Friends of the Carrizo Plain Officers

Ray Hatch

Former Mayor City of Taft, Retired Professor Math Science, Taft College

email ray_h1941@yahoo.com

Ray grew up in Taft and is retired now, but has been a Professor at Taft College teaching Math, Chemistry, and Physics.  Ray was held public office on the Board of Trustees of Taft College and the Taft City Council for several years and was Mayor of the City of Taft for two year.  Ray is currently on the West Side Health Care District board and was just elected to a new 4 year term starting January 2014.

Ray has many years of business experience and worked for Berry Petroleum for 13 years where he held positions of field Engineer, Field Manager, Manager of Corporate Development, and retired as Vice President of Corporate Development.  Ray is also treasurer of the Taft Community Gardens and currently Chairman of the  Carrizo Plain Nation Monument Advisory Committee.  Ray is also a member of the Rotary Club of Taft and a volunteer with the Taft Union High School Agriculture program.

Ken Anderson

Treasurer, Friends of the Carrizo Plain

kanderson@taftcollege.edu

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David Chipping

Professor of Geology (Emeritus), Cal Poly State University

dchippin@calpoly.edu

David Chipping was educated at Cambridge, England and Stanford, California. His doctoral thesis addressed the displacements of rocks along the San Andreas fault and the configuration of ocean basins in to which the rocks were deposited. He is active on the Board of the San Luis Obispo Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and has served as the statewide Conservation Director for that organization. David is currently leading a join project between CNPS-SLO and Friends of the Carrizo Plain to develop a photographic collection of the entire flora within the Monument.

Steve Czapla

FOTCP Officer

sczapla@wildblue.net

Steve came to the Carrizo Plain National Monument from Joshua Tree NP as staff with the Bureau of Land Management in 1995. He retired in 2011, but continues to volunteer on the CPMN in many varied capacities. Steve also volunteers with the San luis Obispo County sheriffʼs Dept., and has spent 19 summers working on wildland fires throughout the country.

Friends of the Carrizo Plain Directors

Jackie Czapla

carrizo.center@wildblue.net

Jackie is a native Californian, born and raised in the Sacramento area. She came to the Carrisa Plains in 1995 as the wife of one of the BLM staff. She came as devoted volunteer, and continues to put many volunteer hours in each year. Jackie is an artist and stays busy in many creative activities.

Neil Havlik

Director

neilhavlik@aol.com

Roger Gambs, Ph.D.

Founding Director, FOTCP

email rgambs@sbcglobal.net

Professor (emeritus), Biological Sciences, Cal Poly; Certified Wildlife Biologist (emeritus), The Wildlife Society

Dirk Walters, Ph. D.

Professor of Biology (emeritus) Cal Poly SLO

drwalters@charter.net

Lodema Hatch

Community Leader

Lo1942@hotmail.com

Lodema Hatch is a  long time resident of Taft and graduate of all the local schools.  Former Registrar at Taft Union High School, Ledema retired in 2000. She joined the Friends of the Carrizo Plain about 8 years ago and became a board member 3 years ago.  Her board charge is the membership committee and Lodema also coordinates the Carrizo Plain Visitor’s Guide that is printed by Michael Long publisher of the Taft Independent Newspaper.  Lodema is a member of the local Community Garden,  Soroptimist International of Taft, and strong supporter of The Historical Fort Preservation Society, and the West Kern Oil Museum.

In Memoriam

Kirk Brettschneider

Founding Board Member and Friend of the Carrizo Plain

Ann Chadwick

Goodwin Education Center Coordinator and Carrizo resident and Founding Director

Jon Cooper

Geologist, 2nd generation farmer and Carrizo resident, Founding Board Member and Friend of the Carrizo Plain

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Friends of the Carrizo Plain
HCR 69 – Box 3078
Santa Margarita, CA 93453