Kimi Barbosa is the proud daughter of Brasilian immigrants and working class parents who taught her how to be resilient and have the upmost respect for land and life. She is long-time social justice advocate and current Organizer with North Bay Organizing Project. She earned her BA in Sociology from Sonoma State and her Master’s in Public Policy from Mills College. Kimi spends her time building relationships with humans, plants, land, and animals to keep connected with earth. She also strives to engage with holistic and creative approaches to the intersection of issues facing our planet during this anthropocene.
Tim Choate is an outdoor enthusiast and active supporter of land conservation and educational programs. In the for-profit world, Tim has founded three successful companies in the Internet space and served on multiple boards. In the nonprofit world, Tim worked with his wife to start the Berkeley Playhouse, an acclaimed music theatre performance and educational organization, and save the historic Julia Morgan Center for the Arts in Berkeley, CA. He and his wife founded the Imagination Foundation, which supports arts, education and environmental programs. He also served on the Board for Park Day School in Oakland and was on the marketing advisory committee for Sonoma Land Trust. Mr. Choate holds a B.S.E degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Catie Clune (She/her) has spent the last 10 years working in the field of nature education and conservation in the Bay Area. She holds a BA in Community Studies from University of California Santa Cruz. This program allowed her to explore social justice movements, the role of nonprofits, and it first sparked her interest in advocating for more equitable access to the outdoors. She holds a MA in science education from the University of Washington which provided tools to help teachers align outdoor programming with state science standards. She spent years supporting teachers to develop real-world contexts for learning and offer more consistent opportunities for students to get outside. She currently works managing a wide range of education programs at a local conservation non-profit.
Eloisa Colín is currently an Adjunct Counselor at the Santa Rosa Junior College. She received a BA in Spanish at University of California Davis and a Master’s Degree in School Counseling at Sonoma State University. She has also worked with the Migrant Education Program, Santa Rosa City Schools and Sonoma State University. Eloisa loves working with students as they progress towards achieving their academic, personal and professional goals. She has always had a passion for the outdoors. As a community member and parent, she has taken part in different LandPaths’ initiatives and values the important work this organization does for our community. Eloisa has lived all over Sonoma County and currently resides in West Sonoma County with her wife and two children.
Dr. Brenda Flyswithhawks, Ph.D. (She/Her Ghigau ᎩᎦᎤ)
Board Vice Chair
Dr. Flyswithhawks is a citizen of the Tsalági Eastern Cherokee Nation, Qualla Boundary Reservation, Cherokee, North Carolina and currently makes her home in Santa Rosa on the territorial land of the Southern Pomo people. She is of Bird Clan by birth and is a traditional dancer, singer, drummer, and storyteller. Dr. Flyswithhawks adheres to her traditional Tsalági teachings and believes that all Native people are in a coming home process…a coming home to their traditional way of life.
She is a Professor of Psychology, Past Department Chair of the Behavioral Sciences Department, and Past President of the Academic Senate at Santa Rosa Junior College. She retired in December 2019 and is currently serving as a part-time professor and Past President of the Academic Senate.
Prior to Santa Rosa Junior College, Dr. Flyswithhawks was the Director of the Behavioral Health Department at the Sonoma County Indian Health Project and maintained a private clinical practice in Santa Rosa. She has been scholar in residence or visiting professor at universities throughout the United States and world. Dr. Flyswithhawks has also served as Co-Director of the National S.E.E.D. Project (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) at Wellesley College.
She has served as Treasure and Board of Directors for the Sonoma County Indian Health Project and the Ya-Ka-Ama Board of Directors. She is embraced and loved by local Sonoma County tribes and is referred to by many as “family.”
Dr. Flyswithhawks is a cultural bearer, water protector, and environmental cultural educator working to bridge western and traditional science. She serves on the Native Advisory Council at Pepperwood Preserve and is currently partnering with a team of local western wildfire biologist and scientist to educate and assist in the rethinking of wildfire, science, and climate through an Indigenous lens. She reminds us that we come from the land and works daily to educate all on how to be in relationship and better stewards of the land we inhabit.
It is Dr. Flyswithhawks intention and commitment to work with LandPaths Board of Directors to facilitate better relationship with the land through the programs it offers and the people who steward it.
Craig Hazel is a partner with B2B CFO®. Originally from Denver, Craig was drawn to LandPaths given its focus on both land and people. He was a founding member of Christmas in April – Atlanta, a non-profit which rebuilds homes for elderly, disabled and disadvantaged homeowners. Craig is a pilot and resides in Petaluma with his wife and two daughters.
Belén Lopez-Grady (she/her) is the Deputy Director of the North Bay Organizing Project. She is the youngest of five children raised by a single mother in Roseland. There she experienced environmental racism, food insecurity, and a dearth of safe outdoor spaces. To stay out of trouble, at age 17, Belén and her brother taught themselves how to backpack and started an LLC, guiding local youth on trips across the California wilderness. Belén is the first in her family to graduate from high school and college. She holds a B.A. in Community Development and an M.A. in Sustainable Development with a focus on disasters and climate adaptation. She is currently a director for CommonSpace Community Land Trust and is a Sonoma County Planning Commissioner.
Gina Lopez Solorzano
A Los Angeles native, Gina Lopez Solorzano has considered herself an environmentalist since the age of three. She joined LandPaths to promote their mission to build community, root youth in nature, and show that nature is for everyone. Gina has always believed in these values and has tried to incorporate them in her personal and professional pursuits. She holds forestry degrees from University of California Berkeley and Yale, and has applied her forestry knowledge in the field as a forestry technician throughout Northern California and as an educator for an outdoor environmental program for youth in Colorado. Gina is currently a program analyst for a local environmental nonprofit that supports forest resilience initiatives in Sonoma County.
Hilda Shum is is an active hiker, nature enthusiast, and artist. Her first impression of Sonoma County was seeing Christo’s stunning Running Fence Project at sunrise. The early morning light filtering through the billowing white screen silhouetted against the rolling hills south of Valley Ford created such a visceral image that she vowed to live in Sonoma County one day. Since then the area has never ceased to amaze, from the open space, farmlands and spectacular coastline to the people and culture of food and hospitality. Hilda has been a board member of arts and education organizations and is interested in creating opportunities for people to engage with nature in our surrounding area and beyond.
Beth Wyatt is a Financial Advisor with a love of the land and the food that grows on it. Beth has a deep commitment to creating opportunities for all people to connect with the land with the understanding that the connection is crucial to a healthy society. It was through her leadership with Slow Food Russian River that she was introduced to LandPaths and its education preserve, historic Rancho Mark West.
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