Meet the Earth Team Board

Vladimir Foronda

Treasurer


Vladimir Foronda is a Development Research Analyst at Earthjustice, a non-profit public interest environmental law firm. He joined the EarthTeam board in Fall 2011 and currently serves on the fundraising committee. EarthTeam is a fantastic organization that promotes the issues Vlad cares about: education, empowering youth to take on leadership roles in environmental issues, and improving our communities. He earned a dual degree in Sociology and Development Studies from UC Berkeley.

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John Steere

Financial Committee

john.steere@pw.cccounty.us

John Steere is an environmental and watershed planner with over 30 years of experience in the public, non-profit, and consulting realms, managing collaborative environmental plans and studies and open space initiatives.  He is an expert in public involvement facilitation, environmental compliance and permitting, and watershed management planning processes.  He works for Contra Costa County’s Watershed Program as a Watershed Planner and as independent environmental consultant with Green Planning Collaborative.  He holds a joint masters in City Planning and Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and an BA from Harvard College in Environmental Studies and Psychology.   He is president of Berkeley Partners for Parks, bpfp.org, a nonprofit he established in 1993 as a fiscal and technical support umbrella for local parks, paths and creek groups; he has facilitated the creation of two parks in Berkeley including Halcyon Commons and Presentation Park.  He has also served as a director on the boards of the Berkeley Ecology Center, the Urban Creeks Council, and Livable Berkeley

Tracy Ostrom

Programs Committe


Tracy is Project Coordinator at the College and Career Academy Support Network (CCASN), University of California, Berkeley.  She oversees the Mission Earth-Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE), a project funded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and  the CCASN National Curriculum Database, a database of resources for educational professionals.  She is also Project Coordinator for CCASN on GREEN 360 Career Catalyst, an on-line career awareness and exploration site.  From 2005 to 2014 she was founder and Director of the  Green Academy through the state of California Academy Program and Lead Teacher for Academy’s GLOBE CAP.   She wrote and received “D” UC lab-science course approval for green academy courses in Environmental Chemistry, Physics of Energy Science and Sustainable Systems.   In the mid 80’s, Tracy worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), where she served as Vice Principal for summer school program/Lead Peace Corps trainer for new volunteers.

Paul Wicks

Secretary

pwicks@ix.netcom.com

Paul Wicks has been leading software development projects for three decades. He was the first technical lead for OnStar™, and has provided management and technical direction for companies in the fortune 500 as well as small startups and non-profit organizations. Paul studied science and mathematics at the University of Michigan, and has a degree in graphic design from the Center for Creative Studies. A deep understanding of visual design, software engineering, and management provides perspective that supporrts improved communication, in the course of a project. He has experience serving on boards of directors and is commited to the goals of EarthTeam. Paul is particularly focused on the role of data visualization in public discourse regarding the environment, and our role in its current and future condition.

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Katharine Barrett

Emeritus


Katharine D. Barrett became President of the Board for EarthTeam when she retired in 2008 from the University of California Botanical Garden. Ms. Barrett has more than thirty years of professional leadership in science education. During her tenure at the Lawrence Hall Science (1975-2005) she developed diverse programs for teachers, students and the public, including the Family Health Program, Teens Exploring and Achieving in Math and Science (TEAMS), and Celebrate the Whale. She is an author/developer of science curriculum materials including: Schoolyard Ecology, Aquatic Habitats, Learning About Learning, Losing Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Change. While at the botanical garden she co-authored Math in the Garden and Botany on Your Plate, and co-directed the Growing Learning Communities Project, funded by the National Science Foundation to implement math and science in 30 school gardens using the practice of lesson study. She got her start as a high school biology teacher and loves working with teens.

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Whitney Dotson

Advisor


Mr. Dotson was elected to the Board of Directors in November 2008. A long-term resident of Parchester Village in Richmond, Dotson is a well-known community activist who served as president of his neighborhood council and now serves as Vice Chair. He is the president of North Richmond Shoreline Open Space Alliance, a group of community and environmental organizations and individuals working to save access to the open space along the northern shoreline of Richmond. Mr. Dotson also served as the Associate Director of the Neighborhood House of North Richmond, a non-profit agency that provides services to North Richmond residents, and is Vice Chair of the Community Advisory Group monitoring the cleanup of Campus Bay and UC Berkeley Richmond Field Station. Prior to being elected to the board, he served as an appointed member of the Park District Park Advisory Committee.  Dotson holds a masters' degree in Public Health Planning, Administration, and Education from UC Berkeley 

Doug Karpa

Advisor


Doug is an environmental lawyer with professional experience in environmental sciences and education. After finishing a Ph.D. in plant evolutionary ecology at Harvard University, Doug worked extensively with faculty at Indiana University on educational issues and practices where he focused on using Service-Learning models to promote civic engagement and environmental literacy. This work inspired Doug to get more involved in the public sphere and led him to study environmental law at Berkeley Law School. Doug is currently the Legal Program Co-Director at Turtle Island Restoration Network.

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Michele Korpos

Advisor


Michele joined EarthTeam in 2013 and is a member of the Fundraising and Human Resources Committees. She is a wildlife ecologist with 15+ years experience in the conservation, management, and research of biological resources. She is currently a Senior Terrestrial Biologist with PG&E. Michele's main career objective has always been to bridge the gap between scientists and policy makers, especially where the conservation of ecological services are concerned. Her passion is habitat conservation for apex predators. She believes strongly in earth science education from an early age, and was drawn to EarthTeam because our mission is to empower teens to become lifelong environmental stewards. Michele believes students who possess the skills nurtured by EarthTeam will become the strong leaders we need to influence strategic policy decisions for a sustainable future. 

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Michele Perrault

Emeritus


Michele Perrault is the International Vice President of the Sierra Club. She served as the National President for the Sierra Club from 1984-1986, and again in 1993. In addition to EarthTeam, Michele presently serves  as a board member of Greenseal and Greenbelt Alliance. Michele's professional experience includes working as an environmental educator with the Wildlife Conservation Society and a middle school science teacher. Michele received her BA from Hunter College. She has served as a former adviser to three US Citizen Advisory Commissions. What drew Michele to EarthTeam was the organization's knowledge, the work of its founder, and the amazing activities of the staff and students. She hopes to encourage the kind of opportunities for youth that enabled her to be involved in the environmental protection movement.

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Joe McBride

Advisor


Joe R. McBride is an Emeritus Professor of Landscape Architecture and Forest Ecology at the University of California in Berkeley.  His teaching and research was focused on urban forestry and forest ecology.  In recent years he has investigated the role of urban forests in air pollution reduction, characteristics of urban forests within different geographical regions, and potential impact of global warming on urban forests in California. He received a B.S. degree in Forestry from the University of Montana and M.S. (Forestry) and Ph.D. (Botany) degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Pallavi Sherikar

Advisor


Pallavi joined EarthTeam as a student seven years ago and worked as a part of the Green News and Waste Action Programs. She later interned at EarthTeam to help develop the Youth Advisory Board and proceeded to be a member on the Youth Advisory Board for two years. Currently, Pallavi is a third year undergraduate student at the University of California Berkeley majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy. At Berkeley, she has worked with waste management systems, sustainable agriculture and food systems, and clean energy policy. She aspires to earn a higher degree in applied economics and work on environmental policy.

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