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The Banning Ranch Conservancy, a Sec. 501(c)(3) non-profit conservancy, is dedicated to the preservation, acquisition, conservation, and maintenance of the entire Banning Ranch as a permanent public open space, park and coastal nature preserve.

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Banning Ranch Conservancy
P.O. Box 15333
Newport Beach, CA 92659-5333

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BANNING RANCH CONSERVANCY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Terry Welsh
President
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Dr. Terry Welsh is a community physician and dedicated coastal open space activist. After working with the Bolsa Chica effort, he founded the Sierra Club Banning Ranch Park and Preserve Task Force and has served as its chairperson since 1999. He has served as president of the Banning Ranch Conservancy since its creation in 2008. Terry can also be reached at (714) 719-2148.

Suzanne Forster
Vice President
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Suzanne Forster is a New York Times best-selling author of over 40 novels, as well as a teacher, lecturer and conservationist.  She's a twenty-five year resident of Newport Beach who lives on the perimeter of Banning Ranch, enjoys its riparian beauty and its abundant wildlife on a daily basis and is dedicated to preserving it as open space for future generations.

Steve Ray
Executive Director
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Steve Ray oversees Conservancy daily operations and activities. Because of his prior experience with legal and environmental issues, he has been charged by the Board with direct oversight of legal counsel and the litigation and legal process, and he reports regularly to the President and the Board on these matters.

Debby Koken
Secretary
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Debby Koken has been involved in efforts to preserve Banning Ranch for the last 7 years.

Jennifer W. Frutig
Treasurer
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Dr. Jennifer W. Frutig has a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and is also the assistant treasurer of Greenlight. She moved to Beacon Bay in 1977 from Washington, D.C. and grew up in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. She has taught courses in the California State University system, worked as a research analyst for the County of Orange, and is presently working for a nonprofit organization that advocates for disability rights. She had worked with Jean Watt and Jan Vandersloot on several initiative campaigns in Newport Beach and has represented the Orange Coast River Park, Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks, and SPON at the Orange County Fair for several years.

Patricia Barnes
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Patricia Barnes is a professional musician who is passionately committed to the Sierra Club's mission to "explore, enjoy, and protect" the planet. She is presently serving as the Club's Orange County Group Executive Committee Chairperson. She is also active in the Angeles Chapter as an Outings/Hike Leader, and since 2004 has led hikes for the Club's Urban Conservation Series which highlight Banning Ranch and the need to preserve the endangered ecosystem existing at the confluence of the Santa Ana River and the ocean. She also speaks regularly at various functions throughout the county about issues pertinent to good stewardship of our precious and limited natural resources.

Diane Silvers
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Diane Silvers has an Ed.D. from the University of La Verne and an MBA from Pepperdine University.  She is the President of World Wings International (LA/OC Chapter), a philanthropic organization with 32 chapters worldwide.  She has taught as an Adjunct Professor at UCLA, UCI, UCSC and at community colleges.  Diane has presented her research about Servant Leadership in the United States and Canada, is a native Californian and has been a resident of Newport Beach since 1975.  She is committed to helping preserve the natural beauty of Banning Ranch.

Mark Tabbert
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Mark Tabbert is a retired business broker working on various environmental causes.  In addition to his support of Banning Ranch, he is working to create the political will for a stable climate.  He is a founding member of the Citizens Climate Lobby, Orange County Chapter.  He also support the efforts of the Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment and Move to Amend, a group working to reverse the Citizens United Supreme Court decision and limit the rights of corporations.

 
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