Tom Wheeler first became the President of Y/S RC&D in September of 2008. Since then, he has become a critical component of the organization. As President, Tom facilitates and supports new ideas, strengthens partnerships, conducts business in an orderly fashion, and organizes meetings, all of which helps to pave the way to success. Tom moved to the North Fork area as a teenager in 1958 and has been a resident of Eastern Madera County ever since.
Tom’s background includes managing private businesses, coaching youth soccer, managing ranches, and of course his annual participation in the Loggers Jamboree. Tom has served on approximately 50 boards, committees, and subcommittees. Additionally, Tom was first elected to the Madera County Board of Supervisors in 2006. As a County Supervisor, he strives to promote conservation, property rights, and common-sense solutions to the County’s problems.
Tom’s experience and leadership abilities allow him to successfully fill this critical role in the Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation & Development Council. We look forward to his presidency for years to come!
Nathan Magsig joined Y/S RC&DC’s Executive Committee in 2019. He currently serves on the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. He was sworn in as the Supervisor for District 5 representing eastern Fresno County in January 2017. In 2020, he ran unopposed for a second term and was sworn in on January 2021. He previously spent 16 years on the Clovis City Council and was privileged to represent the citizens of Clovis as mayor for two terms. A 30 year Fresno County resident, Mr. Magsig is the son of a pastor and openly affirms the profound impact his faith in God has had on his life. He attended Clovis schools, where he excelled both academically and athletically. He holds two master’s degrees from California State University Fresno, one in criminology, another in business administration. He is also a licensed general contractor and serves on numerous boards and committees.
Nathan and his wife, Julie, are raising their three sons in Clovis. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, camping, reading, and just being with his family.
Second Vice President
Lynn Gorman has been on the Y/S RC&DC’s Executive Committee since 2017, representing the Sierra Foothill Conservancy, a regional land trust protecting rangeland in Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa Counties. Lynn is a denizen of the central Sierra Nevada and has lived in Prather with her husband Ray for nearly 30 years. Her professional background is in regional land use, transportation, and resource management with Fresno County. Her early experiences growing up on a sheep and cattle ranch in Northern California and later love and experience of the Sierra led Lynn to remain involved in local land and forest management concerns following her retirement.
A longtime resident of the Central Valley, Supervisor Valero left his hometown to obtain an Ivy League education and returned with the goal of prosperity for Tulare County residents. He has been working with the greater North County to positively impact at-risk youth, particularly fatherless young men, throughout the Central Valley. Supervisor Valero’s education in City and Regional Planning along with public service experiences over the years have prepared him to serve District 1. He is a servant leader who believes in community voice and collaboration while valuing ideas and interests.
An academic at heart, Supervisor Valero taught Foundations of Education and Introduction to Teaching in the School of Education at Fresno Pacific University. He has also taught Art of American Education at Fresno City College. He is a member of the Dinuba Chamber of Commerce and facilitates their Leadership Northern Tulare County and is a proud Woodlake Kiwanian.
Supervisor Valero represents the Board of Supervisors serving on the following committees: Art Selection Committee; Kings River East Groundwater Sustainability Agency; Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging Governing Board; Lake Kaweah Enlargement Project; Law Library Board; North Tulare County Water Alliance; San Joaquin Valley Insurance Authority – Alternate; San Joaquin Valley Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) Committee for Housing; Step Up Committee; Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG); Tulare County Audit Committee; Tulare County Regional Transit Agency; Tulare County Transportation Authority (Measure) R; Yosemite Sequoia Resource Conservation & Development Council; and Upper Kings Basin Integrated Regional Water Management Authority.
Supervisor Valero resides in Orosi with his Bichoodle (dog), “Brooklyn”.
Supervisor - District 1
She was born in Kremmling in the Colorado Rockies to a ranching and farming family. Her parents, aunts, and uncles taught her to respect and work with the land, respect other people, and give back to the community. At eight years old, she moved first to Las Vegas, Nevada, and then to Redwood City, California, and graduated from Sequoia High School.
With BA in psychology from UC Riverside, she spent a year at the American University of Beirut. Then decided to attend San Francisco State University and obtained a master’s in research and development in the Social Sciences through the Education Department and began working as a research assistant in the Education Group at Stanford Research Institute (later called SRI International). During her nine years at SRI, working up to Associate Program Manager, she began work on her MBA at Golden Gate University. Further experience includes International business operations at Varian Associates and Space Systems/Loral as Licensing Manager.
In retirement, we have built a “green” home in Mariposa, California, near Yosemite National Park, and we are very active in local environmental and Democratic organizations. We also hope to find the time to occasionally sail either in a dingy on the pond behind our house or on the boat that was once our home, now berthed in Monterey Bay.
Erin Capuchino joined the Yosemite Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Council in Feb of 2022 as an Outreach Coordinator and was promoted to Director in May. She is a California native with roots in Tulare County and has lived in Oakhurst, CA, for the last 11 years. Recently graduated from Fresno Pacific University with a bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership, Erin is driven and passionate about helping others and making a difference.
Erin enjoys spending time with her friends and family; she loves good food and entertaining. Erin stays busy with three kids, fundraising for many different nonprofits, including the Wildland Firefighter Foundation and local nonprofits, coaching the local High School Water Polo teams, swimming, or lifeguarding when not working for the YSRCDC.
Hazel is the Project Manager for YSRCDC, offering general support and project management. She originally served as a VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) to the YSRCDC several years ago, bringing her to the area where her love affair with the Sierras began. Hazel attended the University of Wisconsin, where she studied English, focusing on Literature and Writing. She’s worked for several tribes in the past and Forest Service and has a passion for the outdoors and the preservation thereof. In her free time, Hazel enjoys shooting her bow, hiking, camping, and anything else that gets her outside.
David has been YSRCDC’s Program Administrator for several years. He provides grant administration and operational support to YSRCDC overall. Prior to joining YSRCDC, David spent about thirty years working for public agencies. He was as a “community organizer” in Iowa during his first assignment as a VISTA volunteer, spent several years in a medical battalion and light infantry battalion of the California Army National Guard, and was a department head of facilities for the Santa Cruz Metro Transit District (SCMTD). At SCMTD, he was responsible for “everything that didn’t have wheels”, which included hazardous materials and safety. The Loma Prieta Earthquake (1989) occurred on his watch, but SCMTD continued to operate that night and was able to provide service during the recovery. He came to North Fork during his second assignment as a VISTA volunteer. He also plays bass for several local rock/country bands.
Deana is a recent Marketing graduate of California State University Fresno and is new to the YSRCDC's team. She grew up in Tulare County and spent her college years interning and developing her digital marketing skills. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, spending time with friends, and traveling to new places.
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