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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
Walter Ruzzo* Chair Mountain View
LynneDee Althouse* Principal Scientist Althouse and Meade Inc. Paso Robles
Alana Callagy* Environmental Planner City & County of San Francisco
Brady Dubois* District Forester Sierra Pacific Industries, Sonora
Jeff Gaarder* Principal GHD, Lynnwood, Washington
Eric Huff* Staff Chief Forest Practice Program CAL FIRE, Sacramento
Andy LaVelle* President Arborwell, Hayward
Raj Nichols* Senior Environmental Specialist G3 Enterprises, Ripon
Melissa Pechter* Staff Environmental Scientist Cardno, Santa Barbara
Catherine Reheis-Boyd* President Western States Petroleum Association, Sacramento
Gary Rynearson Manager-Forest Policy & Communications Green Diamond Resource Company, Arcata
Torin Snyder* Principal Rincon Consultants, Inc., Carlsbad
Chris Terzich* Environmental Technology and Regulatory Lead

SDG&E, San Diego

Dennis Thibeault* Executive Vice President, Forestry Mendocino Redwood Company and Humboldt Redwood Company
Dan Turner* Retired San Luis Obispo
Dennis Webb* Forester Big Creek Lumber Company, Davenport


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