2014 Board of Directors

Shawnee Alexandri (President): Shawnee is a local carpenter who has resided in Humboldt County for 16 years. He first moved to the region as activist during the Headwaters era and became deeply connected to the region. After following EPIC’s history and being intimately involved with the forest protection community, he believes EPIC is the most effective local organization working to protect and restore the landscape we call home. He has been on the EPIC Board of Directors since 2010, as treasurer for the first three years, and is currently serving as president.

Dian Griffith (Vice President): Dian moved to Redway in 2000 to take a position on the EPIC staff as Office Manager. Within a year she was promoted to staff bookkeeper and then to Administrative Director in 2008. Dian retired from her staff position in March 2013. She has served on the EPIC Board of Directors since 2005 and was appointed Vice President in August 2013. She is also on the Redway Community Services District Board of Directors and served on several other non-profit boards in Marin County prior to moving to Humboldt. Dian has her own bookkeeping business and has worked as a bookkeeper in the construction and non-profit industries for over 30 years.

Noah Levy (Treasurer): Noah served as the Lands Program Director for Sanctuary Forest, a local land and water trust organization, for 11 years until July 2014. He recently left this job to form a private consulting business, Land Water Conservation Consulting. He also serves as a Humboldt County Planning Commissioner representing Humboldt’s 3rd District. He moved to Garberville in 2002 following earlier careers in journalism, marketing and law, and now lives in Arcata with his wife and sons. He has served on the EPIC Board of Directors since 2004.

Robert Shearer (Secretary): Bobby is a botany/ecology double major at Humboldt State University with a focus in pollination and floral ecology. He currently works for the Center for Biological Diversity on pesticide and tar sands issues. He has been an active advocate for environmental and social justice for seventeen years, since age fourteen. Currently, he is the president of the HSU chapter of Society for Conservation Biology and member of the EPIC Conservation Committee, providing experience where science meets policy. In 2011, Bobby created and still annually coordinates the Biodiversity Conference at HSU. In 2013, he organized and hosted the Klamath Basin Dam Removal and Water Rights Forum, as well as co-hosted a Redwood Resiliency Workshop which brought together state, federal, tribal and private forest managers with forest ecologists and climate scientists to discuss best management practices in a changing climate. Bobby has been on the board since January 2014.

Mitra Abidi: Mitra has worked extensively on restoration projects in coastal northern California. She graduated from Humboldt State University with a major in Natural Resource Planning with an emphasis on Sustainable Community Planning. During her time at HSU, Mitra was Co-Director for the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT). She has worked for AmeriCorp, the Mattole Restoration Council, and was the campaign manager for a Humboldt County Board of Supervisor candidate. Since 2010, Mitra has volunteered with EPIC’s Board, Fundraising and Outreach Committees, and joined the Board of EPIC in July 2013.

Bruce Edwards: Bruce is a general contractor who has lived in Redway, CA for 20 years. He was first active in working with local environmentalists by helping secure Pacific Lumber timberlands into State Park ownership in the Redway area. More recently he took an active role in campaigning against the proposed Caltrans Richardson Grove project, eventually joining the lawsuits as a plaintiff. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Youth Hostels, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bruce has been a board member of EPIC since January 2013.

Peter Martin: Peter is a civil rights lawyer in private practice in Eureka. He received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from UC Berkeley and a juris doctor from the University of Southern California. A vegan, animal rights activist, and member of the Green Party, he has supported several environmental organizations, including, Save the Redwoods League, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Center for Biological Diversity.  He is a major supporter of Farm Sanctuary, an organization dedicated to ending the exploitation of farmed animals. He currently serves as a director on the board of the Redwood ACLU and is President of the Humboldt Civil Liberties Defense Fund. He lives in Trinidad with his wife, Diqui LaPenta, a biology professor.

Tom Preble: Tom moved to Humboldt County in 2005 after retiring as a project manager for the University of California Medical Center. He has had a long-time interest in protecting the environment and has been a bird watcher for more than 30 years. Practicing the Buddha Dharma during that time, he has developed a sense of compassion for all living things. In the past few years, Tom has served as the Education and Communication Chair for the Humboldt Democratic Central Committee. He has also served as a board member for the North Coast Environmental Center. Tom believes that this area is unique and especially precious because of its rare redwoods and rivers. He sees EPIC’s mission to preserve this incredible bio-diversity as something to support whole-heartedly.

Josh Brown: Josh is a tree climber and arborist, who has lived in Humboldt County since 1995, and currently resides in Berkeley, California. He spent his first seven years in Humboldt as an Earth First! organizer, and worked with EPIC for several years doing outreach on national forest logging. He joined the EPIC Board in 2011. Josh strongly believes in the mission of EPIC and its ongoing, critical role in protecting Northern California biodiversity and quality of life.