Board of Directors


Michael Wellborn, President
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Michael Wellborn is a public policy consultant and retired land use planning manager / Zoning Administrator with the County of Orange. Mike is a graduate of the College of Natural Resources at U.C. Berkeley; is a member of the Board of Directors of the Orange County-based Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks; and serves on the Board of Directors of the Orange County League of Conservation Voters. Mike has also served as a planning commissioner for the Talega Valley Planning Authority, president-elect of the Watershed Management Council, the public co-chair of the California Watershed Council Integrated Planning Workgroup, a co-founder of the Santa Ana Sucker Discussion Group, a member of the Housing and Community Development Advisory Board for the City of Fountain Valley, California, and helped establish watershed programs throughout Orange County.

Laurel Ames, Vice President
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Sierra Nevada

Rob Hutsel, Secretary

Rob is the Executive Director of the San Diego River Park Foundation.

Larry Paul, Treasurer
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Mr. Paul had been directly responsible for developing and implementing watershed studies for the majority of Orange County. He has over 25 years of experience managing work related to watershed management, NPDES, surface water quality, and coastal resources. He has developed numerous collaborative partnerships with cities, special districts, State and Federal agencies, and the environmental community in the furtherance of watershed goals, programs, and projects. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Paul held the position of Manager of Water and Environmental Programs for the County of Orange Executive Office. For the past two years, Mr. Paul has been actively engaged in watershed efforts on a statewide basis in his role as a Director for the California Watershed Network.

Suzanne Dallman, Ph.D., Board Member

Suzanne Dallman is a geography professor at Cal State Long Beach, specializing in environmental geography and water resources. Previously she was Technical Director for the Los Angeles & San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council, a nonprofit devoted to stakeholder-driven solutions to resource issues. She was the project manager for two collaborative watershed monitoring programs and for the Los Angeles Basin Water Augmentation Study, which is examining the feasibility and potential benefits of stormwater capture and infiltration. Suzanne has been involved in water resources issues since the mid-1990’s, after a first career as a business software consultant. When not working hard, Suzanne plays at rock climbing and sea kayaking.

Robert Meacher, Board Member

Robert Meacher is a Plumas County Supervisor, elected in 1992.  He served as the co-chair of the advisory committee for the CALFED Watershed Program since its inception in 1998.  Robert sits on several boards including:  Regional Council of Rural Counties, Water for California, and Watershed Stewardship Council.  He also participates on many committees such as the California Biodiversity Council, Quincy Library Group, and Nor-Cal Neva Resource Conservation and Development Council.  When not working, Robert can usually be found in the kitchen at the local Genesee Store that he operates in Plumas County. 

Krista Sloniowski, Board Member
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Krista is the founder and President of Connective Issue Inc. since 2007. Connective Issue is a consulting company specializing in watershed planning and facilitation, urban planning and design. She is also on the Adjunct Faculty of the University of Southern California's Price School of Public Policy. Prior to 2007, Krista was employed by Brown and Caldwell and the Los Angeles District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Melina Sempill Watts, Board Member

Melina serves the North Santa Monica Bay Watershed as a Watershed Coordinator as a part of the Safe, Clean Water L.A. program managed by Los Angeles County. She has spent over a decade working in conservation, primarily in the Santa Monica Mountains and  two years working as a soil health coordinator in Glenn County focusing on sustainable agriculture. Earlier, Watts worked in Hollywood working for such luminaries as the Kennedy/Marshall Company, Peter Horton, Ed Zwick and Dreamworks. Watts' writing has appeared in Earth Island Journal, Sierra Magazine, New York Times motherlode blog and other venues. Her first novel Tree is the story of 229 years in the life history of a California live oak from the point of view of ... the oak. 

Advisory Board of Directors


Conner Everts

Founding boardmember.


Allen Harthorn

CWN's first president


Joan Hartman, Ph.D., J.D.


Chris Larson


Kathie Matsuyama


Julia McIver


Charlie McPherson


A.L. Riley


Fraser Sime


Kevin Ward

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