Board of Directors and Staff
BCRCD is governed by a five member Board of Directors, one from each supervisorial district, made up of local land owners, ranchers and farmers. Directors are appointed by the Butte County Board of Supervisors on their strengths as active partners in the conservation community.
All Five Directors of the Board have a "700 Conflict of Interest" form on file with CA FPPC - California Fair Political Practices Commission. Associate Directors are appointed by the BCRCD Board of Directors.
The Associate Directors do not vote on district business, but serve in an advisory capacity to the board with their knowledge and expertise in special areas of interest.
Directors and Associate Directors are volunteer positions.
Staff consists of a District Manager and a Conservation Associate at this time.
Sarah Reynolds - District Manager
Sarah joins BCRCD after having worked with her family’s farming operation, Point Four, Inc. in Biggs; where she was leading the way as Safety and HR manager. Sarah brings a deep passion for agriculture and natural resources with her background in working with private and public agencies dealing with farming and land issues. Reynolds is looking forward to working with local partners and collaborating with new partners to enhance our local watersheds and soils.
A fifth-generation farmer, Reynolds farms rice on the family farm, which includes property purchased by her grandfather in 1943. Her farming operations also include sharecropping and custom farm work. She's well versed in both conventional and organic farming and ranching. Sarah also served as a member of the California Farm Bureau Farm Bureau (CFBF) Board of Directors and chaired the CFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee in 2013.
Reynolds attended California State University Chico before transferring to University of Phoenix, where she earned a degree in business management.
Reynolds has been active in community affairs, serving on the Chico Farmers Market Board of Directors, Butte County Young Farmers and Ranchers, 2009 graduate of the CFBF Leadership Farm Bureau program and supporting local youth in agriculture. Sarah is an avid canner in the summer, loves farmer’s markets foodie, international travel and enjoys driving destruction derby cars at the local fair.
Alyssa Cordova -
AmeriCorps Conservation Associate
Alyssa is thrilled to be a part of the RCD team! Having lived in Chico for the past few years, Alyssa has been able tofamiliarize herself with Butte County and loves the area. She has spent her time learning about the county’s natural resources and is excited to put her knowledge to work while gaining experience in the field. Prior to serving with the BCRCD, Alyssa attended Chico State where she attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Energy and Earth Resources and a minor in Management for Sustainability. While in college, Alyssa worked for PowerSave, a student driven energy efficiency and education program, which helped improve energy efficiency on Chico State’s campus. She was also instrumental in gathering data for the Chico Energy Pioneers Program that looked at behavior as a factor for in-home energy consumption. Her background in energy offers a unique perspective to natural resources and she has helped students and community members understand their individual impact on natural resource consumption.
While serving as a member of the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership, Alyssa will be utilizing her talents to conduct watershed restoration projects and provide outreach and education on the importance of natural resource conservation to various county residents. She will also be recruiting volunteers to help her accomplish these efforts to support the BCRCD’s mission to protect, enhance and support Butte County’s natural resources and agriculture.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mary Pesenti-Thompson - Director - District 1
Mary was born and raised in Paso Robles, CA
in Northern San Luis Obispo County. Mary and her husband Mel
have been residents of Butte County since 1998. They are owners
of Sierra Farms in South- Eastern Butte County where they raise
sheep and have a lamb marketing business. They work closely
with USDA NRCS in implementing conservation practices on their
land, as well as being involved with the Lower Feather River/
Honcut Creek Watershed Group in Lower Butte County. For several
years Mary worked with BCRCD in an outreach and education role
before being appointed to serve on the Board of Directors. Mary is also the BCRCD representative to the Butte County Special Districts Association.
Wes Gilbert - Director - District 2
Wes has very deep roots in the land and a lifelong commitment to conservation issues in California. He grew up on a family owned wheat and row crop farm in Butte County near the Dayton/Four-Corners area. He is a graduate of California State University Chico in Civil Engineering. From 1986-1991 he was the Glenn County Director of Public Works. From 1991-2006 he owned and managed a private engineering and surveying firm in Chico, which he sold to Lumos and Associates, where he now works as the Engineering/Survey Manager.
Colleen Hatfield - Director - District 3
Colleen is a landscape ecologist and professor in the CSUC Biology Department. Her primary research focus is relationships between watershed conditions and ecological responses. Colleen has worked extensively in collaboration with private, non-profit and government entities. She grew up on the Colorado farm that her grandfather homesteaded and she continues to have a strong tie to the land. Through her background experiences, Colleen is aware of the challenges and hurdles facing today’s land managers whether they are farmers or natural resource managers. Natural resources and land conservation are central to her core values. Colleen also serves on the board for the Northern California Regional Land Trust.
Terrell Storm - Charter Director - District 4
Terrell was born and raised in southern Butte County, where he now raises rice, walnuts and beef cattle. He is a charter director on the BCRCD board having been appointed at its inception in 2002. He earned a bachelor's degree in Agriculture from CSU, Chico and is a graduate of Class XVIII of the California Ag Leadership Program. Terrell is particularly interested in the protection of private property and water rights.
Dave Lee - Director
- District 5
Dave has been a resident and business owner in Paradise for over 40 years. He is well aware of the environmental and natural resource challenges faced by Butte County and its residents. Dave is an experienced outdoorsman having camped, hunted and fished throughout Butte County. It is important to Dave that the natural resources of the county be protected for the generations to come, while providing residents with opportunities to enjoy our resources.
Robert Mackenzie - Associate Director
Robert W. Mackenzie practices law in Chico, in the areas of
land use, real
property and environmental law. Rob was a Chief
Deputy County Counsel in
the Butte County Counsel's Office for ten years and advised
the Butte County
Water Commission and the Butte County Land Conservation Act
and his wife live near the farming community of Dayton.
William Kellogg - Associate Director
Bill is a Native Californian. Graduate of Pierce Jr. College with AA in General Agriculture and Graduate of Chico State College with BS in Animal Husbandry
Married to Marcia A. Kellogg with Daughter Melissa, Sons William, Matthew, & Mark and Seven grandchildren.
Work history includes: Soil Conservation Service in Somas, California, sheep ranch work, rangeland supervisor, grain broker, seed production field man, seed salesman, opened Kellogg’s Seed Service in 1980. Changed name to Kellogg’s Ag Service in 2010. Community Service:
Paradise Cemetery District, Paradise Irrigation District, Butte County Resource Conservation District, Toastmasters, Cub and Boy Scouts as Committee Chairman and Scoutmaster, Craig Memorial Congregational Church as Moderator, Chairman of board of trustees and chairman of Christian ed. board, Masonic Lodge board of Trustees and Man of the year Paradise Elks Lodge 2011.
Bill's goals include being of service to others and helping his community and customers to reach their goals.