MCBG Full Board Bios

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens’ Current Board of Directors
(Updated October 15th, 2013)


Wendy Roberts, Mendocino, President   Wendy was a co-founder of Peninsula Oral School for the Deaf and has retired from a career in non-profit management including university development, a decade of consulting and two years as a nature educator at FILOLI. She holds Stanford Bachelor’s degrees in psychology and communication and an MBA from USF. She is a long-time Gardens member and completed certification as a local Master Gardener after moving to the area full-time in 2004. She is currently a member of the Mendocino Historical Review Board and Temple of Kwan Tai Board. She is currently serving as Coordinator of the Master Gardener Program at the Gardens.

Richard Coooper, Ukiah, Vice President  Richard Cooper currently serves on the MCBG board, volunteering for festival of lights and assisting with marketing outreach for My Garden. He was appointed following the resignation of a seated board member who moved out of the area. Richard is the President and CEO of Mendo Lake Credit Union which serves more than 18,000 members through a branch network that includes Fort Bragg, Ukiah, Lakeport and Clearlake. As the current chair of the Economic Development Financing Corporation of Mendocino County, he led the restructuring of EDFC lending operations and is working to improve collaboration among the man organizations that focus on economic development. Richard is the Vice Chair of the Board of Mendocino College Foundation and is the Chair of the Mendocino College Bond Oversight Committee.

Sandy Scott, Point Arena, Treasurer   A lifelong horticulturalist and plant collector, Sandy retired to Point Arena in 1999 from construction management at the Stanford Business School.  Her career in nonprofit management included paid, volunteer, and board positions at Filoli, a 650 acre estate with house and 16 acre formal garden open to the public; Hidden Villa, an organic farm, hostel, camp, and historic house focusing primarily on educating children; the Alumni Consulting Team (nonprofit consulting) of the Stanford Business School. Sandy holds a BA in Art History from University of California Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University.

Glenna Blake, Ukiah, Secretary  Glenna currently serves on the MCBG board, volunteering for festival of lights and assisting with marketing outreach. She was appointed following the resignation of a seated board member. Glenna has been a long time employee of the county’s Mendocino Transit Authority as the agency’s Marketing and Planning Manager. She is a resident of Ukiah and serves on the Ukiah Fair Board and Visit Mendocino County Advisory Board. Her contributions to the MCBG board include her extensive experience in marketing and strategic planning as well as her county-wide perspective.

Maryellen Sheppard, Fort Bragg, MCRPD Board Representative to MCBG

Michael Greene, Mendocino    Having graduated from High School in Willits, California, I began my career as a professional photographer, graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. My first photography studio was in Ukiah and that led to my eventually becoming the VP of Sales and Marketing for Little Lake Industries in Willits, our largest client. This experience allowed me the opportunity to work with the largest national retail chains in the US including Walmart, Home Depot, Costco, Sam's Club etc.  I have over the last 30 years started several businesses by creating my own products.  Having moved to Mendocino in 2008, I started a product development business selling several products nationally to Home Depot, Walmart etc.  Additionally, I serve on the Board of Directors for Fafco, Inc, a Chico based solar thermal manufacturer for home and pool heating. My wife and I have been supporters of MCBG since moving to Mendocino and have volunteered for many garden functions.

Karen B. Guthrie, Cameron Park/Fort Bragg  For nine years we rented a home near the Haul Road for an annual mini-vacation with our two children and spouses and eventually four grandchildren.  In 2004 we purchased four acres and built the perfect vacation home, also on the Haul Road north of Fort Bragg.  It was that year I started volunteering at the Gardens to learn about native plants.  (I am NOT a master garener.)  I am a native Californian and received my undergraduate degree at UCSB.  Our family has lived in El Dorado County for 40+ years and I opened my law office in 1976.  My work involved estate planning, business, and real property.  Community service has played an essential role in my life and I have served on a number of boards, including:  El Dorado Community Foundation, Marshall Hospital, El Dorado County Airport Commission; New Morning (youth shelter and counseling); EDC Bar Association; Soroptimist International; League of Women Voters.  I founded the Bio-ethics Committee at our hospital, Estate Planning Roundtable for local attorneys, and Planned Giving Advisory Council to benefit local non-profits.

Nancy Housel, Fort Bragg  Nancy has been an MCBG member since 2004 and an active volunteer since 2010, working in propagation, the collections, as a garden docent and with developmentally delayed adults to help maintain the vegetable garden and make deliveries of fresh organic produce to the Food Bank. She earned her certification as a U.C.C.E. Master Gardener volunteer at MCBG in 2012. Nancy’s garden related experience includes 7 years as  Assistant to the Head Farmer on a 1700 acre commune in Tennessee and 4 years managing a community garden within the student housing at University of Rochester (while completing a nursing degree with a med student husband and 3 young children). She has been a member of the California Native Plant Society for many years and an avid home gardener in Placerville, CA. She and her husband currently reside in Fort Bragg where they tend 15 acres, including a greenhouse and 1300’ organic garden. Nancy is currently retired from a nursing career in Critical Care and Clinical Forensic Medicine. She served as an ER nursing mentor/instructor for paramedics, nursing students and new graduates, Senior Faculty at UCDMC's CA Clinical Forensic Training Center and was Coordinator of El Dorado County Clinical Forensic Services. Her teaching experience also included coaching teenagers in USSA Alpine Racing.

Sandi Janisch, Fort Bragg   Sandi moved to Fort Bragg in March 2004.  She retired from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Sandi has an AAS degree as a paralegal and a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State in Criminal Justice with a pre-law minor and has a strong background in human resources and management. She has been a facilitator, mediator and part of many task forces, committees and planning groups during her years at Game and Fish.  Sandi is a trained meeting facilitator and has experience working with employee groups. Sandi and her husband Joe have been Gardens members since 2000, and she is currently a Board Member. Sandi has been a Master Gardener since 2007 and serves as chair of the Personnel Committee and the Bylaws committee for the Gardens’ Board of Directors.

Guy Pacurar, Mendocino   Following graduation from USC in 1981, I successfully managed a San Diego City Council campaign, and then left to work for an international exchange program for two years. I later returned to work for the councilman handling constituent relations until I was asked by the board of the exchange program to take over its management in 1986. Later that year, I assumed the presidency and continued to oversee the program for the next 20 years. In 2006, I left the exchange program to pursue my interest in owning a small inn. Beginning my search in the northeastern United States, I visited 29 inns before purchasing the Brewery Gulch Inn in Mendocino, California. Since moving to Mendocino, I have joined the Board of Directors of the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce, and the Mendocino County Promotional Alliance.

Pam Rivette, Fort Bragg   Pam is retired from state service.  Most of her 30 year career was spent at the Department of Consumer Affairs. She has extensive experience working with boards, bureaus, and commissions as staff, as the Special Assistant to the department director, and as a governor appointed bureau chief.  She also was the division chief for the Department's strategic planning and performance measurement project.  Pam moved fromSacramentoto Fort Bragg 8 1/2 years ago.  She is a Master Gardener having completed her training in 2007 and a volunteer for the Gardens.  She is also a member of the Mendocino Coast Hand Weavers Guild and the Fort Bragg Grange.