Board of Directors

Curt Simmons
Chair

Curt is a fourth-generation Californian, raised in Riverside. He graduated from UC Riverside with a degree in biology and from UC Berkeley, attaining the degree of Doctor of Optometry. […]

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Ann Lauten Fay
Vice Chair
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Georgann Scally
Treasurer

Georgann is a recently retired financial services executive who specializes in alliance management, high-tech innovation planning, project management and strategic planning. Her career began in Santa Cruz at […]

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Adam Steckley
Secretary

Adam is a graduate of Stetson University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Environmental Studies. Born and raised in South Florida, Adam’s path […]

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Phil Duval
Board Member

Phil is a retired professional contracts manager with over 35 years of experience in acquisition, procurement, and contract administration. Phil brings all that experience to Friends in his […]

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Nikolara Jansons
Board Member

Nikolara is from Santa Cruz and loves open space, parks and gardens. She graduated from University of Hawai’i at Manoa with her Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning […]

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Charlie (Castro) Kieffer
Board Member

Charlie became a docent at Wilder Ranch State Park in 1989 and fell in love with State Parks. Charlie is the Chair of Friends’ Castro Adobe Committee and […]

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Stuart Kitayama
Board Member

A native of San Jose, California, Stuart has lived in Watsonville since 1991 heading up his family’s Kitayama Brothers flower production business. While attending the University of Colorado, he […]

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Barney B Levy Jr.
Board Member

Barney has served on the Friends board longer than anyone else, and has served in many capacities during that time, including Chair. Barney moved to Santa Cruz from […]

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Maggie Mathias
Board Member

Following a smart friend’s advice, Maggie moved to Santa Cruz more than a dozen years ago and has never looked back. She is an environmental science consultant for […]

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Edward Newman
Board Member

Ed has been a Friend’s board member since 2008 and a resident of Santa Cruz County since 1973, when he opened a law office in Capitola and never […]

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Don Nielsen
Board Member

Don is a third-generation Californian raised in Santa Cruz, educated in local schools and at Cabrillo Community College. Growing up in this beautiful part of the world fostered […]

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Dorian Seamster
Board Member

Dorian moved to Santa Cruz in 1986 and loves living close enough to the Monterey Bay to hear the waves, see the Cement Ship off Seacliff State Beach and […]

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Mike McMenamy
State Parks Liaison

Friends has established an innovative partnership with California State Parks to help fund educational programs, visitor services and capital projects.

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