Nancy Scolari has been the Executive Director of the District for 20 years helping farmers and ranchers with regenerative practices that improve soil, water, air, plants, wildlife and the viability of agriculture. Nancy works with a dedicated board and staff, implementing grant-funded projects such as the Marin Coastal Permit Coordination, Pine Gulch Instream Flow Enhancement, Conserving Our Watersheds and Carbon Farming Programs. As a founding member of the Marin Carbon Project she has helped develop opportunities in addressing the health of our working landscapes with livestock producers. She received a B.A in Environmental Studies and Planning at Sonoma State University with an emphasis in water quality. Nancy enjoys rock climbing and her dog Herbie.
Elise Suronen, Conservation Program Manager, has eight years of experience as a restoration project manager and has managed over $7 million in local, state and federal grants on private lands. Her experience spans from applied scientific research to on-the-ground construction management and she works side by side with over four dozen landowners, state and federal agencies and non-profits. Elise manages the Conserving Our Watersheds program that helps ranches and dairy comply with water quality regulations; and the RCD Carbon Farming program designed to plan and implement climate mitigation and resiliency practices on farms in close partnership with the Marin Carbon Project’s Implementation Task Force. Elise served as Project Manager during the implementation phase of the Pine Gulch Instream Flow Enhancement and Water Rights Project, that developed irrigation ponds to capture winter storm flows in order to restore summer instream habitat for salmonids. She is certified in Negotiating Effective Environmental Agreements and Facilitation Skills for Scientists, Planners and Resource Managers. Elise has a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho, and published two papers from her graduate research work on evaluating fire as a habitat restoration tool: Northwestern Naturalist 2013, and Forest Ecology and Management 2013.
Sarah Phillips, Urban Streams Program Manager, has over twelve years of experience in the field of restoration and natural resources management with a focus on riparian systems and salmonid habitat enhancement covering a variety of sectors; non-profit (both international and national), private consulting, and state government. Her work with the Marin RCD focuses on stormwater management through LID applications, collaborative stakeholder engagement through facilitation and mediation, fisheries monitoring, leading hands-on technical trainings, in addition to writing and implementing grants. She also acts as the ombudsman and communication liaison between local, state and federal regulatory agencies. Sarah received a B.A in Restoration and Conservation at Sonoma State University in its Environmental Studies and Planning Department with a minor in vertebrate biology. There is nothing Sarah loves more than hopping on a plane and exploring far away exotic lands on solo journeys as well as volunteering in her community. Sarah serves as the Chair to the Lagunitas Technical Advisory Committee and acts as an advisor to the Tomales Bay Watershed Council and Gallinas Watershed Council, is the Secretary on the Board of the Salmonid Restoration Federation, and Vice President of the Redwood Empire Trout Unlimited Chapter.
Darrylin Mollath has over ten years of experience as the Bookkeeper and Office Manager in the non-profit, education and private sector while accounting for over $12 million of private and public funds. With family farm roots herself, she enjoys being a part of the work the MRCD spearheads. Her responsibilities since joining the district include assisting the agency’s financial, human resources, and risk management functions, creating and managing new social media platforms, and initiating new creative projects all while working alongside the Board of Directors, landowners and funders. She earned a BA in Editorial Illustration from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. Darrylin enjoys spending time with her husband and family, traveling, gardening, and an endless array of creative endeavors.
Erica Mikesh is a licensed civil engineer and has been the Partner Engineer with Marin, Sonoma and Gold Ridge Resource Conservation Districts since 2015. Her experience since joining the districts includes working with a variety of landowners on rural and agricultural properties on projects that focus on a suite of conservation practices to improve water quality in our local watershed. Example projects include new water developments to allow for rotational grazing, and concrete slabs to improve manure management on a dairy. Coming to the Districts from a private consulting background, Erica enjoys getting the opportunity to work with local communities and helping them protect their land and natural resources. She received a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Erica stays busy outside of work chasing her two kids around outside, occasionally bringing them along on site visits, camping, bicycle riding and baking sourdough bread.
Michelle Katuna, Agroecologist, grew up between the tidal slough and oak woodlands of Petaluma. For the past nine years, Michelle has studied sustainable agriculture, ecology, California native flora, low-stress livestock handling, consensus facilitation, soil science, rhetoric, GIS mapping, and biology and has worked in ecological farming and grazing, pastured meat production, conservation and education. She attended the University of California at Berkeley where she received a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies with a focus in Sustainable Agriculture and worked in a microbial ecology lab. Michelle continues to pursue the question: how can our lands and lives be managed for social, environmental, and economic health? Michelle’s work at Marin RCD involves the design, implementation, and monitoring of ecological practices and projects on working agricultural landscapes, and working with colleagues and collaborators to push for justice and equity in the local ecological sphere.
Oia Walker-van Aalst, GrizzlyCorps Fellow, grew up in rural Vermont and then urban California, developing a deep commitment to people and planet. A learner, designer, and collaborator, Oia earned a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies, focusing on Environmental Justice and Agroecology, with a minor in CalTeach at UC Berkeley in 2020. Prior positions Oia has held include research assistant at the Bowles Lab, board member at the Berkeley Student Food Collective, and science instructor for K-2nd graders. At the MRCD, Oia works on messaging, education, outreach, and regenerative agriculture. Oia is focused on promoting environmental justice and climate resiliency in equitable and systemic ways, building relationships in an interconnected world, and growing and cooking food for friends, family, and beyond.
Julia Sullivan is currently serving as Forest Health Watershed Coordinator for the North Coast region. In this role, she’s working to coordinate forest health programming across the North Coast and support the following RCDs in their work: Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Lake, Mendocino, and Humboldt. Julia has over six years of experience in natural resource management and community engagement, and she holds a master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment. Prior to graduate school, she worked at a conservation non-profit in the American Southwest and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama.
Emilie Winfield, North Coast Soil Health Hub Coordinator, is an agroecologist whose work focuses on agricultural sustainability, soil health, and impactful collaboration. She is motivated by the intersection of climate change and agriculture and is thrilled to join the regional efforts of the North Coast Soil Hub. Most recently Emilie worked at the USDA California Climate Hub where she engaged diverse stakeholders to craft education and outreach materials on climate adaptation practices and climate-smart agriculture. Additionally, she spent 6 years managing farms and agricultural partnerships in NY and CA, supporting successful relationships between farms and restaurants and promoting local foodsheds. Emilie is dedicated to education around sustainable growing practices and soil health and teaches classes at a nonprofit in San Francisco. Emilie holds an M.S. in Environmental Policy and Management from UC Davis and a B.S. in Plant Sciences from UC Santa Cruz. She has conducted research on mycorrhizal fungi and root systems architecture in soil. She is enthusiastic about soil microbes and good food, and believes agriculture plays a key role in creating a more resilient and just future for communities and the planet.
The Marin RCD Board holds five seated positions. Directors serve the community voluntarily during 4-year terms of office. It is their direction at monthly meetings which guides environmental stewardship across the county landscape and it is this change that perpetuates their desire to serve.
President, Sally Gale
Director since 1996 , term up 2022
Sally Gale is a rancher who lives with her family in Chileno Valley, and raises grass fed beef to sell directly to families. She also serves as a Director on the Board of the Marin Conservation League.
Treasurer, Terry Sawyer
Director since 2012 , term up 2020
Terry Sawyer is the co-founder of an oyster company in Tomales Bay and lives in Point Reyes Station.
Director, Robert Giacomini
Director since 1998 , term up 2022
Bob Giacomini is a retired dairyman in Point Reyes Station.
Director, Mike Moretti
Director since 2016, term up 2020
Mike is a dairyman who runs an organic dairy near Tomales.
Director, Peter Martinelli
Director since 2017, term up 2021
Peter is an organic farmer in Bolinas.
If you would like to contact a board member please address them directly at the following address:
Attn: Director’s Name
Marin Resource Conservation District
P.O. Box 1146
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
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INTERESTED IN BEING A DIRECTOR?
The Board of Directors are elected individuals that are registered Californian voters. They serve unpaid 4-year terms in office. Nominations may be filed at the County of Marin between June and the first week of August in the given year a term is expired. If there are more nominations than term positions, an election will be held within the district otherwise appointments will be made. Interested candidates may contact the County of Marin for Candidate Manuals, also found at www.marinvotes.org.
To be qualified to be a director one must either:
- reside and own land within the district or served a minimum of two years as an associate director or
- have been a designated agent of a resident landowner within the district
Policies and certifications relevant to the position of Marin RCD Directors include:
- MRCD Conflict of Interest Policy
- RCD Reimbursement Policy – A record of director reimbursements is filed at the State Controllers Office and can be found at the following link Marin RCD Salaries and Reimbursements. In 2019, directors did not receive meeting fees or stipends, reimbursements, health and retirement benefits or any other benefits.
- Ethics Training Certifications per AB1234. Bob Giacomini, Nancy Scolari, Sally Gale, Terry Sawyer, Mike Moretti