Board of Directors
DEREK HARBAUGH, Treasurer
Derek Harbaugh is an avid traveler and a high-elevation Ecuadorian orchid and aroid collector who has a passion for national forests and wilderness areas. He grew up in Idaho just a few steps from the Wild & Scenic Selway River and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area, so Derek developed an early and lifelong appreciation of the importance of preserving public lands. Both of his parents still work with the U.S. Forest Service. Derek has a thoughtful and respectful approach to preserving beloved patches of land wants to help CalWild garner the attention it so rightfully deserves. Derek is finishing his MS in Environmental Science and Policy with a minor in Geographic Information Systems at Cal State Long Beach.
BRIAN HUSE, Chair
Brian Huse is the Director of Strategic Program Development at Point Blue Conservation Science. He has spent the past 25 years leading successful conservation efforts within California, throughout the national park system, the Caribbean and Western Pacific. He has been appointed on various occasions by the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture to facilitate improved management of national park lands and wilderness.
Rachel Kondor worked as a legal fellow and staff attorney for environmental groups, before becoming the senior legislative assistant on environmental and tribal matters for Congressman Raúl Grijalva. While on the staff of Congresswoman Lois Capps, Rachel worked with CalWild staff to develop the “Central Coast Heritage Act” to permanently protect parts of the Los Padres National Forest and designate the Condor Trail. Other projects have included the successful return of traditional lands to the Colorado River Indian Tribes, the permanent establishment of the National Landscape Conservation System, and the development of the Tumacacori-Highlands Wilderness Act. She works as a consultant to non-profits and lives in Ojai with her husband, Brian Segee.
Lisa Myers is the environmental grants manager at Patagonia where she oversees the implementation of the company’s grants programs which supports grassroots environmental organizations and direct-action campaigns around the world. She is the co-editor of the book Patagonia’s Tools for Grassroots Activists: Best Practices for Success in the Environmental Movement. She received her degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from California State University Channel Islands. She currently lives in Oak View, California and enjoys any adventure that gets her into the outdoors with her husband Mitch and black lab Finn.
Steve McClary is a lifelong backpacker and camper who grew up with California wilderness as part of his childhood. He has worked, camped, and trekked around the world but California remains his home base. Now retired from a career in energy consulting working with state policymakers, consumers, developers and producers in the energy industry, he brings a lifetime of experience to helping CalWild grow and increase its effectiveness in advocating for wilderness.
DON MORRILL, Vice Chair
Don Morrill spent his early career years as an advocate and organizer for the Wilderness Society in Washington D.C. and the Sierra Club in California, and worked with Bob Schneider and Jim Eaton to establish the California Wilderness Coalition. Don spent the bulk of his career in business management and sales, primarily in the travel industry. He is now retired, and has served as the Board President for the California Wilderness Coalition, the Development Director for Yolo Basin Foundation, and as a Non-Profit Development consultant.
RICK SAEZ, Secretary
Rick Saez is a photographer and Sales/Product Manager for The Mountain Lab, a full-service brand strategy and product development company in Mammoth Lakes, California. He previously worked for Lowepro/Joby, Jansport, Montbell, Umpqua Feather Merchants, K2/Dana Design and Eagle Creek Travel Gear. Rick graduated from CalPoly Pomona and Brigham Young University with degrees in Recreation Management and Administration and enjoys worldwide adventure travel.
Linda Castro serves as CalWild’s Assistant Policy Director, based in Southern California. Linda was a military “brat” who lived in Europe and South America for a significant portion of her childhood before arriving in Texas. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, and then moved to California and obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Whittier Law School. She practiced law for years while volunteering her time with, and serving on the Board of a Santa Clarita-based non-profit that works to protect and restore wild places and rivers in southern California. Linda lives with her family in Southern California and is an avid tent camper, backpacker, and hiker.
Steve Evans has more than 37 years of volunteer and professional experience in the protection of public wild lands, rivers, and other natural resources. Steve worked for Friends of the River for more than 20 years, and because of his work, more than 2,300 miles of streams on federally managed public lands have been identified as candidates for the Wild & Scenic protection, and more than 341 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers in California are permanently protected. Steve is a consultant for the California Wilderness Coalition, where he also served on the Board for more than 20 years. Steve is a published writer (author of Tops Trails Sacramento, Wilderness Press, 2008), an avid hiker, rafter, kayaker, and photographer.
Ryan Henson was born to a logging family in Mendocino County. After serving in the Navy, Ryan graduated with honors with a BA in history and political science from the U.C. Davis in 1993. He began volunteering for CalWild while a student and joined its staff in 1994. After directing the first-ever effort to map all of the state’s wilderness-eligible lands, he helped launch a legislative campaign in 2001 to gain permanent protection for these areas. His greatest achievements to date are the passage of the North Coast wilderness bill (HR 233) in 2006 and the California portions of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. Ryan’s work was recognized in Congress and in the documentary film “Forever Wild.” Ryan lives in Anderson with his wife, Bonnie.
Doug Linney, Executive Director, has served the environmental community of California for over 35 years as an advocate, political strategist, coalition builder, and fundraiser. He founded The Next Generation (TNG), a consulting firm that offers campaign services and political strategy to nonprofits and progressive candidates. Doug’s has served on the boards of the California League of Conservation Voters, Friends of the River, the Regeneration Project, the Planning and Conservation League, and the East Bay Municipal Utility District. He received the Mark Dubois River Conservationist Award from FOR. Doug is an avid whitewater river runner and bicyclist road warrior. He received his B.S. in Environmental Science and Public Policy from U.C. Davis.
Chris Morrill works with The Next Generation as its Campaigns Director providing various political and communications services to a diverse group of non-profits, candidates and issue advocacy efforts. He provides strategic communications guidance to CalWild as well as helping to execute CalWild’s membership communications, website and social media. Chris brings years of experience as an organizer, political strategist, communications expert. Prior to working with The Next Generation, he held policy and political roles with the California League of Conservation Voters and Save the Children. Chris received a B.A. in Communications from Santa Clara University and an M.A. in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins.
Matt Sayles is the lead coordinator for Central Coast Wild Heritage, which focuses on Wilderness protection throughout the southern Los Padres Forest and the Carrizo Plain. After graduating from Northern Michigan University with a degree in philosophy and minors in outdoor recreation and history, Matt worked for the Lake Superior Land Trust, the Nature Conservancy, Lassen Land and Trails Trust, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Sierra Cascade Land Trust Council which represents all land trusts in the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges of California. Matt’s work at Lassen Land and Trails Trust in Susanville, California led to the preservation of California’s longest rail-to-trail corridor, the Modoc Line, and he is a passionate supporter of recreational trails and land preservation. He now lives and works out of Ventura, where he meets with local businesses, ranchers, farmers, and local elected officials throughout the Central Coast to develop support for Central Coast Wild Heritage.
Alison Sterling is working to build support for our Northwest California campaign. After working for five years as Program Director of residential environmental education programs, Alison moved to Humboldt County 21 years ago for graduate school at Humboldt State University in Natural Resources Management. She loved it so much that she stayed. She has worked on habitat conservation issues for over 25 years, and has worked for both local and national nonprofit organizations including the Trees Foundation, the Center for Biological Diversity, The Nature Conservancy and the California Wilderness Coalition. She has also managed political campaigns and co-authored statewide legislation. In her spare time, Alison loves doing anything outside.
Dup Crosson works for The Next Generation as its Operations & Office Manager, covering administration, accounting, and project management. At CalWild, he brings his fundraising and outreach experience to the table as their Development and Communications Associate. A proud native of the Maine coast, Dup studied Environmental Management at UNC-Asheville and has since worked for a variety of nonprofits and campaigns in conservation, environmental advocacy, education, and marriage equality. He prefers to spend his time outdoors in any capacity when he’s not playing music with his ongoing project Saint Solitude.