BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Inland Empire Resource Conservation District is run by a seven-member Board of Directors, with the assistance of four Associate Directors. Currently, the Board of Directors meets regularly in-person and via video conference on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 12:00 PM. Public input is always welcomed. If you would like to attend an in-person or virtual meeting, or be signed up to receive the monthly agenda, contact our Administrative Assistant, Jennifer Castillo, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The IERCD's Board of Directors can be reached at email@example.com.
Total Years of Service: 9
Current Term: 12/2018-11/2022
IERCD President Jim Earsom was appointed to the IERCD Board of Directors after a distinguished 32 year career with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. President Earsom retired as the District Conservationist for the Redlands Service Center in 2009, where he provided a variety of technical services to landowners, cities, counties and other agencies within the District. This considerable experience with residents, partners, and geography of the IERCD service area has been of tremendous benefit to the District since his 2010 appointment and most recent 2018 reappointment.
Since joining the Board of Directors, President Earsom has served on both the Mitigation and Lands Committee as well as the Public Outreach and Education Committee.
Total Years of Service: 18
Current Term: 12/2020-11/2024
Vice President Paul Williams was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2002 and most recently appointed in 2020. He serves on the Administrative and Personnel Committee as well as the Budget and Finance Committee. In his long history with the IERCD, he served as Board President for more than 11 years, as well as a variety of roles in the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) and the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD).
Vice President Williams is retired from the Southern California Gas Company, where he served as the Planning Supervisor of Distribution District Operations Manager of the Inland Division which included San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial Counties. Upon his retirement, Director Williams began working as a general contractor.
Vice President Williams grew up on a citrus ranch in Alta Loma and has been a resident of San Bernardino County for the last 67 years. He has been repeatedly recognized for his service by CARCD, receiving Director of the year in 2011, and the Association's Service Award in 2016.
Total Years of Service: 2
Current Term: 08/2020-11/2022
Secretary-Treasurer Rod LeMond joined the board in 2018 as an Associate Director. He was appointed as a Regular Director in August 2020. Since joining the Board as an Associate, Director Lemond has played a central role in IERCD's Budget and Finance Committee.
Secretary-Treasurer LeMond brings an extensive background in various financial fields as well as management consulting experience for local governments. He has previously served on audit committees for United Way, Inland Valley, and San Bernardino County. He now works as Assistant General Manager and CFO for Western Municipal Water District in addition to serving as an adjunct professor of accounting at California State University, San Bernardino. IERCD looks forward to having his unique expertise and perspective on its Board.
Total Years of Service: 10
Current Term: 12/2018-11/2022
Director Brad Buller was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2009, and most recently reappointed in 2018. Since being appointed, he has been most active on the Board's Administrative and Personnel Committee.
The need for open space protection and enhancement encouraged Director Buller to become a Licensed Landscape Architect and he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Landscape Architecture from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona. Director Buller’s career includes over 30 years of working as the Planning Director for both the Cities of Rancho Cucamonga and Claremont where he worked with urban and open space issues. Director Buller currently owns and operates his own consulting company where he works to build quality communities that affect positive change.
Total Years of Service: 4
Current Term: 12/2018-11/2022
Director Rick Gomez has served on the IERCD Board since 2015. He was recently reappointed in 2018. He comes to the IERCD with an extensive background in real estate development as well as over 30 years of city planning and management. Most recently his work includes community development for the cities of Adelanto, Pomona, and the City of Rancho Cucamonga, with specific experience in governmental contracts, intergovernmental relations, urban development, and the federal/state legislative processes. He provides insight and perspective on IERCD finances and land management/mitigation need through service on both the Mitigation and Lands Committee and the Budget and Finance Committee. In addition to his professional background, Director Gomez is a docent at the Ontario Museum of History and Art as well as President of the Rancho Cucamonga Rotary Club.
Director Gomez has been appointed to the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) Board of Directors, serving as the representative to the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD). In this role, he will serve as the California representative in NACD and will work to increase connection between the two associations and the districts they serve.
Current Term: 12/2020-11/2024
Director Sappington was appointed to the IERCD Board of Directors on December 15th, 2021, serving in the capacity of representative of Riverside County residents. She brings extensive experience to the District’s Board of Directors, having co-authored more than 25 urban forest management plans for both public and private entities, including municipalities, universities, and nonprofit foundations throughout California. In addition to urban forestry, she has extensive experience in wildland forestry, collaborating with a variety of partners to address resource concerns such as wildfires. She regularly performs tree risk assessments and helps clients develop specifications for a variety of circumstances involving tree care. She has more than 25 years of tree consulting experience, and she has written extensively about the landscape industry. In addition to planning and fieldwork, Director Sappington has extensive experience presenting and giving testimony in public forums on behalf of forested lands and associated resources.
In addition to many residential and public works projects, she designed seven miles of award-winning medians for the city of Palm Desert. She serves on the executive board of the Inland Urban Forest Council and is a member of the California Urban Forestry Advisory Committee. For more than 15 years, Director Sappington has been a University of California Master Gardener and is the 2014 recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award from the California Urban Forests Council. Director Sappington is excited to participate in both the Mitigation and Lands and the Strategic Plan Committees as part of her service to the District.
Current Term: 12/2020-11/2024
Director Patricia Reed was appointed to the IERCD Board of Directors in January of 2021. She is a native of the Inland Empire and grew up surrounded by orange groves in Corona, Riverside, and Redlands.
Director Reed graduated from Norco High School, received her AA in Humanities at Riverside City College and her BA in Liberal Studies at California State University San Bernardino. She has 27 years of grocery management experience with Trader Joe’s, serving as a Captain in the Bay Area for 6 years. In 2013 she moved from San Francisco to a six-acre grove in Mentone, growing citrus and avocados at Fat Angel Farm, LLC where she is a co-owner. Owning and operating her own grove has been a lifetime goal of Director Reed's, particularly as she has observed significant loss of citrus in the region over the last few decades. Her operation of Fat Angel has included working with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to improve her grove by updating her irrigation system for efficiency and planted a cover crop for soil moisture and improvement.
In addition to her attendance at board meetings, Director Reed is serving as a member of the Administrative and Personnel Committee and an alternate to the Budget and Finance Committee.
Dr. Jennifer B. Alford is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at CSUSB. She grew up along the North Carolina coast where she developed a passion for conserving the unique natural resources and ecosystems of the Southeastern United States.
Prior to obtaining her PhD, Dr. Alford served as the Director for Community Conservation for the New Hanover County (North Carolina) Soil and Water Conservation District where she developed and managed environmental education programs for K-12 and public audiences, oversaw numerous water quality programs and worked with legislators to procure funding for environmental education and green infrastructure projects. She also completed her NC Environmental Educator Certification and has facilitated teacher centered workshops. During her PhD program Dr. Alford was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship (GK-12), which allowed her to work with K-12 Title I school teachers to design and implement environmental education programs using place-based and STEM approaches.
Dr. Alford’s teaching and research interests reflect her passion for understanding and illustrating the geospatial interplay between human activities and complex environmental systems. Her courses often include interactive learning experiences that assist students with gaining relevant real-world experiences through the lens of academic research and community partnerships. Dr. Alford’s most recent publication examines the spatial-temporal relationships between surface water impairments and human activities in the Cape Fear River Basin of North Carolina. Dr. Alford is very excited about expanding her teaching and research agendas to include the intricate issues surrounding water resources and environmental sustainability in the Southern California region.
Director Terrie Andrews has served on the IERCD Board of Directors since her appointment in 2002. As a resident of the City of Calimesa, Director Andrews served for many years as the Riverside County Representative on the IERCD Board. In November of 2020, Director Andrews stepped down following 18 years of dedicated service to the IERCD. She is now an active associate board member and member of the Public Education and Outreach Committee.
In addition to her service on the IERCD Board, Director Andrews has worked for more than 20 years as a real estate professional in the Yucaipa area, following a career in education where she taught English. She is active in her local Chamber of Commerce, Toastmasters as well as the Yucaipa/Calimesa Association of Realtors, the California Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. In addition to her passion for selling homes, Director Andrews is interested in promoting the importance of water conservation to all Inland Empire residents.
Lorien Sanders joined IERCD as an Associate Director in 2020. She grew up in Redlands, California and graduated from Redlands High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hydrologic Sciences from University of California Santa Barbara. Associate Director Sanders is currently a project manager and Professional Geologist with over 20 years of experience in the environmental consulting field. She is also a volunteer ranger with San Gorgonio Wilderness Association.
Associate Director Sanders enjoys performing Hawaiian-style ukulele music, hiking, backpacking, and photography. In 2010, she and her family adopted a California desert tortoise that currently lives in a hillside burrow landscaped with native plants. With the IERCD, she looks forward to working and collaborating on environmental stewardship and educational programs.
AnaLisa Campos was approved as part of IERCD’s Associate Board Member program on December 10th, 2020. She is a Recycling Specialist at the County of Riverside’s Waste Management Department, following two years as a Food Connection Specialist with Riverside Food Cooperative. Her lifelong passion for sustainability led her to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Planning from California State University, Northridge, and her Master of Science in Environmental Science from San Jose State University, in addition to long-term volunteering with the Rivers and Lands Conservancy. She is looking forward to bringing her professional and educational background into her role at the IERCD, focusing on improving the environment for the benefit of future generations.
In her free time, Associate Director Campos is a licensed scuba diver and avid boater, and remains connected to food rescue organizations in Riverside County. She lives in Jurupa Valley with her husband Michael.
Under the provisions of Public Resources Code Section 9314(b)(1), the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District Board of Directors, by resolution, have requested that the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors appoint Directors to the District Board as an alternative to the election of said Directors. These appointments are for four-year terms and considered and approved by the San Bernardino County Board of Directors, for individuals who either reside within the IERCD service area or are designated the official representative for a resident who does live within IERCD service area boundaries. The current Board and terms are listed in the above section of this document.
The next expiration for IERCD Board of Directors terms is set to occur on Wednesday, November 30th, 2022, with the second group of appointments set to expire on Friday, November 29, 2024.
In advance of the expiration dates, the IERCD and the County of San Bernardino Hall of Records will post vacancy notices, soliciting applications from residents meeting above-referenced criteria for Board service. Applications will be available at the San Bernardino County Hall of Records and online and must be submitted by the deadline posted in the Notice of Term Expiration. Applications received after the posted deadline will not be considered for potential Board appointment.
Following the deadline for applications, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors will plan an item for consideration and approval of IERCD Board of Director candidates on their meeting agenda. Once approved, each appointment will be for four years unless it occurs as a result of a mid-term Director resignation, in which case the appointee will serve only the remainder of that term before being required to reapply for a Board position.