Board Member Bios

CHAIR

J. Keith Gilless, San Francisco. He has been the dean of the College of Natural Resources since 2008 and professor of forest economics since 1983 at the University of California, Berkeley. He received a doctorate in forestry and agricultural economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Gilless was named chair of the Board in March of 2013.

 


VICE-CHAIR

Mark Steven Andre, Arcata. He is currently the Director of Environmental Services for the City of Arcata where he secured and administered over million in water, forest and natural resource grants for the City in the past ten years. Andre has served as Environmental Services Director for Arcata since 2006, where he previously held the positions of Deputy Director of Environmental Services from 1992 to 2006, forester and geographic information system specialist from 1988 to 1992, and forest tech from 1984 to 1987. Previously, he was co-principal for NRG Inc., a natural resource contracting and consulting firm from 1979 to 1984. Andre earned a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Humboldt and is a California Registered Professional Forester.


Michael Miles, Eureka. Mike is currently the Director of Forest Science and Policy for Humboldt and Mendocino Redwood Companies.  He is a member of the Northcoast Regional Land Trust Board. He has also served as an Area Manager and Watershed Analysis Manager for Humboldt Redwood Company (2008-2012), Watershed Analysis Manager for Scotia Pacific Holding Company (2005-2008), Area Manager (2004), and a Compliance Forester for the Pacific Lumber Company (2001-2003).  Prior to this he worked as a consulting forester for Natural Resources Management Corporation (NRM) for 10 years with experience in both public and private forestland management He is a California-licensed registered professional forester.


Photo of Richard WadeRichard Wade, Pollock Pines. He has held multiple positions at Sierra Pacific Industries since 1995, including district manager and district forester. He was a forester at the Cal Oak Lumber Company from 1983 to 1995 and at James Nicklos and Associates from 1980 to 1983. Wade was a harvest inspector for the U.S. Forest Service from 1979 to 1980 and a forester at Western Timber Services Inc. from 1978 to 1979. He is treasurer on the Forestry Educators Inc. Board of Directors. Wade is a member of the El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee, the Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum, California Licensed Foresters Association, the Society of American Foresters and the California Native Plant Society.

 


Susan Husari, San Rafael. She served as a pacific west regional fire management officer for the U.S. National Park Service from 2002 to 2012 and held multiple positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service from 1991 to 2002, including deputy director of fire and aviation management and assistant director of fire and aviation management. Husari served in multiple positions at Everglades National Park from 1987 to 1991, including fire management officer and assistant fire management officer and was a forestry technician at Pinnacles National Park from 1981 to 1983. She was a firefighter and engine operator at Lassen National Forest from 1976 to 1981 and a seasonal firefighter at Klamath National Forest in 1975.

 


Marc Los Huertos, 52, of Claremont, has been appointed to the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. Los Huertos has been an associate professor of environmental analysis at Pomona College since 2014. He served in several positions at California State University, Monterey Bay from 2006 to 2014, including co-director of the Watershed Institute, associate professor and assistant professor. Los Huertos served as assistant research faculty at the University of California, Santa Cruz from 2001 to 2004. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. 


Darcy Wheeles is a Director at California Environmental Associates (CEA). Darcy provides regulatory and policy analysis, strategy, and advocacy for companies and organizations doing business in California. Acting as an honest broker between corporations and environmental interests on issues of air quality, energy, and climate change, Darcy helps clients develop and implement collaborative, multi-stakeholder approaches which both lower costs and improve environmental quality. Darcy brings more than 15 years of experience facilitating relationships with regulatory agencies and environmental NGOs on behalf of clients in the renewable energy and transportation sectors. She also has over ten years of experience advising and managing trade associations and is an experienced writer, facilitator, and project manager.

Darcy serves as the Program Director of the MESA Standards Alliance, a consortium of electric utilities and technology suppliers developing an open, non-proprietary set of specifications and communication standards for the energy storage industry. This role allows Darcy to bring together her renewable energy knowledge and trade association management skills to provide strategic direction for the organization and support smart grid development.

Prior to joining CEA, Darcy worked for an environmental consulting firm where she guided companies in integrating and streamlining their environmental management information systems and developing environmental performance indicators. Additionally, Darcy worked with cities and counties to evaluate proposed development within their jurisdictions and develop long-range plans, including updating general plans.

Darcy has a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University with a focus in Environmental Policy and Marine Biology.  


Katie DelbarKatie Delbar, Potter Valley. Katie has been county executive director at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency for Humboldt and Del Norte Counties since 1998 and for Mendocino and Lake Counties since 1992. She was a program technician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service from 1989 to 1992. Delbar is president of the California Association of Farm Service Agency County Office Employees and a member of the Potter Valley Community Parks and Recreation Board of Directors and the Potter Valley Community Unified School District School Board.