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· Scott Hein,
· Burt Bassler
, Treasurer
· Amara Morrison
, Secretary
· Heath Bartosh
· Joe Canciamilla
· Jim Felton
· John Gallagher
· Liz Harvey
· Claudia Hein
· Bob Marx
· Sue Ohanian
· Malcolm Sproul
· Jeff Stone

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Board of Directors

Scott HeinScott Hein President and Serves on the Executive and Land Committees

Scott has a Doctorate in Analytical Chemistry from Oregon State University and a B.S. in Chemistry from Indiana University. He is co-owner of Diablo Analytical, Inc, a small technology business located in Antioch. Scott is also a naturalist and part-time nature photographer. Scott was appointed by the Concord City Council to serve on the Community Advisory Committee for the Concord Naval Weapons Station Reuse Project. He has received Diablo Magazine’s Threads of Hope award for his volunteer efforts with Save Mount Diablo. He lives in Concord with his wife Claudia, who is also a board member.

Burt BasslerBurt Bassler Treasurer and serves on the Executive and Finance Committees

Burt received his BS in Business Administration from the University of Illinois and did his graduate work at the University of Illinois’ Institute of Labor and Employment Relations. He has held a variety of human resources positions with Exxon and Eastern Airlines, and he is the principal of Bassler Associates, Inc., a human resources consulting firm he established in 1982. He lives in Danville.

Amara MorrisonAmara Morrison Secretary and serves on the Executive Committee 

Amara holds a J.D. and Master’s Degree in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School, and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. An attorney for the City of Livermore, she has been practicing law in California for over 20 years and is a municipal attorney specializing in the areas of land use, redevelopment and environmental law. Amara and her daughter Islay live in Orinda.Amara is an avid horsewoman, who also enjoys travel, cycling, hiking and cooking.

Heath BartoshHeath Bartosh Serves on the Executive, Land and Mary Bowerman Science & Research Committees

Heath holds a B.S. in Natural Resources Planning from Humboldt State University. A professional botanist for more than 10 years, Heath is a principal and senior botanist of Nomad Ecology founded in 2004 and based in Martinez. He serves on the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) East Bay Chapter Board of Directors and sits on their State Rare Plant Program Committee. A fourth generation Californian, Heath appreciates the rich history and natural resources of the Golden State, especially its botanical heritage. Heath is proud to serve an organization co-founded by botanist Dr. Mary Bowerman. Heath and his wife Reneé and their two sons live on the Carquinez Strait.

Joe CanciamillaJoe Canciamilla Chairman of the Audit Committee and serves on the Executive and Land Committees

Joe received a Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Mary’s College and continued to earn his Juris Doctorate from John F. Kennedy School of Law. A former member of the California State Assembly, Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, Pittsburg Mayor and councilmember, he currently owns and operates Pittsburg Funeral Chapel, as well as maintaining a private law and strategic consulting practice. A lifelong resident of Contra Costa County, Joe cares deeply about the future of the Mount Diablo area and strives to continue making a positive difference in the community. Joe and his wife, Dr. Laura Canciamilla who serves on the Pittsburg School Board, live in Pittsburg and enjoy landscape gardening, reading, writing, traveling and cooking.

Jim_FeltonJim Felton

Dr. Felton is currently a Senior Biomedical Scientist- Retired (LLNL) and was Assoc. Dir. for Cancer Prevention and Control (UC Davis Cancer Center).  Dr. Felton was the Deputy Associate Director for Biology and Biotechnology at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2001-2004). He was on staff at LLNL for 32 years in various positions. He was the Associate Director for Cancer Control (9 yrs) at the University of CA Davis Cancer Center (2001-2010). He received his AB in Zoology at UC Berkeley, his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the State University of NY, Buffalo and did his postdoctoral training from 1973-1976 at NIH in NICHD under Dr. Daniel Nebert. Dr. Felton served as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Farmers Pesticide Health Study (NCI, NIEHS, EPA and NIOSH sponsored) for 10 yrs., member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Carcinogen Assessment Committee, State of California Proposition 65 Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act for 15 yrs, and member of numerous editorial boards. In 1999, he was President of the US Environmental Mutagen Society. Since retirement, he has taught courses related to Cancer for the Osher Lifetime Learning Institute (CSUEB) and been active as a steward with the land trust, Save Mount Diablo. In 2017, Dr. Felton joined Save Mount Diablo's Board of Directors. He has been a volunteer advisor at LLNL and science tutor at San Ramon Valley High School continuing education program at Del Amigo HS. He also with his wife, Bette, manages an award winning winery and vineyard in Danville, CA.

John GallagherJohn Gallagher Chairman of the Stewardship Committee and also serves on the Land Committee

A veterinarian by profession, he currently teaches anatomy at Las Positas College in Livermore. John has been cycling, hiking, and backpacking since childhood. When John was just 14 he rode his bike from his native Berkeley to the summit of Mount Diablo and he continues this feat in our annual Mount Diablo Challenge. He can frequently be found somewhere on Mount Diablo, on foot or bike. John lives in Danville with his wife, Tena. Tena and their two grown children also enjoy hiking.

Liz Harvey, Board MemberLiz Harvey Serves on the Development Committee

Liz Harvey, CFRE, Director of Individual Giving has 30 years of experience in Bay Area philanthropy and currently works for The Nature Conservancy’s California Chapter, connecting her love of the outdoors with her concern for the environment. Recent prior experience includes serving as Director of Major Gifts at Mills College and Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at San José State University. Ms. Harvey received her BA from Westmont College with her MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She grew up in Alamo looking at Mount Diablo from her backyard. She now lives in Danville, and loves running, camping, kayaking and hiking.

Claudia Hein Claudia Hein Serves on the Finance Committee

Claudia has a Master Degree in Chemistry and Science Education from Oregon State University and a B.S. in Chemistry and Natural Science from Muhlenberg College. She is a Chemistry Professor at Diablo Valley College since 1989.  "As an educator, I'm a strong believer in the Baba Dioum quotation 'We will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught." Supporting Save Mount Diablo's mission to protect open space and ensure wildlife corridors is paramount to helpling people understand nature's importance in our lives." Claudia has served on the Board of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and the Mount Diablo Audubon Society. She lives in Concord with her husband, Scott, who is also a Save Mount Diablo board member.

Bob MarxBob Marx Serves on the Development Committee

We welcome Bob Marx back to our Board! Bob was a Board member from 1997–2004. Bob & his wife Joan own Summit Ranch in Alamo which is 22 ½ acres bordering Mount Diablo to the North and East. Summit Ranch is a private horse boarding facility accommodating 100 horses. Over the past 30 years, he has spent many hours every week riding horses on the trails of Mount Diablo. Bob was the recipient of Save Mount Diablo’s Mountain Star Award in 2009. Bob’s love and appreciation of Mount Diablo goes beyond words!

Sue OhanianSue Ohanian Chairman of the Development Committee and serves on the Executive and Land Committees 

Sue holds a Bachelor’s in English from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master’s of Business Administration specializing in Marketing/Finance from the University of Southern California. She spent over 20 years in the employee benefits field in employer, consulting firm and insurance company positions. Sue has been an enthusiastic backpacker and hiker since childhood, working on wilderness restoration projects with the Sierra Club as a teenager, and today delights in the hiking, botanizing and birding so readily accessible to everyone on our Mountain. She also enjoys landscape gardening, golf and travel. She has lived in Alamo with her husband, Steve, since 1989.

Malcom SproulMalcolm Sproul Chairman of the Land Committee and also serves on the Mary Bowerman Science & Research Committee

Malcolm received his B.A. and M.L.S. in Environmental Planning, from UC Berkeley, and then worked for the Marin County Planning Dept. for four years. In 1979, he joined LSA Associates and is now a principal in natural resources management and environmental planning, managing their Point Richmond office. An avid outdoorsman, Malcolm feels that Mount Diablo is a wonderful visual resource, and that the open space we are protecting is not just for people, but is essential to the protection and stability of the greatest possible diversity of biological resources in the central California region. Malcolm and his wife Casey live in Moraga.

Jeff StoneJeff Stone Serves on the Development Committee

Jeff graduated from UCLA with B.A.’s in Political Science and Communications, and a J.D. from UC Davis, King Hall. Following Law School, Jeff immediately went back into a family construction business, Diamond Construction, based out of Lafayette. Expanding his Dad’s business, Jeff currently works in construction, transactional real estate, and development. Jeff’s non-profit experience includes a 6 month stint as Deputy Director of China Business Development for the US China Green Energy Council in Beijing, China. Above everything, Jeff enjoys the outdoors with his wife Lauren, and their Miniature Australian Shepherd, Bella.



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