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2016 MDIA Board of Directors 

Board Member   Term Start Term End 9 Years End
Bily, Jim Board Secretary 1/1/2015 12/31/2017 12/31/2023
Dawson, Leslie Treasurer 7/26/2007 12/31/2016 12/31/2016
Donecker, Sue 1/1/2016 12/31/2017 12/31/2024
Holmes, Jim 4/28/2016 12/31/2016 12/31/2025
Karieva, Bill 1/1/2016 12/31/2018 12/31/2024
Kishi, Ruth Ann 1/1/2010 12/31/2018 12/31/2018
Lavin, Ken 1/1/2008 12/31/2016 12/31/2016
McBride, Jim 1/1/2016 12/31/2018 12/31/2024
McDrew, Rich Vice President 1/1/2012 12/31/2017 12/31/2020
Mitchell, Jim 2/1/2007 12/31/2016 12/31/2016
Topp, Nancy 1/1/2015 12/31/2017 12/31/2023
Watson, Liz 1/1/2012 12/31/2017 12/31/2020
Woodring, Mike President  1/1/2010 12/31/2018 12/31/2018

2016 MDIA Committee Members and Leads as of May, 2016




Other Members


Maintains archives and

Nancy Topp

Dorothy Brown


Develops required contracts

Ken Lavin

Jim McBride, Jim Bily,

Corporate Governance

Updates and maintains the documents contained within the MDIA Board of Directors’ Handbook

Jim McBride

Ken Lavin, Mike Woodring, Rich McDrew, Leslie Dawson, Jim Bily

Fundraising/ Grant Writing

Develops fundraising strategies, obtains grants and donations

Rich McDrew

Jim Mitchell, Nancy Topp


Recruits for hike leaders, advertises, and leads hikes in the park

Liz Watson

Leslie Contreras, Ken Lavin, Michael Marchiano


Negotiates appropriate insurance coverage and manages insurance-related matters

Jim Bily

Jim Mitchell, Nancy Topp

Interpretive Displays

Designs and fabricates interpretive panels and visitor center displays

Mike Woodring

Ken Lavin, Bill Karieva, Leslie Contreras, Ruth Ann Kishi

Marketing, Outreach and Publicity

Develops portable displays and staffs events; furnishes material to advertise MDIA and recruit new members

Rich McDrew

Burt Bogardus, Megan Madahar , Mike Woodring


Recruits and trains docents, collects money and docent logs, cleans and maintains MCVC

Sue Donecker

Joyce Chin, Steve Beatty, Megan Madahar, Steve Elliott (docent coordination), Leslie Contreras, Jenn Roe, Erin Wilson


Maintains membership list, prepares membership communications, and prepares and sends bulk mailings

Liz Watson

Lisa Anich, Lisa Cline


Handles merchandising, inventory, reporting, for merchandising in and outside of park, including refreshments and fulfillment

Jim Holmes

Jim Holmes (retail), Rich McDrew (wholesale), Mike Woodring, Sue Donecker


Recruits for and nominates board members and officers

Rich McDrew


Park Maintenance

Repairs, replaces and improves park structures with park approval

Jim Mitchell

Jim Gray, Steve Williams


Publishes Mount Diablo Review, Mountain News, MDIA annual report, and other MDIA publications

Ruth Ann Kishi

Rich McDrew, Debbie McKeown, others by publication


Installs, collects money, and maintains the MDIA telescopes

Rich McDrew

Burt Bogardus, Mike Woodring, Ken Lavin

Trail Maintenance / Adoption

Coordinates MDIA-sponsored trail maintenance activities and expenses with park staff. Arranges for maintenance of Globe Lily Trail adopted by MDIA.

Jim Bily


Trail Signage

Determines the need for new trail signs and posts, coordinates sign orders with park staff, and installs signs and posts

Mike Woodring

Rich McDrew, Burt Bogardus, Carol Lane,  Dereck Love, Ruth Ann Kishi

Trash Removal

Removes non-indigenous material from the park

Rich McDrew

Burt Bogardus, Mike Woodring, Jim Bily

Volunteer Coordinator

Acts as liaison between the Park’s Volunteer Coordinator and the Board.  Approves, or brings to the Board for approval, expenses incurred by the Park’s Volunteer Coordinator

Jim Holmes


Website and Social Media

Designs, updates, and maintains MDIA website

Jim Mitchell

Mike Woodring, Bill Karieva