ATTENTION: IERCD has three upcoming vacancies for its Board of Directors for three Directors with terms set to expire November 27th, 2020. The application period is open and closes October 20th, 2020. Please click here for instructions on how to apply and let us know if you have questions about the process.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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. Jim 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, Jim has served on both the Mitigation and Lands Committee as well as the Public Outreach and Education Committee. He is also the Area Chair for the SoCal Inland Region of the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts.
Total Years of Service: 16
Current Term: 12/2016-11/2020
Director Mathisen served on the Board of Directors from 1995-2007 and was re-appointed to the Board again in 2009. She was most recently re-appointed in 2016 and is on the committee for Public Outreach and Education.
Director Mathisen is an Apple Rancher in Oak Glen, and serves on the Oak Glen Apple Growers Association. In addition to being a farmer and rancher, Director Mathisen is an architectural designer, focusing on the wise and responsible use of natural resources as they relate to both construction and habitat.
Environmental education is a passion of Director Mathisen’s and she donates much of her time to promoting, judging and volunteering for the California Envirothon each year.
Total Years of Service: 17
Current Term: 12/2016-11/2020
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 serves as the Riverside County Representative on the IERCD Board. In addition to serving on the Board, Director Andrews is active in both the Administrative and Personnel and Budget and Finance Committees, and was most recently reappointed in December of 2016.
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.
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.
In addition to his work on the Board of Directors of Inland Empire Resource Conservation District, Director Buller serves on the Board of Directors for the Alta Loma School District.
Total Years of Service: 4
Current Term: 12/2018-11/2022
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 outreach methods and land management/mitigation need through service on both the Mitigation and Lands Committee and the Public Education and Outreach Committee. In addition to his professional background, Rick is a docent at the Ontario Museum of History and Art as well as a member 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.
Total Years of Service: 2
Current Term: 08/2020-11/2022
Rod LeMond joined the board in 2018 as an Associate Director. He brings an extensive background in various financial fields as well as management consulting experience for local governments. Mr. LeMond has previously served on audit committees for United Way, Inland Valley, and San Bernardino County.
Mr. LeMond 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.
Paul Williams was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2002 and reappointed in 2018. He serves on the Administrative and Personnel Committee as well as the Mitigation and Lands Committee where his passion for open space and habitat conservation can best be put to use.
Director 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.
Director 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.
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.
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 November 27th, 2020, with the second group of appointments set to expire on November 30th, 2022.
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.