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Preparing passionate leaders driving change in sustainability and stewardship of the environment.

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NRES Advisory Council

The mission of the NRES Advisory Council is to support and promote the Natural Resources Management & Environmental Sciences  Department in its program and activities. These dedicated men and women provide focus and direction and assist the department in carrying out the Learn by Doing mission of the college and the university.

These Advisory Council members are people who care deeply about the future of Cal Poly and NRES. It is their responsibility, on behalf of the students and alumni, college contributors, the state of California and the environmental and agricultural industries, to provide our department leadership with vision and discipline. It is their responsibility to challenge the process and to keep true to a strong internal compass — the compass that always points the way to a better future for graduates and to a more successful future for Cal Poly. You may contact the Advisory Council or the department at

Members (* denotes alumnus)

Name Title Company / Location
Melissa Pechter* Chair

Rincon Consultants, Inc.

Santa Barbara, CA

LynneDee Althouse* Principal Scientist

Althouse and Meade Inc.

Paso Robles, CA

Jesse Barnett* District Forester

Sierra Pacific Industries

Anderson, CA

Devin Best Executive Director

Upper Salinas-Las Tablas RCD

Atascadero, CA

Alana Callagy* Project Coordination Manager

Transbay Joint Powers Authority

San Francisco, CA

Matt Carpenter* Vice President, Environmental Resources

Five Point Holdings

Valencia, CA

Emma Chow District Conservationist USDA National Resources Conservation Service

Santa Maria, CA

Brady Dubois* Forester/Appraiser

American AgCredit

Murphys, CA

Elicia Goldsworthy Forest Policy and Communications Manager

Green Diamond Resource Company

Korbel, CA

Eric Huff* Staff Chief

Forest Practice Program CAL FIRE

Sacramento, CA

Nicole Kho Director, Corporate Sustainability

Gilead Sciences

Foster City, CA

Raj Nichols* Senior Environmental Specialist

G3 Enterprises

Ripon, CA

Catherine Reheis-Boyd* President

Western States Petroleum Association

Sacramento, CA

Walter Ruzzo* Retired Mountain View, CA
Torin Snyder* Principal

Rincon Consultants, Inc.

Carlsbad, CA

Christina Terzich* Environmental Technology and Regulatory Lead

San Diego Gas & Electric

San Diego, CA

Dan Turner* Retired

San Luis Obispo, CA

Dennis Webb* Forester

Big Creek Lumber Company

Davenport, CA


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