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Jim Johnson
Roger Francis
Clark Segerstrom
Bob Ozbirn
Carey Haughy
William Polley
Pete Kerns
Gary Dambacher
Tracy A. Russell
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Ed Wyllie
Lin Freer
Cathi Nies

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Jim Johnson

James L. Johnson, retired from a career of nearly 40 years in the medical equipment industry, and has been a leader in numerous Twain Harte organizations. He is a Director on the Twain Harte Community Services District Board, was instrumental in founding the Partners for Twain Harte, served as President and is a Director on the Twain Harte Homeowners Board, served as President and Director of the Twain Harte Lake Association, and as President of the Twain Harte SIRS (Sons in Retirement).

Jim was born and raised in the East Bay , and a graduate of the University of California , Berkeley , with a B. S. degree in Business Administration. He and his wife, Pat, retired in 1999, and moved full time to Twain Harte and started getting involved in community projects. His family has a long history in Twain Harte starting in the early 1940's when they bought a cabin and started spending weekends and summers there. He lifeguarded at the Twain Harte Lake for three years where he met his wife, they have one daughter and three grandchildren.

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Roger Francis

Roger J. Francis is a retired teacher and school administrator, having spent over thirty-four years in education, the last twenty-nine with the Sonora Union High School District .  He graduated from Sonora High and then earned a B.A. Degree and teaching credential from the University of the Pacific.  He later earned an M.A. in Education Administration from California State University , Stanislaus.  Roger is retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army Reserve which included an active duty tour in the DMZ in Korea .  A long time clarinetist, he is a member of the Great Mother Lode Brass and Reed Band and has played with the Symphony of the Sierra and participated in the Sonora Bach Festival.  He is active with the Association of California School Administrators and the Tuolumne County Master Gardeners.  In addition, he belongs to the Tuolumne County Historical Society, Vietnam Veterans of America, V.F.W., and the Sonora United Methodist Church .  Roger and his wife, Kathy, also a retired teacher, have four children and three grandchildren.

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Clark Segerstrom

W. Clark Segerstrom, a California licensed real estate broker is the owner of real estate offices in Sonora and Copperopolis California. Clark was born in Sonora, and is a 5th generation Sonora resident, with his grandmother's family (descendents of C. H. Burden) residing in Sonora since 1852. A 1974 graduate of Stanford University, Clark also attended elementary and high school in Sonora. He has served on the Columbia Elementary School Board for 8 years and as president for 4 of those years. He has been a member of the City of Sonora Planning Commission for 14 years, and chair for the last 8 years. He has twice served as president of the Tuolumne County Association of Realtors, and twice as a director of the California Association of Realtors. He is married to Julie, and they have 4 children.

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Bob Ozbirn

Robert L. Ozbirn is a Land Surveyor and owner of Golden State Surveying Engineering. Bob grew up in Oakdale and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Land Surveying from California State University, Fresno in 1985. Bob is a member and past President of the Mother Lode Chapter of the California Land Surveyor’s Association and also a member of the Mother Lode Chapter of the Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California. Bob and his wife Sharon have lived in Sonora since 1985. They started Golden State Surveying Engineering in 1988. They have two children.

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Carey Haughy

Carey Haughy is Vice President and Geologist for Blue Mountain Minerals in Columbia. At Blue Mountain Minerals, Carey is responsible for all aspects of geologic work, including reserve tonnage estimations, core logging, and three dimensional geologic database modeling.

Born in Wisconsin, Carey holds a Bachelor's Degree in Geology and Master's Degree in Structural Geology, both from Stanford University. A member of several professional organizations, including the Geological Society of America and the International Society of Explosive Engineers, Carey is one of the few women in California to hold a blasting license. She has been an active volunteer, including participation on civic advisory boards to the Sonora Regional Medical Center, Habitat for Humanity of Tuolumne County (alternate member), and Mother Lode Bank.

Carey and her husband, Jim, have one daughter and live in the Columbia area.

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William Polley

William G. Polley is a retired Superior Court Judge. He received his J.D. from Santa Clara University in 1969 and his B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, San Jose, in 1964. He has lived and worked in Tuolumne County since 1970 and has served as an officer and director of foundations, churches, service clubs, a hospital and a mutual water company. He and his wife, Carol, have four children and nine grandchildren.

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Pete Kerns

Peter J. Kerns has been a resident of Tuolumne County since 1945, and been very active in the local community. He is Chair of Yosemite Title Company and President of Cold Springs Water and Cold Springs Development Companies. His community service includes serving as past Chairman of the Tuolumne County Republican Central Committee, past President of the Tuolumne Board of Realtors, former Director and past Chairman of the Tuolumne Utilities District, past Member of the Tuolumne County Planning Commission, and the Tuolumne County Airport Land Use Committee. Pete is also Secretary for The Irving J. Symons Foundation of Tuolumne County, a supporting organization to the Sonora Area Foundation.

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Gary Dambacher

Gary P. Dambacher, President of The Irving J. Symons Foundation for Tuolumne County, a Supporting Organization to Sonora Area Foundation, is a local attorney and Tuolumne County native. Gary attended Sonora Elementary and Sonora High Schools. He has practiced law in Sonora since 1980, and previously served as President of the Tuolumne County Bar Association. He currently serves as a trustee of the Tuolumne County Law Library, and as a mentor attorney for Peer Court. Mr. Dambacher is also a Founding Director of Mother Lode Bank. He has previously served as a director for Sentinel Community Bank and four years on the Board of Trustees for Sonora Elementary School. Gary and his wife, Charlene, a Sonora High School counselor, have three daughters.

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Tracy A. Russell

Tracy A. Russell retired from a business career with Kaiser Permanent Health Plan in 1998 and moved to Tuolumne County with her husband Hank.  They bought a historic landmark home in downtown Sonora and almost immediately became active in the community.  Presently Tracy is a member of the City of Sonora’s Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee, chairperson of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Sierra Conservation Center, and a member of the Civic Advisory Board of the Sonora Regional Medical Center.  Her husband has been on Sonora’s City Council since 2002.

Tracy was raised in a rural town in Iowa, thus feeling right at home in Sonora.  She moved to San Francisco with her family in 1965.  She is a graduate of John F. Kennedy University with a B.A. in Psychology.  Tracy is an active Masters Swimmer and member of Omega Nu.  She and her husband have three sons and three grandchildren.

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Ed Wyllie

Ed Wyllie retired after a thirty two year career as a land use planner and public works administrator throughout the Central Sierras, including over twenty two years as the Planning Director and Community Development Director with the City of Sonora.

Born and raised in Sonora, Ed holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.  He was the Principal Planner at the Central Sierra Planning Council before joining the City of Sonora in 1988.  Ed was recognized for Excellence in Government by the Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce in 1993 and 2009.  He also served on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Tuolumne County, serving as chairman of the construction committee.

Ed and his wife, Nancy, a former special education administrative assistant at the Tuolumne County Office of Education, have two sons and one grandson

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Lin Freer

Lin Freer manages the grant programs of the Sonora Area Foundation. She provides information and assistance to grant applicants and recipients, helping them with the granting process from initial contact, through grant evaluation, and final reporting. Along with scholarship administration, Lin is also responsible for managing grants that the Foundation receives from large private funders, which are re-granted for “Community Needs.”  Lin has an extensive background in commercial banking, marketing coordination, and office management with an investment-banking firm. Lin, a native New Yorker, is married to John and has two children.

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Cathi Nies

Cathi Nies controls the Foundation’s assets utilizing the Foundation Information Management System (FIMS).  In addition to accounting requirements, Cathi also maintains controls over all aspects of donor funds, office administration, security, and coordination of non-profits use of the Foundation’s meeting rooms.  Cathi has extensive bookkeeping and administrative experience in the banking, retail, and medical fields.  Born in San Jose and then raised in Sonora, Cathi has a daughter and one grandson.

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