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Larry Glass, President and Executive Director

Safe Alternatives for our Forest Environment

Larry Glass is a life-long environmental advocate and former retail business owner for 40 years. He has served in various capacities on the NEC board for over 35 years – currently presiding as Board President and Executive Director, plus serving as the NEC’s forest advisor.  Larry was elected to the Eureka City Council and served four years (2006-2010). His knowledge of local environmental issues and experience as a community leader proves a vital component of the NEC. Larry sits on the NEC’s Conservation, Personnel, Tech, Finance, Board Development and EcoNews Committees. Larry is also President and Executive Director of Safe Alternatives for our Forest Environment (S.A.F.E.),  Trinity County’s environmental voice since 1979.  Larry is a resident of both Trinity and Humboldt County, giving him a unique perspective for both groups.

Margaret Gainer, Vice President


Maggie has always danced in the middle between community-based economic development and environmental activism. Her firm, Gainer & Associates, specialized in integrating recyclable material into manufacturing. Since 1977, she has been an early innovator in the recycling industry and increasing public adoption of Zero Waste. She was Arcata Community Recycling Center’s executive director, Sacramento County’s first recycling coordinator, President of the California Resource Recovery Association and on the National Recycling Coalition Board. She co-founded Zero Waste Humboldt, Center for Environmental Economic Development; directed HSU’s Office for Economic & Community Development and served on California Governor’s Economic Strategy Panel.

Jennifer Kalt, Secretary

Humboldt Baykeeper

Jennifer Kalt joined the NEC board in 2008. She brings significant land use policy and advocacy expertise through her work with Humboldt Baykeeper, an NEC member group since 2007. A botanist, Kalt believes that communicating science to the general public is a top priority. She serves on the Conservation and ExComm Committees and is one of the hosts for our weekly radio show, the EcoNews Report.

Chris Beresford, Treasurer


Chris Beresford has worked closely with the NEC for over 35 years and has served as Board Treasurer since 2011. Chris brings significant administrative and organizational experience to the NEC through her work with California State Parks. She has a passion for propagating and protecting native plants. Chris currently presides over the NEC’s Finance Committee and serves on the Personnel Committee.

Joan Tippetts

California Native Plant Society, North Coast Chapter Joan Tippetts joined the NEC board in 2019 as the CNPS representative. She was born in Eureka but raised mostly in Marin County. Undergraduate studies were at UC Santa Barbara, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and UC Davis where she received degree in botany. Eventually she went to the Navajo Reservation where I taught high school English, biology, and environmental science at Chinle, Arizona until she retired in 2017 and returned to Eureka where she now volunteer for Friends of the Dunes and the California Native Plant Society, substitute teach, work in her garden, and continue to enjoy camping, hiking, and going on archaeological digs.

Tom Wheeler


EPIC’s Executive Director Tom graduated from the University of Washington School of Law with a concentration in Environmental Law. Tom was President of the Environmental Law Society, served as Articles Editor of the WA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, and defended old-growth and endangered species at the WA Forest Law Center. He serves on the EcoNews and Conservation Committees.

Alicia Hamann

Friends of the Eel River

Alicia Hamann grew up in the Pacific Northwest and spent most of her youth exploring the mountains, forests, and rivers of the greater Portland area. Alicia moved to Northern California in 2006 and earned her BA in Anthropology with a minor in Business Administration from Humboldt State University. She was drawn to Humboldt County by the vast wilderness and unique communities, and continues to appreciate all that makes this region wild. Since 2013 Alicia has been Administrative Director for Friends of the Eel River and has served on the NEC board since 2015.

C.J. Ralph

Redwood Region Audubon Society

C.J. Ralph has been a member of NEC for more than 30 years, and served on the Board in various capacities over 10 years, including Vice President and Audubon representative. Dr. Ralph is a Research Ecologist with the Forest Service, has founded several bird observatories, and participates in many conservation non-profits locally and elsewhere including Costa Rica and New Zealand. He is committed to conservation based on excellent science. He serves on the Conservation Committee.

Richard Kreis

Sierra Club North Group, Redwood Chapter

Richard Kreis joined the NEC board in 2011 as representative for Sierra Club North Group, where he serves as chair of their Climate and Energy committee. A recently arrived refugee from Heart of the Beast (Los Angeles), Richard supports the vital functions of local environmental organizations to keep important local issues in the public eye and to develop legal challenges to environmental depredations where necessary. He is also interested in the development of local responses to the Big Issues of climate destabilization, resource depletion and economic instability. He serves on the Tech Committee.


Dan Sealy


Dan Sealy joined the NEC Board in 2011and is the Legislative Analyst for the Northcoast Environmental Center. Dan received a degree in Natural Resources Management at Humboldt State University and then worked for the National Park Service. He worked as a ranger and natural resources manager with the National Park Service for over 30 years. After retiring, he lives part time with his partner, Bryan, in Maryland near Washington, D.C. where he does environmental consulting and develops training for natural resource managers, but is able to spend more than half his time in their home in Trinidad. He’s learned to enjoy the political ins and outs of Washington and supervises HSU Environmental Policy interns, but he prefers backpacking in the Sierra, hiking in redwood forests or kayaking. Issues of greatest interest to Dan are wilderness protection, biodiversity, public land use policy, and inspiring folks to get out and experience nature first hand. Dan serves on the NEC’s ExComm and Conservation Committees.

Aisha Cissna

At Large

Aisha joined the NEC board in 2020. Her foray into NEC began as an Environmental Policy intern with Dan Sealy. She has volunteered with EPIC’s Livestock Grazing Reform project, conducted sage grouse ecosystem research for the Nevada Department of Wildlife, investigated Prop 69, Clean Water Act, and wildlife law violations with Greenfire Law, facilitated HSU’s Earth Week planning, conducted regulatory tracking and outreach for RCEA’s Community Choice Energy program, managed RCEA’s transportation program, assisted in the development of our County’s 2015 greenhouse gas inventory and Climate Action Plan. Aisha is interested in exploring interconnections between biosphere conservation, social justice, and renewable energy.  She enjoys learning from K-12 students as a substitute teacher, road tripping in her electric vehicle, and attending public meetings at Eureka City Hall.