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!
President and Chairperson
A second–generation farmer and cattle rancher in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Pete Lassotovitch knows hard work, and the knowledge and commitment it takes to be successful. He brings these attributes to the District, serving as Board Chair and President since 2010. He is passionate about conserving our natural resources, especially wildfire prevention and addressing the current tree mortality crisis. Pete’s enjoying the outdoors every day on the farm, but his favorite activity to do in nature is to hunt.
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.
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.
Director (Former VP)
Gary Temple calls the Sierra Nevada’s 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.
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.
District & Programs Administration
As the District Administrator since 2019, Kelly has supported and created the structures necessary to build the District’s ambitious goals into reality. Kelly is also an administrator for a Fresno based community benefit organization that helps families overcome poverty. She is passionate about implementing shared values, purpose, and efficiency in organizations, as well as best practices for the stewardship of our natural resources. On her free time Kelly is hiking her favorite trails, finding peace in the views and enjoying the fresh air.
Forestry Field Supervisor
Blair is the District’s Forestry Field Supervisor and a student at Reedley College in forestry and natural resources. At the District, Blair is invested in improving landowners’ goals for their properties while protecting them from wildfire as part of the Firesafe and Fuels Reduction Program. 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.
District Forestry Advisor
As the District Forester from 2017-2020, Craig Jones advises the forestry program, and directed the establishment of the Firesafe and Fuels Reduction Program. For over 40 years Craig has been a professional forester, retiring from the Colorado State Forest Service after 28 years, running his own consulting business, and recently writing two Community Wildfire Protection Programs for Highway 168 and Oak to Timberline Fire Safe Councils. Craig is passionate about helping landowners implement stewardship and mitigation practices and sharing those best practices through outreach and education. When he is enjoying nature the most he is hiking in the Rocky Mountains with his camera to capture the beauty on the trail.
Forestry Field Assistant
Watching the bark beetle impact health of the San Bernadino forest sparked Faith’s interest in how and what we can do to support a healthy forest. Moving to Fresno County from Riverside, CA to pursue a forestry and natural resource degree at Reedley college, Faith has joined the team as the forestry field assistant. Her passion is in reforestation and healthy ecosystems, focusing on understory growth and watersheds in order to see a healthy forest for future generations. When it’s summertime Faith might be taking a swim in the mountain lakes, otherwise she is out hiking, exploring the forest and adding to her plant collection.
Nandakishor Hanumenahalli Srinivasamurthy
Water Use, Soil
Health and Conservation Planning Support Intern
With a focus on water conservation, Nanda brings his experience as a new graduate from Fresno State University with a masters in civil engineering. Born and raised in India, Nanda is looking forward to applying his passion for water conservation to efforts important to the Central Valley. His research background and interests are in how we irrigate crops to save water, increase recharge, reduce subsidence, and have a healthy ecosystem for our natural plant life. As an avid jogger Nanda spends time in nature daily, either on a jog or a visit to enjoy new things and places he hasn’t seen before.
NRCS District Conservationist, Fresno County.