2017-18 Board of Directors

Director
Kathy Hartzell
President
38 Via de la Vista
Inverness, CA 94937
(415) 924-4740
president@invernessassociation.org

Kathy and her husband Chris spend as much time in Inverness as possible.  Kathy is also a member of the Rotary Club of West Marin.  Her interests include gardening and affordable housing.  Occasionally, she finds herself in her greenhouse/studio puttering with ceramic shards to create stepping stones or in the sewing room working on various projects.

Francine Allen
Secretary
PO Box 650
Inverness, CA 94937
(415) 669-7128
francinejacobsallen@gmail.com

Born in San Francisco and attending high school in Marin County, I first explored West Marin on the days I cut school. I married my high school sweetheart, Richard, and we moved to Inverness in 1976. I worked at a myriad of local jobs to survive financially: I typeset the Pt. Reyes Light, worked as a hostess at the Olema Inn, bused tables at Manka's, was a teaching assistant at West Marin School, wrote grants and then evaluated grant applications for a local family foundation, and was the assistant editor for Commonweal Institute's quarterly journal. After receiving my masters in Creative Writing at SFSU, I taught English at COM for 23 years. I first served as an IA board member in the late '70's, soon after I protested the raising of Kent Dam and was sued as an individual by MMWD. That led me to five years of attending State Water Resources Control Board hearings which provided a deep knowledge of our watershed. In 1990, Richard and I gave birth to our son, Davis, which prodded us to move out of our 650 sq. ft. cabin into a 24' trailer on the nearby parcel we purchased where Richard designed and built, with one laborer, the house I now live in. Richard died in 2005. I am currently retired from teaching, back to writing and gardening.

Joyce Arndt
Treasurer
15020 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Inverness, CA 94937
(415) 669-1181
arnmolly@aol.com

I grew up on a ranch in Inverness that is now part of the National Seashore. I married Rob Arndt in 1993 and we have three daughters.  My family has been part of this community since 1939. Its important to me to have the ranching community be part of the village community. There are so many issues that we can resolve together.  I graduated from Tomales High School. I continue to live and work with my family on our ranch. I also have several part time positions in the community. I have been involved with the West Marin Elementary School and Tomales High School.  I believe in our community and all the natural, and historical beauty here in our area.

Tom Branan
PO Box 1165
Inverness, CA 94937
(415) 535-3102
tbranan62@gmail.com

I was born in Oakland, CA, in 1946 and went to grade school and high school in Pleasanton. I went to UC Davis and Cornell University. In between those, I was a North Vietnamese linguist during the Vietnam War (on the American side).

As my career, I initially worked for the California Legislature as a Committee Consultant, and then published two political analysis periodicals for twenty years in Sacramento. 

My wife, Carol, and I discovered Inverness in 1991 and moved here in 1994. Since then, I have volunteered for the Inverness Fair each year and have run the Fair book sale for the past 14 years. I love the fact that this community runs so well on the work of volunteers.  

I am currently the Chair of the Jack Mason Museum of West Marin History.

Catherine Caufield
PO Box 884
Inverness, CA 94937
(415) 669-1570

I settled in Inverness in 1994, after having sampled the delights, and shortcomings of New York, London, and San Francisco.  My life as a writer began in the late 1970s and was preceded by a succession of odd jobs: waitress, office temp, encyclopedia salesperson, assistant to a patent attorney/divorce lawyer, videographer, production assistant on the1970s children’s album, Free to Be You and Me, ethno-botanist in Kenya’s Northern Frontier District, and graphic designer.  My focus was on environmental issues and international development. While living in London I was environmental correspondent for New Scientist magazine.  I wrote for many British and American newspapers and magazines, including The New Yorker. For eight years I was Executive Director of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin and am proudest of our successful effort to protect the beautiful and valuable Tomales dunes and wetlands at Lawson’s Landing.  I am well aware of how fortunate I am to live in this extraordinary place and I believe the Inverness Foundation and Association have an important role to play in protecting its heritage and future.

 

Tom Gaman
PO Box 276
Inverness, CA 94937
(415) 629-9697
tgaman@forestdata.com

Tom Gaman has lived in Inverness since 1986 with his wife Barbara. He is a semi-retired consulting forester and an advocate for Chicken Ranch Beach, healthy bishop pine forests, our many walking trails and a clean and a sustainable Tomales Bay.

Alex Porrata
PO Box 667
Inverness, CA 94937
(415) 669-9739
alexporrata@mac.com
Seana Quinn
PO Box 613
Inverness, CA 94937
(415) 669-7788
seanaq@gmail.com
Elizabeth Whitney
Editor
PO Box 894
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 663-1389
timebandit15@gmail.com

I am one of the "summer town" kids who came back to inverness to live full-time in the 1970s. I came with my four-year-old daughter because it was the place I remembered being happy. I gradually learned to appreciate that my family heritage was responsible for much of that. Like my first cousin, Nick, our summers were imprinted by our grandmother's house, the Chicken Ranch, which my father later lived in and defended in the historic Marks vs. Whitney lawsuit. We both grew up with a sense of social responsibility from our parents' and grandparents' generation that was anchored in an appreciation for the natural landscape and the uncomplicated recreational opportunities that abounded here. Every summer I revisit this legacy, sharing Chicken Ranch beach with the new young families who re-enact the same simple delights of swimming, paddling, sailing, resting and socializing that defined my entire life. These young families remain, for me, the heart of Inverness and I care about their struggles and their futures. 

Bob Johnston
PO Box 579
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Bob Johnston is Professor Emeritus, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California, Davis. He earned a BA in Art History/Architecture from Dartmouth, a Master of Planning from USC, and a Master of Science from the University of Nevada at Reno. Bob served on the Truckee Planning Commission from 2004 to 2010.  Bob taught environmental impact assessment and land use planning courses for 34 years.  He has critiqued regional transportation plans all over the U.S.  Bob was a member of citizens groups in Davis that got two major initiatives passed to stop a road widening and to expand the downtown park.