Board of Directors

Board of Directors

jim mckennaJim McKenna
Board President

Jim earned a BS from the Environmental Horticulture Department at University of California at Davis, and worked for the Department of Interior, Bureau of Reclamation. He returned to UC Davis a year and a half later to earn his Agriculture teaching credentials. He then taught for 10 years at Soquel High School vocational agriculture classes in landscape horticulture and natural resources and forestry.
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mike manfreMike Manfre
Board Vice President

After attending Cabrillo College and Cal Poly SLO, Mike officially began his career in the family farming business, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father. The last twenty-five years, his responsibilities have included managing his local farming operation and the multiple locations that they have established in Southern California and Mexico.
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howard liebenbergHoward Liebenberg
Director

Howard Liebenberg is a general engineering contractor and a lifelong resident of Santa Cruz County. He has more than 40 years of experience in complete custom home site development and landslide and slope stability in the Santa Cruz Mountains. After the 100-year storms in 1982, he developed debris aligning locator pins for culvert inlets.
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john rickerJohn Ricker
Director

John Ricker has been a Director with the Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District since 2000. He is the water resources program coordinator for Santa Cruz County and has worked for the County in watershed planning, water quality protection, and water resources management since 1974.
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roberta smithRoberta Smith
Director

District Director Roberta K. Smith first joined the District Board in 1980. Roberta, a Ph. D. and State Licensed Geologist, believed then and believes today that the geological perspective is important to much of the District’s work. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Roberta first studied geology at Valley College there with a professor who later became the California State Geologist.
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robert-ketleyRobert Ketley
Director

Robert Ketley was born in London during the swinging 60s. His parents were both “hip” artists. Not surprisingly, Robert went on to obtain a science degree. Following college, Robert pursued a career selling drugs (for a German pharmaceutical firm) and subsequently as a Porsche mechanic. Neither choice worked out very well.
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gordon claassenGordon Claassen
Director

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