Leadership

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICERS
Keri Hardwick, Chair
Beverly Hartline, Vice-Chair
Lee A Goldstein, Secretary/Treasurer

DIRECTORS
Diane Hayes
Patricia LaCroix
Brandon McCarter

ADVISORY BOARD
William C Tweed
Sally Bolger
Woody Smeck, Superintendent Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Colleen Bathe, Chief of Interpretation, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Deanna Dulen, Superintendent, Devils Postpile National Monument
Mike Chrisman
Tokkie Elliot
Andy Grinsfelder
Richard Hatfield
Jim Holly
Armando Quintero
Gene Rose
Marilyn Riegel
Mark Tilchen, Executive Director, Sequoia Natural History Association

HONORARY BOARD
Tom Chess
Carol Moses
Everett Welch
Art Baggett, Jr.
Sarah Campagne
Cris Carpenter
Richard H. Cochran
Ray Dezember
Doug Gilio
Ross Hall
Jeff Jones
Dick Martin, former Superintendent, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Sonia Shepard McLellan
Former Senator and Mrs. Charles Poochigian
Stephanie Powers
Vicki Stasch
Bob Stocker
Richard D. Stowell
John Wilson

OFFICER & BOARD MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES

Dr. Beverly Karplus Hartlines degree is in chemistry and physics, and her Ph.D. is in geophysics. She has served on many professional society committees and many government advisory committees, and she really enjoys raising money for and supporting good causes.
Diane Aden Hayes holds a master’s in journalism and a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University-Bloomington. She spent 20 years working in newspapers, serving time in almost every newsroom position from copy desk to reporting, from page design to executive editor. She has worked in the features, investigations, business, and local news departments, and for an alternative weekly and metro dailies. Diane became interested in the not-for-profit world after going through Leadership Northwest Indiana, a year-long program promoting leadership through service, and she made the leap to that area in 2014, becoming Director of Development for Sequoia Riverlands Trust.

Her love for the great outdoors comes from growing up near the Indiana dunes on the shores of Lake Michigan, which years later led to her joining the board of the Dunes National Park Association in support of the Indiana Dunes National Lakehore. She moved to Visalia in 2013, and soon joined the boards of the Sequoia Parks Foundation as well as Pro-Youth HEART.

Diane is a big fan of social media and you can find her on Twitter, Instagram and Vine as @dianeadenhayes. For face to face interactions, look for her walking a pair of Cardigan Welsh corgis all over the Valley and beyond.

Brandon McCarter is a hospitality leader with over 30 years of international and domestic experience. He is currently serving as General Manager for Delaware North Parks & Resorts at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks located in the Sierra Mountains. He oversees five lodging operations, food and beverage, retail and grocery operations in addition to accounting offices in Visalia, CA.

Previously Brandon supervised the Resort at Glade Springs in West Virginia, a 4100 acre mix use resort with four golf courses, club, restaurants, hotel, spa, leisure center and equestrian center. He has also supervised award winning beach resorts for Noble House Hotels and Resorts in Florida and the Caribbean, and ski resorts for American Skiing Company in New England, Colorado and Utah. Brandon began his resort hospitality career in Orlando, Florida where he spent 14 years developing, building, opening and supervising hotels and resorts for Sonesta Hotels and Resorts in Florida, New Orleans, the Caribbean, and the Red Sea in Egypt. While based in Egypt, he worked with the European travel markets and led the Egyptian sales teams to wholesale and leisure sales trade shows in England, Italy, Germany and Russia.

A native of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Brandon attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Brandon’s mother, Joyce McCarter, worked for the National Park Service and the GSM Natural History Association as the Director of Marketing for 28 years. His father developed and managed hotels, and his grandparents owned the GSM horseback riding concession at the park entrance for over 40 years.

Brandon enjoys community work and has been a board member with United Way, a member of Rotary Club International, has been a member of the Visitors and Convention Bureau in several areas, and is currently a Director with the Sequoia Parks Foundation.

In his off time he enjoys music, sports, hiking, skiing and water sports.

Dr. William (Bill) Tweed, serves as Chair of the Sequoia Parks Foundation. His association with the Foundation dates back to 1993, when he assumed the role of government liaison with the organization. He remained in that position until 2006, when he retired from the National Park Service after a career that included 28 years at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

During that period he served the parks in a wide variety of capacities, including chief park naturalist, park planner, public affairs officer, environmental compliance officer, special projects manager for the park superintendent, concessions management officer, and district naturalist. He joined the Sequoia Parks Foundation board in 2006.

Dr. Tweed is the author or co-author of a number of books including (with Lary Dilsaver) Challenge of the Big Trees, the centennial history of Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Death Valley and the Northern Mojave (with Lauren Davis), and Sequoia and Kings Canyon: The Story Behind the Scenery. His new book, Uncertain Path: A Search for the Future of National Parks, will be published this coming October by the University of California Press.

Dr. Tweed also serves on the board of the Sequoia Natural History Association and lectures frequently on subjects related to the history and natural history of California. He was a featured speaker at the recent National Park Institute organized by the University of California, Merced. Together with his wife Frances, he resides in Three Rivers.
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Staff
Kim Hilsmann, Communications Manager
Teri Van Huss, Financial Manager

Biographies

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Kim a native Californian developed a life-long love and respect for our natural landscapes and parks, experienced through camping, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, photography, and volunteering.

Since 2009, Kim has contracted with the Sequoia Parks Foundation and now manages communications and the fundraising efforts. She has also provided support to various nonprofits coordinating grant proposals for state water bond grants including the California Prop 50, Integrated Regional Water Management Program and the Consolidated Grant, which brought $1.7 million to Point Reyes National Seashore Association and Tomales Bay Watershed Council for the Giacomini wetlands 550-acre restoration project.

She holds a B.A. in Geography from Humboldt State University, and has a certificate from Sonoma State University in Green Building, a LEED certification program. In 2009 Kim was awarded a U.S Department of Interior, Partners in Conservation Award for her work on the Giacomini Wetlands in Marin County. She is a licensed pilot and enjoys flying adventures with her husband. Kim lives in Sonoma County with her husband; they have two children and three grandchildren.

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Teri Van Huss is a child of the Southwest and the outdoors – born in Texas, raised in Arizona, grew to adulthood in northwestern New Mexico, and landed in Visalia, California in 1994, her husband’s home. Teri’s work life has included bookkeeping/accounting, office administration, word processing and report production in the fields of agriculture, archaeology and biology, general environmental consulting.

In the last 10 years she discovered a calling for financial administration of small non-profit organizations. She splits her contract bookkeeping services between organizations that work with the environment and those who work with people with disabilities.

Teri’s other passion is the concept of a non-toxic home, and she teaches families how to clean without chemicals using materials easily found in their homes.

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