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SRCD Board & Staff

The Sierra Resource Conservation District’s Board members are appointed by the County Supervisors of Districts 4 & 5, from private landowners, and other conservation-conscious citizens from within the boundaries of the District.

Each Director serves for 4 year terms. All Board Members serve without pay. Additional non-voting Associate Directors are also appointed and serve without pay. We are thankful for their service to our local communities! 

Steve Haze

District Manager

Steve is the former Executive Director
of the Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Council. Since 2007, Steve has been the Principal and Program Director for the San Joaquin Valley Leadership Forum. The primary focus of the forum is self-sufficiency and sustainability of water and other natural resources – as well as land use, economic development and education (www.sjvwlf.org). For more than 30 years, Steve has been involved in community and regional, cultural, education and land use programs in San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, Sierra Nevada region, Northern Mexico, and Southern Africa.

Pete Lassotovitch

President and Chairperson

Pete grows citrus and is a Cattle Rancher on the Lassotovitch Ranch L.P. He has lived in this area more than 50 years and has an interest in farming, ranching, and many of the natural resource concerns of the Sierra RCD, such as groundwater, watershed health, and biomass control.

Ted Kimbler

Vice-President/Vice-Chair

After farming in Northern California for 20 years, Ted Kimbler obtained a teaching credential and dedicated the next 25 years to teaching high school agriculture at Duncan Polytechnical. Ted’s current interest is in the protection and conservation of the forest, rangeland utilization, and water. Growing up in the area, Ted can recall what management practices were effective and shares his knowledge as a board member since 2016. With all his experience, Ted is helping lead our region in natural resource conservation. You might see Ted hunting, fishing, horseback riding, or back country packing to enjoy the great outdoors. 

Alan Fry

Secretary/Treasurer

Alan Fry has brought leadership to the District since 2010 through his lifetime commitment of education and care to our environment. A retired high school science educator from Duncan Polytechnical, Alan shares his passion inside and outside the classroom. Clearing trails in the summers, hauling out trash, conducting water testing, leading environmental clubs, and sitting on several councils; Alan is a role model of dedication. His dedication is natural to his love for animals as he owns horses, mules, sheep and leases land for cattle. Packing animals into the high country is his favorite thing to do and seeing places most people never get the chance to see. Alan is the District Treasurer and Secretary, a member of the Back Country Horseman of America, the San Joaquin River Trial Council, and the Resource Advisory Committee with the Sierra National Forest. 

Gary Temple

Board Member

Gary Temple calls the Sierra Nevadas home since moving to Auberry, CA after a career in the bay area as an architect. Soon after he arrived, he founded the Sierra and Foothill Citizens Alliance to focus on water and land use issues, and successfully secured a regional water study by the county. Gary’s interest in resource conservation is helping people understand that our natural resources need to be protected for our future. Gary enjoys being a steward of the land and has led the District since 2010 as VP of the Board, Associate Director, and now Board Member. His interest and experience in water, forest management, carbon sequestering, and a prudent approach to sustainability makes Gary an asset to the District with his oversight. You can also find Gary overseeing nature, which is his favorite pass time, observing the small termite tubes on the ground to the grand views of the high Sierra’s.  

Blair Duncan

District Employee

Blair is the District’s Forestry Field Assistant and a student at Reedley College studying forestry and natural resources. At the District, Blair is invested in improving landowners’ goals for their properties while protecting them from wildfire. Since 2019, his favorite part of the job is the opportunity he’s had to meet with landowners to learn about their unique resource management concerns. As a regular hunter and fisherman, Blair is passionate about forest health and improving its conditions.   

Kelly Kucharski

District Administrator

Kelly has been the District Administrator since 2019 while working part time for a local community benefit organization. She is interested in the stewardship of our natural resources while making investments to build up our communities. Kelly enjoys being on teams and looks forward to facilitating better partnership, communication, and collaboration for success in the District’s activities and goals. On her free time Kelly is hiking her favorite trails, finding peace in the views and enjoying the fresh air. 

Jae Lee

District Advisor

John Heywood

District Advisor