned University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University. In the Sequoia Union High School District of San Mateo County, her work included the teaching of English, and English as a Second Language, serving as Master Teacher to student teachers at Stanford and San Jose State universities, and English Department Chair. Dr. Marchbanks also served as Principal, Chief Academic Officer, and Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services. She was a Founding Board member of the Smart Cookies Scholarship Board for ten years, and served as a board member for Garfield Charter School. She is proficient speaker of Spanish and currently volunteers as PTA President of Biella Elementary School, while working independently as an educational consultant. After her three daughters attended Camp Tule, Morgan praised the abundant value of the program and became interested in volunteering for the Laguna Foundation. She grew up on a small farm within two miles of the Laguna. She believes the restoration of the Laguna and the myriad educational opportunity it provides is of great importance to her family and the entire community.
Over the years, Michael Shklovsky served in leadership positions for a variety of organizations and non-profits. He is currently the co-managing director of the Santa Rosa law firm, Anderson Zeigler, and the current Co-Chair of the Business Litigation Committee of the California Lawyers Association. Michael also serves as the President, CFO and founding Board member of the California Discovery Law Initiative, a small non-profit dedicated to increasing access to justice. Michael regularly serves as a Judge Pro Tem, pre-trial mediator and Court-appointed discovery facilitator in Sonoma County Superior Court. Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley and Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Golden Gate University of Law. Michael is a graduate of the Leadership Santa Rosa Class 34. In addition to his considerable involvement in the law, Michael is an avid nature adventurer, with most free time spent hiking, gardening, camping, kayaking, overlanding, taking wildlife photography, and generally spending as much time outdoors as possible.
Lisa Vollendorf, Ph.D., is a passionate advocate for equity and inclusion in our communities and educational institutions. She has worked in the California State University (including at Long Beach State, San José State, Sonoma State, and the CSU Chancellor’s Office) for the past sixteen years in various roles, including as a Spanish professor, dean, provost, and crisis management advisor. She is wholly devoted to forging opportunities for all students to feel welcome and succeed, regardless of their racial, ethnic, linguistic, or socioeconomic backgrounds. Lisa has served on numerous boards for cultural and educational organizations over the years, including MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latinoamericana), the Green Music Center, and the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies. Lisa moved to Sonoma County in 2017, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to support the environmental protection and education efforts of the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation. A lifelong environmentalist, Lisa grew up in Breckenridge, Colorado, where she developed a deep love and respect for the planet. She is an avid hiker, backpacker, and traveler who always looks forward to the next adventure. You can follow her on Twitter @lisavol.


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