Board of Directors
The LCWC Board of Directors is comprised of members with a broad range of expertise and experience in watershed science, community activism, public planning, resource management, and non-profit organizations.
Meet the Board
Barbara is an aquatic toxicologist and watershed scientist. She works at Cal/EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (www.oehha.ca.gov), serving as the lead scientist of the Ecotoxicology Program. The work of her group involves developing scientific tools and educational resources to support watershed risk assessment. She has been working with the LCWC since its inception. She holds a Ph.D. in physiological chemistry from UC Davis. She lives in Wilton with her husband Tim, 3 dogs, and 2 horses. You can reach Barbara here.
Nancy is one of the founding members of the Laguna Creek Watershed Council. She has a Master’s degree in Education and is retired from the Elk Grove Unified School District after 17 years in elementary science education. Nancy is a Sacramento Splash (sacsplash.org) guide, helping children understand and value their natural world through scientific investigation and outdoor experience. She participated in tree planting projects near the creek as well as being a coordinator of Sheldon’s “Folks for Oaks”, a cooperative joint effort between SMUD, The Sacramento Tree Foundation, and two community Associations to plant Oak trees in the rural area of Elk Grove. Nancy is also an active member of the Central Valley Rails to Trails Foundation and the Sheldon Community Association. Contact Nancy at here.
Alta is a long time watershed volunteer. She is President of Sacramento Area Creeks Council, a nonprofit group that encourages the protection, restoration and maintenance of natural streams in urban environments. She began working on environmental issues after joining the Audubon Society in the late 1970’s, serving as the Sacramento Chapter’s Conservation Chairperson and representative on the Environmental Council of Sacramento. Alta has worked as a volunteer exclusively since her retirement as an elementary school teacher in 1995. She heads the annual Creek Week which provides volunteers the opportunity to clean Sacramento County creeks of man-made garbage and invasive plants every spring. She currently serves on the South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan Steering Committee. This plan, when adopted, will allow the creation of a habitat preserve system that will include a riparian preservation strategy focusing on a Laguna Creek wildlife corridor. Alta also serves on the Habitat 2020 committee and is secretary for another locally-based nonprofit group, Friends of the Swainson’s Hawk. You can reach Alta here.
Paul has been a Laguna Creek Watershed resident since 1992. He is an engineering geologist who works for the California Energy Commission. He has expertise in grant writing, California environmental law and regulations, and watershed science. His personal and professional experiences have taught him the value of our urban watersheds. Paul has also done volunteer work for The Nature Conservancy at the Cosumnes River Preserve where he served as an interpretive guide and field hand implementing watershed restoration projects. He is now involved in creek stewardship activities such as oak tree planting and ‘Creek Week’ cleanup..
Sheri Noblett is a registered landscape architect, an ISA certified arborist and a Qualified Stormwater Developer (QSD). She has worked for the County of Sacramento, Department of Transportation and currently works for the Cosumnes Community Services District, Department of Parks and Recreation as a Senior Landscape Architect designing, constructing and renovating public parks and playgrounds in Elk Grove.
After completing his degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology at UC Davis, Steve gained employment with the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District Bufferlands. As a biologist for the Bufferlands, he helps to manage and restore over 2500 acres of wildlife habitat surrounding the lower reaches of the Laguna Creek watershed. In addition to working in the watershed, Steve also lives here, frequently enjoying the local trails and spying on the wildlife living along Laguna Creek.
Lizz currently serves as the President and Founder of an environmental consulting firm which primarily works to ensure water quality on various construction projects (www.montgomery-assoc.com). Lizz has several degrees in environmental sciences, environmental studies, and sustainability. Lizz has worked with the Building Industry Association (BIA), developing and teaching Green Building curriculum. She holds several stormwater certifications including Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) and is a Qualified Stormwater Developer and Qualified Stormwater Practitioner (QSD/QSP). She is involved in the Sacramento Area Creeks Council Creek Week program, as a site leader on clean up days. It is important to Lizz to act on the environmental convictions that she has.
Cathy Lemelin is a recently retired Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) who has lived in North Laguna Creek since 1986. A few years after moving to North Laguna Creek she discovered the Laguna Creek Parkway about a mile south of her home. It became her favorite area for jogging and enjoying nature. Since then she has fallen in love with the local urban creeks (Laguna and Elk Grove Creeks) as a place to exercise and to be in and observe nature. After retiring she started volunteering for LCWC activities and has since joined the board.
James is a part-time Professor of Environmental Sciences at CSU Sacramento and works full-time as a Transmission Systems Engineer for the California Energy Commission. He completed a Master’s Degree in Public Policy & Administration (Environmental Concentration) at CSU-Sacramento in 1998 and completed his doctorate in Organization & Leadership (Public Agency Natural Resources Management concentration) at the University of San Francisco in May 2003. He resides in North Laguna.
Amanda Platt has worked and played in the Laguna Creek Watershed for much of her life. Being an alumni of Elk Grove High, Laguna Creek was the first area in which her interest in the study of water quality and watershed studies was fostered. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Watershed Management and Geology from Humboldt State University. She now works for the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts as the Cosumnes River Watershed Coordinator. If you want to email her directly, click here.
Eric Bernsten, Assisting the Board as a Specialist
Eric is a hydrologist and geomorphologist with the California State Water Resources Control Board and is a registered hydrologist and licensed landscape contractor. He spends a good deal of time in south county watersheds as a volunteer docent for the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District’s Bufferlands and the Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. He has been a regular Creek Week participant since moving to California in 2000. Eric has always been active in volunteer efforts, beginning with his work on a river otter reintroduction project in upstate New York. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies/Geology from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in water resources from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Eric is no longer able to serve as a member of the Board, but will assist the LCWC on special projects.